Emily was born in Nelson, BC, and grew up in a small community in the Kootenays on a hobby farm. She completed a bilingual double major undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communications at the University of Ottawa. She finished her degree in June of 2014, and moved to Victoria to begin law school at the University of Victoria in September, 2014. She chose the University of Victoria for its focus on indigenous sovereignty, feminist issues and a community-based, collaborative rather than competitive attitude.
She has completed three previous co-op semesters, at Citizenship and Immigration Canada in Ottawa, the British Columbia Office of Ombudsperson in Victoria, then at Prisoners’ Legal Services in Burnaby. She came to Brown Henderson Melbye for her fourth co-op semester. She has found the BHM team to be welcoming and comfortable to work with. In Victoria, she can be closer to her family, and has fallen in love with the community. As part of her dedication to social justice and the law school community, Emily has volunteered with numerous student clubs, including the Feminist Law Students’ Association, the Poverty Law Club, OUTLaws LGBTQA Legal Issues Club, and the Indigenous Law Club.
She has one more semester to complete in her degree, and then would like to work in Family Law, which was part of what attracted her to the Brown Henderson Melbye team. She was also drawn to BHM due to their long history of mentoring students and their strong commitment to community engagement. After graduation, Emily hopes to work in Family Law in a manner that makes marginalized people feel safe accessing justice. In addition to Law, Emily intends to continue to contribute to her community. Growing up in a rural area, she was raised to always value helping others, enriching her community, and leaving her path better than she found it.
She will also keep on learning in all areas of her life. She enjoys reading vintage and feminist science fiction, baking difficult cakes, swimming the butterfly, and studying extinct megafauna. In her free time, she is writing a young adult novel and dabbling in learning Welsh, which is the sixth language she has learned. She hopes to learn at least eight languages in her lifetime.