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ized that the “oopsies” were all about us and not about her at all. We were
the ones who (may have) had one bevvie too many, danced way too crazy,
made that inappropriate comment, spent too much money shopping—you
get the idea. Lisa may have been there, cheering from the sidelines (actually,
Lisa probably organized the outing at which the “oopsie” occurred), but
her own conduct was always irreproachable.
Lisa personifies the adage “never let them see you sweat”. No matter how
harried she might be or how challenging the circumstances, Lisa maintains
a cool, unflappable demeanour. She is grace under pressure. This ability
may stem from her experiences as the “new kid” in town as her family relocated
so often for her father’s work. Remember Mean Girls? Lisa attended
school for one year in California where her teachers considered her to be
gifted with an unusual knowledge of world geography as compared to her
“Valley girl” classmates. In times of stress, Lisa never lets slip the Valley girl
talk, although from time to time she does let rip some of the funniest sayings
we have ever heard, most of which are not appropriate for this particular
Lisa also has artistic flair. She sews, makes stunning floral arrangements
and sports the funkiest eyewear. While needlework is not usually a characteristic
relevant to the performance of judicial duties, Lisa’s expertise as a
seamstress, one that she shares with her daughter Rita, is quite remarkable.
She can do everything from redesigning a man’s shirt into a designer knockoff
to making a pair of pants from scratch. While growing up, in addition to
giving practical advice on family size, Lisa’s mom stressed the need to be
educated, independent and self-sustaining. For Lisa’s mom, to be self-
sustaining meant knowing how to cook yourself a nice meal and how to
hem your own pants. Lisa definitely aced the pant-hemming thing and is
not only a competent cook, but also the best dinner guest ever. She brings
not only the appropriate beverage (usually your favourite and probably
times two), but also, if you are lucky, a handmade floral arrangement to
grace your table. She will also shower you with sincere praise for your table
arrangement and culinary skills.
In her spare time, Lisa likes to snowshoe, travel, debate American politics,
go to the movies, watch British crime shows, share some laughs with
her friends and family and, yes, shop at fancy stores.
Although we are sorry to lose Lisa as a colleague, we take some solace
from the certain knowledge that she is now serving the greater public good
in her new role as a justice of the B.C. Supreme Court. We look forward to
seeing where Lisa’s musings will take her next!