15 Jan John Dunlop Award 2021

The Award is presented annually by the Nova Scotia Criminal Justice Association, to a member of the N.S. Justice System who has made a significant contribution to both their profession and to the community.

The Award is in memory of John Dunlop who died in 1977. He was a respected Justice practitioner and administrator who had a passion for youth development.

This is the 44th presentation of the award — it is the oldest Justice award in Canada.

This year’s John Dunlop Award is being presented to Patrick Young, Senior Crown Attorney at Pictou. 

Professional Contribution

Patrick has served in an exemplary capacity during his 11 years as a Crown Attorney in Nova Scotia.

He has worked on some of the provinces most difficult, high-profile, and sensitive prosecutions while effectively dealing with a high volume of routine files.  

While covering courts throughout the province, he provides legal opinions to the police on sensitive matters where a local crown may be in conflict, sits on hiring committees, and volunteers to work on murder cases in other counties.

Patrick has lectured, taught and presented at a wide variety of conferences, seminars, and training sessions.

Examples of exceptional leadership in many areas beyond his daily duties including the following:

·        Served as co-chair of the PPS education committee since 2018 and has been a member of that committee since 2011. The committee plans conferences and continuing education for the public prosecution service.

·        He has helped oversee the implementation of compulsorily cultural competence training and the creation of weekly educational webinars during the Covid 19 epidemic.

·        He mentors new crowns and law students – he served as a mentor for a first -year law student at the University of New Brunswick during the Covid lockdown.

·        Served as the president of the Pictou County Barrister’s Society between 2016 and 2020, and secretary-treasurer from 2011 to 2016.

Patrick is a Member of Council of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society and has served on:

·        the professional standards committee (criminal) since 2013,

·        the nominating committee from 2016 to 2020,

·        the governance committee from 2020 to the present, and

·        the distinguished service award committee.

He is a member of the executive of the Nova Scotia Crown attorneys Association for the central region and serves on the grievance committee.

Patrick provides advice on sexual violence prosecutions as a member of the PPS Sexual Assault Working Group.

Youth Oriented Activities

Patrick has two boys ages 7 and 11.

·        His community involvement has centred around their interests primarily in youth activities, education, and sports.

·        Both children play competitive hockey and baseball.

·        Patrick helps with the team fundraising efforts and officiating games.

·        He also coaches baseball teams both in Stellarton and new Glasgow.

·        Patrick has served as a member of the AG Bailey’s Elementary School Students Advisory Council since 2018 – and is now serving as Council Chair for 2020 – 2022.  

·        He also volunteers for the school’s breakfast program.

Patrick has been involved in his church:

·        As an usher since 2012.

·        As a member of the pastoral care committee and pastor search committee.

Patrick is known by all as a gentleman, scholar, and a family man.

He has earned the respect of all members of the bar in the Pictou area and of the law enforcement community generally.

Patrick deals with youth every day and is a role model for young children through sport. Despite his busy professional and family life he finds time to do valuable work on a professional level and in the community.

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