MEETING: Tuesday, September 11, 2018

SPEAKER: Derek LaCroix, QC – LAP Executive Director

TOPIC: Lawyers Assistance Program – NOT Just for lawyers

Feeling stressed, anxious, anxiety ridden? Join us to learn about free counselling, courses, etc. available to us through LAP just by working in law.

Our speaker is Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) Executive Director Derek LaCroix, QC. Derek has been LAP’s Executive Director since 1996. With 40 years work experience, he brings a sincere and valued perspective to his commitment to both the organization and to the BC legal profession. Derek practised law for 18 years and went on to expand his skills in business and counselling. This diverse range of interests has helped Derek become a respected leader in the legal, health care and recovery communities. He has served on committees with the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and the American Bar Association (ABA). He was a Commissioner of the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and the Chair of the annual CoLAP conference for several years. He is also on several non-profit boards of societies dealing with addictions, education and spirituality. He is often called upon to present seminars and workshops throughout the province, and is tireless in his efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of legal professionals and those who care about them. He received the designation of Queen’s Counsel in 2004.



Join us for the Topaz Buffet including stuffed pork loin, green salad, pasta salad, roasted potatoes, multigrain dinner rolls, hot seasonal vegetables as well as assorted sweets and squares for dessert. Coffee, tea and fountain soft drinks are also 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, September 7, 2018.


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


At our last meeting three choices for the recipient of this year’s VLSA Annual Silent Auction (December 4th) were submitted and voted on. Your votes have been tallied and the winner is The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC. For further information on this organization and what they do go to:


Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 16th – Our guest speaker, topic and menu will be posted to our website shortly.