Early in her career, Heather knew she wanted her law practice to be about providing assistance to others.
As both a summer student and an articling student, she worked at the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee in Ontario, gaining experience in estates, family law, and civil litigation. It was there she received valuable insight into the unique legal challenges facing adults with mental health issues. Now an associate with Goddard Gamage LLP, Heather understands that her clients are dealing with not only legal issues but personal ones as well and that those too need to be figured into the equation. She makes it a point to respect their budget, time, and goals.
Whenever she has an opportunity, Heather shares her knowledge with colleagues, clients and their families. She frequently speaks at professional development programs and has given talks to general audiences on subjects such as legal issues for caregivers, and powers of attorney and substitute decision-making. She’s had her work published several times in the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Trusts and Estates Law Newsletter.
Heather values continuing legal education, from the perspective of staying at the forefront of developing knowledge and expertise and contributing to the legal community. She is a member of the Mental Health Legal Committee, the Senior People’s Resources in North Toronto Advisory Committee, and an executive member of the Elder Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. She is also a tutor with the Lawyer Licensing Process Tutoring Program.
A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Heather has a Bachelor of Arts from York University. She was called to the bar in 2009, and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association. She is an avid reader and loves to travel.