By Joel Janow
Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan
The Cam Partridge Memorial PLEA Volunteer of the Year Award recipient for 2015 is Regina lawyer Ms. Sandra M. Bobyk. The award is given annually to a PLEA volunteer who, more than any other person, has gone above and beyond any normal call of duty to lend assistance with PLEA programming. This would include delivering legal information presentations, assisting with writing or editing of PLEA publications, or other notable work for the organization.
Sandra has volunteered her valuable time for PLEA from essentially the start of her distinguished career. She attended the University of Saskatchewan and graduated from the College of Law in 1995, having first attained her Bachelor of Arts with High Honours in 1991.
Before launching her legal career in 1998, Sandra taught and developed courses in English as a Second Language in Japan. Her practice of law began in earnest with the Regina offices of Gauley & Company, then Hunter Miller. In 2004, she began her career as a government lawyer with the Family Justice Services Branch of Saskatchewan Justice, and two years later became Crown Counsel with the Ministry’s Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee – her current position. During these years, she has also devoted time to the Civil Law Branch and Legal Aid Saskatchewan.
Sandra has expanded her public service and service to the legal profession through a tremendous amount of work in teaching and ongoing learning. She has trained in mediation, collaborative law, and in teaching English as a Second Language, to name but a few areas. She has also conducted a great many presentations for university courses, conferences, community agencies, and government. Sandra additionally provides pro bono legal services as a volunteer on Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan’s Immigration & Refugee Panel Program.
Outside of her professional activities, Sandra’s work is equally impressive. She volunteers extensively within the arts community, including membership on boards and commissions. And she helps newcomers to Canada as they strive to adapt to their new country. Of course, Sandra continues to be one of our most highly-valued volunteers in our Request a Speaker Program.
It could not be clearer that Sandra is deeply committed to serving the public, the legal profession, and our communities.
We are again very grateful and privileged to know and work with a person such as Sandra. We are honoured to be able to name her this year’s Cam Partridge Memorial PLEA Volunteer of the Year. Congratulations and thank you, Sandra.