THE ADVOCATE 765
VOL. 78 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2020
By R.C. Tino Bella
In 2019, Jennifer Keim was appointed as a master of
the Supreme Court of British Columbia to sit in her
hometown of Kamloops.
Jennifer is the second youngest of five very driven
and successful children. For their large family, Jennifer’s
parents impressed, and modelled, the importance
of doing your best and giving back to your
community. Jennifer’s father, Tony, practised internal medicine in Kamloops
for over 35 years and also served as a member of city council. Recognizing the
potential for growth that was brought about by the opening of the Coquihalla
Highway in 1986 and Expo ’86, Jennifer’s mother, Mary Ann, entered the business
world as an owner and manager of a major Kamloops hotel. She also
served on the boards of many community organizations. The hotel became
the young family’s second home, and Jennifer spent her teenage years working
as the hotel bookkeeper and assistant manager while also attending school
and working as a medical transcriptionist at Royal Inland Hospital.
In addition to a focus on academics, music and work, Jennifer’s early
years in Kamloops included playing basketball, golf and tennis, and playing
on a number of school sports teams. Summers were spent enjoying the sunshine
and the lake at the family cabin on Shuswap Lake in an area known
as “Doctor’s Row”. Jennifer’s father and his friends built the cement block
cabin from leftover building materials.
Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in criminology from Simon
Fraser University. She then attended law school at the University of
Alberta, where she first got a taste for family law through her in-class
debates with well-known Edmonton family law lawyer Len Pollock, Q.C.
Jennifer received her law degree in 1995.