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At Expo ’86 Margaret worked at the Ramesses II pavilion. Perhaps it was
there that she acquired her love of expeditions into unfamiliar territory, just
as the Egyptian pharaoh once did. As a child, Margaret and her family
explored campgrounds throughout British Columbia. Margaret’s travel bug
and taste for adventure have taken her on extensive tours throughout
Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, India and the Caribbean. In August
1990 Margaret left nine weeks of travel in the Middle East at the start of the
Gulf War by attending the Rolling Stones’ Steel Wheels Tour at London’s
Wembley Stadium, a mere two days before starting articles at Clark Wilson.
After f inishing her articles, Margaret took a position in 1991 with the
provincial Crown in the Nanaimo region. She began her employment there,
of course, after yet another excursion, this time to the Caribbean. Three
years later Margaret returned to London where she completed an LL.M. in
criminal law at the London School of Economics in 1995 before rejoining
the Crown in Nanaimo.
In 1999 a keen-eyed Robert Wright, Q.C., recruited Margaret to the Air
India prosecution team. Bob describes her as a capable and skilful advocate
who was often the f irst one on a team to put her hand up when he was passing
out difficult assignments.
After that mega-trial ended, Margaret secured a position in the Criminal
Appeals and Special Prosecutions (“CASP”) off ice of the B.C. Ministry of
Justice. In that capacity she regularly conducted appeals on some of the
most serious and high-profile cases handled by the provincial Crown. It is
a testament to the competency and organizational excellence of CASP that
it has produced two CBABC presidents in the past ten years, with Margaret
now following in the footsteps of Madam Justice Miriam Maisonville, who
was president between 2008 and 2009.
In her capacity as appellate counsel Margaret has argued precedent-setting
cases in the Supreme Court of Canada and the B.C. Court of Appeal. But
while her legal work has often seen her working in team environments, she
has more often conducted diff icult and complex cases on her own or as lead
counsel to a fortunate junior.
As a teenager Margaret met her future husband, Nari, in the Caribbean.
During her studies in London they reacquainted and eventually married
in 1996. Together they now have three beautiful daughters: Sarita (12),
Alisha (14) and Selina (18). Somehow, despite juggling a demanding workload
and being a dedicated mother to three busy children who play replevel
soccer and excel in piano, Margaret never hesitates to give her time
to colleagues and to devote substantial effort to advancing the interests of