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In January 2014 Carolyn returned to the part-time practice of law in B.C.
and was appointed to the Mental Health Review Board where she chaired
detention hearings. I was chair of the board at that time and was very
pleased with her eagerness to do hearings and to travel to those hearings
anywhere in B.C., something few members were willing to do. She showed
maturity, legal expertise and compassion in her decision writing.
Throughout her career Carolyn authored many papers, spoke at many
events and gave many media interviews. Some of her papers include “Costs
in Public Interest Litigation” (1996), “Judging Sokal’s Hoax in the Light of
the Law” (1997), “The Constitution: Building Process in Afghanistan” (2005),
“Who Do We Protect?" (2007), “On the One Hand” (2008) and others. She
appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and
was counsel on many noteworthy decisions.
Carolyn was a member and a board member of many community organizations,
including MOSAIC, Save the Children and the Vancouver Association
for Survivors of Torture. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II
Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
In 2014 Carolyn became an active member of Lawyers’ Rights Watch
Canada, serving as a director and secretary. She also served as the monitor
of human rights in Turkey and was an inspiring member of the intervention
team. She is greatly missed by them.
During her last few years in a full-time position at the Immigration and
Refugee Board, Carolyn unfortunately discovered that she had another
blood cancer (her non-Hodgkin lymphoma had been successfully treated in
2004). With her usual aplomb and drive she endured a stem cell transplant
in January 2013 that removed this cancer. She had several surgeries in the
last few years, most recently a hip replacement in February. She stated that
those tough experiences taught her about the value of human life, the
beauty and wonder of the world around us and the deep love that family
and friends can have for each other. She commented in her letter to her
grade 12 class: “I am immeasurably stronger than I was before … we can get
better than we were before because we got worse first.”
At the memorial, members of Carolyn’s book club fondly told us of her
thoughtful and provoking participation. This was no ordinary book club.
They read non-fiction books on topics such as the environment, the colonization
of Canada, the Middle East and other matters of substance. Most of
the six women members had known Carolyn since before they all had children,
so they were longtime friends. Carolyn was a very avid reader in all
genres and her international experience enriched their discussions.
She maintained a close and strong relationship with her former husband
Juri and was deeply saddened by his death in a bicycle accident three years