Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sad news: Rosemary Jane Burke-Robertson, B.A., L.L.B, M.St.J., C.St.J. April 11, 1960 – May 4, 2013

 



Jane passed away at home surrounded by her loving husband, children and family after an inspirational and determined three year struggle with cancer. Jane was the third child of Marilyn and Colonel William Burke-Robertson Q.C. by whom she was predeceased. Jane is survived by her husband, David Sherriff-Scott, and their four children, Alexander (19), Iain (15), Katharine (14) and Michael (13) Sherriff-Scott, by Jane's sister, Sandy (David) Atack and nephew, Chris, and niece, Ally Atack.

Jane was raised in Dunrobin where she grew up an accomplished rider. She graduated Elmwood's School for Girls before completing a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at the University of Ottawa in1980. Following her first degree, she travelled to France in 1981 where she worked for a year as a volunteer at Jean Vanier's founding L'Arche Community in Trosly, France. L'Arche is an international organization dedicated to the daily support of those with developmental disabilities though Christian community living.

Following her return to Canada, Jane completed her Law degree in 1985 at Queen's University. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1987. Jane's Call launched an extraordinarily distinguished and unique legal career which spanned nearly three decades. Her practice was devoted exclusively to the charities and not-for-profit sector in which she became a nationally recognized leader. She acted for every conceivable kind of charitable entity, including some of the largest and most extensive philanthropic organizations in Canada and the world. In 1992, Jane authored the first major legal text in the area, Non-Share Capital Corporations, and despite her illness over the last three years she co-authored a new book in the area which will be released later this year under the title Corporate and Practice Manual for Charities and Not-For-Profit Corporations. In 1994, Jane became the founding Co-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association's (OBA) Charity and Not-for-Profit Law Section and she was the first Chair of the Canadian Bar Association's (CBA) Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section in 2000. Jane taught the first course in charities law in Canada at the University of Ottawa Law School in 2005. Jane was an Ontario Bar Admission lecturer in corporate law and she spoke at countless educational conferences. Jane was selected as a senior advisor to Industry Canada for the administration of the Canada Corporations Act. She went on to act as a major advisor to Industry Canada for the development and implementation of the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and co-authored Industry Canada's Handbook for Federal Not-for-Profit Corporations under it. Jane was consistently recognized as one of the country's leaders in her field by industry publications. In 2011, she received the AMS John Hodgson Award by the OBA in recognition of her leadership in the development of the law and her service in the charitable arena. In 2012, Jane was selected by industry publications as the Best Lawyer in Ottawa in her field.

Jane was also a remarkable and tireless volunteer. She was a leader in providing pro-bono legal services to struggling charities. She used her expertise to serve on the Boards of many important charitable organizations such as the National Gallery of Canada Foundation for 10 years, for 15 years as Deputy Legal Counsel and Counsel to St. John Ambulance, the Ottawa School of Dance for 12 years, the Autism Society of Ontario's Ottawa Chapter for 2 years and then for 9 years on the Executive Board of the Autism Society of Ontario, L'Arche Canada and the L'Arche Canada Foundation for 12 years, for 3 years on the Ottawa Regional District Health Council, the Ottawa Congress Centre for 3 years, the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE) for 6 years, and Elmwood School for Girls for 4 years. Jane was also a volunteer group home worker.

Jane received the Queen's Jubilee Medal for significant contributions to her community and to charity. She was twice invested by the Governor General of Canada, first as a Serving Sister and later as a Commander of the Order of St. John Ambulance in recognition for her significant contributions to the work of that Order. In 2010, Jane was selected as the Volunteer of the Year by the Thinking in Pictures Educational Society
Jane was a loving wife to her husband and a devoted and loving mother to her four children. Her loving kindness, dedication and absolute devotion to her children and the courageous example she showed in her struggle with cancer to remain alive and to continue to contribute to her children's lives will make them better people. For as Jane's children mature, the extraordinary force and depth of the character of their mother will be revealed to them.

Jane lived her life based on the principles that one must always be compassionate, tolerant, just and dedicated. She lived by the motto that "God does not call us to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love." Jane will be profoundly missed by all of those whom she knew, and especially by her family by whom she was so very deeply loved, revered and adored.

28 comments:

John G. Knopp said...

Thank you for posting this. I did not know her, but, given what you wrote, I wish I did. I have forward your tribute to her to my friends and co-workers to inspire them to continue in the spirit she started.

Thanks,

John

Anonymous said...

Very quickly this web site will be famous amid all blog
visitors, due to it's nice articles or reviews

Feel free to visit my blog post quirky jewellery uk

Anonymous said...

An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker who had been doing a little research on this.

And he actually bought me dinner due to the fact that I found it for him.
.. lol. So let me reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!

! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to discuss this issue here on your site.


Here is my web-site - promo Code Dominos

Anonymous said...

