868 THE ADVOCATE VOL. 75 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2017 Jamie Virgin. Taking their places on the executive were Daniel Coles, Andrew Crabtree, Cheryl D’Sa, Andrea Fraser, Kaitlyn Meyer and Stephanie Redding. The officers of the VBA for 2017 are Andrew Aguilar as president, Nicholas Isaac as vice-president, Joven Narwal as past-president and Carolyn Macdonald who returned as secretary-treasurer. On May 31, 2017 the VBA was fortunate enough to host the welcoming reception for the Asia Pacific Judicial Colloquium at the Law Courts Inn. This year’s colloquium (a biennial event) was hosted in Vancouver by the Supreme Court of Canada. Attendees included Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, Justice Andromache Karakatsanis and Justice Richard Wagner from the Supreme Court of Canada as well as the Chief Justices and two other justices from the High Courts of Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. The VBA was especially fortunate to host Chief Justice McLachlin only one week prior to the announcement of her upcoming retirement at the end of 2017. On September 21, 2017 the VBA, in conjunction with CBABC, held its first-ever continuing legal education seminar, on the topic of “civility in the practice of law”. Presenting at the seminar were three former VBA presidents with differing views from the bench: the Honourable Justice Ronald Skolrood (B.C. Supreme Court), the Honourable Judge Laura N. Bakan (B.C. Provincial Court) and the Honourable Master Terry C.W.L. Vos (B.C. Supreme Court). Other annual events this year included the Charity Dodgeball Tournament (in support of the Justice Education Society), the Alpine Team Championship in Whistler, the Judges’ Luncheon (honouring appointments to and retirements from our courts in the past year), the Devil’s Advocate Spring Social, and the Craft Beer and Spirits Festival. The VBA is pleased to announce the expansion of services to its members with regard to child care. The VBA has recently renewed its relationship with Kids & Company in order to ensure access to high-quality, flexible and emergency child care for our members. The VBA’s agreement with Kids & Company entitles every VBA member to access child care within six months’ notice of registration at any Kids & Company location in the Lower Mainland and to purchase emergency back-up pass packages available only to Kids & Company members. The VBA has also entered into relationships with two new providers: Nannies on Call and Mother Me. Nannies on Call provides on-call babysitting services and will provide a two-for-one discount to VBA members on booking fees. Mother Me provides care for mothers and newborn babies and will provide VBA members with a discounted rate for up to five nights ‘or days’ worth of bookings for newborn care.
Nov Advocate 2017
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