Catherine is keen to share her time with others. Having benefitted as a young lawyer from the generosity of senior practitioners, Catherine endeavours to pass on that generosity of spirit that helped her to thrive. Each year, Catherine mentors a young lawyer through the WLF mentorship program as well as the UBC Law mentorship program (as well as a few others that she meets through networking connections). Rather than ending her mentor relationship at the end of the mentorship year, Catherine brings her new mentees into her mentorship group. Together, this dynamic group of women lawyers, senior and junior, are able to share experiences and continue on their journeys of professional growth.
As a Mentor
- In September 2014, as part of the mentorship experience, Catherine suggested that her cadre of young women lawyers support access to justice in BC as well as learn the value of providing pro bono legal advice by participating in Access-Pro Bono’s “Advice-a-thon. Their team – Women Lawyers United in Mentorship – not only provided pro bono legal services but also raised $11,850 through their team fundraising efforts.
Catherine and her team raised $11,850 at the Advice-a-thon for Access Pro Bono, September 2014
“Catherine has become much more than a mentor to me since we met through the CBA Women Lawyers Forum – she is an inspiration and my role model. I can always count on Catherine to give me solid guidance about life or work. She is truly one of the most generous and nurturing people I have met in the legal profession. Catherine is always encouraging others in our community to give back to society, and I have had the fortune of volunteering at the Salvation Army soup kitchen and with Pro Bono Going Public alongside her. I have no doubt that Catherine will continue to achieve many amazing accomplishments in her already lustrous career.”
Gale Kim – Lawyer
“I asked Catherine Sas for lunch in 2012, and she has been a faithful mentor to me ever since. Over the years, Catherine has become the person I call for big decisions and career guidance. What is truly remarkable about Catherine, however, is that I am not her only charge. Catherine brings mentors and mentees together and has introduced me to an impressive network of women lawyers in Vancouver. Catherine is all about support, encouragement and celebration, and I am fortunate to be one of the many young lawyers to benefit from her mentorship.”
Andrea Piercy – Lawyer
“I first met Catherine through the CBA Mentorship Program during my first year at UBC’s law school. Catherine has been an amazing source of wisdom and encouragement as I made the transition from “1L” to articled student. What I admire most about Catherine is her ability to forge her own distinctive path and the seemingly endless energy that she dedicates to the causes important to her . Since meeting, our relationship has grown to include a community of remarkable women lawyers, brought together by Catherine and sustained by our mutual support of one another. Catherine has been, and remains, a valued mentor and friend.”
Ms. Sterling Nelson – Articled Student