YMCA AwardLaw Society President receives YWCA, CBA awards

Law Society President Anna K. Fung, QC, is the YWCA’s 2007 Woman of Distinction for the business and the professions category.

The Women of Distinction Awards, presented at the 24th annual reception attended by close to 1,000 people, honours women and organizations from across the Lower Mainland who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and contributed in meaningful ways to the community.

The YWCA noted Fung’s work to advance equal rights for women and minorities.

In addition to serving the Law Society since her first election as a Bencher in 1998, Fung has served as president of the Association of Chinese Canadian Professionals (BC), the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, the BC Autism Association and the People’s Law School, and is a former director of the Canadian Bar Association, the Legal Education and Action Fund and the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC. She is the former secretary of the UBC Law Alumni Association and is currently a member of the Advisory Board to the UBC law school’s new National Centre for Business Law. Fung is senior counsel and chief privacy officer for Terasen Inc. In 2004, she received the RVA Jones Award for her work on behalf of Canadian corporate counsel.

On the same day that she received the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, Fung received confirmation that she was this year’s recipient of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) Equality and Diversity Award. The annual award recognizes a CBABC member who has succeeded in advancing equality in the legal profession or generally in BC.

“Getting involved in your community opens your eyes beyond your own little world,” Fung said. “There’s no better way to widen your perspective.”

For more information about the YWCA Vancouver Women of Distinction Awards, visit ywcavan.org/distinction.