Halifax lawyer Gavin Giles QC has been honoured with investiture into The Order of The Red Cross. Mr. Giles, a Partner at McInnes Cooper's Halifax office, was also recently elected to serve as National Chair of the Canadian Red Cross for the 2017-2020 term.
The Order of the Red Cross recognizes outstanding humanitarian service, dedication and achievement on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross Society and the world at large.
Keenly involved with the Canadian Red Cross for more than a decade and a half, Mr. Giles has held every senior volunteer executive position within the organization’s Atlantic Region. He was first elected to the Red Cross Board of Directors in 2010, and and is the organization’s current national Vice-Chair and Chair of its Governance Committee. In 2012, he was the recipient of the National Red Cross Distinguished Service Award. He has also chaired Red Cross Humanitarian Award dinners, and is a member of the capital campaign Cabinet.
Within the broad Red Cross/Red Crescent movement, Mr. Giles maintains a special interest in Haitian reconstruction, mother and child health in sub-Saharan Central Africa, domestic disaster relief and in health, safety, housing and infrastructure renewal in northern and western Canadian Indigenous People’s communities.
His extensive community service includes efforts toward the Multiple Sclerosis cause. He has raised almost a quarter of a million dollars for MS research and programs through the annual Atlantic Canada and Nova Scotia Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tours between 2003 and 2012 as a member and later captain of the Dirty Cranks Cycling Team (founded by Ross H. Haynes QC in 1995). He also serves the Atlantic Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada as its Honourary Legal Counsel.
Also active in professional governance with the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society for many years, Mr. Giles was elected to Council as an At Large representative in 2011. He was acclaimed as a representative for the Halifax District in 2013 and re-elected as a Member At Large for the 2015-2017 term.