uO Alumni Association Honours Frances Tibollo, JD 2015: Fighter for justice

Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019

From Alumni News

Frances Tibollo, JD 2015, made headlines in 2018 when she negotiated the release of two Canadian women being held unjustly in a Cambodian prison.

“What took place was a cultural misunderstanding,” says Tibollo, uOttawa’s 2019 winner of the Young Alumni Award.

The Toronto area lawyer was familiar with Cambodia, having worked in 2017 as an intern and junior legal consultant in the Office of Co-Prosecutors of the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, which assists Cambodia’s domestic Extraordinary Chambers courts. She pursues her interest in international human rights as an activist on the issues of human trafficking, exploitation of children and access to education, including through the Oaklands Foundation, which she founded in her early teens.

As a student at St. Francis Xavier University, the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and later, the uOttawa Faculty of Law, Tibollo stood out as a group leader and outstanding scholar. Fellow students say she inspired those around her to strive for excellence as well. Her community involvement has been recognized through numerous awards.

Called to the Ontario bar in 2016, Tibollo joined a firm as a commercial litigation attorney. Despite a demanding career, she continues to participate in numerous community activities, sitting on the boards of five charitable organizations, including OneChild, COMITES Toronto and the National Congress of Italian Canadians.

Tibollo is truly multi-talented. In addition to her community endeavours, she is a beekeeper, working alongside her father at LLBee’s Honey Family Farm, in Vaughn, Ontario. An accomplished photographer as well, she held her first exhibit in 2018. Tibollo also holds a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do.

But most of all, Tibollo has made it her life’s mission to advocate for others, and this fight for justice is what drives her.

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