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Salmon Arm Garrettwin looks back on half a century of law – Salmon Arm Observer

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By Barb Brouwer


Fifty years ago, a young man realized his long-held dream.

Garrett (Garry) Norman Wine began practicing law and does not intend to retire soon at the age of 77.

“I enjoy my work. Getting up in the morning and filling the day is an interesting job,” he said. “I meet a lot of people, solve some problems, and hopefully don’t spawn too many people.”

Win received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta and taught at a high school in Cremona, Alta. Two years later, he enrolled in UBC’s Law School and was called by a lawyer in the British Columbia Supreme Court on May 15, 1972.

He wrote an article in Kelowna and a year later he opened an office in Salmon Arm. There, his increasingly busy work included land transfer and mortgage registration.

“I have filed a fair amount of family law and some civil lawsuits, an area where some people have very difficult problems,” he robbed to represent his clients in court. I say about wearing. “I’m no longer in family law or proceedings. It’s too difficult for my senior system.”

In 2007, he moved to the Verdurmen & Company office, now known as Verdurmen Law.

“Garry, as a client’s defense counsel and as a court officer, has never taken for granted his enormous responsibilities,” said Glenn Badermen. “The direct and brief advice to his clients is his trading stock. He never hides the truth or gives false hopes.”

Verdurmen also recognizes Wynne’s ability to adapt to legislative changes and new technology avalanches.

Being a lawyer has always been his plan, but it’s not very clear to identify the reasons for his career choices.

“I really don’t know,” he meditated. “This is an interesting area. People fall into the strangest situations, and sometimes you can help them get out.”

Win grew up in Berwyn, a small Alberta town in the Peace River region. He explains that the place had a population of 300, counting dogs.

“I’m a lawyer in a small town,” he said. “Whenever a really difficult case arises, I send people to experts in a large center.”

He called a single appearance in the British Columbia Court of Appeals interesting. The incident was between Win’s client, the owner of a local gas station, and a large oil company that “has a very deep pocket.”

“We succeeded in the trial, but lost the appeal,” he said bitterly. “I realized I wasn’t interested in returning to the Court of Appeals.”

Win discovers that he and his wife, Faye Perry, continue to enjoy the city and do much more. Curling, hockey and golf have kept him active for many years.

“I played hockey when I was young,” he said. “I was never good, but I enjoyed it.”

Roy Sakaki didn’t let him skate when he stopped playing. Instead, he skated for a 25-year career in refereeing minor and recreational hockey.

Win, who is always a nervous flyer, flew in the sky to overcome his fears.

“I thought, ok, I’ll take the bull in the horn,” he said, noting that he had his private pilot’s license. “I flew for a few hours and decided that my hobby was too high and didn’t reduce the stress of the flight.”

Community-oriented lawyers attended the council for a three-year term and ran for mayor three times in the 1980s.

“I don’t know why, but many lawyers get involved in politics, a similar area where you’re trying to solve a problem you can’t solve,” he said. “I learned that my political career is short.”

Win said the Salmon Arm is a great place to live and work. When he arrived, it was a small town with a population of 6,000 to 8,000.

Win, who is no longer in the sport, said he spends his time playing the piano.

Once his regular, Win’s dog Sammy is now deaf and blind. She no longer takes him to the office, but stays at home and sleeps most of the day.

He is philosophical about his seniors.

“Tell people that my age is probably divisible by 11 by the end.”
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