764 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 76 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2018
The Honourable Judge Kristen D. Mundstock
On March 12, 2018 Kristen D. Mundstock was sworn
in as a judge of the Provincial Court. She will be
assigned to the Fraser Region.
Kristen was born in Whitehorse on December 15,
1967. She is the second of three children. Kristen’s
father was born in 1936 in East Berlin. He made his
way to West Germany and eventually moved to
Canada in 1957. After moving around a bit he settled in Whitehorse in 1960.
Kristen’s mother was born in 1943 in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan. Kristen’s
parents met in Whitehorse where Kristen’s mother was teaching, and they
eventually married on May 22, 1965. Kristen started her schooling in Whitehorse,
where she would often walk the 20 minutes to and from school in
-30 degree weather (uphill both ways, I am sure). Kristen’s parents curled
on Friday nights and afterwards they would socialize with their friends.
Kristen and her siblings were each given a dollar to spend on candy and ran
around the curling club entertaining themselves. While still based in Whitehorse,
Kristen and her family went on long road trips to Saskatchewan to
visit her grandparents on their farm.
Kristen’s father was employed as a parts manager in Whitehorse, but the
company that he worked for closed and the family moved to Chilliwack in
1978 where he secured new employment. After moving to Chilliwack, Kristen
attended Little Mountain Elementary School, Chilliwack Middle School
and Chilliwack Secondary School where she excelled in academics and
sports including field hockey and track and field. She graduated in 1985.
She started her post-secondary studies at the University of the Fraser Valley,
moved on to Simon Fraser University and ultimately graduated from
the University of Victoria with a degree in history in 1990. Kristen’s brother
also attended the University of Victoria and Kristen made him dinner every
Sunday to make sure that he was being properly fed. Kristen went on to law
school at Queen’s, obtaining her degree in 1993.
Kristen articled at Patten MacDonald & Crabtree. Her principal was
Thomas Crabtree, later chief judge of the Provincial Court and now justice
of the B.C. Supreme Court; he swore her in as a Provincial Court judge.
Kristen was called to the bar in 1994. She became a partner at Patten
Thornton and continued to practise with that firm until her appointment to
the bench. Kristen’s practice covered a wide range of legal work including