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On top of that, Veronica has shown a particular devotion to the training
of young lawyers. She was a mentor to students at the University of Victoria
from 2007 to 2012. From 2013 until her appointment to the bench, she
taught Legal Ethics and Professionalism at UVic. She has also been extensively
involved in supporting moot teams at UVic, acting as a team assistant
coach to the Wilson Moot team and as the coach for the Gale Cup Moot team
for many years.
Her commitment to the community goes beyond the law. Veronica
served on the board of the Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg, and she
was also the chair of the board of directors of the Belfry Theatre in Victoria.
Veronica’s energy is boundless, and she seems to be able to pack more
into a typical day than two or three normal human beings. Whether organizing
client “meet and greets” in the past when working with for the Revenue
and Taxation Group, hiking with Bill through the hills of Scotland, or
belting it out with Bill on guitar in their group (the Powdered Wigs) at the
Battle of the Bar Bands, it seems nothing slows Veronica down. In the midst
of all this activity, however, Veronica still manages to exude a calming grace
and peace. She is known to bring her knitting (for which she has a passion)
to meetings where difficult issues are being discussed around the boardroom
table. Those who work with her relate how her level-headedness and
calm were somehow channeled through her knitting, and discussions were
always serious but good-natured.
Veronica is known for tackling each new project with energy and enthusiasm.
She joined the Revenue and Taxation Group having never practised
tax law. Unsurprisingly, she brought her skill and expertise as a trial lawyer
to the group. What might surprise people who do not know her was her
enthusiasm for learning tax law. It seems that after joining the group Veronica
had endless discussions about the role of assumptions in tax cases, standard
of review in tax appeals and other arcane tax topics. Sooner rather than
later, group members found themselves referring to Veronica’s collected
authorities on those topics.
Veronica’s presence in any workplace is a boon, for so many reasons. Her
sense of humour, respect for others and joie de vivre make it a true pleasure
to come in to work every day. She is always quick with a compliment or a
thoughtful gift (she is known to knit coffee cup sleeves for colleagues!). Her
workmates were not were surprised when she was appointed to the bench,
and although they are happy for her, she will be missed.
All who know Veronica (and those who have yet to have the pleasure)
would say that Veronica’s appointment to the British Columbia Supreme
Court is good news for the judiciary, great news for the law and even better
news for the people of British Columbia.