Calgary Police Service, Calgary
I am hoping that you will give me the opportunity to serve as Bencher with the same commitment and passion I have shown throughout my legal career. I have been dedicated to public service since my admission to the Bar in 2000 – and I have been privileged to serve alongside many others whose passion is driven by their commitment to the front lines of the justice system. After fourteen years as a Crown prosecutor with Alberta Justice, I now serve as legal counsel for the Calgary Police Service. I provide legal guidance in criminal and police misconduct investigations and prosecute disciplinary hearings under the Police Act and Police Services Regulation.
In 2002, I was one of the first prosecutors assigned to the dedicated domestic violence courtroom in Edmonton. That experience inspired me to become a passionate advocate for improving the criminal justice response to intimate partner violence. In 2004, I became the Coordinator of Family Violence Initiatives for Alberta Justice where I contributed to several provincial and national government lead initiatives. I developed policy and guidelines for investigations and prosecutions of intimate partner violence and stalking, including the “Domestic Violence Handbook for Police and Crown Prosecutors in Alberta”, published in 2005.
In 2007, I became the Director of I-TRAC (Integrated Threat and Risk Assessment Centre), a provincial joint-forces initiative that conducts formal threat assessments and case management plans to respond to and prevent serious violence and death in both domestic and non-domestic related cases. I have delivered educational seminars locally, nationally, and internationally on intimate partner violence, victimization and the justice system, stalking and risk assessment to a wide range of professionals and public organizations, including academics, lawyers, and the judiciary. I have guest lectured at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law and the Peter A. Allard School of Law.
I have been widely recognized for my expertise in the area of intimate partner violence and have extensive training in behavioral sciences, offender typologies, personality disorders and major mental illnesses. I have provided testimony in three Alberta fatality inquiries and have been consulted by leading practitioners, other experts, governments, and not-for-profit organizations. I have provided input to the Department of Justice Canada on its development of the “Handbook for Police and Crown Prosecutors on Criminal Harassment” and the “Inventory of Spousal Violence Risk Assessment” publications.
I have participated in committees involving a variety of government departments, community organizations and policing agencies resulting in the creation and amendment of provincial legislation. I chaired the committee that developed the framework and model for the Alberta Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC) and a committee resulting in amendments to the Protection Against Family Violence Act.
I am the recipient of the University of Alberta Alumni Award of Excellence; the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award; the Alberta Centennial Award; and the Alberta Department of Justice Awards for development of the Domestic Violence Handbook for Police and Crown Prosecutors and for contributions to the development of I-TRAC.
I believe that I can make a valuable contribution to the Law Society of Alberta. I am committed to excellence, have the strength of my convictions and a vast knowledge base from which to draw. I know that I can contribute to the good governance of the Society and to the high ethical standards it upholds.