THE ADVOCATE 459
VOL. 76 PART 3 MAY 2018
By R.C. Tino Bella*
Re: National President of the
Canadian Bar Association
I am delighted to congratulate
Kerry Simmons, Q.C., on her
ascension to the national presidency
of the Canadian Bar Association.
Kerry, as readers of the
Advocate will know, is an active
member of the bar from Victoria
(and no, that is not an oxymoron).
What may not be as well known
is that she is also claimed by the
Cowichan Valley Bar Association
centred in Duncan. It was in Duncan
that she spent her formative
years (her father Brian was a
school principal here and later
school board chair; she comes by
public service genetically) and
took her first steps in the law.
And what may be even lesser
known is the remarkable leadership
provided to our profession by
members from Duncan, of whom
Kerry is but the latest.
From a miniscule membership
(I was the tenth on my arrival in
1969), the Duncan bar has provided
an earlier national bar president (J.
Parker MacCarthy, as he then was)
and a president of the Law Society
(G. Glen Ridgway, Q.C., as he still
This, by any objective measure,
is a stellar and I suspect unmatched
contribution from such a
small but clearly noteworthy
There must be something in the
Michael G. Coleman, Q.C.
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