The CBABC Women Lawyers Forum (WLF) has revealed who will win this year’s Award of Excellence and Debra Van Ginkel, QC Mentoring Award at the upcoming WLF Awards Luncheon on April 23, 2015.
The Honourable Judge Patricia L. Janzen of the Provincial Court of BC will be awarded the BC WLF Award of Excellence:
“The Award celebrates the accomplishments of a woman who has succeeded in breaking new ground for women in the legal profession in British Columbia. The Award recognizes an exceptional woman who has taken risks, fostered change and ultimately opened doors for women lawyers. In this award we are not only celebrating the woman’s distinguished career achievements, but her outstanding contributions to women in the legal profession as a change agent, leader and mentor.”
Carla Forth, Q.C. of Guild Yule LLP will be the recipient of the Debra Van Ginkel, QC Mentoring Award:
“This award honours the memory and accomplishments of Debra Van Ginkel, QC, an extraordinary woman and member of the legal profession. Debra sincerely believed that all people, women lawyers especially, need a mentor to support and encourage them in their profession and their lives. The CBABC WLF Debra Van Ginkel, QC Mentoring Award seeks to keep her vision alive by recognizing in other mentors the qualities and commitment she demonstrated throughout her life and her legal career.”
According to CBABC president Alex Shorten, “They are both great examples of lawyers raising the bar even higher, both for mentorship and overall excellence for all lawyers.”