18 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 76 PART 1 JANUARY 2018
Dazzling list of contributions to the profession
Miriam has been giving back to the profession for many years. She took on
executive roles for the CBA’s pension and corporate counsel sections. And
she served as secretary treasurer of the VBA for almost 14 years, surely
some kind of record. This allowed her to cement numerous new friendships,
attend a whole bunch of interesting dinners, and run the VBA’s
annual general meetings complete with bun tossings and at least one fistfight.
Governance is not for sissies.
Miriam’s veni, vidi, vici approach has translated seamlessly to the Law
Society. In 2012 she sought election as a bencher and was successful (of
course). The benchers are, by all accounts, a group of fascinating, smart and
committed lawyers. (It must be pointed out that “all accounts” on this point
come exclusively from benchers.) Miriam had found her tribe, as well as the
governance work for which her entire career had prepared her. To their
credit, the benchers quickly got the point as well. Within just two years of
Miriam becoming one of them, they elected her to the executive committee
and then as second vice-president, thus putting her on the path to becoming
president in 2018.
Equally dazzling list of contributions to the community
The list of Miriam’s contributions to the community at large is daunting.
She served on the board of directors of B.C. Pavilion Corporation for 12
years. This spanned the time when PavCo built the new Convention Centre
as well as the new roof for BC Place. She is justly proud of her work on these
changes to the fabric of Vancouver.
In addition, she has served on the boards of the downtown YMCA (advisory
board) and the Vancouver Writers’ Festival. She has sat on committees
for the YWCA. She has volunteered at the North Shore Multicultural Association.
She is indefatigable.
Athletic prowess or lack thereof
At this point, the Advocate template we’d love a copy of this thing, it would
make things so much easier! – Ed. demands some comment, usually derisive,
about the profilee’s skills in sports. Here goes: Miriam has made up for her
unathletic youth with a vengeance, playing tennis several times a week at
the Jericho Tennis Club. No one has come forward to say she is any good at
it. She also golfs, hikes, and attends the occasional yoga class. There are no
testimonials for any of these activities, either.
Humility and well-rounded personality
Much as we would wish it, Miriam does not flake out in front of the TV at
the end of her busy days. Instead she is off to her chess-and-gossip group