Silvianna is a lawyer specializing in Worker Compensation, assisting injured workers. She also provides services related to Wills, Power of Attorneys, contract review, and is a Notary Public. Silvianna has experience in mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She prides herself on identifying innovative solutions residing outside of the box, accomplished through her excellent analytical and research skills.
Prior to working with the OWA she worked at Parkdale Community Legal Clinic and Kennsington Bellwoods Legal Clinic. Where she practiced community lawyering and strengthened her advocacy skills. Silvianna graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto where she obtained her Juris Doctor in law. She has an honours degree in Criminology from the University of York. Silvianna was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016 and a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
Before attending law school Silvianna was a senior program officer at Harmony Movement, a non-profit organization devoted to human rights and anti-oppression training. Her role included promoting and creating diversity and equity strategies, objectives, and programming. She is experienced in facilitating seminars, conferences, forums and workshops. While at Harmony Movement she contributed to the “Equator’s Equity Workbook”- Harmony Movement 2021.
Silvianna has a special interest in bridging the gap in access to justice. This interest was the driving force in her starting LegalLending Inc.. LegalLending Inc. provides loans to assist individuals with their legal fees, and it also offers a lawyer directory specific to the geographical area and legal need.
Silvianna’s lived and work experience has given her the tools and empathy necessary to work with vulnerable groups.
“I started my motherhood journey at a young age, I was 18 years old when I had my son. I was surrounded by expressed disappointment. I was determined to not be a statistic. I started University when my son was 2 years old and finished my last year while 8 months pregnant with my daughter. When I started law school my youngest child was only 6 months old and unlike my previous educational experiences, this time I was doing it as a single mother. There were many tears, obstacles, and tribulations. However, when I look back at how far I have come I am reminded of my strength, tenacity and passion.”
In addition to balancing work and family Silvianna always finds time to satisfy her unquenchable desire to travel, play sports and dance.