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Artist

DOREEN LURIE

Biography:

I was born in Durban, South Africa and after completing school and courses in Commercial Art at the College of Johannesburg. In the mid-1980s, I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English by Correspondence and continued under the guidance of well know South African Artists and exhibited in South Africa.   In 1987, I migrated to Canada with my family and started working for the Pay Equity Commission under the Ministry of Labour where I obtained Certification in Dispute Resolution from Osgood Hall.  The commission works to remove the systemic discrimination of workers and I won a 2011 GEM Award for Professionalism for the highest number of file closures and highest number of written commendations to resolve pay equity claims in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for some of Ontario’s most vulnerable women.

 

Outside of work, I am involved in various volunteer activities. This includes missions to Israel each summer to sort clothing and pack supplies for the SAREL organization. My main hobby is painting, mainly in acrylics and mixed media but also in oil. I have been part of the North York Visual Art Group for a number of years exhibiting my work in art shows and I am mainly inspired to paint abstracted figures with an African or rural feel. I retired from the Ministry of Labour in 2013 but continues to consult on Pay Equity issues and am now able to devote more time to my artwork.

 

Memberships:

North York Visual Artists

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