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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 447 kind, she will likely say “yes”, and then you will watch in amazement as she pulls it all together effortlessly and with great cheer. One such event was the Yale County Bench and Bar Dinner, which continues with great success to this day. This event was Cathie’s brainstorm in 2004. As one of the CBA representatives for Yale County, she noted that “up-country” lawyers were not always able to attend the annual event in Vancouver, and she wanted to find a way to link satellite locations. In the first two years, Yale County linked to Vancouver via telecommunications, but in 2006 they unhooked from the mothership and have continued in their own unique style. Cathie also applied with a friend to be contestants on Amazing Race Canada. They spent hours preparing their audition tape, which they did submit, but were not chosen … this time. Cathie always wanted to travel to Kathmandu, inspired by the opening scene of the first Indiana Jones film, which takes place in a bar somewhere north of Kathmandu. When Cathie learned that a work friend had founded an organization to help underprivileged women in Nepal (Intercultural Women’s Education Network, or “IWEN”), the opportunity presented itself. In 2012 she and her cousin Lorraine travelled to Nepal with an IWEN team to build extra classrooms in a school in a poor community. They spent their days laying bricks in the heat and their nights in a hotel room with mesh walls, with the unforgettable smell of garbage wafting in and out. This lifealtering experience was an opportunity to wed Cathie’s interest in women’s issues, travel and education. The photo Cathie selected for this article is one of her laying some of the donors’ “bricks” on the school wall. Many of us have been the happy recipients (or victims) of Cathie’s enthusiasm. The writer was enticed into riding bikes from the 49th to the 50th parallel up the Okanagan Valley to celebrate Cathie’s 50th birthday. Neither of us had ridden more than ten kilometers at one time when that plan was hatched. Not to be outdone, Cathie’s adventure partner and cousin Lorraine wanted to walk the full 800-kilometre Camino de Santiago for her own 50th birthday. Of course Cathie was up for the challenge and trained for months walking up and down Knox Mountain in Kelowna with her walking group. On the Camino, in spite of aching feet, Cathie got to do her favourite thing, which is socializing with people from all over the world. Lorraine was amazed that Cathie did not tire of talking to people all day. Everyone is interesting to her. The Camino memories and new friendships have long outlasted the pain she suffered in her feet on return. Apparently, the next trip is Hadrian’s Wall, a mere 120 kilometres. Judicial appointment is a challenge that Cathie will approach with her indefatigable spirit of adventure, energy and creativity. She is a skilled


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