Alrica Gordon, 1960 to 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alrica Gordon on Saturday July 23 at Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto. Alrica  was a valued and loved member of the staff of Rexdale Community Legal Clinic for 15 years. Before that, she was a volunteer in the Jane Finch community and a staff member at Jane Finch Community Legal Clinic. She had many friends throughout the clinic system and was happy for the support she received from those friends, especially during the recent years of struggle against cancer.    Throughout her ordeal, she used her positive nature and love of life to remain an inspiration to her family, friends, colleagues and caregivers.   Wheel of Justice

Alrica was the Intake Worker at Rexdale for many years, and also pursued an interest in Community Development with a network of clinic workers from across Toronto and across the Province. Clinic intake workers are the front line service providers for low income residents with a broad spectrum of legal and non-legal issues. Alrica listened to the often-rambling stories of people who never bring just one problem to their legal clinic, but often two or more overlapping problems. Enormous patience and compassion are required, as well as the ability to sift through the story to find the legal issues, to suggest steps that can be taken. Many lives were made easier by her phone calls to landlords, or to Social Assistance workers or to other service providers or referral agencies.

While raising her children and working at legal clinics in Toronto, Alrica acquired a B.A. from York University by taking night classes. She completed it in 2001. During this same period she worked as a volunteer for the probation office, and was given community awards for service many times. In 2008 she became a registered member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, as a licensed paralegal, but this was merely a recognition of the expertise she had already developed as a Community Legal Worker.

Alrica was very committed to her work, both at the office and in her volunteer efforts, seeking to improve lives, and to find access to justice for those facing many barriers. But as our office photo archives show, she was about more than that.photo19photo (11)2011 Alrica and fish, actual size

She knew how to have fun, to appreciate her family and friends, to try new things, and to be interested in others. She also has a wide circle of friends through her church activities and singing.

Alrica leaves her daughter Ann Marie (Larry), and grandson Joel, son Konata (Dupe) and a wide community of friends and family who will cherish her memory.‎

A Celebration of Life service will be held on August 5, 2016 at 3 pm at Humberlea Community Church, 6807 Steeles Ave. West, Etobicoke, ON M9V 4R9, on August 5th, 2016 at 3:00 pm. Attire with some form of bright colours is encouraged. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in memory of Alrica to Wellspring Chinguacousy (A cancer support centre) online at https://wellspring.ca/chingua…/get-involved/make-a-donation/ or by phone @ 905-792-6480.

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