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BC LAW INSTITUTE
By Thomas L. Spraggs*
As we enter 2019 the staff and board of the British Columbia Law Institute
(“BCLI”) and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (“CCEL”) reflect on the past
year. It was a busy and productive year. When readers pick up this first edition
of the Advocate for 2019 we anticipate that the board will have reviewed
one consultation paper and three final reports over the months of December
2018 and January 2019. I look forward to seeing the fruits of the hard
work of staff and volunteer committee members and the dozens of volunteer
committee members. We will have also said goodbye to a board member
and expect to have welcomed a new member.
On November 1, 2018 the Attorney General for British Columbia
appointed Tejas Madhur as a member and director of our board for a twoyear
term. I look forward to working with her in the years to come. Tejas
received her J.D. from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie and was
first called in that province. She then worked as legislative counsel for the
Government of Nunavut and, now called in B.C., she is working in policy
and intergovernmental affairs for the Tsawwassen First Nation.
On November 30, 2018 we said goodbye to Jan Christiansen after six
years of service as appointee of the Law Society of British Columbia. Hailing
from Prince George, Jan’s contributions to the board and to the Audit,
Finance and Risk Committee over the years were many. I am particularly
appreciative of his dedication to attending meetings by phone over the
years. It takes a special effort to participate in meetings by phone. We appreciate
the attention and commitment of Jan and other directors who need to
attend our meetings by phone. At the time of writing the announcement of
the next appointee of the Law Society had not been made. I look forward to
welcoming that individual in due course.
* Thomas L. Spraggs is chair of the BCLI’s board.