WOMEN IN BUSINESS
women Lianne McDonald
Lianne Macdonald co-owns Beacon Law Centre. A graduate of the prestigious UVic Law School, she’s practised since 1991 and today does a lot of estate work helping seniors and senior’s children make their way through the legal paperwork arising when a friend or family member passes. Being an effective executor can be difficult when you‚ have just lost a loved one and Lianne is passionate about ensuring her clients get the assistance and support they need to handle the estate with the sensitivity and business sense required of an Executor. “It’s a difficult job that one is asked to complete, and often they have to do that job when they are feeling very sad and vulnerable themselves,” she says. In her spare time, Lianne volunteers for the Sidney By the Sea Rotary Club, and enjoys the company of her husband and child.
time and patience I enjoy taking in my work with seniors. This means they have a good experience which in turn means that I find it very fulfilling to work for them.
What business do you own/run? Beacon Law Centre. I work out of our Sidney and Brentwood Bay offices.
What is the one thing you could never be without? Family.
How long have you been in business? Eleven years this May. Twenty years practising law. How do you find balance in your life? I find balance by sticking to my core values. Family first. You can’t be great at work if you haven’t cherished those you love at home. I love to spend time with my family boating. I love to read. I love to garden‚ so I can have a little “think”. What have you learned that you would like to have been able to share with the “younger you”? That the key to success at home or at work is to figure out what you love to do most and aim to do that. If you love it, you’ll be good at it. In my legal practice I’ve learned that what makes me special is the
What’s the one thing you’d like to do better? I wish I could make things a little easier for some of my clients. People don’t always see lawyers in the most joyful of experiences. The key is to help them navigate through difficult situations in the best way possible. What’s your guilty pleasure? My boat. I love to get away in it with my husband and son. Next, chocolate. Next‚ liver and onions with lots of bacon and ketchup!
What is your proudest achievement? That is a hard one. Not ‘proud’. Shy. Not answering this one. I’d have to get my mom to answer for me. What traits would you like to be remembered for? Being kind. Being a good listener. Things are not always as they seem. I like helping people who are willing to work at having a productive life and who need my help. If you weren’t in your present career, what would you be doing? Hmmm. Sleep for a week‚ then, I’d do so many things. I’d chat with my son about taking a year out of school to have some different experiences‚ maybe we’d apply together to volunteer for Mercy Ships Canada. I’m not sure. I just know I’d be busy, I’m always busy. That’s good.
What is your proudest achievement? That is a hard one. Not ‘proud’. Shy. Not answering this one. I’d have to get my mom to answer for me. Wh...