CBABC Women Lawyers Forum
Debra Van Ginkel, QC Mentoring Award
This award honours the memory and accomplishments of Debra Van Ginkel, QC, an extraordinary woman and member of the legal profession. Debra sincerely believed that all people, women lawyers especially, need a mentor to support and encourage them in their profession and their lives. Debra achieved her personal vision of a Mentoring Program to sustain women’s participation in the legal profession and enrich their careers in 2003 when the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch (CBABC) Women Lawyers Forum (WLF) Mentoring Program was instituted.
Debra was a committed, inspirational and wise mentor. She had a keen understanding of women’s issues generally and within the legal profession, and was a role model for women in many different contexts. All who knew Debra were inspired by her enthusiasm, authenticity and talents, and were proud to call her a colleague. The CBABC WLF Debra Van Ginkel, QC Mentoring Award seeks to keep her vision alive by recognizing in other mentors the qualities and commitment she demonstrated throughout her life and her legal career.
The award is administered by the CBABC WLF Executive and Mentoring Committee in conjunction with the CBABC Awards and Recognition Committee. The award will be conferred annually, and the first award was conferred at the CBABC WLF Award of Excellence Luncheon on November 17, 2009.
Candidates must be current members of the CBA and the WLF, and must have participated for at least one year, currently or in past, in the CBABC WLF Mentoring Program. Candidates must also:
- understand and support women’s issues and serve as a role model for women in the law;
- build trusting and collaborative relationships and share her personal experiences with others;
- be inspirational, enthusiastic and authentic in her relationships;
- be a good listener and be empathetic, encouraging and non-judgmental with others; and
- celebrate others’ successes.
2013 - Danine Griffin
2010/2011 - Joan Gordon
2009/2010 - Brenda Edwards