​Familiar Faces: Kerry-Lynne Findlay of Delta Law Office

​Familiar Faces: Kerry-Lynne Findlay of Delta Law Office

Apr 27, 2018

In the coming weeks and months many residents of Sunny Tsawwassen might see a face that's not just familiar to locals, but to Canadians from coast to coast.

Delta Law Office's newest Tsawwassen location has secured the services of former MP for Delta-Richmond East, Kerry-Lynne Findlay.

As a rookie MP in 2011, Findlay was initially sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, and soon joined then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Cabinet as Associate Minister of National Defence and later on as Minister of National Revenue.

A lawyer since the age of 23, Findlay says law is a "helping profession" so it was natural to go from reading and applying legislation to working with government to create the laws.

Helping to run the country was a big challenge, but returning to work as a lawyer has its own share of ups and downs, not least of which starting a new list of clients.

"When you decide to give your life over to public service, particularly at the federal level, you're a long way from home. I'm a B.C. girl so coming back here I found a lot of people really didn't understand what it is I've been doing for that time."

At first, Findlay took a job in Vancouver, picking up where she'd left off before her ride in politics. But she quickly realized she missed home.

When the opportunity arose to join a law firm with a long history in the community, she made the switch, bringing her specializations in family and elder law, estates, employment, civil litigation and mediation.

Like most other communities, Sunny Tsawwassen has a population with diverse backgrounds and age groups, but Findlay says knowledge of elder law is particularly useful here where so many seniors come to retire.

"It's important to have a trusted legal advisor who can shepherd you through some of that while you're getting older. Even sale of your house or perhaps you're downsizing and need a new will, all of these things are really important."

As if being a lawyer wasn't busy enough, Findlay is active in the community. She is currently president of Little House Society in Tsawwassen, treasurer of BC and Alberta Guide Dogs based in East Ladner, and president-elect of the Ladner Rotary Club.

As a former MP representing all of Delta-Richmond East, Findlay says there are distinct "personalities" to each region, but few have the diversity of landscapes that Tsawwassen enjoys, whether it be the hills surrounding Diefenbaker Park, the sands of Centennial Beach at Boundary Bay, or the vistas of English Bluff.

"We also have a vibrant business community here that is always struggling for recognition. There's still a lot people who like the idea of personal service and famly businesses. And you can so quickly get to a great place to have a picnic or go the beach. I think there's a lot of promise here in the business community."