Judith Catherine Anderson
28 March , 1946 – 19 June , 2018
It is with the heaviest of hearts we share the news of our mother, Judith Catherine Anderson’s passing, at the age of 72 after a private two year battle with cancer. She was the center of our world and will be dearly missed. She is survived by daughters Jill and Catherine, son’s in law Brad Babcock and Ryan Anderson, and five grandchildren Linden, Brooklyn and Carter Babcock, and Sasha and Alexis Anderson. She was predeceased by her husband James Anderson in 2016. Judith achieved a successful career as a respected school law lawyer in both Edmonton and Vancouver. She loved music, bridge, gardening, the theatre and her many clubs and volunteer committees. She was an active member of the West Vancouver community. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, June 26th at 3:00 pm at the West Vancouver Yacht Club, 5854 Marine Drive in West Vancouver, BC. If you knew Judith please come and help us commemorate this amazing woman.
Judith Catherine Anderson
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26 June 2018
I was privileged to know and work with Judith for about 15 years in my role as Secretary-Treasurer in Saanich School District on Vancouver Island. She always provided good advice and understood the issues so well. I considered her a friend.
Two times that stand out for me are:
1. The island school districts were negotiating a collective agreement with their support staff and we wanted to have a common agreement where possible within government guidelines. We met in Victoria at the Empress and Judy had each district at a separate table and she went from table to table helping us reach agreement. Each time she came to the Saanich table, she remembered our agreement, what had been discussed to date and where we were headed. She did that for all 11 districts. Really amazing work that we could not have done without her!
2. Saanich had closed a school and we were taken to the Supreme Court and Judy represented us. The lawyer for the parents was very unprepared and Judy won the case easily as she was very prepared. What impressed me was her professionalism in not making the other lawyer look bad but just explaining all the processes that was needed to win the case. It meant that the parents felt heard, better understood the situation and the district went on to having good relations with those parents.
The then president of the Saanich CUPE union said of Judith – She had such an amazing memory and understood how school districts operate so well. A very intelligent and in-tune woman.
I was so sorry to hear of her passing. There is no one like her in K-12 education - who knew her clients that well and was so wonderful to work with.
School District No. 63 (Saanich)