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Northern Lights recipient – Bjoern Wolkmann

On July 15, he was recognized for offering legal assistance and knowledge to those unable to access free services at the local courthouse.

Photo of Northern Lights recipient – Bjoern Wolkmann

Location: Lethbridge, Alberta

As an attorney, practicing the law is how Bjoern Wolkmann makes a living, but putting into practice the precepts of social justice is how he lives his life.

While a relative newcomer to Lethbridge, BJ, as he’s become known to colleagues, friends and neighbours, is already making a positive impact in his community. During the pandemic, BJ has offered up his knowledge of the law through on-call assistance, education and free consultations to Lethbridge area residents who, due to public and personal health restrictions, have been unable to go to the local courthouse to access the free service of duty counsel. He has also contributed his time and talents to help a new non-profit navigate the legal requirements of establishing a society.

But helping translate “legalese” is just one of the ways that BJ is stepping up for his community. He became a familiar face in downtown Lethbridge during his weekly deliveries of food, water, candy and basic essentials to those in need. Perhaps as important is that his community spirit is helping to inspire his colleagues to also get involved. By applying the Golden Rule, BJ is establishing a precedent – and where there is a need in his community, this is one lawyer who is on the case!

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