Jane (Rosemary) Burke-Robertson
After earning her BA in Social Work at the University of Ottawa, Jane Burke-Robertson spent a year volunteering at the L’Arche Community in France.
Upon her return to Canada, Jane pursued legal studies, and completed her law degree at Queen’s University. Jane became a nationally-recognized expert in the area of charity and not-for-profit law. She acted for philanthropic organizations around the world, and also provided pro-bono legal services to small and struggling charities.
A tireless volunteer, Jane personified the importance of giving back to both local and global communities. At the age of 32, Jane embarked upon a volunteer placement in Jamaica with Cuso International.
Jane published and taught widely across the country, and was a generous mentor to young lawyers. Throughout her impressive 27-year legal career, Jane had the honour of being recognized with a variety of awards – including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal – for significant contributions to her community and to charity.
Jane passed away on May 4, 2013. In 2015, the Canadian Bar Association established an award in memory of Jane and her remarkable achievements to the speciality of charity and not-for-profit law in Canada.