Fran Hodgkins wins 2009 CBA Jack Innes Achievement Award

  • August 14, 2009

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Fran Hodgkins, Sections Coordinator of the Canadian Bar Association-British Columbia (CBA-BC), has been named the winner of the 2009 CBA Jack Innes Achievement Award, an award that recognizes a staff member’s exceptional contribution to the association. The CBA received an overwhelming number of letters in support of Fran Hodgkin’s nomination.

“Fran Hodgkins exemplifies the very best of the CBA, delivering phenomenal service to CBA members with unfailing kindness, good humour, and professional regard for others,” said John Hoyles, CBA CEO, in granting this year’s award. “As an employee of the CBA for the past quarter of a century, Fran has given diligent and passionately loyal service while creating an innovative infrastructure for BC’s 72 Sections and the Women Lawyers Forum.”

Under Fran Hodgkins' stewardship, CBA-BC has grown its Sections to be the most numerous, with an impressive 72 Sections. They are very active with a record-setting enrollment of over 4,000, and financially successful. Fran has been called the face of the CBA in BC and will be missed by many when she retires later this year.

“Fran has been instrumental in organizing and supporting the Sections. Many a Section chair credits his or her success to Fran,” said Miriam Maisonville, president of CBA-BC. “She has not only overseen their growth, but has also contributed to the implementation and effective use of technology to ensure Sections remain a vital and relevant offering to CBA members in BC.”

The Jack Innes Achievement Award recognizes outstanding contribution to the Canadian Bar Association by a current staff member who has exhibited creativity, innovation, leadership and commitment. Jack Innes was National Treasurer of the CBA from 2002 to 2007. The award, which takes the form of a $1,000 cash prize and engraved plaque, will be presented at the CBA 2009 Canadian Legal Conference in Dublin, Ireland.

The Canadian Bar Association is dedicated to support for the rule of law, and improvement in the law and the administration of justice. Some 37,000 lawyers, law teachers, and law students from across Canada are members.

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