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favourite place to which she has been. She looks forward to the opportunity
to continue travelling with her children as they get older and more adventurous.
Despite the new weekday wardrobe being assigned to her, Monica is
still a fashion diva and has been known to be part of a group of female
lawyers who may have bought more than 36 pairs of shoes in 36 hours.
Monica’s sisters Brenda, Alison and Lorna and their families all still
reside in Kelowna, as do her parents, making it a very large but fun table for
Sunday dinners and family events. Monica is certainly a most welcome
addition to the bench and the courthouse in Kelowna.
The Honourable Mr. Justice Andrew P. Mayer
“Work”, “service” and “community”. These are the
words that most plainly describe Mr. Justice Andrew
Phillip Avtar Mayer, sworn in as a judge of the British
Columbia Supreme Court on July 21, 2017 at a youthful
49 years of age. Of course he has since matured
into a bona fide quinquagenarian, celebrating his
50th birthday this past October. Andrew—“Andy” as
he is known to friends and family—has an uncommon work ethic, a deep
and abiding understanding of community and a demonstrated record of
service to his colleagues, family, friends and society. These qualities will
serve him well on the bench.
Andrew was born in Chemainus as the fifth of six children in one of the
few South Asian families in the Cowichan Valley in the late sixties. Andrew
spent his early childhood years in Crofton, playing at the piers at the BC
Ferries terminal and watching ships coming and going from the pulp and
paper mill. His early fascination with ships, as well as having an uncle who
was the director-general of the Indian Coast Guard, may explain Andrew’s
later pull towards all things maritime.
Andrew’s father and uncles started as mill workers in Chemainus but
later struck out on their own, first with a ready-mix concrete and aggregates
business which later developed into one of the largest construction companies
on Vancouver Island. In an early display of the industriousness for