Vocational Talk by Gillian Canniff
Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 28, 2017
Gillian Canniff joined our club in Nov 2016. She was born in Calgary, then moved to Springbank. Her childhood included downhill skiing, several other sports, show jumping (horses, that is), choir, building a barn, caring for a menagerie which included a Sardinian donkey, & helping her family host youth exchange students. Upon high school graduation, she survived a challenging exchange year in Greece, then took a degree in English through studies at Mt Royal College, U of Lethbridge & U of Calgary. This was punctuated by work with disabled skiers, Alberta Youth Choir, pony club & ongoing orientations of outgoing exchange students. Following travels in Spain, London & Egypt, Gillian took a job with a Calgary law firm, beginning as a mail clerk, & finishing as a qualified para-legal. Next came a law degree, with involvement in trial advocacy, corporate, personal injury & family law, through stops in the Fraser Valley, Lake Country & arrival in Vernon two years ago. She now has her own law firm. Though Gillian only joined Rotary a short time ago, she’s had many years of experience coordinating outgoing RYES orientations, & believes this work has colored every aspect of her life, including her joy in helping clients from different backgrounds & cultures work through both the best & worst times of their lives.