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town friends and family desire me to be!). Thankfully I am far more mature
than I once was. Where I come from the word “student” is often used as an
insult, or a joke.
I articled with a sole practitioner who was very supportive, caring and
attentive to my success. This practitioner facilitated the beginning of my
new career path, and he selected me to work with him based upon principles
that value professional retention of lawyers from diverse backgrounds.
Ian Lawson offered to supervise me when he learned of my familial and
community connections within Treaty 8 “indian country” (Chetwynd and
Soon after starting my articling position, I realized it would also be helpful
to be exposed to work in a larger firm. I was used to “doing my own
thing” but needed to learn how to become a team player. Finding a new
principal was not an easy task, but the local bencher facilitated a connection
to a larger law firm. Again, the support within the legal community
seemed to flow fast for me while in the Skeena–Bulkley.
Connecting with the larger law firm became one the most pivotal
moments in the beginning of my legal career. The local bencher went out
of her way to support me, validate my experiences and honour my perspective
while also calling me to task in a respectful and logical manner.
I will be forever grateful to my articling supervisor, Coady MacEachern at
Giddings MacEachern Law. I just wanted to survive articling, but Coady went
above and beyond and provided a mix of compassion, empathy and diligent
professionalism. I could not have been placed with a better principal.
The gifts I have been given in life, in a short period of time, far exceed
anything I anticipated. My steps forward to success may be mired by my
adverse personal experiences and history, and perhaps muddled as a result
of some speed bumps along the way, but my achievements are real. My old
mantra in life, “keep expectations low so that I will not be disappointed”, has
now been shelved. I strive for greater heights because I am worth it and so
are the individuals and communities that I help. My articling principal
taught me that the intersections of professionalism, respect and empathy
are pragmatic within legal practice. Additionally, I have discovered that,
generally speaking, the legal community in B.C. is an accepting community
that embraces the possibility and principle of rehabilitation.
As I continue to strive forward on my path, I offer support to others as it
was freely given to me. I am a resource for those who may need support getting
through the gate, and some have already reached out to me for that.
Recently, I observed a newer credentials decision that cited my own. My
case was cited as a precedent for use when considering another incoming
articled student with a diverse background.