For Immediate Release
August 15, 2008
QUÉBEC CITY – Terry Evenson, Executive Director of the Canadian Bar Association-Alberta, has been named the winner of the CBA’s Jack Innes Achievement Award, a new award that recognizes a staff member’s exceptional contribution to the association.
“Terry Evenson is an outstanding choice as the inaugural recipient of this award. As an employee of the CBA for 26 years, the past 14 as Executive Director of CBA-Alberta, Terry is an innovative leader, admired by staff and members alike. She’s a sage mentor, a creative problem-solver and an exceptional role model,” said Jack Innes, Q.C., in granting the first award. “Terry is instrumental to the vibrancy of the CBA-Alberta Branch and its contributions at the national level.”
During Evenson’s time as Executive Director, the Alberta Branch has developed a reputation as a leader in membership and programming. That accomplishment is reflected in many areas, including growth in CLE, with 68 sections now delivering continuing legal education; innovative electronic CLE delivery and website development; success in bringing new lawyers into the CBA fold by consistently providing value; the annual Alberta Law Conference, which brings together the profession in the province; and the continued financial success of the Branch.
Among her many other contributions, Evenson was the guiding hand in establishing a second stand-alone office in Alberta (Edmonton) in order to improve the delivery of programming for members.
“Terry has built an organization that ensures that the CBA-Alberta delivers value to the members of the legal profession. A committed organizer, it is her social skills and sensitivities to personalities that set her apart,” said Donald B. Higa, Q.C., a past president of CBA-Alberta. “In countless situations, Terry has helped bridge gaps, moderate issues, and steer people towards consensus through her wisdom, tact and personality.”
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 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008 at the CBA Council Awards Lunch in room 2000A at the Québec City Convention Centre as part of the CBA 2008 Canadian Legal Conference. The event is open to accredited journalists who have registered with the CBA Media Centre.
The Canadian Bar Association is dedicated to 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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