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446 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE sions. Between 1997 and 2012, while running her full-time family law practice, she taught a fourth-year social work course at UBCO, exploring laws and processes for social workers. From 2012 to slightly beyond the date of her appointment, she has taught Issues in Contemporary Law at UBCO, a fourth-year political science course that explores law, policy, values and language. She is now an adjunct professor at UBC. Around 2012 Cathie stopped taking litigation files and focused exclusively on collaborative family law and mediation. Well, almost stopped. Cathie is very loyal to her clients and did complete a few family law trials on matters she had been involved in for years (with little hope of being paid) because she knew the clients could not get representation elsewhere. Susan Guy Andrew, one of Cathie’s colleagues, who is also a family law sole practitioner, has covered Cathie’s practice for many years during Cathie’s vacation time. She also helped Cathie wind down her practice after her appointment to the bench. She reports firsthand how much Cathie’s clients trusted and respected her. She notes that Cathie is a hard act to follow and her move from the bar to the bench is bittersweet to many. Cathie is compassionate and exceedingly generous with her time and her skills, with a selfless commitment to her colleagues. Cathie took it upon herself to be the unofficial Kelowna ambassador to many incoming female lawyers. For years she connected with recently arrived female lawyers and welcomed them to town. She would give them the dates for the next regular female lawyers’ lunches. The support did not stop at the introduction. Cathie kept in touch with young lawyers, men and women, and was always willing to answer questions and refer them work. I would be remiss if I neglected to mention Cathie’s formal volunteer commitments. She co-founded and co-chaired the CBA Okanagan Young Lawyers Section, chaired the Family Section and was an elected representative for the CBA for six years. She has volunteered for numerous pro bono law clinics. She has been a member of the Provincial Court Rules Committee for the last two and a half years. She has volunteered at local events for Amnesty International, Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society and the School District #23 job shadow program. She was a board member and the chair of the Kelowna Family Centre from 1994 to 2000 and has been an ad hoc policy adviser since. Cathie sat on the inaugural UBCO and community committee that organizes an annual student debate. She continued to assist students in debate coaching from 2014 to the date of her appointment. Cathie has an insatiable curiosity, and will try just about anything at least once (anything legal and not scandalous, that is). “Yes” is her automatic response to many requests. For example, just ask her to plan an event of any


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