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Lawyer, former mayor honoured by province

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Penticton lawyer Mike Pearce will be adding the initials QC to his title.
Pearce, senior partner with Pearce Taylor Schneiderat, will be recognized as a Queen's counsel at a ceremony in Victoria early next year.
A graduate of University of British Columbia, he was called to the bar in 1973. He practised first in Quesnel before moving to Penticton in 1992.
"It was just me and one steno when I opened the office in Penticton, and we're now at 14 stenos and five lawyers and we've opened 35,000 files in just over 20 years," said Pearce.
Pearce has practised every form of law but now operates a solicitor practice, which includes estate work, corporate, amalgamations, reorganizations, wills and real estate.
"I enjoy meeting with the people, getting their issues together and helping them resolve the situation they find themselves in," he said.
Pearce received a call from Attorney General Suzanne Anton late Thursday evening, telling him of the accolade.
"I'm excited to death," he said.
The provincial government says the Queen's counsel designation is an honour conferred annually on lawyers to recognize exceptional merit and contribution. Successful candidates demonstrate professional integrity and good character and have been members of the B.C. bar for at least five years.
In Pearce's case, the honour is due in part to his community service. He served as mayor in both Penticton and Quesnel. More recently, he facilitates prison disciplinary hearings at Mountain Institution, a minimum-security prison in Agassiz, on average two days each month.
He's 66 years old but says he has no immediate plans to retire. He writes a twice-monthly column for the Penticton Herald.

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