Stephanie Skinner - Lawyer

What kind of work do you do at Hemminger Law Group Westshore?

I practice family law at Hemminger Law Group Westshore.

If there was one lesson you learned as a young person that you would like to pass on to others, what would that be?

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?

For 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 purposeful.

What is your home town?

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.

What do you love most about Langford and the Westshore?

I love the Westshore for its breathtaking natural beauty and for its diverse but tight-knit community feel.

Where are your top 3 favorite places and why?

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!

3.My 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!

Outside of the legal profession, what is your passion?

Travel. There is literally nothing I love more.

How do you deliver your more as a part of the  more than your ordinary law firm team?

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.

Other things about Stephanie:

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.