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defence and prosecution work, the latter as an agent for the Public Prosecution
Service of Canada. Over the years, Clarke has gained a well-deserved
reputation among the bench and bar as a thoroughly competent, insightful
and fair prosecutor. He will be sorely missed in that capacity especially.
Clarke and Sandy speak fondly of the busy years of their new family and
Clarke’s early career with the firm. Their second child was born in 1996 and
their third in 2000, the same year that they bought their present home and
Clarke was welcomed as a partner in the firm. Those years provide them
now with proud and nostalgic memories.
Although driven by a venerable work ethic, Clarke’s priority has always
been his family. Assisting in coaching his son’s soccer teams, overnighting
with his daughter at Brownie camp and instilling in his children a love of
travel with family holidays abroad are examples of his involvement and supportiveness
as a parent. His family home is also renowned as a perpetual
shelter for disadvantaged dogs, often blind and lame, that Sandy rescues
and gives succour to with bottomless compassion.
Clarke finds the time and energy to keep active in other areas: skiing
(both downhill and Nordic), which he is good at; soccer, which he can hold
his own at; and drop-in hockey, which he has no business playing whatsoever.
He is a cycling aficionado, with the Lycra to prove it, and has entered
many local events and taken many cross-country ventures abroad with
cycling companions who find it hard to keep pace with him.
Justice system participants and the community at large will be well
served by the appointment of Judge Burnett. His work ethic, sense of fairness,
knowledge of the law and concern for the justice system make him an
exceptionally well-chosen candidate for the Provincial Court bench. We
wish him the very best.