THE ADVOCATE 907
VOL. 76 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2018
The Honourable Judge Anja Petra Brown
Countless members of the bench and bar rejoiced
upon learning that Anja Petra Brown had been
appointed as a judge of the Provincial Court of
British Columbia, with chambers in Port Coquitlam.
She was sworn in on July 3, 2018.
Over her 20 years of diligent, dignified and exemplary
service to her clients—whether by private
retainer, through legal aid or simply pro bono—Anja Brown always provided
the highest quality of legal service and counsel. Her clients came to her for
advice on a range of matters, including family or child protection, Aboriginal
rights, residential school adjudication, fisheries disputes and criminal
matters. She has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme
Court of Canada. Early in her career, she began what would become a 20-
year journey as a member of the Bella Bella and Bella Coola Circuit Court
team. She was also appointed in 2009 to the Tsawwassen First Nation Judicial
Council, a position she held until her recent appointment.
Her father Dee, originally from Berlin, and her mother Lore, originally
from Hamburg, immigrated separately to Vancouver, where they met,
quickly fell in love and married. Anja, the first of three children born to the
Streichs, arrived on August 22, 1959 at Vancouver General Hospital.
For a short time in the early 1960s, Anja and her parents moved back to
Germany. Soon after, however, in 1962, the family moved to Whittier, California,
where Anja attended elementary school and where her brother
Ralph was born in 1964. In 1967 the family moved back to North Vancouver,
where Anja’s brother Marc joined the family in 1970. While still in North
Vancouver, she was placed in the Major Works program for grades 4 through
6. The Major Works program was an experimental program for gifted children,
and as Anja later quipped, no, they were not “major jerks”, as some of
the kids called them!
In 1971 the family relocated again, this time to Port Coquitlam, where her
parents still reside. Anja feels exceptionally fortunate that she still has both
her parents in her life. The former family home in Port Coquitlam is only
five blocks from the courthouse where she now sits.
Anja attended high school in Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam, graduating
from Centennial High in 1977. In 1982 she completed her undergraduate
degree at SFU with a major in archaeology and a minor in biology. There,