THE ADVOCATE 231
VOL. 77 PART 2 MARCH 2019
By Cheryl D’Sa*
SERVICES FOR MEMBERS
The Vancouver Bar Association (“VBA”) is proud of its mandate to promote
collegiality and civility among members of the bar. However, we recognize
that as our members spend more time in the profession, they often take on
new responsibilities at home including raising children or caring for sick and
aging parents. As a result, these lawyers are not always able to attend our
events. We also know that there are lawyers who struggle with health- and
wellness-related issues that sometimes make it difficult for them to remain
in the profession. The VBA believes that a large part of promoting civility
comes from an understanding that lawyers can offer support to one another.
In an effort to support our members, we are going to continue to build on
the initiatives that have been started by our childcare committee, and we
are excited to continue our partnership with Kids & Co. This partnership
affords our members the opportunity to have their child placed within a
Kids & Co. daycare within six months. There are also changes coming this
year that will benefit our members such as centralized registration; waived
registration fees for all full- and part-time users (which is a savings of $200);
discounts for clothing stores and sleep doulas, which will be available to all
members of the VBA, regardless of whether their children are enrolled at
Kids & Co.; and webinars on integration back into the workforce. The VBA
will also continue our partnerships with Mother Me and Nannies on Call.
In addition, this year we hope to offer our members access to services for
caring for sick and aging parents. We also hope to be able to partner with a
meal preparation service as well as a gym to encourage health and wellness
for our members. Stay tuned to our website for updates.
* Cheryl D’Sa is the president of the Vancouver Bar Association.