Meet the new Lay Benchers

The Law Society of BC is pleased to welcome five new Lay Benchers, appointed by the provincial cabinet in July and August.

Reappointed as a Lay Bencher is June Preston, a social worker and Director of Family Education Services for the Vancouver Island Health Authority in Victoria. In 2002, she received an international award for her work with adoptive families. She has also been recognized by her profession as Social Worker of the Year. Ms. Preston was first appointed a Bencher in April 2001.

The current terms of all Lay Benchers, along with those of elected Benchers, expire on December 31, 2003.

Michael J. Falkins is a retired insurance broker who lives in Victoria. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Falkins ran his own insurance brokerage firm in Cranbrook, Fort Nelson and Victoria and served as Senior Vice-President of Aon Reed Stenhouse.

Patrick Kelly is a member of the Lakahahmen First Nation and Director of Strategic Planning and Communications with the BC Regional Office of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Prior to joining INAC, Mr. Kelly ran his own consulting business. He resides in Vancouver.

Valerie MacLean isVice-President of Consumer Affairs for the Better Business Bureau of Mainland BC. Currently a mayoralty candidate in Vancouver, Ms. MacLean is on leave from the Bureau, and so has not yet taken up work as a Lay Bencher. Prior to joining the BBB, Ms. MacLean worked for the provincial government and was an RCMP officer in Burnaby and Maple Ridge.

Patrick Nagle is a former City Editor of the Vancouver Sun and was presented with the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award by the Jack Webster Foundation in 2001. As a journalist, Mr. Nagle has covered major political events around the world and in 2001 assisted reporters in Cambodia to prepare for democratic elections in that country. Mr. Nagle is retired and lives in Sooke.

Dr.Maelor Vallance is a psychiatrist currently on staff at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. He is also Clinical Professor Emeritus in the UBC Faculty of Medicine and frequently appears as an expert witness in court cases.