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“what would Jen do?” There is no doubt that this desire to mentor others
will continue with her appointment to the bench. As a lawyer, Jennifer
could regularly be found donating her time and energy to helping other
members of the profession excel, particularly young female lawyers practising
criminal law. Not only was Jennifer a mentor, she was also committed
to continuing legal education and could often be found as one of many
esteemed presenters at criminal law conferences annually. She volunteered
as a board member for the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and
gave her time to the Professional Legal Training Course.
Jennifer’s professional achievements are many and the positive mark
she left on the legal profession is undeniable. However, despite such
remarkable professional achievements, anyone who knows Jennifer will
know that her most important achievement in life is her family, and in particular
her children: Malcolm and Isabella. Never would a milestone go by
where her colleagues would not see Jennifer come to the office beaming
with pride as she spoke of her children. Her children truly drove her to be
a strong role model, and someone that they could be proud to call mom. She
is incredibly proud of her children and their accomplishments in turn. Malcolm
is a millwright who works six days a week, trains in jujitsu and is a loving
and supportive partner. Isabella is in grade 12, works five nights a week
as a veterinarian assistant and is training her own cutting horse. Jennifer
has clearly passed the hard work gene on to her children.
Jennifer’s commitment to family does not end with her children. She and
her loving partner John can often be found spending quality time together
travelling, being with each other’s families, enjoying the finest Netflix
binges and spending time with close friends. Christine notes that “Jennifer
has a fundamental belief that her family is a priority in life and that it
should be cherished and celebrated. She always ensured we would gather
to celebrate our successes and rally to support each other in times of need.”
In addition to her own family, Jennifer always made a point of asking her
friends and colleagues about their own children and their own families.
When anyone spoke with Jennifer, they always knew that her interest in
their own lives was genuine.
When you look at characteristics that one would like to see in a judge, it
does not take long to realize that Jennifer is the type of person who has
them all and who was truly made for this new role. She is firm, but fair. She
is decisive, yet principled. She listens, maintains an open mind and never
comes to a decision until she has heard everything that needs to be heard.
She is humble, compassionate and intelligent. As Crown counsel, people
found it a privilege to work with her, colleagues and defence counsel alike.