604 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 77 PART 4 JULY 2019
Sandra Carter, a long-time member of the municipal
bar, passed away unexpectedly in September 2018.
She was 62 years old. Many who knew her will
remember her as a true Renaissance woman who
loved adventure, travel, fast cars, music, great food
and wine and plenty of debate.
Sandra was born in Toronto and moved to Vancouver
with her parents and brother in 1964. She attended Prince of Wales Secondary
and then went to UBC where she earned an undergraduate degree
in psychology. Sandra also attended law school at UBC, while raising her
young son, Michael. Sandra articled at Bull Housser & Tupper and was
called to the bar in 1994. She was then hired into the firm’s local government
practice and soon became a partner. Sandra stayed in that practice
until 2009 when she left to form a boutique local government practice
under the banner of Valkyrie Law Group. A pioneering firm, Valkyrie
adopted the approach of being entirely virtual—in her words, “versatile and
mobile, the knowledge-based business of law needs no bricks and mortar!”
The unique firm model was advantageous to clients and lawyers alike and
was representative of Sandra’s inventive outlook.
After being called to the bar in 1994, Sandra developed over 24 years of
municipal law experience, advising on many new local government initiatives.
Her extensive knowledge of municipal law and her commitment to
client service were greatly appreciated by her many loyal clients. Many will
remember Sandra’s creative and entertaining manner of presenting on legal
topics while providing her own sharp insights. And who can forget the
Valkyrie Law Martini Receptions that were held at the annual Local Government
Management Association conferences? Sandra was a long-time and
frequent speaker at many seminars and conferences focused on local government
(including the LGMA and UBCM chapter conferences), Continuing
Legal Education events and Pacific Business & Law Institute conferences.
Anyone who knew Sandra appreciated her adventurous spirit. She
learned to fly a plane, mastered riding a motorcycle and had a deep love and
appreciation for fast cars. At various points in her career she owned a
Porsche Boxster, a Lamborghini and a Lotus Elise, all of which her son and
her loved to take out on the speedway. Sandra also had a love for travel and
travelled extensively around the world, including to such places as Africa,
Israel, London, France, Greece and the Turks and Caicos. At the time of her