Regional call ceremonies
|Rosalie Wilson’s call ceremony, left to right: Deborah Pearce, Patrick Kelly, Tom Fellhauer, Wilson, Madame Justice Beames and Bob Levin.|
Call ceremonies are an important rite of passage for new lawyers, one they want to celebrate with family, friends and colleagues. Regional call ceremonies allow them to be called to the bar in their own communities, without the inconvenience and expense of travelling to Vancouver. In 2010, 21 regional call ceremonies were held in communities across BC including Victoria, Duncan, Williams Lake, Nanaimo, Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna, Prince George, Nelson, Cranbrook and Smithers.
On January 14, Bencher Tom Fellhauer held a call ceremony on the lands of the Okanagan First Nation for new lawyer Rosalie Wilson. “It was an excellent ceremony with a traditional Okanagan Nation celebration afterwards with singing, dancing and dinner,” he said. “Madam Justice Beames and Court Clerk Martin Kortzman attended along with speakers Deborah Pearce (Vernon Bar Association), Bob Levin (CBABC Okanagan rep) and our own [Life Bencher] Patrick Kelly. The Court was quite accommodating in holding the ceremony outside of the Vernon courthouse.”