The Award celebrates the accomplishments of a CBABC member who has succeeded in advancing equality in the legal profession or generally in British Columbia. The Award recognizes significant contributions to improving the status of women, people with disabilities, people of colour, Aboriginal people or peoples, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or two-spirited people or people who are members of historically marginalized communities.
The Award is administered by the Awards and Recognition Committee, with assistance from the Equality and Diversity Committee. The Award is presented annually at the June Provincial Council meeting of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch.
- Candidates must be individual lawyers who are members of the CBABC. Groups are not eligible for consideration.
- Consideration will be given to candidates who have successfully championed equality and promoted understanding of diversity through education, policy development, advocacy (including litigation), creating or leading organizational change, volunteerism with equality-seeking groups, or other means.
- Consideration will be given to candidates who have worked on race, disability, sexual orientation, gender or other diversity issues in their communities, in government or government agencies, within the institutions of the legal profession (including CBA, the Law Society, CLE, LSS, the judiciary, or the law schools), or elsewhere.
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2012 - Jennifer Spencer
2011 - Jennifer Conkie, QC
2010 - Sarah Rauch
2009 - Kuan Foo
2008 - Valli Chettiar
2007 - Anna Fung, QC
2006 - Anne Bhanu Chopra
2005 - Halldor Bjarnason
2004 - Joseph J Arvay, QC