THE ADVOCATE 447
VOL. 76 PART 3 MAY 2018
By R.C. Tino Bella
The Honourable Judge Monica McParland
Monica McParland was sworn in as a judge of the
Provincial Court of British Columbia on August 28,
2017. She was assigned to the Interior Region with
chambers in Kelowna. Immediately prior to her
appointment, Monica was a lawyer with Pushor
Mitchell LLP with a practice focused on family law.
Monica was born in Welland, Ontario, a small
town along the Welland Canal near Niagara Falls. She is the third child born
to Gerry and Cathy McParland, who immigrated to Canada from Scotland in
1965. Her father was one of six siblings and her mother was one of three siblings.
Her parents married in Canada.
Monica defies stereotypical birth order. Despite being the third child, she
exhibits traits normally attributed to the first born: natural leadership skills,
reliability, conscientiousness, perfectionism, organization, outgoingness,
etc. According to her father, it was apparent that Monica wanted to be a
lawyer from the age of five.
Her father transferred from Welland, Ontario to Kelowna, British Columbia
in 1984 to work for Western Star Trucks. Monica was in grade 9, but
despite what might have been be a challenging transition year, Monica
thrived in her new environment. Growing up, Monica participated in
numerous volunteer activities. She was involved in BC Youth Parliament,
taught rowing and was heavily involved in the CounterAttack program to
prevent drinking and driving. While in high school she was nominated for
Kelowna’s Young Citizen of the Year. As a young adult she ran a half
marathon to raise money for leukemia research and enjoyed her role as a