THE ADVOCATE 755
VOL. 77 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2019
Jasper-Banff Relay (as the sole woman on the competitive Nortel team) and
the Vancouver Marathon. During a pre-marathon training run Karen
tripped on a hidden sewer grate, earning herself a spectacular black eye and
the temporary nickname “Rocky” courtesy of a wonderfully irreverent colleague.
Crossing the marathon finish line in under four hours was a testament
to Karen’s perseverance and stamina, both of which will stand her in
good stead as a judge.
Karen’s love of theatre commenced at an early age when she debuted in
backyard productions where the clothesline supported a makeshift stage
curtain. From school roles she progressed to the Klondike melodrama Dirty
Work at the Crossroads and later to the Vancouver legal community’s production
of The Government Inspector. The latter role demanded delicate
manoeuvering (in her larger-than-life costume) from her designated spot at
the back of the dressing room to the theatre door. She made her foray into
stage managing in the Vancouver fundraising production of Death on the
Nile. She enjoys interacting with an audience in any setting.
While always a keen student of the natural environment, Karen’s passion
for floral design has allowed her to pursue her interest in all things botanical
while working in a large city. She knows instinctively when someone needs
a moment of thoughtfulness and likes to speak with her fresh flower creations,
which are explosions of colour and scent. She will understand the
need for basic humanity in the midst of court proceedings.
Karen enjoys a special relationship with animals—some would say she is
a cat whisperer. Even the most aloof curmudgeon has been known to fall
under her charms. An advocate for all strays, Karen often made compelling
and novel arguments as to why they should be included in the family fold.
As a newly minted lawyer, Karen’s first set of dependents was a mother cat
and four kittens found sheltering in her hosta garden. Years later, after relocating
her practice to B.C., Karen drove across the country with two members
of that feline family, one of whom escaped through a hotel screen
window during an overnight stay in Merritt. Unwilling to consider the alternative,
Karen undertook an extensive day-long ground search and located
the wee besom, almost missing her B.C. call ceremony in the process.
Karen will always rise to meet a difficult task. She puts her head down,
draws upon a deep personal well of strength and figures things out. While
she appreciates and will seek counsel from others as needed, she is quietly
stubborn and will persist until she is satisfied with the results of her labour.
Karen has remained true to the Douglas clan motto “jamais arrière”, courtesy
of well-honed organizational skills and hard work. As one former partner
has said, Karen consistently logged long hours to meet high personal