914 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 76 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2018
The Honourable Judge Mariane Ruth Armstrong
Mariane Ruth Armstrong was sworn in as a judge of
the Provincial Court of British Columbia on September
6, 2017 and has been assigned to the Interior
Region with chambers in Kamloops.
For those who know Mariane, her appointment
comes as no surprise, as her personal attributes
include a keen intellect, a compassionate nature and
a diligent work ethic. All are qualities possessed by the best jurists.
These personal attributes were no doubt influenced and nurtured by her
upbringing. Her parents met during World War II when her father Norman
Armstrong was a pilot and her mother Kay (Kathleen) Giardelli lived in
Britain. After marrying and moving to Canada the Armstrongs had three
children. Mariane was the youngest. She was born in Murrayville (now Langley)
where her father worked as an optometrist. Her older siblings Geraldine
and Trevor kept a watchful eye as befits children of an optometrist – Asst.
Ed. over her.
Growing up, meals at home were always accompanied by stimulating,
intellectual discussions about politics, religion and social issues. Mariane
attended a Catholic boarding school run by nuns in Vancouver, where she
observed the selflessness of the nuns in their service and kindness to others.
At one point in time Mariane contemplated becoming a nun, but fortunately
for us her brother Trevor (now Armstrong J. of the B.C. Supreme
Court) employed Mariane in his law office when she was young, which
sparked her lifelong interest in the law.
Mariane received her LL.B. from Dalhousie University in 1987. Those
who knew her in law school will attest to her true aptitude for the law. In
her second year at law school a fellow law student, Ron Chorneyko, joined
her study group. Ron went from study partner to life partner when he and
Mariane married in 1988.
Mariane articled with Shrum Liddle & Hebenton, now McCarthy
Tétrault, in Vancouver. She began her criminal practice as Crown counsel
in 1989, working first in Vancouver and then in Salmon Arm. Her career as
Crown counsel was interrupted momentarily when she left to pursue a private
practice. As a sole practitioner Mariane was much sought after by her
former employer as an ad hoc Crown counsel and within a short period of
time she was lured back to her former position as Crown counsel in Salmon