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and always looks for common ground, both indispensable qualities in the
practice of family law. He was solutions-oriented and coached clients
toward paths that would avoid litigation whenever possible.
The centre of his world is his family, composed of his spouse, Gord Hopper,
and their children, Lola (13) and Otis (10). Given the ages of his children,
both of whom are athletic, much time continues to be spent shuttling
children to and from and watching their sporting activities.
He is a passionate traveller, having visited over 35 countries to date. That
has led to a deep and abiding interest in diverse cultures. He is an avid carpenter,
having built much of the furniture in his home. Along with his sister,
he co-produced several episodes of a talk show on the local cable channel
during the 1990s.
While attending university he worked as a lifeguard in Kamloops for
seven summers. That led to him jumping on the triathlon bandwagon in the
mid-1980s (and soon jumping off). That was followed by many subsequent
years of an enthusiastic pursuit of fitness which continues to this day.
Before children entered the picture summers were often spent on extended
ocean kayaking trips and, now that their children are older, those trips are
becoming a reality again, just in double kayaks this time. Growing up skiing
at Tod Mountain (now Sun Peaks), he remains a formidable skier, although
somewhat more risk averse than he was back in the day.
Since receiving the call from the Attorney General advising of his
appointment, Judge McQuillan has enjoyed every aspect of the work he has
been given. His appointment is a loss to the family bar and its clients. However,
the Provincial Court bench is richer for it.
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