Three Share Ben Meisner Memorial Award
l-r Stephanie Leong, Christopher Gall and Dustin Gagnon- images courtesy TRU
Prince George, B.C. – Three law students at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops have been awarded a share in the Ben Meisner Memorial Law Bursary Award.
The $3,400 award was established through donations from staff and Benchers at the Law Society of B.C. in the wake of Ben Meisner’s death on April 2nd, 2015. The criteria for the award was that the deserving students have a passion for Northern or rural B.C. and hopefully to set up practice in Northern or rural B.C.
Past Law Society President, Ken Walker attended the award ceremony at Thompson Rivers University and spoke of Ben Meisner’s love for the land, the region, its people and his courage to go against the grain when he felt it was necessary to achieve results.
The recipients of the award are:
Stephanie Leong: From Prince George, she has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from UNBC. She plans to article at Heather Sadler Jenkins Law firm in Prince George.
Christopher Gall: From Langley, he has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Arts in First Nations Studies from UNBC. He has worked with the Tl’az t’en First Nation and the Metis Nation of BC spending considerable time in Northern B.C.
Dustin Gagnon: Has lived in Houston, Telkwa and Morricetown before attending Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops to study Law. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UNBC and a Diploma in Accounting from the College of New Caledonia
Ben Meisner, founder of 250News, was first appointed a Law Society Bencher ( the governing body for all lawyers in B.C.) in 2010. He was re-appointed in 2012 and 2014. Throughout his time with the Law Society, he presented a rural and northern perspective on many of the issues which the Law Society of B.C. faced.
Being a Bencher was an honour Ben Meisner cherished, and on the eve of his death, the Law Society appointed him a “Life Bencher”.