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keep extra-large gift bags on hand to hold all those presents and beautiful
ribbons to make a bow. A gift from Angela was never a simple thing. It was
an elaborate, over-the-top event that demonstrated how important you were
Angela has taught us how to work hard. She was an overachiever from
her days in law school at the University of Alberta (1994–1997), in practising
personal injury law at Brito and Co. (1997–2001) and in her work in the
Langley Legal Aid Office (2001–2003).
Angela has taught us to follow our passion. She pursued her passion for
administrative law by joining WorkSafeBC in 2003 as a review officer in the
Prevention Division and then as a review officer in the Review Division. In
April 2012, Angela joined the Review Division’s quality assurance team as
the manager of training and development and then, in September 2016,
became the director of the fair practices office and registrar.
Angela has taught us to be better lawyers. As a decision maker, she went
the extra mile to obtain all the evidence and consider all the law and policy
to arrive at the best decision. As a registrar, Angela treated parties and their
representatives with respect and compassion. She called things like they
were, but she was always fair and professional.
Angela has taught us that it does not matter that there are only 24 hours
in a day—you must find a way to get it done, and done correctly. She taught
us to deal with the stress of work while maintaining kindness and thoughtfulness
to all those around her. Angela has showed us that you should
always give one hundred per cent of your best effort and encourage others
to reach their own great potential.
Angela has taught us how to travel. She made a point to have at least two
or three different destinations planned out each year, sometimes even
more. Angela has taught us that, when flying, you definitely need an aisle
seat, and ideally one in the emergency row. You should research all the best
places to stay, to eat and to visit and the best place to take a picture, and that
needs to be done before you leave. She has taught us that you must use your
camera to capture all the memories and create a Google shared album so
that everyone can follow your adventures.
Angela has taught us how to love children. As an auntie to her nephews
Brayden, Ethan and Jacob and to so many other honorary ones, Angela has
taught us how to be the absolute greatest with them. Keith and Jack—her
oldest honorary nephews—noticed how children are drawn to Angela and
created the sign “Everyone Loves Auntie Ang”. That is the absolute truth.
Kids are the best judges of character, and the love they feel for their Auntie
Ang gave her such joy. Angela has taught us that it is important to rile the