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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 177 ON THE FRONT COVER JANE A.G. PURDIE, Q.C. By Marjorie Mooney, Vanessa Van Sickle and James Spears* In January 1980 Jane A.G. Purdie, not yet Q.C., made her first car trip from her West End apartment to White Rock after completing her second set of articles at Edwards, Kenny & Bray. She had completed her third year of practice in Winnipeg, at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman; because of the rules of the day, she had to re-article in B.C. Having settled on the locale for her solicitor’s practice, Jane has been commuting to Hambrook & Company in White Rock from Vancouver for 37 years and counting. A dedicated numbers person might be able to calculate the number of trips, or kilometres, that have figured in Jane’s close links to the White Rock and Fraser Valley bar since then. What is more complex is the relationship between, on the one hand, Jane’s generosity of spirit in her dealings with both clients and members of the bar and, on the other hand, the gratitude and emotional benefit she receives in return. Jane will say proudly that she recently did solicitor’s work for a young woman of 22, having acted in the past for her young client’s greatgrandmother, grandparents, parents and aunt, all from the same groundlevel office that has remained a constant since 1980. Clients with mobility problems are numerous in White Rock, and the path to Jane’s office is mostly level. Those who experience déjà vu when contemplating the chaos of the B.C. real estate market in 2016 were possibly present in 1981 and 1982 when mortgage rates of eighteen per cent caused a chain of panic buying and selling. * The authors are grateful to Sara Forte for recommending Jane as a cover subject.


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