Harry Rankin, QC Pro Bono Award

In memory of Harry Rankin, QC’s immense support of access to justice for the poor, this award acknowledges commitment to pro bono service.

2022 Recipients

Tim Louis has followed in the footsteps of Harry Rankin himself and devoted much of the past 40 years to providing pro bono services for those in need. He was the driving force behind the implementation of HandyDart and co-founded the Disability Alliance of BC and the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

Edward G. Wong routinely offers pro bono services through Access Pro Bono and his own solo practice, representing women experiencing domestic violence as well as racialized clients. He also mentors junior lawyers, most of whom are persons of colour working in small or solo practices and committed to representing financially-challenged clients.

About the Award

In recognition of the immense contribution of Harry Rankin, QC in supporting access to justice for the poor, the CBABC resolved to establish an annual reward to recognize outstanding contributions by a member of CBABC in the area of pro bono work.


Any resident of BC (except a current member of the Executive of the CBABC) is eligible for the award.

Nomination, Selection and Presentation

Nominations are sought in the spring. The Board of Directors selects the recipient and the award is presented by the CBABC President at the last Provincial Council meeting of the fiscal year, usually held in June. 

Previous Recipients

  • 2021 - Marilyn Sandford, KC
  • 2020 - Simon Coval, KC
  • 2019 - David Wotherspoon
  • 2018 - Gregory Heywood
  • 2017 - Donna Turko
  • 2016 - Sheila Tucker
  • 2015 - Claire Hunter
  • 2014 - Jamie F. Maclaren, KC
  • 2013 - Donald J. Sorochan, KC
  • 2012 - Bruce F. Fraser, KC
  • 2011 - John-Paul Boyd
  • 2008 - Angus Gunn
  • 2007 - Carman Overholt, KC
  • 2006 - Dugald Christie
  • 2005 - Darrell Roberts, KC
  • 2004 - Ronald F T MacIsaac
Additional Information 

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