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VOL. 76 PART 2 MARCH 2018
Always up for a challenge and intrigued by the subject matter, Dawn
decided to study law at UBC. She funded her law school education by working
the night shift in an administrative and financial aid role at a helpline
for children maintained by British Columbia’s Child Protection Ministry. In
Dawn’s hard-driving mind, working into the late hours allowed her time to
study, while paying down her student loan bills. She graduated from UBC’s
faculty of law in 1992.
Dawn articled at the civil law firm of Killam, Whitelaw & Twining and
was called to the bar in 1993. Working at the helpline for children allowed
her to hold out for the law job she truly wanted, that of Crown counsel, joining
the 222 Main Street office in June 1994. She stayed at that office until
1998, when she took unpaid leave for a year to work in Victoria as counsel
with the BC Health Care Risk Management Society. There, she provided
risk management advice to hospitals, hospital staff and nurses, and received
and reviewed claims. To the relief of her Crown colleagues, she returned to
222 Main Street in 1999 and remained there until 2002.
From 2002 to 2009 Dawn left the Crown again for a longer stretch to work
in the unique role of legal advisor to the Vancouver Police Department.
That role provided Dawn with greater insight into and appreciation of the
conditions in which the police are required to work—often under high
stress and time pressures. Of course, that appreciation is balanced by her
recognition of the need for the police to be held to a very high standard, particularly
given the amount of power and authority that is bestowed on them
in carrying out their duties.
In 2009 Dawn again returned to 222 Main Street as Crown counsel, working
as a trial Crown on serious crime cases. More recently, she worked for
three years as summary conviction appeals counsel, before again focusing
on major crime files as trial Crown. In 2017 she temporarily filled the position
with the criminal appeals and special prosecution office as firearms
resource counsel for Crown counsel throughout the province.
In her personal life Dawn has two loves: her partner, Nicky, and her
sweet black rescue dog named Tex. Tex came, unsurprisingly, from Texas.
After an undetermined time living hard on the streets, Tex has found a
happy home with Nicky and Dawn, where she is truly their fur baby.
When Dawn is not busy at the office she is generally spending her time
with Nicky and Tex. Dawn is an avid runner and hiker and enjoys good food
and wine. Tex partakes in most of these pursuits, but Dawn and Nicky draw
the line at the wine.
Dawn’s main weakness is candy. One can (or, from the sad perspective
of her former colleagues, could) happen upon multiple stashes in her office.