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PETER S. HYNDMAN MENTORSHIP AWARD
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
The Peter S. Hyndman Mentorship Award is conferred each year to recognize a
lawyer who has distinguished himself or herself as an outstanding mentor. Peter
was, himself, an exemplary mentor who made extraordinary efforts to pass on his
legal skills, wisdom, ethical insights, good judgment, commitment to decorum
and civility, and idealism to those who had the good fortune to work with him.
If you wish to make a nomination, please do the following:
• Submit a letter of not more than 500 words outlining the reasons why you consider
your nominee to be a fit and proper candidate for the award.
Letters should be sent to committee member Joven Narwal at <jn@narwal
lit.com> on or before Friday, October 13, 2017.
• Have the nomination endorsed by five additional members, or former members,
of the Law Society of British Columbia.
• Each endorser is welcome to provide a letter of support, each letter not to
exceed 250 words.
Please note that in order that all nominations may be considered with the benefit
of equal support, the number of endorsers, and letters of support from endorsers,
may not be exceeded.
Candidates must be British Columbia lawyers, retired lawyers or former lawyers
who have been appointed to the bench or have recently gone on to careers in politics,
business or other fields. Nominations of candidates from across a wide spectrum
of practice experience and personal circumstances are encouraged. We
hope to receive nominations for male and female candidates from both small and
large firms; for lawyers with practices in large, urban areas, as well as those based
in small, rural communities; and for lawyers who work in private practice—both
at private firms and in-house—and in public sector environments.
While outstanding mentorship qualities may be found alongside other qualities
that can give a candidate prominence within the profession or the community at
large, that prominence is not a prerequisite for the recognition that the
Hyndman Award is intended to bestow. Indeed, sometimes lawyers who are
excellent mentors maintain a lower profile than other lawyers precisely because
the necessarily private and “behind the scenes” character of mentorship, together
with its considerable time demands, lessens the opportunities those mentors
have for enhancing their own public profiles. We wish to ensure that women and
men from many backgrounds who dedicate great effort to bringing young
lawyers along in a broad range of settings are reflected among the nominations
Candidates must be available to attend the presentation ceremony at the
Vancouver Bar Association’s annual general meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday,
November 23, 2017.