Nominations are due by Friday, January 20, 2023 at 4:30pm PT.   

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 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.


Nominees must be CBABC members but cannot be members of the WLF National or Branch Executives. The Nominee must also have participated for at least one year, currently or in the past, in the CBABC WLF Mentoring Program. WLF welcomes and encourages the nomination of any lawyer who is a woman (both cisgender and transgender).  


Consideration will be given to candidates who can: 

  • 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.  

  • Celebrate others’ successes.  


 Nominations must be submitted by 4:30pm PT on Friday, January 20, 2023.   

There must be three Nominators, one of which must be a CBABC member and all of which must have been mentored by the Nominee. At least one of the Nominators must have been mentored by the Nominee in the WLF Mentoring Program. No more than one nominator can be from the nominee’s workplace. Nominators cannot be members of the current year’s Selection Committee.

The following items must be included in the Nomination: 

  • Name & contact details for the Nominee and confirmation that they accept the nomination.
  • Names & contact details for three Nominators, one of which must be a CBABC member.
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  • A letter from each Nominator detailing the reasons why the nominee should be recognized, based on the criteria outlined above.
  • Up to three additional letters of support may also be included.

Submitted nomination packages are valid for two consecutive award periods. 

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We wish to place the following nomination for the Debra Van Ginkel, QC Mentoring Award before the WLF Selection Committee:


We support this nomination for the Debra Van Ginkel, QC Mentoring Award. At least one Nominator must be a CBABC member in good standing. All Nominators were mentored by the Nominee, and at least one was mentored in the WLF Mentoring Program.




Curriculum Vitae 

Please upload the Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae as a PDF and include the Nominee’s name in the file name (e.g., CV_FirstLastName.pdf).


Letters of Support

Please upload at least three (and no more than six) letters of support for this nomination. The letters should be saved into one PDF with the Nominee’s name in the file name (e.g., Letters_FirstLastName.pdf).


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