One of the great Salvationists I was exposed to in my younger years as an officer was Judge Ken Pedlar, now Justice Ken Pedlar. His family had connections to mine and we served together on a couple of committees that brought his influence on my thinking. It also created a deep respect for his integrity and intelligence.
This announcement has just been made and it was a delight to read of his being awarded in such a manner. Below is a portion of the story.
From the Kingston Whig:
“Justice Kenneth Pedlar will receive the Frontenac Law Association’s Lou Tepper Award of Excellence at its annual general meeting on Friday.
Pedlar is a semi-retired judge with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice serving Perth and Brockville. Prior to that, he sat in Kingston for nearly 20 years.
A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Pedlar practised general litigation in Kingston until his appointment to Kingston’s Ontario Court of Justice, Family and Youth Division, and then to the Criminal Division.
Since 1999, the law association has presented an award of excellence to recognize the achievements or contributions of a local lawyer to the legal community or to the community in general.
Pedlar was a lawyer in Kingston for 10 years before becoming a judge in 1980.
In 1999, Pedlar was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario with special responsibility for family law cases.
He became semi-retired in November 2014, and is now working on a reduced schedule.
“The award of excellence is not presented every year,” Frontenac Law Association president Leslie H. Morley said in a statement. “However, this year we had a particularly strong candidate. We are pleased to present the award to Justice Kenneth Pedlar, an accomplished jurist and dedicated humanitarian, who is a favourite with many eastern Ontario lawyers and litigants.”
In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Pedlar said the award is especially gratifying because it’s named after Tepper, a longtime Kingston lawyer who Pedlar says was a father figure and mentor to him.”