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September 27
Pro Bono Committee Work: Natasha’s Wood Foundation

​Kathleen Lemieux is a lawyer and partner in the Ottawa Office of Borden probono_blog_092816.jpg
Ladner Gervais, LLP. Kathleen practices in the areas of trademark prosecution, copyright, intellectual property litigation, and transactions involving intellectual property rights.

In the IP world, it is sometimes difficult to get involved in pro bono work because of the lack of opportunities. However, Kathleen knew at the first meeting with Fay Maddison, the founder of Natasha’s Wood Foundation, that the foundation was not only deserving of pro bono assistance but it was an area that Kathleen felt very passionate about on a personal level. Kathleen is the mother of two young daughters and is involved in both her community and children’s school.

Based in Canada but international in perspective, Natasha’s Wood Foundation aims to harness the power of story-telling, the arts, education, and sport to generate awareness of and unconditional support for the mental wellness of military families, with particular emphasis on the children who have been adversely affected by service to community and country. 

Mental health is an issue that touches us all, as we all know loved ones, family members, and/or friends who have been affected. Natasha’s Wood Foundation’s goal is to be a catalyst for creating mental wellness by initiating several unique but strategic projects. One of these projects involves the creation of picture books authored by Fay Maddison and illustrated by children. Through storytelling, Natasha’s Wood Foundation intends to improve literacy among children, to ignite their creativity through activities such as drawing in safe spaces, and to help them perceive the world from their own unique viewpoint.  Twiglet’s First Birthday was published in 2015, the first to be published by the foundation. A second book is currently under way: A Pollen-Fairy Named Squirt. Children from Canada and around the world can submit their artwork. A selection of artwork created by children will be published in each book. 

Kathleen has worked on a pro bono basis with the support of Borden Ladner Gervais on all Canadian trademark matters for this organization. While Kathleen admits that she was driven by personal passion and interest, the support that she has received from Borden Ladner Gervais has been a leading factor in pursuing pro bono work.

Borden Ladner Gervais is proud of its strong tradition of pro bono representation in Canada. “Our pro bono initiatives make a profound difference for people and organizations that otherwise would be unable to access the legal system.”

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