Brenda Walper-Bossence, Q.C.

Barrister, Solicitor, and Notary Public

Brenda Anne Walper-Bossence, Q.C. is a practising barrister and solicitor in Saskatchewan. Brenda owns and operates her own law practice in the City of Moose Jaw,  called Walper-Bossence Law Office Prof. Corp.. Brenda received her Bachelor of Arts (English) (1974) and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (1975) from the University of Saskatchewan. She was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1976. She received her Queen's Counsel desigation in 2002.

Résumé

1986 - Present. Practicing Lawyer: Walper-Bossence Law Office Prof. Corp.;

Sole practitioner since 1986;

Developed a successful law firm currently employing four full-time and one part-time staff-person(s);

Provided and continues to provide a full range of legal services to small city with large agricultural base;

Services include general solicitor’s practice; i.e., real estate, conveyancing, estates & wills, powers of attorney & health care directives, small business law, out-of-court family law matters and uncontested divorces, step-parent adoptions, dependant adults’ applications;

1984 to 1986 acted as Provincial Judge for the Judicial Centre of Moose Jaw on occasional basis;

1987 to present - acted as mediator, in the family law field;

1997 to 1999 - served (one of a three member panel) on appeal board for SIAST, on appeals from decisions of harassment complaints, pursuant to SIAST’S Harassment Policy;

Founding member of Collaborative Law Lawyers of Saskatchewan Inc., society incorporated in September of 2001; act from time to time as collaborative law lawyer;

Secondary Education: Grade 12; graduated June of 1969 Delisle Composite High School; Delisle, Saskatchewan;

University: University of Saskatchewan/College of Arts;
Degree - Bachelor of Arts;
Major - English Literature;
Fall 1969 - 1971 and Summer School 1970 - 1971;
Extracurricular Activities: swimming, curling and bicycling;
Awards: University of Saskatchewan Entrance Scholarship - 1969.

University of Saskatchewan/Law School; Degree - L.L.B.;
Areas of Special Interest - Family Law & Jurisprudence; Fall 1972 - Spring 1974; Extracurricular activities: swimming, women’s football (law) team, squash, curling;

Continuing Education After Call to Bar:

Various legal seminars, attended yearly, hosted by Law Society of Saskatchewan, Continuing Legal Education, Canadian Bar Association and Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association in Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan;

1976 attended a (three day extensive) seminar on joint custody and access at Law Society of Alberta, Calgary, Alberta;

Various non-legal seminars attended on topics such as business, communications, negotiating skills and stress-management;

1987 mediation training attended at Law Society of Saskatchewan and thereafter admitted as Mediator and Family Mediator;

1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 attended in-depth family law seminars in various Canadian cities - Victoria, Ottawa, Whistler, St. John’s, P. Quebec respectively, each hosted by the Canadian Bar Association;

2002 negotiation skills training attended at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan;

2002 collaborative law training attended at Regina, Saskatchewan and thereafter admitted as member of Collaborative Lawyers of Saskatchewan;

Awarded Queen’s Council designation in 2002;

Received SKLESI’s Outstanding Volunteer Award - South Saskatchewan, in 2007.

Awarded Rotary, Paul Harris Fellowship Award, three times in three years.

Past member of the National Association of Women and the Law;

Past alternate Chairman of the Review Panel for the Moose Jaw Mental Health Region, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan;

Current member of Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association and past Director for Moose Jaw area for two years;

Current member of Canadian Bar Association (38 years); served a term as member-at-large for southern Saskatchewan;

Current member of Moose Jaw Bar Association (39 years); past President, past Secretary-Treasurer and past Vice-President;

Current member of Law Society of Saskatchewan (39 years);

Current member of Moose Jaw Rotary Club, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan (first woman member in Saskatchewan), past Chairman of program committee (organized the weekly speakers for club), past Treasurer (two years); past secretary (two years); past president, past Club Youth Counsellor for Rotary International Youth Exchange Program;

Past Co-Chairman of the Canadian Bar Association, Moose Jaw General Practitioners Section;

Past presenter on new Family Law Rules of Court for Saskatchewan Legal Education Society - lawyers seminar;

Past lecturer on Family Law topic for Articling Law Students, Bar Course, 2001;

Past presenter during fall/winter of 2001/02 at various locations throughout Saskatchewan at ISC [land titles] seminars delivering the “Practitioner’s Perspective”;

Past presenter at Land Titles practice seminar for Saskatchewan Legal Education Society - lawyer’s seminar in June of 2002.

