WLF Awards Gala Honours Exceptional Women Lawyers


June 2023

In April, the CBABC Women Lawyers Forum held their biennial awards gala at the Fairmont Waterfront, bringing together members who strive towards empowering women lawyers and honouring three brilliant women with distinguished awards. We were honoured to host the Honourable Niki Sharma, KC, Attorney General of British Columbia, as our keynote speaker.

The WLF Award of Excellence was given to Myrna McCallum, a passionate proponent of educating professionals on Indigenous inter-generational trauma, risks of vicarious trauma for lawyers and trauma-informed lawyering.

The Debra Van Ginkel, QC Mentoring Award was presented to Cheryl D’Sa, who has given her expertise to those new to the profession through the University of British Columbia, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers Ladies Social and the Women Lawyers Forum.

Finally, we presented the new Rising Star Award to Julia Lockhart Lockhart for her exceptional work and achievements in under 10 years of call.

The gala was a huge success and a welcome change, providing connection and community after such a long hiatus.