MEETING: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Paula Donnachie & Kathryn Gillert

TOPIC:  Role of Crown Counsel

Paula graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1992.  She articled in Vancouver with a small predominantly criminal defence firm and worked there for about two months after articling before moving to Victoria to work with the Crown in 1993.

Paula is responsible for everything from bail hearings to murder prosecutions, including acting in an administrative role.  She is a member of the BC Prosecution Service “Child Youth & Advocacy Centre” Resource Counsel Group, the BC Prosecution Service “Victims and Vulnerable Witnesses” Resource Counsel Group and the CBABC Judicial Advisory Committee and the Court Services Committee and is currently the President of the Victoria Bar Association.

Joining Paula is BC Prosecution Service District Administrator – South Vancouver Island, Kathryn Gillert.  Kathryn worked as a legal assistant in private practice in Duncan from 1988 to 2008, the last 13 years with a general practitioner focusing on criminal defence and CFCSA Legal Aid work. During which time she completed the online Capilano College Distance Paralegal program.  In 2008 Kathryn joined BCPS Victoria Crown as legal assistant assigned to Supreme Court trial files. In 2013 moved into paralegal position with Victoria Crown Counsel. In 2016 was successful in obtaining position of District Administrator – responsible for Crown offices in Victoria, Colwood and Duncan.


Our Annual General Meeting will just take a few minutes after dinner before our speaker presentation.



Join us for a Build Your Own Burger Buffet dinner including your choice of Angus Beef patties or vegetarian patties, Kaiser buns, tomatoes, red onion, lettuce, pickles, Cheddar, Swiss and Monterey Jack cheeses, condiments, green salad, and French fries. Assorted sweets and squares for dessert. Coffee, tea and fountain soft drinks are included. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice.

Place: Comfort Hotel 3020 Blanshard St. Cost: $25.00 Member / $30.00 Guest Cocktails: 5:30 p.m. – Dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Please be sure that Dinner Reservations are received by Friday, June 8, 2018.


Contact: Please make cheques payable to V.L.S.A. Or send e-transfer to:



Thank you to last meeting’s speaker Immigration lawyer, Sarah Goodman.

Please note that our Annual General Meeting will just take a few minutes after dinner before our speaker presentation.



Our next meeting is Tuesday, September 11th – Our guest speaker, topic and menu will be posted to our website shortly.