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of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and other tribunals, as well as medical
malpractice defence litigation. While carrying on a busy practice she
returned to school part-time and completed her LL.M. in e-business at
Osgoode Hall in 2003.
Barbara is a living example of the adage: “If you want something done
well, give it to a busy person.” This approach will no doubt assist in her
future while tackling her reserve judgments.
Her former partners said that at Harper Grey, Barbara made an endless
number of enduring contributions to the success of the firm with her reputation
for honesty, integrity, intellectual fortitude, hard work and professionalism.
She was known to everyone who had the fortune of working with
her as unfailingly kind and generous with her time and expertise; always
guided by a keen sense of justice, fairness and integrity; and committed to
excellence in everything she tackled. It is for these reasons, and many
more, that her former partners know Barbara will make an amazing judge:
kind, fair, thoughtful, highly ethical and very wise.
Barbara juggles her many roles as a partner, mentor, friend, colleague,
wife, sister, daughter and mother with apparent ease while finding time for
travel and satisfying her love of shared meals, including the ongoing tradition
of early morning conversations over breakfasts of waffles and lattes.
She is known to daydream about online house-hunting trips for castles in
France and Scotland.
In those many roles, what stands out is Barbara’s dedication to her husband,
Herman, and their two children. She was active in the children’s elementary
and secondary schools’ parent advisory committee (“PAC”) and
school planning council. A former PAC chair comments that “Barbara generously
dedicated an enormous amount of time to the school community in
Delta” and noted “her personal strength, knowledge, calm demeanour and
ability to defuse conflicts.”
In addition to volunteering extensively with school and community sporting
activities she was devoted to assisting with her children’s activities.
Barbara spent many chilly, rainy mornings watching daughter Clara compete
in equestrian jumping events around the Lower Mainland. Although dubious
about horses at first, Barbara grew to love them. With son Dirk she spent
countless hours in various hockey arenas, baseball fields and gyms. She was
always supportive and patient with the children but expected them to be considerate
of others and well behaved. In this project, as with all other projects
Barbara takes on, she succeeded without drawing attention to herself.
Both Barbara and Herman are very proud of their children’s ongoing
accomplishments, with Clara following in her grandparents’ medical pro-