THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 6 N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 867 NEWS FROM VANCOUVER BAR ASSOCIATION By Andrew Aguilar* As proud publishers and supporters of the Advocate since 1943, the Vancouver Bar Association (“VBA”) is grateful for the opportunity to provide an update to our members in addition to the broader legal community on recent VBA news and events. 2017 is a special year for the VBA as it marks the 125th anniversary of the VBA’s first meeting, which was held on June 14, 1892. Over the years, the VBA has worked to foster and support the legal community in Vancouver. Its members have played important roles on the bench and at the bar with five past presidents going on to serve as the Chief Justice of the British Columbia Supreme Court and/or Court of Appeal. Today the VBA has over 1,200 members and our continuing mandate is to preserve and celebrate the VBA’s history and tradition while keeping an eye on the future and the ever-evolving needs of our diverse legal community. We invite all VBA members to attend our upcoming 75th Annual General Meeting and Silent Auction at the Hotel Vancouver on November 23, 2017. Over the past year the VBA hosted a slate of well-attended social and sporting events, and has worked to expand child care services available to its members. On November 26, 2016 we held our 74th Annual General Meeting and Silent Auction, which drew over 420 of our members, honoured guests and representatives of our courts. We raised over $13,000 for the Lawyers Assistance Program and Access Pro Bono. The AGM saw Nazeer Mitha named as the ninth recipient of the Peter S. Hyndman Mentorship Award. The AGM marked the expiry of the terms of executive members-at-large Macauley Deck, Chris Hope, Nicholas Isaac, Sanja Kraljevic, Matthew Schissel and * Andrew Aguilar is the president of the Vancouver Bar Association or the past president depending on when you read this footnote.
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