Margaret loves a challenge so while at Queen’s University she took both Classical History and Biology, an unusual combination to be sure. Add the fact that Margaret is not only a former rugby player but also a competitive improver, and you start to appreciate the many facets of Margaret.
Originally from Southern Ontario, Margaret immediately felt at home in Thunder Bay when she arrived at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University. The sense of community, the city’s history, and its closeness to nature combine all of the things she loves best about growing up in the small town of Port Hope, living in historical Kingston and spending time at her grandparents’ home in the Haliburton Highlands. Working in Thunder Bay has also given her the opportunity to continue engaging with the issues faced by Indigenous communities and to broaden her cultural awareness.
Margaret is no stranger to the importance of client service. Prior to law school, she worked for many years at Tim Hortons, as well as waitressing at different hospitality establishments. Margaret also provided her services as a tutor for over six years, working privately and with a not-for-profit organization, to support youth education. She participated in an archeological excavation in Italy one summer, where she learned both the importance of sunscreen and the value of strong charade skills.
Margaret chose Family Law because she loves working with people, and hearing their stories. She approaches her practice with a compassionate, collaborative focus aimed at achieving effective resolutions for her clients. Coming from a close-knit community where challenging family relationships were a daily reality, she wants to help people find reasonable compromises that preserve their family dynamic as much as possible. Margaret has paired her Family Law practice with Wills and Estates work, and assists Fhara Pottinger with the Walk-in Wills Clinic on Saturday mornings.
Margaret is a Charter member of the Lakehead Tabletalkers, and was active in the Indigenous Law Students Association. She is also an amateur chef, has a passion for history, is a musical theatre enthusiast, and true animal lover at heart.
- Treasurer of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), Thunder Bay
- Past Volunteer, Thunder Bay Shelter House
- Former Member of the Lakehead University Aboriginal Advisory Committee, 2016
- Hons B.A., Queen’s University, Classical Studies and Biology, 2013
- J.D., Lakehead University, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, 2017
- Called to the Bar, 2017
- Joined Weilers, 2017
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