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448 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE teacher and mediator. She is open-minded and accepting of others. She is rarely critical but at the same time holds people accountable. She is wonderful at planting seeds and positive thoughts. She approaches life with a sense of gratitude for every experience. She loves talking to people all day. She is organized and unflappable. These are ideal characteristics for a judge and there is no doubt that she will serve the public well. t t t t t The Honourable Judge Patricia Ellen Stark Patti Stark was sworn in as a judge of the Provincial Court of British Columbia on January 30, 2017. Patti Stark was born on February 11, 1960, the middle child of three born to Marvin Stark, Q.C., and Lois Stark. She has always gone by the name of Patti. Patti was raised in Vancouver. Her father was the founding partner of a Richmond law firm, though later, shortly after Simon Fraser University opened, he joined the faculty there on a part-time basis to teach business law courses. He would often kid that made him a “half-assed lawyer and a half-assed professor”, which may hint at the source of Patti’s tremendous sense of humour. In the later part of his career, Marvin was actively involved in Aboriginal and human rights law. In 2002 Marvin’s contributions to Canada were recognized with the honour of a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal award. Patti’s mother was a nursing student at UBC when she married Marvin. After her marriage, she devoted herself to her three children. Lois has provided Patti with a lifetime of guidance in the art of providing a home filled with love for children and grandchildren. As one would imagine, legal and philosophical discussions were common in the Stark household, which were significant in Patti’s eventual decision to study law and particularly her interest in helping the most marginalized members of our society through her work with mentally ill persons coming before the court on various criminal matters. Patti graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.A. in psychology in 1984 and proceeded straight into law school there, graduating in 1987. She clerked at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and the Alberta Court of


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