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444 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE when she was 12 was a good idea. The family also had a sense of energy and adventure. When Cathie was about ten, her parents equipped Cathie and her brothers with machetes to find a lake through thick, overgrown, mosquito infested northern Alberta bush. The lake property—an hour northwest of Edmonton—was where over the years the family built a classic outhouse, boathouse and cabin in that order, and breaks included snowshoeing, ice fishing and snowmobiling in the winter, with swimming, fishing and waterskiing in the summer. After high school, Cathie completed a fascinating (and she says careerlimiting) double-major degree in medieval history and English literature, followed by a more useful degree in education K-12 and a diploma in ESL. However, a four-month practicum in junior high school was enough for Cathie to suspect that teaching at the K-12 level was not for her. Cathie describes university as a favourite time for her and she has maintained many close friendships from those years. Cathie has an amazing ability to be a good friend to many people. She keeps in touch with people from years past, and from all over the world, remembering birthdays and special events. Armed with her “impractical university degree” and hunger for adventure, Cathie spent five “lost years” travelling in Europe, the Middle East and the South Pacific. As of the date of writing, Cathie believes she has travelled to 42 countries. During those years she learned both sheep-shearing and wool spinning on her hitchhiking trip up and down New Zealand. She played beach volleyball in Fiji. She learned how to pick citrus fruit while living on a kibbutz in Israel. She taught ESL in Budapest, worked in a ski hotel in Austria and kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland. Whereas many of us studied for the LSAT for months and even took an LSAT preparation course, Cathie decided she would write the LSAT while she was traveling, applied to write the exam in Munich. She almost missed the exam when her flight from Istanbul was delayed eight hours. All clearly worked out regardless. Cathie is not one to fret. She had a back-up plan to take up food photography if she missed the LSAT. Having eaten in many restaurants with Cathie, I can confirm that she retains her passion for food photography as well as event planning—handy on the few occasions during the last 20 years when she considered a career change. Cathie attended UBC law school. At some point during that time she met and married Rick, her partner of 25 years, who has been very supportive of Cathie’s career, her enthusiasm for travel and her exhausting social calendar. Friends refer to their home in the summer as Hotel Heinrichs, as the couple


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