The following are the biographies of the instructors in the Faculty of Legal Studies.
Gerri Camus, Paralegal
Program Coordinator and Paralegal Instructor
Gerri Camus’ passion for justice led her to the paralegal profession from a diverse background that includes many leadership roles in the corporate world, nursing and self-employment sectors. She has her own paralegal practice and Gerri has also worked as a part-time college instructor in the Paralegal Studies Diploma Program in Toronto.
As former Chair of the Licensed Paralegal Association’s Governance/LSUC Committee, co-founder and Vice President of the Women’s Paralegal Association of Ontario and an avid advocate for paralegals, Gerri has participated in meetings with the LSUC, the Attorney General and other important stakeholders. She also co-authored a white paper on Paralegal Immigration Scope of Practice (Bill C-35), co-authored a submission paper to the LSUC on Alternate Business Structures and was involved in the presentation before the Standing Committee of the Legislative Assembly that included proposed amendment to the Stronger Protection for Ontario Consumer’s Act, 2013, namely the Collection Agencies Act (Bill 55).
As Vice-President of the WPAO, Gerri has assisted in the creation of
- mentorship opportunities for paralegal women
- bursaries (Humber College’s WPAO Student Award)
- charitable initiatives (Legally Dressed)
Gerri is also a participant in the Ministry of the Attorney General’s POA Modernization Expert Table and well as an organizational member of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Equity Advisory Group.
Ashley Avila, Paralegal
Ms. Ashley Avila is a Paralegal licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada. She has been a paralegal instructor at Metro College of Technology for several years teaching both Paralegal Studies and Job Preparation. She also runs her own paralegal practice where she specializes in Traffic Offences, Provincial Offences, Small Claims, and Tribunal Work. She is popular with her students, who benefit from her practical experience as a successful paralegal.