452 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 76 PART 3 MAY 2018
Proof that he is willing to take on new challenges can be found in his decision
a few years ago to learn the cello. The court is also a new challenge,
but if Andrew applies the same dedication to his new role as he has to learning
Bach’s “Cello Suite No. 1”, he will make us proud. Given his demonstrated
work ethic, every confidence exists that he will excel on the bench.
The Honourable Judge Andrea Ormiston
Early in her life, Andrea Ormiston, now Judge
Ormiston of the Provincial Court, got into the habit
of briefing herself on disputes and offences and finding
Her father tells of how she consumed such topics
before she could speak. Her mother and father
started their family while both still studying as
undergraduates. In his third year, her father handwrote a paper on the
Canadian Annexation Crisis of 1848. Andrea was just a baby. Just before the
essay was due, Andrea and the essay found each other. She made a nest in
the pages. She gripped one in her tiny fist and fell asleep holding the page
in her mouth. Her father found her nestled in paper, with ink on her lips.
As she began, so she continued.
She started reading when she was three years old and never looked back.
As her parents won their several degrees, Andrea commenced her scholastic
voyage. Crime interested her early. At five or six, she devoured Nancy
Drew mysteries, often consuming a novel per weekend. She soon advanced
to Agatha Christie. Both her parents became teachers, and Andrea became
an A student.
As early as grade 1, she mediated disputes between students, though not
always successfully. Her mother says that her efforts to help were once
rewarded by incarceration in a locker.
She earned a B.A. (U of T) and an M.A. (Queen’s) in English. She loved
learning, and academia loved her right back, bestowing honours upon her
and awarding scholarships which helped pay the way. This passion for
learning, along with a commitment to public service, runs in the blood. In