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D. Michael Bain is the father of a grade 12 student at Prince of Wales Secondary. Considering
the accomplishments of Gordon Turriff, Q.C., and his fellow students from
this institution (see below), there is perhaps hope for someone who won the school’s
Judge Rosemary Gallagher has been a judge of the Provincial Court for more
than 20 years. She sits primarily in Vancouver. Before her legal career as in-house
counsel with the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, she was a teacher with
the Victoria and Vancouver school boards.
Justice Barry Leon is the High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
(Commercial Division) based in the British Virgin Islands. He is the first-ever Canadian
to hold the post. He was called to the bar of Ontario in 1976 and previously practised
as head of the international arbitration group at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall.
Elder Kathy Louis, OBC is a member of the Samson Cree Nation in Alberta. She has
spent most of her adult life professionally and personally advocating for Aboriginal
people. She was appointed to the Order of British Columbia in 2008 for the innovation
and excellence she has demonstrated in her efforts to foster positive relationships
between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal British Columbians.
Thomas A. Posyniak is an associate at Harris & Co. where he litigates corporate, commercial,
administrative and employment law matters. Tom is a former clerk for the
Court of Appeal who obtained his JD (with Great Distinction) from the University of
Saskatchewan in 2012. “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees is not his favourite disco
flavoured groove from the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack, although neither is it
“Night on Disco Mountain” by David Shire on the same album.
Gordon Turriff, Q.C., is a born Vancouverite and graduate of Trafalgar Elementary
and Prince of Wales Secondary. When Gordon was in his first year of high school
(grade eight) some of the older students in his school included Trudi Brown (grade
nine), Kim Campbell (grade eleven), Rick Goepel, Jon Sigurdson, Linda Loo and Grant
Taylor (all in grade ten). Tom Northcott meanwhile was in grade twelve. While some
of these classmates became a master and judges of B.C.’s two superior courts, one
became prime minister and two (including Gordon) became Law Society presidents.
Tom Northcott became a folk singer.