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VOL. 79 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2021
The Honourable Justice Julianne Lamb
Barrister, bencher, adjunct professor, managing partner,
parent, spouse, mentor, volunteer, lecturer, dog
lover, hiker, occasional yoga practitioner, gracious
host: Justice Julianne Lamb finds a kind of balance
in being busy at all times and never at rest.
Julie was born in Mississauga, Ontario. Within a
few years, the Lamb family grew to include Julie’s
sisters, Marnie and Jen. A few months after Marnie was born, the Lamb
family moved from Brampton back to Ottawa. Family has always been very
important to the Lambs, and the move to Ottawa was to be closer to family:
Julie’s father, Bob Lamb, was originally from Ottawa; her mother, Jill
(née Turpin), was from Aylmer, Quebec.
Jill and Bob met in Ottawa, where Bob practised law. Bob had a bachelor
of science degree from St. Patrick’s College and a bachelor of laws degree
from the University of Ottawa. Bob was called to the bar of Ontario at
Osgoode Hall (years later, at age 60, Bob was to return to York University
and complete a master’s degree in tax law). Jill had completed high school
and took a year of commercial college before commencing her career as a
legal secretary. Jill eventually worked with Bob as his legal administrative
assistant and bookkeeper, and continued in that role while also taking the
lead in raising their three girls, including Julie.
In 1974, the Lamb family moved to Mountain Township, Ontario. For
readers unfamiliar with Mountain, it has since been amalgamated with
Winchester Township and the independent villages of Chesterville and
Winchester, forming North Dundas. Wikipedia describes North Dundas as
“primarily rural, with a few small villages … spread across the South Nation
River and East Castor River watersheds”. According to the 2016 Census,
North Dundas boasts a population of 11,278; back in 1974, however, Mountain
was a small town.
Bob set up a sole practice in Winchester and was always busy. When he
was not working at the office, he could be found working at home or visiting
clients, often farmers.
Julie attended elementary school at Nationview Public School in South
Mountain (which is south of the mountain, of course). Built in 1972, the
school had a first enrolment of 450 children who worked in groups according
to skill level in literacy and math, moving from group to group as skills