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Dela was able to juggle a very busy schedule. She regularly put in a long
day at work, whether in or out of court; did her volunteer work, whether it
was attending various CBA meetings or offering her time to Access to Justice
BC or other pro bono groups; and still had time for herself and her
home. Her main passion has always been helping others. There is a long list
of volunteer activities in which she was active throughout her career. She
was deeply involved with the CBABC, particularly the Westminster family
law subsection, having been on the executive team of that subsection for
over five years and having occupied almost every position from event planner
to president over the last nine years of her participation in that subsection.
She was also a member of the Provincial Council of the CBABC for two
years. She also participated in other volunteer organizations such as the
Delta Hospital and served as an executive member of the Surrey Memorial
Hospital Foundation. One of her favorite volunteer activities, in her later
years of practice, was coaching UBC law students in the Burns Moot advocacy
program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Dela has also acted as a
mentor to junior female lawyers.
These volunteer activities took place in the background of a busy fulltime
law practice, which would usually be topped off with an hour or two at
the gym. Dela thrives in situations that others would find demanding or
stressful. This will serve her in good stead as a judge. Those who have
watched family court in Surrey know that it is a study of controlled chaos.
A Provincial Court judge sitting on a daily list of some 50 applications often
relies on counsel—or, more often, on duty counsel—to perform triage and
help move the list along.
Many lawyers find practice to be stressful, but to Dela, it has been exciting
and a joy. She will tell you that she has enjoyed every moment of her
practice, from the most challenging of files to the lawyers she has met and
the good friends she has made along the way.
Both in life and work, Dela has always taken a practical approach. She
thinks outside the box and looks for practical and sensible solutions. She
does not reach conclusions prematurely and instead turns her mind to various
possible outcomes in the hopes of finding a solution when possible.
Dela strives for balance and wants each side to have their say and be heard.
She has developed many interests throughout life. Her parents exposed
her to diverse cultures and since childhood she has travelled extensively
throughout Europe and Asia. She has a keen appreciation of different cultures
and the arts. When she travels, she enjoys socializing with the locals
and visiting the various local art galleries and other cultural heritage sites.
While many may comment about her love of shoes and fashion, she does not