Panel Discussion on Mental Health

A discussion on mental health in the justice system in the context of four overarching themes.


Our Panelists:

Beth Beattie – Senior counsel, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Branch

Deborah Moriah – President and Co-Founder, Ontario Association of Black Paralegals

Doron Gold – Staff Clinician and Presenter, Homewood Health

Jennifer Gold – Wood Gold LLP, President, Women’s Law Association of Ontario

Saleha Khan – Manager, Diversity and Inclusion at Peel Regional Police

Dr. Vinita Puri – Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and Director of Media and Communications, McMaster Golden Key

Wayne Gill – CEO and General Counsel for Sharon Gill, Entrepreneur, and Business Coach



Books and Records For Paralegals

Sharada Narain is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and also certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). She holds a B.A. from University of Toronto, with a major in Economics. She has over 25 years’ experience conducting audits in regulatory environments including the Law Society of Ontario (“LSO”), (17 years) and the Ontario Provincial government. Within the LSO, she worked as an auditor in the Spot Audit Department and assessed the books and records of lawyers and law firms. With the LSO’s Trustee Services, as a Forensic Auditor, she assessed the books and records of lawyers and paralegals. In Investigations she worked as a Forensic Auditor where she provided analysis and guidance which lead to remedial actions in accordance with specific governing legislation and regulations. She was entrusted with highly-sensitive and high-profile cases where confidentiality and integrity were paramount.

Sharada Narain has a set of fundamental beliefs by which she conducts her life both personally and professionally. Humility, honesty, spirituality and respect influence her daily actions. She is very community minded which as well aligns with her mantra of “doing good” and “giving back” which is reflected in her volunteering activities.

She also holds education in high regard, and for many years, she was the Co-Chair of the Education Committee for the Toronto chapter of Certified General Accountants (CGA) of Ontario. In addition, she organized book drives for the rural libraries in Guyana and Vietnam, chaired United Way and Federated Health campaigns, organised fund-raising events for the Island Public Natural Science School, and regularly collects linens to be donated to the Toronto Humane Society.


OPA-TriOS CPD Series – Panel Discussion on Advocacy ft. LSO Treasurer Teresa Donnelly


Our panel discusses advocacy in the scope of Paralegal practice from the viewpoint of a paralegal student and new licensee.

Professional law practitioners provide their insight and guidance to promote dialogue that generates further understanding about the importance of advocacy.