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THE ADVOCATE VOL.V O L . 75 7 5 PART P A R T 3 3 MAY M A Y 2 2017 0 1 7 439 NEW JUDGES By R.C. Tino Bella The Honourable Judge Lynal Doerksen Lynal Doerksen was sworn in as a judge of the Provincial Court of British Columbia on January 30, 2017. He was assigned to the East Kootenay region with resident chambers in Cranbrook. Prior to his appointment Lynal was the Administrative Crown Counsel for the Cranbrook office, a position he had held since 2005. Lynal was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba in 1964 to Alvin and Eva Doerksen, both of good Mennonite farming stock. Lynal’s paternal great-greatgrandfather immigrated to Canada in the first wave of Mennonite settlers from the Ukraine, and Lynal’s Canadian forefathers were all farmers. Lynal made a brief journey to B.C. at the age of two, but moved subsequently to Calgary with his parents where his father studied at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology to become a journeyman carpenter. However, just as Al Pacino experienced in The Godfather III, Alvin kept getting pulled back into his old life and moved the expanding Doerksen clan to a farm near Beaver Lodge, Alberta, which is located not far from Dawson Creek, B.C. His mother returned to school later in life at the Grande Prairie Regional College and received her nursing diploma. Lynal’s father was required, like many farmers, to work off the farm for long periods of time in order to make the farm a financially viable enterprise. As such, Lynal was left in charge of allocating the never-ending chores to his three brothers, Mario, Carey and Michael. No doubt that made Lynal popular with his siblings but the experience taught him at an early age responsibility, leadership, a solid work ethic and self-reliance, traits that have served him well in his chosen profession. His role within the family also resulted in his inability to take part in the typical athletic pursuits, the


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