‘Be­ing in North Bay is a bless­ing’

New as­sis­tant Crown at­tor­neys sworn in, wel­comed

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS - PJ Wil­son

Mieszko Wlo­dar­czyk says mov­ing to North Bay is “a bless­ing” for him and his wife, Emelia.

“My wife and I are avid pad­dlers,” Wlo­dar­czyk said Fri­day af­ter­noon, after he and Pierre Lam­bert-belanger of­fi­cially joined the Nipiss­ing dis­trict Crown At­tor­ney’s of­fice.

“Be­ing in North Bay is a bless­ing, be­cause Kiosk and Mag­netawan are no longer fourand five-hour drives away.”

Wlo­dar­czyk, an ad­mit­ted ghost town and aban­doned rail­way buff, loves to ex­plore and has tracked the long-aban­doned Booth Rail­way across Al­go­nquin Provin­cial Park.

His eyes light up when the all­but-for­got­ten com­mu­nity of Sil­ver Cen­tre – east of Cobalt – is men­tioned, and you know he is go­ing to check it out some­day.

Mean­while, two of Lam­bert­be­langer’s chil­dren – Felix and Ariene – are already skat­ing with the Trap­pers and Ice Boltz, while his youngest child, Louis, is still a bit too young to lace up the skates.

Wlo­dar­czyk and Lam­bert­be­langer were sworn in as as­sis­tant Crown at­tor­neys Fri­day af­ter­noon by Su­pe­rior Court Jus­tice david Nadeau at the North Bay Court­house.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate fully how spe­cial this day is for you,” Nadeau said fol­low­ing the swear­ing in, re­mem­ber­ing the day in 1994 when he joined the Crown’s of­fice.

Join­ing the lo­cal of­fice is al­most a home­com­ing for Lam­bert­be­langer. He’s orig­i­nally from Tim­mins, but lived in North Bay from 1981 to 1988 when his father worked with the Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety of­fice here.

“It’s funny how life comes around,” he re­flected.

Lam­bert-belanger’s fam­ily re­turned to Tim­mins, and that’s where he’s spent his le­gal ca­reer with “an out­stand­ing law firm . . . with out­stand­ing peo­ple.

“But this is a new chal­lenge in my ca­reer . . . with a won­der­ful staff and peo­ple. “I’m hum­bled.” Lam­bert-belanger, his wife Natasha and their chil­dren moved to the city in July, and his fam­ily, he said, is “thriv­ing” in their new home.

“I’m hum­bled by how good the com­mu­nity has been to me,” Wlo­dar­czyk said fol­low­ing his move from Toronto, where he prac­tised both crim­i­nal and refugee law.

He said he is look­ing for­ward to con­tribut­ing to the com­mu­nity and rais­ing a fam­ily in the city.

“We were both drawn to the nat­u­ral beauty and vi­brance of the dis­trict,” he says.

Crown at­tor­ney Russ Wood said Wlo­dar­czyk and Lam­bert­Be­langer bring their own “unique ex­pe­ri­ences and per­spec­tives” to the of­fice.

PJ Wil­son/the Nugget

Su­pe­rior Court Jus­tice David Nadeau, left, and Crown at­tor­ney Russ Wood, right, wel­come Mieszko Wlo­dar­czyk and Pierre Lam­bert-belanger to the Nipiss­ing Crown At­tor­ney's of­fice, Fri­day, fol­low­ing a swear­ing-in cer­e­mony.

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