VANCOUVER – Whether they’re improving the status of historically marginalized communities, supporting access to justice for the poor, or tirelessly volunteering for charitable organizations, lawyers are making a difference across BC. The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) recognizes the many unsung heroes in the legal profession who are quietly improving communities.
This honour is awarded in recognition of one or more of the following: legal academic proficiency; outstanding works of legal scholarship; significant contribution to the profession; or noteworthy contribution to Canadian public life.
Arlene H. Henry, QC, solicitor, mediator, arbitrator, instructor and coach is the recipient of the President’s Medal for 2007-2008. As a sole practitioner, her solicitor’s career has evolved to focus extensively in the aboriginal law area, including recent participation in self-government implementation and treaty negotiations. Arlene’s history of service with the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch is testament to her selfless commitment to promoting a flourishing, accountable and community minded legal profession. Elected to the Provincial Council in 2005, Arlene was also appointed as Alternate Executive Liaison to National Futures Committee in 2006 and chaired two of the organizing sub-committees for the 2005 CBA CLC in Vancouver.
As the Executive Committee Liaison to the Aboriginal Law Student Scholarship Trust (ALSST), Arlene has been the driving force behind the Trust’s conception and highly successful launch in May of this year. The ALSST will establish two annual scholarships for Aboriginal persons to attend law school at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria.
Dr. Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, which has partnered with the CBABC on the ALSST project, says “I applaud the tremendous leadership shown by the BC CBA and the legal community in the BC region for not only recognizing a need but taking action to address it. Their campaign has been exemplary and we are proud to be associated with their efforts and encourage other regions to follow their lead.”
F. Kenneth Walton, President of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch honors Arlene’s work with the scholarship saying that she has “worked tirelessly to inspire her committee and encourage them in their fundraising efforts. She was a key ingredient in the marvelous success of this endeavor. CBABC is grateful to her for her hard work and leadership.”
CBABC President F. Kenneth Walton (right) presents Arlene H. Henry, QC, with the President’s Medal
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