OBITUARY

Jennifer Kate Bankier

March 17, 1948September 30, 2020

Jennifer Kate BANKIER – Hackett's Cove

Jennifer was born in Hamilton Ontario to parents who encouraged her love of learning from an early age. At Osgoode Law School, she concentrated on civil rights and labour law, and tied with two others for head of her class. She later pioneered in law of computers and intellectual property. She taught for three years at Wayne State University in Detroit before moving to Dalhousie Law School.

She was devoted to social justice, for her students and colleagues within the University and in external forums dealing with the rights of women and other marginalized groups. After her retirement she continued to promote these interests in social media.

She is affectionately remembered by her sister Amanda, brother Michael, and by friends and colleagues. She had a great love of the ocean, and will be cremated and scattered there.

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Jill Shlossberg

November 24, 2020

Family of Jennifer Bankier
I am sorry to have recently become aware of the notice of her death. You have my deepest sympathy. She was a such a strong thoughtful person, a champion of the rights of women, and respected teacher. I am glad she lived in beautiful Hackett’s Cove, NS in her retirement. My condolences.
-Jill Shlossberg

Carol Aylward

November 11, 2020

Jennifer was a kind and generous friend. She truly cared about people and fought for others rights often at great sacrifice to herself. She will be remembered for many things-her intelligence, sense of humour and her generous spirit, but above all what she would like to be remembered for was her love of all people and her dedication to ensuring the human rights of all. Good bye friend you were unique among humans and will be truly missed.

Professor Carol Aylward (retired)
Dalhousie Law School

Pauline Faulkner

November 10, 2020

To family and friends, my sincerest condolences.

It has been my honor and my pleasure to have spent the past
few years working with Jennifer as her trusted confident.

Jennifer was the kindest, the most gracious, and the noblest person one would wish to meet. Her intellect, her sense of exploration, her deeply entrenched principles of fairness , her keen interests in life and for the living, and her total love and sense of amazement for this planet was well beyond the scope of one's imagination.

I will deeply miss Jennifer and I hope she left us knowing just how much her time and work has contributed to the well being and improvement of the lives she's touched. As the time comes that our sense of awareness and clarity is such that the acceptance of all being as one rather than divided is realized, look up into the night sky, and if you see a twinkling star, you will know that Jennifer is pleased by our progress.

Anne Bishop

November 5, 2020

To Jennifer's sister and brother, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Jennifer in the Dalhousie Faculty Association and will always remember her knowledgeable, principled, courageous and persistent dedication to justice for women, LGBTQ and racialized people, always carried out with kindness and humanity. She will be missed.

William McCormack

November 5, 2020

In fond memory of Jennifer Bankier, a loyal client of ours for many years. I always enjoyed talking to Jennifer about almost anything one could imagine. She will be missed and always remembered.

Bill and Lillian McCormack, Antoine Hairstylist

Esmeralda Thornhill

November 5, 2020


I would like to extend to You, the immediate and extended Family of Jennifer Bankier, my very sincere condolences on the passing of your sister, Jennifer.
I came to know Jennifer in 1996 when I joined Dalhousie University as a Full Professor of Law. I found Jennifer to be a kind, sensitive, and principled person whose friendly collegiality and brave honesty I came to value.
She was gifted with an incisively critical mind that she could effortlessly "laser-focus" on elusive details when necessary.
Jennifer was a true pioneer. The reality that prophets are seldom acknowledged in their own village can neither cancel out nor erase the multiple ground-breaking trails that Jennifer resolutely blazed at Dalhousie— in Critical Legal Theory, in Law and Technology, in Women and the Law, in Workplace/Labour and Human Rights Advocacy, and in Equity.
All in all, Jennifer was a decent human being and a generous academic who cared deeply for her students.
I consider my own life to be richer for having known Jennifer.

May She now deservedly Rest in Peace...

Dr. Esmeralda M.A. Thornhill

Rosemary MacKenzie

November 2, 2020

My condolences to Jennifer's brother and sister. I new Jennifer for years at Dalhousie and count myself as a friend. I worked with her on the Dalhousie Faculty Association Grievance Commitee in the late 1990s and early 2000s and was always impressed with her strong sense of justice, and her creativity, knowledge and compassion in her efforts to help people. She was a friend, advocate and support to so many throughout her career at Dal. She will be remembered by me with affection and respect.

Beverley Johnson

November 2, 2020

I offer my sincerest condolences to the family. I met Jennifer during my time as Transition Year Program Director at Dalhousie. Jennifer was one of the bravest women I have known. She spoke out for ethical and equitable treatment of all people. She was a staunch advocate for the rights of others. I admired her fearlessness and tenacity as she spoke on behalf of those who were not present . She taught much by the way she worked and lived. Jennifer was brilliant, caring and strong. She was one of a few genuinely good people. I will remember the consistent and hopeful way she lived life. May memories of your sister help to carry you through this time of great loss-

Deborah Trask

October 31, 2020

So sorry to see this obituary in today's Herald - I knew Jennifer through her interest in local politics and though we had lost touch, I did think of her often. Such a sad loss

sean layden

October 31, 2020

Dear Bankier family.

Very sorry to read about your recent loss.

Jennifer taught me Torts in my first year of law school at Dalhousie ( 1988-1989). She wetted my interest in civil litigation which I went on to practice for 27 years.

She was a very good educator and always acted in the best interests of her students.

Please accept my sympathies.

Sincerely, Sean Layden, Dartmouth NS.

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