Sudbury Senator Josée Forest-Niesing has dead – Obituary 2021

Sudbury.com understands that Senator Josée Forest-Niesing of Sudbury has passed away. Forest-Niesing, 56, was admitted to the hospital in October for COVID-19 treatment. She was discharged from the hospital on November 14 and recovered at home.

A statement from her staff last week stated that Forest-Niesing had been fully vaccinated but had an autoimmune disease that had affected her lungs for more than 15 years. Niesing’s biography on the Canadian Senate website shows that she is a lawyer by profession. The resume stated that her career began in family law and continued to focus on inheritance law, real estate law, insurance law, civil law, education law and employment law.

Forest-Niesing has led many cases through trials in Sudbury and surrounding jurisdictions, as well as Toronto. In addition, she is a judge of the Small Claims Court of the High Court and a member of various professional associations and committees.

The web page states that Forest-Niesing is proud of being a French Ontario native and recently discovered her Metis descent. Throughout her career, she has been very committed and passionate in defending and promoting opportunities for justice in both official languages. In addition to nearly 20 years of legal work in a French-speaking law firm, she has also contributed to the community as a member or chairman of many boards, including the Sudbury Art Museum, Carrefour French Sudbury and University of Sudbury. According to the website, she was also appointed as a member of the Ontario Arts Council in January 2018.

As a student, she is a member of the Law Society of Ontario (AJEFO). She became a member of its board of directors and eventually served as president for two terms.

Subsequently, she joined the board of directors of the Federation of French Common Law Expression Associations to pursue the same goals at the national level.

She is the founding chairman of the Canadian French Center and the chairman of the Official Language Committee of the Ontario Bar Association.

Forest-Niesing is also the recipient of the AJEFO Medal of Merit and was elected to the Common Law Honor Society of the University of Ottawa.

As more information becomes available, Sudbury.Com will update this story.

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