About the President - Magaret Mereigh
Margaret Mereigh has been a CBABC member for 27 years and is dedicated to CBA values, including equality and diversity.
In her time as a CBABC member, Margaret has held numerous volunteer roles including, provincially, as Vice President, Secretary Treasurer, elected member of its governing Provincial Council, Government Relations Committee member and on the Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council of BC.
For the CBA nationally, she has volunteered as Chair of the National Standing Committee on Legislation and Law Reform, and as a member of the National Criminal Justice Section Committee, the National Sections Council, the National Resolutions, Constitution and By Laws Committee, the Membership Committee and the Supreme Court of Canada Liaison Committee.
Margaret is senior appellate Crown Counsel with the BC Prosecution Service and prosecutes criminal appeals in the BC Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Highlights of her 27 year career as Crown Counsel include working as trial counsel in R. v. Gladue (a just approach to sentencing aboriginal offenders) and the Air India trial (a prosecution of an act of aviation terrorism).
She graduated with a B.A. and a LL.B. from the University of British Columbia and a LL.M. from the University of London, The London School of Economics and Political Science. She has served on the boards of Community Legal Assistance and the UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program.
As a past president of the Canadian Mental Health Association (Vancouver/Burnaby and Vancouver/Fraser Branches), Margaret is a strong supporter of mental health. In addition to the challenges of learning about and managing a mental illness with health care professionals, persons with a mental illness face other challenges, including stigma, unemployment, and finding safe and stable housing and supportive social networks.
Margaret Mereigh is president of CBABC for its 2018-19 membership term.