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during busy work days, his table notable for raising the noise level in the
room due to the engaging and often hilarious conversations he started.
Doug was a man not only of substance but also of style. The fact that our
office fell short of Doug’s high aesthetic standards in decor, tidiness and personal
attire was a source of occasional frustration for Doug, though it was
expressed with his usual good humour. Suffice to say that Doug elevated the
standards of the office in more ways than one.
Doug’s professional accomplishments went beyond his role as a litigator
with the Ministry of the Attorney General. He served as a member designate
for the British Columbia Council of Human Rights and was also seconded
for a period of time to act as a strategic advisor to the Deputy
Attorney General. In 2011 Doug began serving on the board of the Justice
Institute of British Columbia and spent three years as board chair.
Doug’s concept of “public service” was itself expansive. He was an active
member of the recovery community in British Columbia, serving on the
boards of the Lawyers Assistance Program and the Last Door Recovery Society
and providing mentorship to numerous young people recovering from
addictions. Doug was also a strong advocate for the LBGTQ community. As
early as 1994, Doug was meeting with the federal Minister of Justice to discuss
solutions and strategies for achieving equal rights for members of the
LBGTQ community. He blazed a leadership trail for many young people
entering the legal profession.
Doug’s many accomplishments as a lawyer, public servant and volunteer
were formally recognized by the legal community through his appointment
as Queen’s Counsel in 2012.
Doug’s talents were not all cerebral. He had seemingly endless energy.
He was active in sports, particularly soccer and hockey, and was a devoted
fan of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. All of us benefited from Doug’s season
tickets to the Whitecaps, as he was generous in extending invitations to
friends and colleagues to join him at the games. Doug was also an avid traveller
and enjoyed the adventure of new spaces. Doug’s travels took him
around the world, though in recent years his most frequent destinations
were in South America and Mexico. One of the things Doug loved about
travel was the opportunity it provided to him to connect with people—Doug
made friends wherever he went.
The wide influence that Doug had on the people he met throughout his
life was evident at his celebration of life, with a large gathering of administrative
assistants, lawyers, judges, friends from the recovery community
and many more who held Doug in high esteem. The diversity of influence
that Doug had was reflected in the speakers at this service, which included