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           Canadian Bar Association Honours Exceptional BC Lawyers
                                                                        FOR RELEASE: JUNE 5, 2002




        VANCOUVER – The Canadian Bar Association BC Branch proudly honours lawyers for
        their contribution to the community and to the legal profession. Three lawyers have
        received CBA Community Service Awards, the highest honour provided by the Branch
        in recognition of community involvement and contribution outside of the practice of law.

        The three award winners for the year 2002 are: Halldor Bjarnason (Vancouver) Gary M.
        Brooke (Salmon Arm); and G. Glen Ridgway, QC (Duncan). Background material on
        each recipient is attached.

        The Community Service Awards were established by the Branch to provide an
        opportunity for recognition of exceptional service to the community by BC lawyers.
        Each candidate was nominated by two colleagues and one member of the community.
        Selection Committee members included H.A.D. Oliver, BC Conflict of Interest
        Commissioner; Trude LaBossiere Huebner, Researcher/Writer; Frances Statham,
        Ministry of Attorney General; Doug Robinson, QC, a Branch Past President; and Mark
        Slay, Branch Communications Committee member.


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        For more information, please contact:
        Ms. Caroline Nevin
        Director of Communications and Public Affairs, BC Branch
        Canadian Bar Association
        Vancouver: 604-687-3404
        Toll free in BC: 1-888-687-3404




                Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch
                        10th .loor, 845 Cambie Street, Vancouver BC V6B 5T3
Tel: 604-687-3404 Toll .ree in BC: 1-888-687-3404 .ax: 604-669-9601 Toll .ree in BC: 1-877-669-9601
                                           www.bccba.org
        BACKGROUND
        June 4, 2002
                           Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
                          Community Service Award Winners 2002

        HALLDOR BJARNASON (Vancouver)

        There are many ways through which Mr. Bjarnason has exemplified why he is so worthy
        of this award. He has given freely of his time and skills to such organizations as: the Neil
        Squire Foundation, which provides technical assistance to aid people with severe
        disabilities striving to live independently; and the Theatre Terrific Society, of which he has
        been President and a Director. Theatre Terrific provides performance experiences to
        people living with mental and physical disabilities. Mr. Bjarnason was active in the
        Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association from 1989-95. His interest in this
        organization stemmed from his involvement in cycling as a Paralympic-calibre athlete,
        culminating in his participation at the Seoul Paralympics in 1988.

        The Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network has also benefited from his commitment to their
        goal of educating parents of severely disabled adults on estate planning and making
        preparations for the personal care of their children, after they are gone. “Halldor’s distinct
        array of talents enables him to fight as effectively for the individual as he does for the
        public policy implications that challenge each individual. I would estimate he spends 10-
        15 additional hours a week making life better for individuals with disabilities and their
        families,” said Al Etmanski, Executive Director of the Network.

        GARY M. BROOKE (Salmon Arm)

        “He is a shining example of how one lawyer, with persistence and foresight, can help to
        transform the well-being and cultural landscape of an entire community,” says Janice
        Crerar, who co-nominated Mr. Brooke. Perhaps the most significant contribution to the
        region has been through his support of the Shuswap Community Foundation, which he
        chaired in its first days in 1994. “He was lead-in drafting the constitution, securing the
        Revenue Canada BN, and in constructing the ‘springboard’ that would ensure a
        successful launch,” said Clyde Tucker, Secretary of the Foundation. This year, the
        Foundation distributed $35,000 to charities and will distribute $15,000 in small grants to
        “neighbourhood” projects throughout the Shuswap.

        Mr. Brooke has contributed significantly to the Salmar Community Association. A recent
        Association undertaking, a land-swap and building project, will provide dedicated Legion
        meeting space and a live theatre and performance venue. “Without Gary’s volunteered
        legal expertise to accomplish the conveyances and necessary sub-divisions, that
        project…would not have been possible,” said Ms. Crerar.




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                Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch
                        10th .loor, 845 Cambie Street, Vancouver BC V6B 5T3
Tel: 604-687-3404 Toll .ree in BC: 1-888-687-3404 .ax: 604-669-9601 Toll .ree in BC: 1-877-669-9601
                                           www.bccba.org
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        G. GLEN RIDGWAY, QC (Duncan)
        G. Glen Ridgway, QC has a history of civic service dating back to 1975, when he first
        became a Trustee of School District No. 65. Since then, he has been active in educational
        organizations, serving as a Trustee again in 1983, and as Chair from 1985-87. He was an
        Alderman of the North Cowichan Municipality during 1979-80, and since 1987 has served
        as a Councillor for that municipality. Mr. Ridgway was President of the Duncan Minor
        Hockey Association, and the Founding Treasurer of Kerry Park Men’s Curling Club. Young
        athletes will recognize Mr. Ridgway’s name as he has served as the Coach of both the
        Duncan Minor Baseball and the Kerry Park Minor Hockey groups, giving many hours to
        both organizations.




                Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch
                        10th .loor, 845 Cambie Street, Vancouver BC V6B 5T3
Tel: 604-687-3404 Toll .ree in BC: 1-888-687-3404 .ax: 604-669-9601 Toll .ree in BC: 1-877-669-9601
                                           www.bccba.org

				
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