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Noella Milne: Lawyer, mentor and activist


Men have always had mentors, but there’s a strong need for women to mentor women, says Noella Milne, recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Mentorship. She came to Canada from India when she was 17. She came alone, because she wanted to see the world. 

Milne got a job as a secretary at McGill University in Montreal. The teachers there encouraged her to study. Working full time, she attended classes in the evening and got her diploma. She then moved to Ottawa and did her under-grad in Law at Carleton University, again while working full time. She studied Law at the University of Toronto and was called to the bar in 1988. Milne is now a senior partner at a law firm. She practices commercial real estate law and says she has had to work twice as hard to prove herself, both as a woman and as an immigrant. 

Milne has mentored hundreds of women and has been a tireless advocate for women’s rights. She led a ground-breaking educational initiative that enabled thousands of low-income young women to attain post-secondary education. She is a board member at UNICEF. 

Posted: Jul 31, 2013

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