I’m the managing lawyer at a full service law firm, Breakwater Law, right here in downtown Victoria. I have practiced since 2011 in the areas of business, family and wills and estates law, with a smattering of criminal and administrative law along the way. A former member of the Canadian Forces Reserve between 2000-2012, I served with both the army and the navy, first as a non-commissioned member and later as an officer. I remain well connected to our substantial military community in Victoria.
A passionate denizen of greater Victoria since 2007, I’m in fact a transplant from Vancouver, and prior to that, from Hong Kong, China. Growing up queer in a foreign country as a non-Brit was an interesting but difficult experience; it was really not OK to be gay there in the 80s and 90s. I remember doing my utmost to conceal my queer identity, going so far once as to shoplift a few queer books (I’m sorry) because I was too afraid of outing myself by buying them – the stakes there were high, in those days. I remember the joyful liberty I felt the first time I donned, without fear of prosecution, my rainbow pride necklace, the day after moving into residence at UBC in 1997. And, of course, I remember massively reaping the benefits of our community’s struggles, both in Canada and worldwide, to win substantive rights and social equalities throughout the 60s-90s, and participating myself in that ongoing fight during the late 90s and 2000s.
These days, I practice a lot of law within the LGBT2 and poly communities. I love assisting our businesses, people and our families. I’m known for my approachability as a lawyer, for my work ethic, and for getting a tough job done.
I am delighted to bring my life and world experience to the Victoria Pride Society as a Director, experience not only as a member of our community, but also as a local business owner, and, where appropriate and where I am able, as legal counsel.