I seldom comment, however i did some searching and wound up here "Sad news: Rosemary Jane Burke-Robertson, B.A., L.L.B, M.St.J., C.St.J. April 11, 1960 - May 4, 2013".
And I do have a few questions for you if it's allright. Is it only me or does it give the impression like a few of these comments look as if they are coming from brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are writing at other sites, I'd like
to follow anything new you have to post. Could you make a list of every one
of all your public sites like your Facebook page,
twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

My blog ... Doli.Biz

Anonymous said...

I used to be suggested this web site by my cousin. I
am not sure whether this publish is written through
him as no one else recognise such distinct approximately my trouble.
You're wonderful! Thank you!

Stop by my website http://Aquamira.com/

Anonymous said...

Hello! I know this is kind of off-topic but I needed to ask.
Does building a well-established website like yours
require a large amount of work? I am brand new to blogging but I do write in my journal on a daily basis.
I'd like to start a blog so I can share my experience and thoughts online. Please let me know if you have any recommendations or tips for new aspiring bloggers. Appreciate it!

Feel free to surf to my blog post - http://centr.md/index.php?do=/blog/21069/great-tips-and-advice-on-couponing

Anonymous said...

Having read this I thought it was really informative.
I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this
article together. I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount of
time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still
worth it!

My website cost accountant salary

Anonymous said...

I think the admin of this web page is actually working hard in support of his web site,
as here every information is quality based data.


Here is my web page - discount vouchers for restaurants

Anonymous said...

Saved as a favorite, I like your blog!

Visit my homepage - sign Up for free baby stuff

Anonymous said...

Thanks for any other wonderful article. Where else could anybody get that type of information in such a
perfect means of writing? I have a presentation subsequent
week, and I'm at the search for such information.

Also visit my blog post Senior Accountant Salary

Anonymous said...

Ahaa, its pleasant dialogue about this piece of writing at this place at this webpage,
I have read all that, so now me also commenting at this
place.

Here is my blog ... free religious stuff

Anonymous said...

bookmarked!!, I really like your web site!

my web site - Www.occupyourhomesdc.Org

Anonymous said...

Greetings! Very useful advice within this article! It
is the little changes that produce the most important changes.
Thanks a lot for sharing!

Feel free to visit my blog Dominoes Online Voucher

Anonymous said...

Hurrah! After all I got a website from where I be able to genuinely get helpful data regarding my study
and knowledge.

My web-site Care Home insolvency

Anonymous said...

Great goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you're just extremely fantastic. I really like what you have acquired here, really like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it sensible. I cant wait to read far more from you. This is actually a wonderful website.

My webpage ... fashion jewellery uk

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the good writeup. It in truth was once a enjoyment
account it. Look complicated to more delivered agreeable from you!
By the way, how can we be in contact?

Here is my webpage ... Psygrid.Org

Anonymous said...

With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any problems of
plagorism or copyright infringement? My site has a lot of unique content I've either authored myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my authorization. Do you know any solutions to help stop content from being ripped off? I'd truly appreciate it.


Here is my web-site: Accountant Salary Range

Anonymous said...

Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found a sea shell
and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said
"You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear." She put the shell to her ear and screamed.
There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never
wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I
had to tell someone!

Also visit my homepage :: Project accountant salary

Anonymous said...

Informative article, totally what I needed.

Here is my page; funky Jewellery

Anonymous said...

Keep on writing, great job!

Stop by my web-site :: Dominos 2 for 1 vouchers

Anonymous said...

I really like what you guys tend to be up too.
This type of clever work and coverage! Keep up the excellent works guys I've incorporated you guys to my personal blogroll.

Feel free to surf to my website - fashion Jewellery uk

Anonymous said...

It's enormous that you are getting ideas from this piece of writing as well as from our dialogue made at this place.

my web site; Best market research companies

Anonymous said...

We're a bunch of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your website offered us with helpful info to work on. You've done an impressive process and our whole group will be grateful to you.


Also visit my site; cms.egsd.org:80

Anonymous said...

I am really enjoying the theme/design of your weblog.
Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility issues?
A couple of my blog visitors have complained about my website not operating correctly
in Explorer but looks great in Opera. Do you have any advice
to help fix this problem?

My blog - free Stuff for People On benefits

Anonymous said...

What's up everybody, here every one is sharing such experience, therefore it's pleasant to read
this web site, and I used to go to see this webpage all the time.


Feel free to visit my page :: dominoes promotional codes

Anonymous said...

Hello, just wanted to say, I enjoyed this article.
It was funny. Keep on posting!

my webpage care home Turnaround

Anonymous said...

Important things about Reading The Cellular telephone Reviews
And also other Reviews

Feel free to visit my web site mp3 to video

Anonymous said...

Get Philips Chiseled And Lcd television At Best Price On line

My web-site: post