THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 6 N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 815 ON THE FRONT COVER H. WILLIAM (BILL) VEENSTRA By Kerry L. Simmons, Q.C., and John Logan Your cover subject this month is H. William (Bill) Veenstra, president of the CBABC for 2017–2018. He is hard to miss when you are in a room with him. Bill is the extremely tall man, quietly and intently listening to whoever is speaking. Bill’s election to the CBABC ladder position of secretary-treasurer in 2015 came as no surprise to the members of the provincial council, his colleagues at Jenkins Marzban Logan or his many friends and community colleagues. His years of dedication to the work of the CBABC, particularly in the areas of law reform through the Legislation and Law Reform Committee, coupled with his tremendous capacity to balance family, work, professional interests and community engagement, makes him an ideal leader for our professional organization. Born in St. Walberg, Saskatchewan, Bill’s family moved to Vernon when he was a toddler. Bill excelled in school, particularly in math and science, and following graduation from Vernon Secondary School he headed to the University of British Columbia where he completed a bachelor of applied science in engineering physics in 1986. During his undergraduate studies Bill was heavily involved in the British Columbia Youth Parliament (“BCYP”), a non-partisan organization which brings young people from throughout B.C. to the legislature in Victoria each year to experience the parliamentary system of government. These students learn to draft legislation, debate and plan community service and educational projects. Here, Bill met life-long friends and, most importantly, his wife, Susan Dent, who hailed from Port Alberni and was headed to law school.
Nov Advocate 2017
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