North York Post : 2018-12-01

Inspired : 21 : 21


T.O.’S MOST INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN The Lawyer ANNAMARIA ENENAJOR JANET ZUCCARINI Founder of the Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty I first discovered the brilliance of Annamaria Enenajor on Twitter. It was refreshing to find a black, female legal voice drawing attention to injustice, delivering zingers and fighting the good fight in the legal world. A few months later, we met at her law office on a Saturday — she was, as she is most hours, working hard for her clients, the marginalized people she believes are better than their worst mistakes. Over tea that afternoon, her astounding energy and passion for her work radiated from her voice, her words, her hands and her spirit. In her eyes, to quote the Smiths,“[T]here is a light that never goes out.”That light is just a glimpse of the raging fire within, fighting for the most vulnerable in society, who are often also the most criminalized given our society’s tendency to criminalize poverty and disadvantage. It was enough to almost make me want to be a practicing lawyer again, to question if I was doing all I could. I’m certain she has and will continue to inspire many others to take up the legal torch in the fight for social change. In the past few months, I have learned more about the incredible woman behind some of the legal community’s best Twitter throwdowns and fights for justice. All of it extraordinary — the academic honours, the legal achievements, her quick ascent to partnership and her relentless fight for justice and cannabis amnesty — none of it surprising. To me, she is one of the brightest beacons in our profession, the kind of lawyer we need more than ever in this time of growing inequality. Shine on, Annamaria. Her restaurant Felix was nominated for the James Beard Award The first time I met Janet Zuccarini was on the set of in the autumn of 2016. She came into my dressing room to introduce herself, and I was intimidated. At the time, she owned Trattoria Nervosa, Gusto 101, Pai Northern Thai Kitchen and Gusto 54’s Catering and Commissary Kitchen. I knew her as one of the most successful restaurateurs in Toronto, if not in all of Canada. It took all of five minutes of chatting to know that she was going to be more than my co-judge. I’ve now had the pleasure of working alongside Janet for three incredible seasons, and she’s become not only my colleague, but my mentor and lifelong friend. In this short time, I’ve witnessed her passion and drive first-hand as she’s opened another three restaurants including Chubby’s Jamaican, Kiin and, of course, Felix Trattoria in Los Angeles, one of North America’s hottest restaurants last year. Naturally, she has more in the works. She’s created an empire and manages over 1,000 employees, many of whom have stayed with her for years. I’ve met her closest friends and confidantes, and they are truly an extension of her passion and genuine nature. Recently, I asked her what it feels like to be responsible for the livelihood of 1,000 plus people, and she put it simply: “I am very lucky and honoured.” This is the kind of person that she is, one who knows it takes a village to maintain success, especially in an industry as volatile as the restaurant world, and I have nothing but the utmost respect and love for her. Top Chef Canada BY HADIYA RODERIQUE JOURNALIST DERYN RIZZI The first woman to be appointed fire chief in Ontario Chief Deryn Rizzi’s steady, focused and unprecedented climb through the ranks of Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS) is inspiring and a reminder of the art of the possible. There is no shortage of glass ceilings that she has smashed through — and she’s only just begun. An exceptionally well-qualified, prepared and disciplined individual, Chief Rizzi is recognized provincially, nationally and internationally for her advocacy and leadership in raising awareness of diversity, and inclusion values and practices, in emergency services. She has an incredible responsibility to encourage, mentor and motivate the next generation of firefighters who have answered the call. As Chief Rizzi can attest, a career as a firefighter is truly a vocation of the highest service. It teaches and instills the importance of hard work, teamwork and commitment. She serves as fire chief in one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada. With growth, come both opportunities and challenges requiring experienced, trusted and tested leadership. She is a champion of modernization and innovation to cultivate and sustain an efficient and effective delivery of service. She utilizes critical thinking skills, coupled with a capacity to build and maintain interpersonal relationships. As we continue to plan Vaughan’s promising future, I know that we have a true city-building partner in Chief Rizzi. Her message is clear and powerful — that we need to be active participants in shaping our future because we all have the power in each of us to make a difference. BY MAURIZIO BEVILACQUA BY MIJUNE PAK MAYOR OF VAUGHAN TOP CHEF CANADA JUDGE 21

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