Okanagan local, but traveler at heart, Andrea did her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria, and graduated with honors in Hispanic and Italian Studies. Her degree was inspired not only by her rich European heritage, but also by her travels to Europe in her gap year between high school and university. As travel often does, Andrea’s journey inspired a sense of personabilty, and a sense of justice for others, lending to her approach to law.
After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Andrea went on to get her Holistic Nutrition Degree, an asset that she hopes to incorporate into her future career. This sparked a passion in her for sustainable food policy and regulation. Her fascination with this area followed her into Thompson Rivers University of Law, where she was taught by many ground-breaking professors. Of these professors, perhaps her biggest inspiration was Katie Sykes, who has contributed extensively to animal justice in Canada, and supported and advised the Thompson Rivers Animal Law Advocacy Group, a major part of Andrea’s experience at TRU.
Andrea's approach and study of law has been informed by her evident need to seek justice for others. Her experiences with elements of a holistic living have inspired a rather unique and holistic approach to the practice of law itself. Andrea’s goal is to incorporate a more non-traditional, personable dimension to the law. She was drawn to the practice because it gives her the knowledge and power to help people get through challenges to achieve their full potential, fulfilling her desire to have a more positive impact on the world.
Andrea will have her last week here at FH&P on April 26, 2019, after which she will go back to her current residence in Kaslo, BC. We here at FH&P are honored to have had a part in Andrea’s law journey, and wish her all the best in her future endeavors!
Mediation Part 2: Jill Dougans
Jill Dougans has been working as a mediator since 2003, and is a member in good standing with the Roster Society now called MediateBC. In addition to being a trial lawyer since 1987 Jill obtained a Certificate of Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of BC in 2003. Jill’s training in mediation is continuous as she is also a skills coach at the JIBC in the Conflict Resolution Program. She has mediated a variety of situations, ranging from personal injury litigation to construction, commercial and employment issues.
Spotlight on: Andrea Meyes
This past March, FH&P Lawyers had the pleasure of welcoming Andrea Meyes into the team as an articling student.
FH&P lawyers’ Colin Flannigan gives guidelines on Tuesday Morning Law Talk on AM 1150 with Phil Johnson.
So you’ve been appointed Power of Attorney; what next? “Initially, forget the honor of being appointed” says Colin, “Focus, instead, on what the needs of the donor are. This includes financial responsibility, health, relationships, property, and other such affairs”.