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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 145 who has made an outstanding contribution to public legal education in B.C. In addition, Justice Voith honoured the generosity of 14 Vancouver law firms and 3 associations for their ongoing financial support as “Champions” of the society. Those firms are Hunter Litigation Chambers, Blake Cassels & Graydon, Jenkins Marzban Logan, Lawson Lundell, Slater Vecchio, Farris, McCarthy Tétrault, Borden Ladner Gervais, Sugden McFee & Roos, Guild Yule, Harris & Co., Bull Housser, Clark Wilson and Boughton Law. Those 14 firms were joined in their support of the society by each of the Victoria Bar Association, the Vancouver Bar Association and the B.C. Crown Counsel Association. Thanks to all for that support! Constance D. Isherwood, Q.C., was awarded the 2016 Law Society Award at the 32nd annual Bench and Bar Dinner on November 17, 2016. Mrs. Isherwood is the first woman recipient of the award. She has been a role model and mentor for young women lawyers since her own call to the bar 65 years ago. At 97, she gave an engaging acceptance speech about the life and times of the adventurous Matthew Baillie Begbie, whose likeness on horseback is the statuette of the Law Society Award. Also honoured that night was Catherine J. Boies Parker, who received the CBABC 2016 Georges A. Goyer, Q.C. Memorial Award for Distinguished Service in recognition of her tireless representation of homeless people in Victoria. She gave an inspiring acceptance speech about the need to keep expanding the scope of compassion that ought to be afforded the less fortunate in our society. Robert D. Holmes, Q.C., nephew of Constance D. Isherwood, Q.C., was appointed as a member and chair of the Real Estate Council of British Columbia for a term ending October 31, 2017. Herman Van Ommen, Q.C., this issue’s cover story, was selected by the Law Society of B.C. as a member of the Federation Council effective November 15, 2016. October 17, 2016 saw the long-awaited appointment of Justice Malcolm Rowe to the Supreme Court of Canada to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Justice Thomas Cromwell. In what can only be described as a slightly more positive spin on recent electoral events to the south of us, a headline in the Buchan Observer, published in Peterhead, Scotland, declared: “Aberdeenshire business owner wins Presidential election”.


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