Past Co-Chair Canadian Bar Association Mid-winter Meeting Committee 2006, [Mid-Winter meeting held in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on first occasion ever, held away from Saskatoon or Regina centers];

Past member of Board of Directors of John Howard Society, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; past Chairman;

Past participant/actress at Christmas pageant at Minto Unity Church, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan;

Past member of Church Choir, Minto United Church, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan;

Past member of Board of Directors of Victorian Order of Nurses, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan;

Past member of Board of Directors of Moose Jaw & District Alcoholism Society, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, a non-profit organization which owned and directed the then Angus Campbell Centre of Moose Jaw as a rehabilitative centre;

Past member of Board of Directors of the Hospice Society of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan;

Past member of Board of Directors of Downtown Business Improvement District, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan;

Past Chairperson of Heritage Facade Enhancement Committee (Moose Jaw);

Past member Ad hoc Committee, National Addictions Awareness Week Walk in which  we organized a parade in Moose Jaw to raise awareness on substance abuse prevention;

past member of President’s Club of Wakamow Valley Authority, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan;

Past Youth Leader for local Alateen group for children of alcoholic parents;

Speaker (ongoing) for various community groups, e.g. Moose Jaw Ostomy Society, Senior Citizens Action Now Association, Alzheimer Society, Phi Beta Capa Chapter, law seminars (free to the public) for Public Legal Education Society;

Past member of the Board of Directors, Moose Jaw YM/YWCA;

Past member Special Gifts Committee, Providence Place and Geriatric Centre Building Campaign;

Past member of Board of Directors for Moose Jaw Housing (appointment approved by Mayor of Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan Housing Corporation);

Current member and President of Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Corporation, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, owners/managers of several Moose Jaw properties, including William Milne Place (former Fire Hall at Moose Jaw), which is currently a low-income housing unit for men and women over 50 years of age.  The design for William Milne Place received numerous Heritage awards. The Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Corporation’s most recent building project is Wakamow Place, a centre for adults with severe mental illness, which has won a national award from CMHC for its ‘green’ initiative;

Current annual sponsor and introducer of a mystery writer, in Saskatchewan Festival of Words; have been a mystery writer sponsor each year since 2009;

Current Vice-President, Board of Governors, Providence Place Foundation;

Past host family for four wonderful students of the Rotary International Exchange Student Program;

Current on-sight host/volunteer of Saskatchewan Law Society, Continuing Professional  Development, televised seminars for Moose Jaw.

Current Board member of RuBarb Productions Inc., the first professional theatre organization in Moose Jaw, and the third [after Globe Theatre and Persephone Theatre] in Saskatchewan; RuBarb Productions, in its second year won a national award for its partnering with community organizations.

Current “Meals on Wheels” participant;

Currently assist each year with Salvation Army Christmas Kettles Campaign;

Current Supporter of:

Mortlach Recreation Board

Mortlach Museum

Mortlach Berry Festival

Chaplin Tourism Committee Inc.

Central Butte Rodeo

Moose Jaw Transition House

Moose Jaw Prism Awards, celebrates the outstanding achievements of outstanding women in southern Saskatchewan

Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal

RuBarb Productions Inc.

Rotary International

Ducks Unlimited

Moose Jaw Millar’s Baseball

Past Supporter of:

Providence Place Building Campaign

College of Law Building Campaign

Mae Wilson Theatre Building Campaign

Mosaic Place Building Campaign [home of the Warriors Junior Hockey Team]

Past member of the Review Panel for Public Legal Education Association publications;

Associate editor for Saskatchewan of the CBA National Concordance Table, Carswell, for wills, estates and trusts section for 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Married to rancher; live in the Mortlach district

Four children

Eight grandchildren

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