Corie Flett, daughter of Syncrude heavy equipment fleet manager Dwight, was called to the Bar on July 15, thus beginning her legal career.
“It’s the biggest milestone in my life so far,” says Corie. “I don’t know if there is anything to compare it to…it’s life-changing, the start of my career and something I’ll always look back upon fondly. It’s everything I’ve been working on for the past eight years—seven at the University of Alberta and one year articling as a law student at Campbell and Cooper in Fort McMurray.”
The 25-year-old was surrounded by family and friends for the swearing-in ceremony. “I’m very lucky to share this moment with my family and friends, my band ACFN, my scholarship providers like Syncrude. They all provided immense support and are a big reason I am where I am today.”
One person Corie wished she could share it with was her paternal grandmother Elizabeth Bourke, who recently passed away. “She was my inspiration,” says Corie. “She raised 13 children, and 100 grandchildren and great grandchildren. It’s her strength and inspiration that flows through our veins and always pushed us to strive for the best. I know she’s with me today and I dedicated this day to her.”
Corie’s future plans are to practice law in her hometown with a focus on family law. “I just bought a house in Fort McMurray. I intend to give back to the community through Campbell and Cooper. We’ve just started an initiative where I will travel to remote communities like Fort Chipewyan, Fort McKay, Anzac, Conklin and Janvier to provide free legal services and council for those who don’t have easy access to town or a lot of money for a lawyer. I hope to become a judge…a long, long, long way down the line. That’s my goal.”
Corie qualified and received funding through Syncrude’s scholarship programs. “The financial support I received from Syncrude, all seven years, helped me focus on my studies.”