18 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 77 PART 1 JANUARY 2019
Nancy is one of those rare people who possess intelligence, sound intuition
and good instinct. She’s a listener, weighing in only when asked and
gently directing those who rely on her guidance to their own conclusions
and plans of action. When necessary, however, she will not shy away
from making hard decisions, as her various Law Society roles have
What I value most in Nancy is her devotion to advising, guiding and protecting
newly called and younger members of our bar. She is a fierce
advocate on behalf of young lawyers and a supporter of education, mentoring
and the occasional raucous social event, the latter of which she
invariably and happily attends.
I am very proud of Nancy’s achievements, and I am glad she abandoned
the chilly border town of Windsor for the tropical climes of Nanaimo.
Many of us have benefitted both personally and professionally from the
wisdom of this decision and congratulate Nancy on her ascension to the
presidency of the Law Society.
We know that life in the legal profession presents tremendous challenges,
and it can mean for a lonely and isolating place for new practitioners.
Nancy is a star at reaching out to young and struggling lawyers to offer
support and guidance.
In addition to supporting new lawyers, one of her goals for the Law Society
in 2019 is to work with communities to address the loss of lawyers in
northern and rural communities. Nancy says the goals she sets out for this
year are to steer the Law Society to be courageous, responsive, inclusive
One of the questions my business partner and I ask at all employment
interviews is: “Who is your best friend?” For us, this question serves two
purposes. First, we want to confirm the person has friendships. Second, we
want to ensure these friendships are enduring. Nancy enjoys friendships
going back to her childhood in Ontario.
Alison Howard has been one of Nancy’s closest friends for more than 20
years. I wish to close by sharing the e-mail that Alison sent to me, for I think
it captures the essence of our new president:
I first met Nancy in a book club in Nanaimo that later turned out to be
the social and literary version of the television program Survivor. I
remember very vividly some of the first discussions. While many of us
thought we were attempting to show our intellectual prowess by making
insightful comments about the plot and characters, Nancy took every
opportunity to deliver a hilarious barb or a witty comeback to the comments
flying around the room. I adored her even though she intimidated
the life out of me back then.
I have known Nancy for more than 20 years. We have travelled the world
together, shopped, dined and learned a few things about the art of the
upgrade along the way. I have great memories and even better stories I