262 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 76 PART 2 MARCH 2018
The Honourable Judge Dawn Boblin
Dawn Boblin’s appointment to the Provincial Court
bench was met with elation and warm congratulations
from her provincial Crown counsel colleagues,
who at the same moment felt acutely her loss from
the office. Few have a wit as quick and a laugh as
infectious as Dawn has. She has been a practical,
wise and even-handed colleague and mentor to
many Crown counsel over the years. She will be deeply missed in the halls
of 222 Main Street and 865 Hornby Street, where she practised most
recently as a Crown prosecutor.
Dawn is the fifth child in a family of eight children. Despite her assertion
in jest that she was “raised by wolves”, she grew up on a farm near Sangudo,
Alberta, raised by two very loving parents. Her mother was Swedish-Dutch
and her father was Austrian-Yugoslavian, and both instilled in their children
liberal, progressive mindsets. Her upbringing in rural Alberta was modest
in some ways, lacking simple indulgences—such as running water—but she
dined in the “farm-to-table” style several decades before it was on trend.
Dawn was blessed to have a nurturing, supportive and affectionate upbringing,
and a family that cultivated in her a quest for knowledge and education
that continues today.
Almost immediately after finishing high school she moved to the big city:
Edmonton. She studied journalism for one year there at Grant McEwan Community
College before going on to complete a bachelor of education degree
at the University of Alberta in 1986. Her effortless ability to chat with almost
anyone was surely honed through her employment during her undergrad
years as a server at the Earl’s restaurant in Edmonton. Other diverse jobs
before, during and after her undergraduate degree included, respectively,
working full time in a lumber mill for a year, planting trees in northern
Alberta and working as a cruise ship marketing program coordinator (she
clarified that this mainly entailed handing out fliers) for Cadillac Fairview.
Edmonton lost Dawn forever after she attended Expo ’86 and fell for Vancouver.
Typical of Vancouverites in high summer, none of them told Dawn
that it rains ten months of the year. She moved to Vancouver just one day
after ringing in the new year, on January 2, 1987. She worked in the city for
a few years as a server (luckily, Vancouver also had an Earl’s, and it was
more than happy to hire Dawn too) and, at Cadillac Fairview, as a secretary.