THE ADVOCATE 759
VOL. 76 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2018
One weekend when Megan was accompanying Diane, they ran into one of
Diane’s colleagues who said that it was cruel and unusual punishment to
bring Megan into work on a sunny day. Diane responded that it was cruel,
but it certainly was not unusual. Still, Diane found time to support her
daughter’s pursuits, as her parents had done for her. Diane has been a dedicated
gymnastics, equestrian and circus mom. Yes, that’s right, circus! It
takes courage for a parent to watch her child learn to tumble, trampoline
and suspend herself from aerial silks. Diane was up for the task and as long
as Megan was safe and listened to her coaches, Diane encouraged her to
pursue her aspirations.
As Megan is almost finished high school and preparing for the next chapter
of her life, this will be her last year with circus and for Diane volunteering
at her circus performances. Diane encourages Megan to follow her
dreams. They have also travelled extensively together as Diane wanted
Megan to have the opportunity to see other places in the world. Diane separated
from Megan’s father, labour lawyer David Tarasoff, a number of years
ago, but they remain good friends and they all travelled together to Finland
for Megan to participate in World Gymnaestrada a few years ago.
Diane has always made time to enjoy nature with Megan, including
through skiing and hiking. Diane is also a dedicated cyclist and was notorious
in the BCTF legal department for commandeering the department photocopy
room so that she could change out of her cycling gear into work
attire. It was the only room that did not have a transparent window in the
door and offered some privacy as long as Diane’s paralegal caught anyone
trying to open the door. The department closet had no room for coats as
Diane kept it well stocked with clothing she could change into after biking.
I understand that at the court Diane has her own closet in her office, which
I am sure will be well used as she continues to bike to work from East Vancouver
In addition to being thrilled about her new closet, Diane is happy in a
new relationship with Justice Stephen Kelleher. For his part, Steve considers
himself lucky she said yes to their first dinner since she has never forgiven
him for ruling against her in her very first arbitration.
As a lawyer, Diane appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada three
times. The first time was representing the BCTF as an intervener in Moore
v. British Columbia (Education), a case about discrimination in the denial of
services for a student with dyslexia. The BCTF intervened to support the
parents’ claim against the school district. The parents succeeded in the
appeal. The Supreme Court of Canada adopted some of the reasoning in the
BCTF factum addressing public education as the service at issue in the case.