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VOL. 79 PART 1 JANUARY 2021
As counsel for the Attorney General, she advised on the drafting of legislation.
Most notably, she advised extensively on the drafting of new
Alberta/B.C. pension legislation.
As counsel, she was often involved in appeals and judicial reviews of the
decisions and actions of her clients. She had frequent involvement, often
with colleagues in the LSB-MAG, in large and complex insolvencies by
which the interests of many statutory decision makers and members of the
public would be affected. Sandra possessed a clear awareness of the balance
between the interests of the participants.
Before you think Sandra is “all work and no play”, it must be said that to
work and interact with her are great fun. Sandra and Gayle, her partner of
decades, are HOSTS, a role they enjoy and excel at. For many years they
have hosted and planned the annual Canada Day Croquet Tournament (no
acronym by request). Each year has a different theme, varied victuals, and
disputes over irregularities on the pitch. All tournaments are managed with
great skill, and a trophy filled with a Canadian alcoholic beverage is awarded.
The tourney was COVID’ed in 2020 but definitely not ended.
Additionally, there is the annual fireworks celebration chez Sandra and
Gayle (also COVID’ed in 2020) as well as a New Year’s Day event, all made
memorable by the hosts.
Sandra and Gayle also favour globetrotting, from Africa to Antarctica, and
many other parts of the world as their senses of fun and curiosity direct them.
When things are tough, Sandra works, adapts and puzzles out how to
improve the world around her. Perhaps the greatest tribute that can be
offered is the fact that she was missed when she was away from the office
at a conference or on vacation, and some went into panic mode. She was a
very fine colleague at LSB-MAG and will be at the B.C. Supreme Court. At
the heart of the legal community is its collegiality, the strength not of the
one, but of the shared experiences and perspectives of all of us. Sandra
understands this and practises it. That respectful, knowledgeable give-andtake
enriches all of us and will be most valuable as Sandra takes her place
on the court.
1. For those too young to know, the term “creating a
mixtape” refers to the act of copying (dubbing) individual
songs from vinyl records, compact discs or
cassette tapes to other cassette tapes. In the late 20th
century, mixtapes were often presented as tokens of
affection between friends or gifted to romantic interests.
When skillfully produced, the tracks included in
a mixtape will have a common theme and may be
recorded in an order designed to create a dramatic
effect. Unlike a playlist, there is no “shuffle” option
for cassette tape playback. Mixtape creation was
generally considered a benign act.
2. Even today, Sandra’s Boolean prowess remains
unchallenged—perhaps, in part, because nobody
does Booleans anymore.