Esther Carenza

Award Nomination:

Community Activism


Self Employed


Legal and Medical Consultant




Esther is a legal and medical consultant, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Masters degree in social science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University and Honours Bachelor degrees in commerce from York University and sociology at the University of Toronto. Esther is passionate about her country. Since the young age of 6, Esther has been active in her efforts to enrich the lives of others in her community as encouraged by her parents whose family had the first Italian Radio program. Esther is the Fintech course facilitator for The Blockchain Hub at York University and the CPD facilitator on the legislation of cannabis. In a teaching capacity for a unique access to justice initiative with the MLST project, she co-taught and mentored law students at Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, giving a voice to patients. Specially selected for an internship and consultancy for the UNDP, Bureau of Africa, she wrote submissions for the Fourth Women’s World Conference in China and is involved in women’s causes, including Streethaven at the Crossroads. In her capacity as the VP of the WSCLS Board, Esther adjudicated a racially sensitive matter and received acclamation from the Board, clinic staff and LAO and changed policy. Esther was afforded the opportunity to research and sit on R v. G.C.M., an Ontario precedent case on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms along with becoming the Chair of the Canadian Human Righters. On December 7, 2017, Esther organized and managed the Underprivileged Children’s Holiday Get Together, which was reported by SNAPD, a project of many working with children’s, senior’s, Canadian Forces and veteran’s, international student’s and animal rights’ groups. Esther has also published articles for Lexis Nexis and is publishing an e-book in medicine. From 2004-2006, Esther contributed to humanitarian projects in Nigeria as seen in The Punch and was interviewed on Radio Nigeria. Esther medically screened Nigerians and did campaigns for those who could not afford their medication, while giving legal and medical lectures to 1000+ Nigerians. When hearing of the Nigerian legislation, Esther was compelled to create life changing legal projects-women’s proprietary legislation. Apart from her outstanding achievements and while at Our Lady’s Clinic/Maternity Clinic in Abuja, Nigeria, Esther witnessed an infant who was severely ill and on his death bed. Esther explained to the doctors and the hospital administrator, the risk involved in leaving the infant as is in the clinic and requested permission to treat him. Most importantly, the clinic could not provide the infant with treatment while he was in this condition. Esther began performing artificial respiration until he could breathe on his own, followed by obtaining his mother’s breast milk into a sanitized vial and then used 50% glucose and 50% water until he was fully stabilized about 24 hours later. There was a potential risk of bronchiopneumonia and HIV/AIDS transmission. Esther did save the baby’s life and did get his bacterial infection that cleared up and after 3 HIV/AIDS screening tests, she was HIV negative. The hospital authorities were amazed with her saving the infant’s life and risking her own life to save the baby. Saving lives in Nigeria especially, this infant’s life, were seen as miracles, and had a significant impact on the Nigerians’ and on Esther’s perspective of life.