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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 235 Throughout our 20 years, we have also ensured that at least one staff member attends the annual meeting of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada, and our executive directors have been active participants on the executive and project committees of that organization. We have also participated in at least six Federation of Law Reform Agencies of Canada (“FOLRAC”) conferences, hosting two of them—one in Victoria in 2009 and a second at UBC in 2010. The BCLI could not carry on its law reform work without the commitment and expertise of the many project committee member volunteers. A review of project reports reveals that over 370 lawyers, stakeholder representatives and other experts have participated on our project committees over the years. The majority of these committees meet nine to ten times a year for two to three years, and sometimes longer. Meetings are often two hours each and require preparation time. As we have reported in the past, a conservative estimate of the value of this volunteer time ranges from $500,000 to $1 million a year. And we would not be able to carry out our work without the support of our core funders—the Law Foundation of BC and the provincial Ministry of Justice, and our many project funders. Project funders may be found at the back of our project reports and on the individual project webpages. A milestone like a 20-year anniversary is an opportunity to look both backwards and ahead. We are indebted to the leaders in the legal community who created BCLI and those who have contributed to its success over the past 20 years. I hope to be able to thank many of you in person at our anniversary events. I also hope that over the next 20 years our roster of committed volunteers and supporters will continue to grow and diversify to reflect both the legal community and community at large. If you have not yet been involved, talk to us about ways to volunteer. In an inclusive society, law reform is everyone’s business. ENDNOTES 1. The founding members were Thomas G Anderson, QC; Arthur L Close, QC; Gregory K Steele, QC; The Honourable Martin Taylor, QC and Gordon Turriff, QC. 2. Online: <http://www.bcli.org/bcli/in-2017-celebrate -bclis-20th-anniversary-with-us>. 3. The latest list of our celebration sponsors can be found on the celebration website. t t t t t


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