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LagacÚ-Rivard Law Office: a source of inspiration

NB CBDCs 2017 Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Tina Lagacé-Rivard is owner of Lagacé-Rivard Law Office, located at 1318, Tobique road, in Drummond. Her story is truly inspiring for any women wishing to start her own business. Tina designed her business in terms of services that stand out, business philosophy, staff development, continued training, community involvement and, ultimately, work and family balance.

Her law office caters to a variety of clients and provides, in both official languages, services in real estate law, family law, corporate law and commercial law, in addition to dealing with civil proceedings, insurance claims, wills and estates. It is the first law office of the village. To distinguish herself in her service offering, this woman entrepreneur wanted to change her way of practicing family law with a "friendlier" approach. To do so, she received her certification in collaborative law, which allows her to practice collaborative family law.

Furthermore, the services of her Law Office are built upon a mission, a philosophy, to which Tina subscribes. In her opinion, a law firm must treat each client in the most humane way possible and provide them with a specialized and personalized service.  She says that "it's important to listen to those in need of legal services".

To help create a winning team, Tina is dedicated to providing her staff with competitive benefits. The Law Office also provides training and development opportunities to improve the professional skills of its employees. What's good for her is therefore good for her team, since this woman entrepreneur never misses an opportunity to learn. Continuing education in law is crucial. It's a field where there are a lot of changes. The Law Society of New Brunswick asks its members to complete a minimum of 12 hours of personal development annually, while she generally triples that number year after year.

Tina believes in community involvement and loves to contribute to the development of her community. At the regional level, she was president of the Valley Chamber of Commerce for three years and has already been Director for the Regional Potato Festival committee. Since 2006, she is secretary-treasurer of the Oasis Youth Center and, since 2014, she is vice-president of the joint volleyball committee. For a long time, she has held various positions on the board of the Victoria County Bar Association and, since 2010, she serves as President. And that is just one part of her social involvement.

This woman entrepreneur is a living example of work and family balance. For Tina, her family comes even before her career. Her children are the point of balance in her life. She completed all her studies while her children were very young; it was never a barrier. She is grateful for the support of her loved ones, in particular, her spouse and her family. With as many examples that make Tina Lagacé-Rivard a source of inspiration, it is not surprising that the Grand Falls Network of Women awarded her the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award in October 2015.

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