I obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Victoria, where I worked with children with special needs. I also volunteered as a crisis line worker, and I trained in trauma-informed care and reflective listening.
My time as a server in downtown Victoria taught me a host of valuable people skills that continue today to help me build and nourish meaningful relationships in life, in practice, and in our community.
Even before starting my law degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, I had a strong passion for family law; I took part in all the family law programs that Queen’s had to offer. I volunteered at Queen’s Family Law Clinic, serving low-income individuals in the community. I also worked as a summer student at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer in Toronto, Ontario, where I obtained valuable experience with high-conflict family matters, children’s rights, and child protection issues. After law school, I articled with and worked as an associate for a top-tier boutique family law firm in downtown Vancouver.
At Breakwater Law, I practice exclusively family law. A naturally empathetic person and a lifelong learner, I enjoy applying all the skills I have learned from previous jobs and experiences to building a trauma-informed, child-focused practice. I especially enjoy practicing family law because I get the chance to represent people in emotionally nuanced and academically complicated circumstances.
I strive to navigate my clients’ family issues outside the courts, with the least amount of conflict possible. However, I appreciate there are times where litigation is necessary, and I meet these occasions with strong conviction and advocacy for my clients. I have appeared in both the Supreme Court and Provincial Court of British Columbia.
Now, I am beyond happy to be back on the Island. In my spare time, I love spending time with my friends, my family, and my pets. I enjoy reading fiction and memoir novels, spending time by the beach in all seasons, and frequenting the many wineries, breweries, and eateries the Island has to offer.