THE ADVOCATE 437
VOL. 77 PART 3 MAY 2019
By R.C. Tino Bella
The Honourable Justice Veronica Jackson
To the surprise of no one who knows her, Madam
Justice Veronica Jackson was appointed to the
British Columbia Supreme Court on October 9, 2018.
She is relocating from her home in Victoria to sit in
A law school classmate relates the following story
of his earliest memory of Veronica from September
1989. It was their first class in law school, Criminal Law, first thing Monday
morning. To start the class, Professor Barney Sneiderman introduced himself
and then immediately pointed out that the class was going to miss more
lectures than other classes because most statutory holidays fall on a Monday.
Accordingly, he gave a list of dates on which he was scheduling makeup
lectures. Veronica raised her hand and asked (with a smile): “Professor
Sneiderman, what is your understanding of the meaning of the word ‘holiday’?”
This anecdote shows characteristics that Justice Jackson’s friends know
and admire. She is witty, self-possessed, mischievous in a good-natured
way, willing to ask important but difficult questions, and predisposed to discussing
words and phrases judicially considered! Those who know her
know she retains those qualities today, in addition to her warmth, compassion,
enthusiasm, professionalism and prodigious legal talent.
Veronica was born on September 22, 1965 in Fredericton, New
Brunswick. In 1969 she began what would be a slow but steady westward
migration and moved with her family to Winnipeg. Veronica grew up in the
Crescentwood neighbourhood of Winnipeg and graduated from Fort Richmond
High School. In her undergraduate years, Veronica attended the University
of Manitoba, where she took liberal arts and education courses.