Orville Wallace was born and raised in Scarborough, completed a degree at the University of Toronto, and currently serves as Youth Services Manager at JVS Toronto. With over eight years providing support to youth across the city, including helping those in conflict with the law obtain employment and gain access to pro-social life skills, Orville has demonstrated a strong passion for youth advocacy. He is an active member in a number of community coalitions, including: the York Youth Coalition, the Lawrence Heights Inter-organizational network, the Jane Finch Education working group, and the 31 Division Community Policing Liaison Committee. He was also a graduate of United Way’s Creative Institute for Toronto’s Young (C.I.T.Y.) leaders, a group of young aspiring leaders from the social service sector.
In 2007 Orville founded the Youth Justice Network of Toronto, a network that consists of over 260 social service workers city-wide with a vested interest in working with youth—a project for which he received the 2008 YMCA Peace Medallion. He currently chairs this network. In 2007, Orville also facilitated the Roots of Violence Review for the Jane and Finch community, and produced a report for the Premier.