Women Lawyers Forum Debra Van Ginkel, QC Mentoring Award

Congratulations to Rachel Mockler on receiving the 2017 WLF Debra Van Ginkle, QC Mentoring Award.

The award was presented at the WLF Awards Dinner Gala on April 27. 

Rachel Mockler received this award honouring the memory and accomplishments of Debra Van Ginkel, QC who sincerely believed women lawyers need a mentor for support and encouragement in their professional and personal lives. In 2003, Van Ginkel’s vision for a mentoring program to sustain and enrich women in the legal profession was realized with the establishment of the CBABC WLF Mentoring Program. In Debra’s memory, Rachel Mockler is recognized for her dedicated mentorship of BC women.

About the 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. Debra achieved her personal vision of a Mentoring Program to sustain women’s participation in the legal profession and enrich their careers in 2003 when the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch (CBABC) Women Lawyers Forum (WLF) Mentoring Program was instituted.

Debra was a committed, inspirational and wise mentor. She had a keen understanding of women’s issues generally and within the legal profession, and was a role model for women in many different contexts. All who knew Debra were inspired by her enthusiasm, authenticity and talents, and were proud to call her a colleague. 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.

Eligibility

Candidates must be current members of the CBA and the WLF, and must have participated for at least one year, currently or in past, in the CBABC WLF Mentoring Program. Candidates must also:

  • understand and support women’s issues and serve as a role model for women in the law;
  • build trusting and collaborative relationships and share her personal experiences with others;
  • be inspirational, enthusiastic and authentic in her relationships;
  • be a good listener and be empathetic, encouraging and non-judgmental with others; and
  • celebrate others’ successes.

Frequency

This award is presented at the discretion of the CBABC WLF Executive and Mentoring Committee in conjunction with the CBABC Awards and Recognition Committee.

Presentation

The award is presented at the WLF Awards Ceremony, held every two years.

Selection Process

The award shall be granted at the discretion of the CBABC WLF Executive and Mentoring Committee in conjunction with the CBABC Awards and Recognition Committee.

Award

The award is a crystal vase.

Previous Recipients

Additional Information

CBABC Awards
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