Lampe award win­ner from Bishop’s a suc­cess story

She hasn’t forgotten all that she learned in Sher­brooke

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Sher­brooke

As the Lampe Foun­da­tion, CFUW Sher­brooke & Dis­trict, pre­pares to hon­our 24 award win­ners at a cer­e­mony on May 21, we proudly present the suc­cess story of prior win­ner Erin Toole. Over more than 20 years, the Foun­da­tion has helped hun­dreds of stu­dents achieve their ed­u­ca­tional dreams. What a treat to see what hap­pened to a promis­ing young stu­dent af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

Erin Toole is cur­rently As­so­ciate Gen­eral Coun­sel with the Fi­nan­cial and Con­sumer Ser­vices Com­mis­sion of New Brunswick. The com­mis­sion is a crown cor­po­ra­tion reg­u­lat­ing fi­nan­cial and con­sumer ser­vices in­dus­tries in New Brunswick, in­clud­ing pen­sions, in­sur­ance, se­cu­ri­ties and an en­tire gamut of con­sumer-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties. Pro­vid­ing legal sup­port to the com­mis­sion and act­ing as a leg­isla­tive co­or­di­na­tor, Toole acts as a li­ai­son with the Depart­ment of Jus­tice on laws that fall within the ar­eas within the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Com­mis­sion.

Toole was a stu­dent at Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity study­ing Hon­ors English with a ma­jor in Clas­sics when she was awarded the Eileen Healy Schol­ar­ship for lead­er­ship by the Lampe Foun­da­tion in 1998. Toole cred­its Bishop’s with help­ing her to de­velop com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, par­tic­u­larly the abil­ity to write, as well as the abil­ity to in­ter­act well oth­ers, some­thing prac­ticed daily in small classes re­quir­ing a lot of par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Af­ter Bishop’s she re­turned to New Brunswick for law school where she re­mained near the top of her class for three years. She later moved to Toronto where she prac­ticed cor­po­rate, fam­ily, and child pro­tec­tion law but ended up back in Saint John 5 years later with the Fi­nan­cial and Con­sumer Ser­vices Com­mis­sion, ad­mit­ting that she prefers the op­por­tu­ni­ties of her po­si­tion for public out­reach and in­for­ma­tion to a more ad­ver­sar­ial role. Saint John, Toole says, is like Sher­brooke, large enough to be a city and small enough to be eas­ily nav­i­ga­ble and con­ve­nient for fam­ily life, with easy com­mutes and close prox­im­ity to na­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to Toole, stu­dents who want to be­come lawyers should be good at mak­ing de­ci­sions, adept at read­ing peo­ple and sit­u­a­tions and be strong in re­search and anal­y­sis. She ad­vises stu­dents to pay as lit­tle at­ten­tion as pos­si­ble to the neg­a­tive in­for­ma­tion they hear about the legal pro­fes­sion and in­stead to talk to prac­ti­tion­ers to get a sense of what they do.

It is of the ut­most im­por­tance to have a men­tor one can trust. She is grate­ful to have had her fa­ther, who, like her, was a grad­u­ate of Bishop’s and the UNB law school. She also cred­its a se­nior lawyer who “makes sure em­ploy­ees grow.” In law and re­lated fields an arts de­gree with its em­pha­sis on writ­ing is a huge as­set. A stu­dent with a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in the area of law would do well to study a rel­e­vant field: science for in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty or so­ci­ol­ogy or psy­chol­ogy for fam­ily law. Well rounded can­di­dates al­ways have an ad­van­tage.

Although Toole fol­lows pol­i­tics with great in­ter­est she isn’t think­ing about a po­lit­i­cal ca­reer yet. Maybe, she says, in twenty years.

The Lampe Foun­da­tion looks for­ward to award­ing the 2015 Eileen Healy schol­ar­ship, and dozens more, at the an­nual Awards night on May 21st.

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Erin Toole, a pre­vi­ous win­ner of the CFUW Sher­brooke & Dis­trict’s Lampe Foun­da­tion award, is cur­rently As­so­ciate Gen­eral Coun­sel with the Fi­nan­cial and Con­sumer Ser­vices Com­mis­sion of New Brunswick.

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