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28 I agree with Rowles J.A. that for students with learning disabilities
like Jeffrey’s, special education is not the service, it is the means by which
those students get meaningful access to the general education services
available to all of British Columbia’s students …
31 If Jeffrey is compared only to other special needs students, full consideration
cannot be given to whether he had genuine access to the education
that all students in British Columbia are entitled to. This, as
Rowles J.A. noted, “risks perpetuating the very disadvantage and exclusion
from mainstream society the Code is intended to remedy.”10
Again, Anne’s judgment was founded on the core of the remedial purpose
of the statute.
Anne’s work as a judge was influential and established important precedents.
At the same time, she was not complacent about the impacts of judgments
of the court. She remained alert to the real-world consequences of
judgments: watchful of whether, and how, the law facilitated or complicated
access to justice. She remained vigilant and concerned about delays and
barriers. But vigilant and concerned would not be enough—Anne remained
When she retired from the bench, Anne committed herself to matters of
public importance: promoting transparency and anti-corruption work
early, before many were speaking of it; advocating for legal aid reform; and
supporting student and faculty research in family law through a $200,000
legacy gift to UBC.
Her deep grounding in community was not at all parochial: her outlook
was international, and she brought it to bear at home. Through her work as
board chair and Attorney General’s appointee to the International Centre
for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (“ICCLR”), an independent
UN-affiliated international research institute, Anne and Afton travelled
to Washington, D.C., Dublin, Edinburgh and Berlin for the
organization’s annual conferences. Back home, Anne spearheaded ICCLR
conferences held at UBC, including in 2016 “Follow the Money: Corruption,
Money Laundering and Organized Crime”.
Anne nurtured a command of and respect for the protocols of the institutions
upon which our communities rest—the courts, the universities, all
levels of government.
She presided over the courtroom—and, after retirement, over conferences
and symposia—with authority and investment: always in service of
getting the work done. Anne prized Canadian decency, but she reminded
us we needed to be vigilant and active in preserving a healthy civil society.
Afton and others have remarked on how much Anne enjoyed mentoring.
I think that was because the generosity of her curiosity and interest meant