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prowess playing varsity volleyball and winning the 1973 and 1974 Canadian
Women’s Inter-University Athletic Union Volleyball Championships.
Upon graduation from university, Carin and Ian took the opportunity to
move to Rome. After a year in Italy, they moved on to Gullane, Scotland,
where integral parts of Carin’s identity took shape. Carin and Ian adopted
their first fur baby, Angus the First, the first of seven golden retrievers to be
welcomed into the Gallie household (including four named Angus). Carin
found her love of golf again on the historic courses of Scotland’s east coast.
And finally, they welcomed their daughter Annie into the world. While in
Scotland, Carin was accepted to study medicine at UBC but opted to focus
on her very young family.
After Annie’s birth, Carin and Ian moved back to Canada with the first
stop being in their hometown of Calgary. It was there that they welcomed
their second child, Eric. While in Calgary, Carin reapplied to medicine, but
following the entrance interview where it was clear that a mother of two
would not be particularly welcome in the faculty of medicine, Carin headed
straight to the university bookstore and purchased an LSAT prep book. She
was accepted into the UBC Faculty of Law that fall.
Carin made it successfully through the first year of law school as a
mother of two under the age of three. To add a further challenge to second
year, she added a pregnancy to the mix and gave birth to Jeremy shortly
after finishing her second-year exams.
She continued to find a successful balance between law school, runs
through the Endowment Lands and trips to the aquarium, with the odd
game of golf in the mix as well. Following graduation, Carin articled in Vancouver.
After her call to the bar, Carin and Ian decided a move to Victoria
would make sense for their young family. Finding the tallest monkey tree
in Victoria, the family moved to Oak Bay.
As Carin settled into life on the Island, she began to focus her practice,
moving from general litigation to family law. She practised with a number
of firms in Victoria before making the move to a solo practice.
Carin was committed to the principles of collegiality within the profession
and was always available to her friends at the bar to talk through a
question of law or an ethical question. Once that was done, she was more
than happy to make her way to the golf course with whomever she had been
speaking to, but once on the course, it was time to leave the law behind.
Helping young lawyers navigate their way in the profession was a role
that Carin took seriously. Whether providing a placement for a family law
rotation for an articling student or taking a law student under her wing,
Carin understood the responsibility of mentorship. The lessons learned