In memoriam: Constance Isherwood, QC

  • January 29, 2021

The Victoria Bar Association is saddened to advise that Constance Isherwood, Q.C. has passed away. Having just turned 101 on January 19th, she was Canada's oldest practising lawyer. She remained active in our community after reaching 100, and was a guest speaker at the last in-person Victoria call ceremony last year. 
Constance graduated top of her class from the University of British Columbia in 1951 and was the first woman to receive the Law Society's Gold Medal. She has received the Victoria Women's Pioneer's Award, a lifetime legacy award from the University of Victoria, and in 2013, she was bestowed the Diamond Jubilee Medal. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from UBC in 2015 and a BC Law Society lifetime achievement award at 96.
These are especially challenging times to properly celebrate her life and grieve together. We would ask that you send stories of remembrance to Jim Legh for inclusion in the Praecipe (