On October 21, 2009, the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch (CBABC) held the CBABC/UVic Faculty of Law Mentoring Reception in Victoria, British Columbia. CBABC Young Lawyers' Representative Kerry Simmons presented the $4,000 CBA Entrance Scholarship to Suzanne Harkness. CBABC Past President John Waddell, QC presented the $500 CBA Financial Services Corporation Law School Achievement Award to Rebecca Crookshanks.
Kerry Simmons announced, on behalf of CBABC President James Bond, a $30,000 endowment which will support the existing CBABC Branch Entrance Scholarship. The $30,000 endowment will be matched by $30,000 from the Law Foundation of British Columbia. The combined $60,000 endowment will be created and governed by the policies of the University of Victoria Foundation and administered by the Faculty of Law and the Student Awards and Financial Aid office at the University of Victoria.
The scholarship is awarded to a student entering the UVic Faculty of Law who has best shown a strong commitment to the ideals served by the Canadian Bar Association, which include the promotion of Justice and/or law reform, through his or her exemplary public service or community service, as demonstrated by extra-curricular activities at educational institutions, volunteer work with community or charitable organisations, or any kind of public service activities.