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Winners of 2018 Manitoba Bar Association awards announced

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 3:10 PM | By Carolyn Gruske


The Manitoba Bar Association plans to honour a number of its members during its upcoming Mid-Winter Conference.

K. Eleanor Wiebe, who retired from active practice at Fillmore Riley LLP is the recipient of the 2018 distinguished service award. She is being honoured for her distinguished and impressive legal career, including her many contributions to the legal profession and the wider community.

The 2018 pro bono award goes to Sacha Paul and Alyssa Mariani of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP for their work in an an intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities in Delta Airlines Inv. v. Gábor Lukács.

A number of 2017 recognition awards will also be handed out at the event.

The access to justice Award recipient is Karen Dyck. She is being recognized for her outstanding contributions and commitment to access to justice throughout her career and in her volunteer activities.

Yvonne Peters is the equality award winner for her dedication to equality rights including serving as the chair of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.

The headnotes and footnotes award goes to Thompson Dorfman Sweatman’s litigation department for its contributions of civil litigation decisions to the association’s newsletter.

The Isabel Ross (MacLean) Hunt award recipient is Irene Hamilton for serving as an excellent role model for women lawyers in Manitoba.

Jonathan Black-Branch is the president’s award recipient. The Robson Hall dean is being honoured for his commitment to the Canadian Bar Association and the Manitoba Bar Association by arranging for CBA memberships for all law students at the school.

The Section Award Recipient is the real property law section, co-chaired by Pitblado LLP’s Edward (Ned) Brown and Howard Nerman.

The conference takes place Jan. 18-19 in Winnipeg.