As I begin to wrap up my final week at TLABC, it’s impossible not to ride a rollercoaster of reflection of the past 12 years of my life at this association. It has been a wild and wonderful time and certainly not without its challenges, but every twist and turn has brought me to who I am now – and for that, I am enormously grateful.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with an AMAZING team, I’ve grown as a person and a professional, and I have had the support and love of my colleagues every step of the way. Choosing to move into a new realm is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
– Winnie The Pooh
I want to send my appreciation for our Board, members, associates, sponsors and friends. There aren’t adequate words to express my gratitude for your passion, your work and your commitment to justice in BC.
Instead, I will leave you with my final column for the Verdict magazine, as it encompasses my thoughts as I move forward.
All the best,
Development Director – TLABC
THE ETHICS OF PAC –
from the upcoming issue of the Verdict magazine
“Do the right thing. The ethical path can be lonely, hard, costly… but you’ll never lose self-respect, and that’s priceless and fragile.” – Waylon Lewis
They say that to have integrity means to do the right thing, even when no one is watching. In our profession, however, they’re all always watching – the media, the government, our members and the public. What will TLABC do, say, or respond in the face of the issues that affect BC citizens…?
It can be a double-edged sword – or, it can be an opportunity.
In the face of sometimes unfortunate misperceptions about the legal profession, TLABC embraces the opportunity to show the citizens of our province that we are willing to stand up for their rights, and the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) is what gives us a voice to carry though with that promise.
It’s all about integrity – of the work itself and of those who dedicate themselves to doing that work.
At TLABC, we have a small, specialized staff, but our network of committees, including the Board of Governors and Executive Committee, is made up entirely of volunteers. These volunteers are regular members – BC lawyers who choose to go above and beyond to help protect our justice system. To support those who give their time on these task forces, many others also choose to contribute dollars to the PAC fund. Some of them donate to a specific cause or campaign, while others are ongoing monthly donors, trusting in the process of the TLABC leadership. Every dollar is extremely appreciated – no amount of time or money is insignificant.
As Development Director for the past ten years, I have seen the frontlines of this commitment to justice, firsthand. I have worked with these ‘volunteers’ and I’m proud of what we have all been able to achieve in the name of this association. We have made great strides, yet we will continue to push for justice in BC. It is often hard and sometimes thankless and we don’t always take the time to celebrate the successes, so today I say… thank you.
From me to all of you:
Thank you for your time, your energy, your ethics and your integrity. Thank you for the early meetings and late-night strategy sessions, for your humour after long days and all the inside jokes, for the friendship and support, the banter and respect, but most of all for your dedication to the cause.
Integrity is defined as both “the quality of having strong moral principles” and “the state of being whole and undivided.” Both of which we do and are.
Regardless of what challenges may arise, I’m confident that the work will get done because of this.
This will be the spirit of our legacy, and I’m proud to have been part of it.