I practice family law at Hemminger Law Group Westshore.
I am pretty sure I came out of the womb pondering existential questions about meaning and purpose which often caused me a great deal of anxiety. I've come to the conclusion that there is no "meaning to life." We each get to decide that for ourselves -- and how liberating is that?
me, the meaning in life, starts with serving others. If I can find a
way to make a difference, even a small difference, life feels
I grew up in Bisbee Arizona -- a little hippie oasis on the Arizonan/Mexican Border. I moved to Canada in 2005 after, in my view, an unfortunate presidential election result. I lived in Vancouver, B.C for seven years and Windsor, Ontario for four before finally arriving to Victoria, B.C in 2017. Victoria feels more like home than any place I've landed on the planet thus far.
I love the Westshore for its breathtaking natural beauty and for its diverse but tight-knit community feel.
1. A dance floor or a stage. I chose to be a lawyer but my second choice as a career was to be a Broadway dancer. I do my best to have my cake and eat it too.
2. The garden. There's nothing more healing then digging in mud!
mom's house. Filled with flowers, Mexican pottery, splashes of bright
paint and so much love. We talk for hours and usually determine we have
solved all the problems of the world!
Travel. There is literally nothing I love more.
The dragonfly. I didnt choose it, it seemed to choose me; following me at every picnic and campfire. The dragonfly symbolises metamorphosis and transformation. Its lightness inspires those who have the dragonfly as spirit animal to use their ability to be flexible and highly adaptable in any situation. It seems to fit.
I may be the expert when it comes to the law, but I firmly believe that people are the experts of their own lives. Delivering more is practicing from this perspective. In addition to helping clients to navigate the legal process, I strive to remind them of their resilience, their ability to adapt, achieve emotional closure and become stronger as individuals and parents.
Steph grew up in the United States before relocating to Vancouver at 19 years old. She is also a social worker, foodie, devil's advocate and massive dog lover.