Coralei was raised in Alberta but moved to British Columbia for a month – and ended up staying for more than twenty years! She studied nursing at Trinity Western University and began her nursing career in an Emergency Department then moved on to Intensive Care. From the bedside Coralei progressed to Management where she had the opportunity to build both physical and service delivery infrastructure for which she won an Above and Beyond award for service delivery of a specialized stroke unit. She held several different roles within the Fraser Health Authority and this was her first career.

By way of Education, Coralei started with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, and then earned a Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Plant Biology. She went on to Trinity Western University in Langley, BC where she was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Distinction. At BCIT she acquired certificates in Emergency Nursing and Critical Care Nursing. Later she earned a Master of Arts in Leadership (Health) from Royal Roads University, and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management. All of this happened before she even went into law!


Working in health care management showed Coralei the role of law and lawyers in creating positive change. This kindled a long-time interest she had always had in law, and from working with lawyers, she decided to become one herself. She moved from the lower mainland to Kamloops to attend Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law. While there, she was able to work as a research assistant on a grounded research project evaluating specialized Mental Health courts in Canada, which drew upon her nursing background. She then went on to article for a boutique Plaintiff-only medical malpractice firm in Vancouver where she was able to combine her past medical knowledge and familiarity with patient care protocols, with her future professional goals as a lawyer.

Coralei has a reputation for being both tenacious and resilient in challenging circumstances. To move through these challenges, Coralei will problem solve with her colleagues, and she is always ready to learn more by listening to others. As a lifelong learner, she loves to be challenged by new experiences. New information is how she adds to her arsenal of skills, to achieve constructive outcomes.

In all of Coralei’s spare time, she can be found at the barn. She is a lover of horses. Coralei has ridden and competed in show jumping for more than thirty years and currently has two horses who she does chores for daily, and who keep her busy and content.

Education

Trinity Western University (BSN with distinction)

University of Alberta (B.Sc. Plant Biology specialization)

Royal Roads University (M.A.)

Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law (J.D.)