Cecilia I. Johnstone Award

The Cecilia I. Johnstone Award was established in 2007 to recognize women who have achieved professional excellence in their field and influenced other women to pursue legal careers, supported other women in career advancement or opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings that historically were closed to them. It is named to honour an outstanding lawyer, judge, CBA President, woman and friend who passed away April 15, 2006. 

Eligibility

The individual achieved professional excellence in her field and influenced other women to pursue legal careers, supported other women in career advancement or opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings that historically were closed to them.

The Award is open to CBA members and will not be given posthumously. 

Members of the National Women Lawyers’ Forum Executive are not eligible to receive the award.

Criteria

Candidates should possess one or more of the following:

  • The highest standards of professional conduct and competence
  • A high level of excellence and leadership
  • Commitment and service to the other women

Presentation

The next award will be presented bi-annually starting at the WLF Leadership Conference in Calgary (October 2017). The deadline is May 31, 2017.

Nomination Procedure

  • Nominations shall take the form of a letter stating reasons for the candidate's nomination, including a description of the exemplary performance and/or service;  the time frame involved, and the impact;

  • The nominee's written consent and curriculum vitae shall be included with the nomination;

  • The full name, address, telephone, fax and email information, as well as years in practice of both the nominee and the nominator shall be included with the nomination;

  • Each nomination shall include three reference letters (including name, title and phone number) familiar with the performance of the nominee. The references need not be CBA members. However, the person nominating the nominee must be a CBA member.

  • Completed nominations must be submitted online and include all above noted documents.

Deadline for Applications

May 31, 2017

Apply online

Recent Winner

  • 2015 - Patricia C. Lane (Winnipeg, Man.)

Previous Winners