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2017 Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service
Trinda Ernst, QC
July 7, 2017 (Halifax, NS) –The 2017 recipient of the Schulich School of Law’s Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service is Trinda Ernst, QC (LLB ’83), a senior lawyer at Waterbury Newton Law Firm, which has offices in Kentville and Berwick, N.S.
Since 1983, the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University has presented the Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service annually to an alumnus or alumna who has made outstanding contributions to the community and the legal profession on either a worldwide, national, provincial or local setting.
“We congratulate Trinda, whose strong commitment to volunteerism, and her contributions to her community and the legal profession over many years, make her an ideal candidate for this prestigious award,” says Schulich School of Law Dean Camille Cameron.
Ernst has worked at Waterbury Newton since 1985. Her field of expertise includes wills and estates, elder law, corporate/commercial law and real estate law. As an Associate, she practised extensively in family law and, to a lesser extent, criminal law. Previous roles included Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission lawyer and articled clerk at the Atlantic Regional Office of the Department of Justice (Canada) in Halifax.
In addition to her legal practice, Ernst is an active community volunteer with many interests, including the Girl Guides, Valley Voice a cappella choir and Wolfville L’Arche Homefires Society. She has been involved in many initiatives, including with the CentreStage Theatre Society, Valley Women’s Business Network, Eastern King’s Chamber of Commerce and Valley Regional Hospital.
Among Ernst’s myriad awards and appointments are The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s Gold Award, CBA-NS Branch Distinguished Service Award, the Girl Guides of Canada’s Gold Merit Award and National President of the Canadian Bar Association. However, she is perhaps most well-known for taking young lawyers and law students under her wing at events and introducing them to her broad network of peers.
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