Bencher by-election results

Lynal DoerksenLynal E. Doerksen has been elected as a Bencher for Kootenay county in the November 15, 2012 by-election. Doerksen’s one-year term begins on January 1, 2013, when Bruce LeRose, QC completes his term as president and his final term as a Bencher.

Doerksen was called to the bar in Alberta in 1990, where he gained a broad range of practice experience. In 2005, he joined the BC bar and became a Crown prosecutor in Cranbrook, where he remains today.

Doerksen has served as a volunteer for many organizations, including the Criminology Advisory Committee at the College of the Rockies, CBA Law Day, Cerebral Palsy Association of Ft. McMurray and many triathlon events. He is the chair of the CBABC Court Services Committee and a past president of the Kootenay Bar Association and the Fort McMurray Bar ­Association. He is currently the president of the North Star Skating Club of Kimberley.

In his election statement, Doerksen noted, in part: “Despite living most of my life in Alberta I have never looked back after moving here in 2005. I am thrilled to live in and be a part of the Kootenays.… Although my career in BC has been entirely in criminal prosecutions, I have not forgotten the challenges of the general practitioner and believe I am well suited to address and understand the concerns of the entire Kootenay Bar.”