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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 445 entertains family and friends with barely a night alone from July to September in some years. Rick has an insatiable appetite for world and local news. He reads the Advocate and other law magazines from cover to cover to keep Cathie informed of pressing matters and interesting tidbits to bring up at social events. Rick provides a stable foundation from which Cathie can launch another adventure and he is there to catch her when she arrives home. Cathie and Rick settled down, somewhat (as they continue to travel extensively), in Kelowna, where Cathie’s parents and siblings now all reside. Cathie chose to article in Kelowna primarily with a view to assisting her parents, who by that point had a cherry orchard there, after her father broke his arm and needed help managing. Cathie landed an articling position with Michael Newcombe in Kelowna and completed her articles with Bishop & Co., also in Kelowna, in family law. Back then she was known to water ski before work and travel around town on her 750 Honda motorcycle. She was called to the bar in 1994 and worked with Bishop & Co. for a further six years. In 2000 Cathie opened her own office as a sole practitioner. She was a busy and competent family litigator, never to be underestimated. Cathie presents in a calm, pleasant manner, rarely raising her voice, but she is a sharp observer with an outstanding memory and a keen intelligence. She can conquer an opponent so gracefully that it takes a few minutes to recognize defeat. As many wise family lawyers did in the new millennium, Cathie underwent a paradigm shift from adversarial family law to collaborative family law, focusing on non-adversarial supported negotiation and mediation. She was one of the founding members of the Okanagan Collaborative Family Law Group. She has studied extensively in the field and is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (“IACP”), attending their annual forums throughout the United States and Canada for several years. She also has extensive training and experience in mediation. In recent years Cathie and Bev Churchill, another experienced collaborative lawyer and mediator, have taught workshops on collaborative family law. Bev reports that she barely got the words out of her mouth before Cathie was fully committed to the cause of offering training to the professionals in the B.C. Interior. Promotion of the collaborative process was a large part of Cathie’s practice. After travelling to IACP forums Cathie was always willing to share her training experience with others. Over the years Cathie has developed a love of teaching adults more generally. She has appeared as a guest lecturer at UBCO on numerous occa-


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