JSS Barristers in the Community


Calgary's favourite holiday tradition is back with several new features!

Zoo Lights

Calgary, AB -The Calgary Zoo is excited to light up the holidays with another year of ZOOLIGHTS! The largest seasonal light display in Western Canada turns 17 and will be showcasing some new additions like Santa's Oasis, an ice skating rink and a singing tree. The event will again be presented by JSS Barristers.

"ZOOLIGHTS is a much anticipated Calgary community tradition celebrating the holiday season. It's a privilege for JSS Barristers to support Calgarians' favourite event at Calgary's most visited attraction," states Bryan C. Duguid, Managing Partner of JSS Barristers. "JSS Barristers is proud to be the presenting sponsor of ZOOLIGHTS again this year, as part of the multi-year commitment to the Zoo by the firm, and in conjunction with the firm's other substantial support of the Zoo."

This year's highlights:

  • Over 1.5 million lights and 200 displays
  • New! Ice Skating - presented by Mahogony Lakeside Living, with free hot chocolate at the rink December 11th.
  • New! Santa's Oasis Presented by REMAX featuring the Frosted and Sugarplum Forests
  • New! The Singing Tree featuring Calgary choirs - most Friday and Saturday nights
  • New! Kids' Zone - fun and games on the lawn where the former South America building was. Sunday nights try Canon's new SLR camera and receive free photos.
  • Candy Land presented by Cococo Chocolatiers - Friday nights Cococo organic chocolate bars will be handed out
  • Make your holiday wish at our Wishing Trees presented by Chinook Centre.
  • Santa's Selfies - watch for the life size Santa and take a selfie #santaselfie to win prizes - presented by REMAX.
  • Non-perishable food items and cash donations will be accepted for the Calgary Interfaith Food bank. For every family donation, receive a 2 for 1 admission ticket for a future visit to the zoo.

As a conservation organization, the Calgary Zoo is conscious of energy consumption in hosting a show such as ZOOLIGHTS. The use of mini-lights, rope lighting and LED (light emitting diodes) will use significantly less energy than standard bulbs in years past. In addition, the Calgary Zoo supplements its power supply by using its own generators to ease demand on the City of Calgary's power grid.

Tips to ensure the best ZOOLIGHTS experience:

  • Buy tickets online and skip the line.
  • Check the weather and be prepared that on warm winter nights ZOOLIGHTS will be busy!
  • Don't enjoy the crowds? Consider a week night or a cooler evening.


WHEN: November 21, 2014 - January 3, 2015
Event runs nightly 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Gates close at 8:30 p.m.)
  • Closed December 25, 2014
  • Zoo Year's Eve (December 31, 2014) requires a separate ticket.
PRICES: General Admission (16 yrs and up) $ 14.00 (plus GST)
Child (3-15 yrs) $ 11.00 (plus GST)

For bulk tickets for groups of 50 or more call 232-9300.

Tickets available at the gate or beat the crowd by purchasing tickets on-line at: www.calgaryzoo.com

JSS Barristers works very hard for its clients. Outside of the direct practice of law, we are also a diverse group of people who, as a firm and individually, are very active in our community. We take the time to give back to both the legal profession and the community at large.

JSS Barristers is proud to have its lawyers participate in such organizations as the Calgary Bar Association, Canadian Club of Calgary, Canadian Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, The Advocate's Society, and other professional organizations.

In addition, JSS Barristers lawyers also are very involved in other charitable and other pursuits, which, we hope, help to enrich the community in which we live.

Some highlights of what we do when we're not in our offices are showcased below.

The Advo-Cats perform in their third "Between Bands" gig for Between Friends

The Advo-Cats performed with Calgary band bORDERLINE on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Chrome Room, Deerfoot Inn and Casino in a non-profit fundraiser for Between Friends. This is a yearly event; over 200 people were in attendance to watch the bands "battle" back and forth in over 3 hours of non-stop live music! Over $30,000 was raised for Between Friends, a local charity that provides programming for children with Autism and related illnesses.

Between Bands gig for Between Friends

JSS Barristers support the University of Calgary Law School in Hockey Arbitration Competition

JSS Barrister is proud to have supported the team from the University of Calgary in the Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada. See the attached article.

JSS Barristers Litigation Heroes take part in the
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

On September 4, 2014, the Litigation Heroes of JSS Barristers took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Over $2000 was raised by the lawyers and staff of the firm for this great cause.

The "chilling" results were captured on video:

Advo-Cats Play in 2014 ZSA Battle of the Bar Bands

The The Advo-cats put on a great show at the ZSA Battle of the Bar Bands held at Flames Central on May 29, 2014 before a packed house. Alberta legal talent wowed the packed house with a great night of music, and raised a significant amount of money for the chosen charity, Make a Wish.

Calgary Bar Association 2014 Bonspiel

Calgary Bar Association 2014 Bonspiel

The JSS Barristers rink enjoyed another strong showing at the Calgary Bar Association Curling Bonspiel on March 7, 2014.

Skip Trent Kulchar, Third Mike James (a member of the JSS extended family practicing at Smith Mack Lamarsh), Second Deborah Book, and Lead Geoff Boddy enjoyed three great games and close competition from the competitive rinks in this year's event to reclaim the championship trophy.

Many thanks to the Calgary Bar Association for another great event!

The Advo-Cats

The The Advo-cats recently performed at the gala dinner for the Canadian Bar Association's Alberta Law Conference, held in Calgary January 31, 2014. The 'Cats rocked out, and a great time was had by all attending the "Great Gatsby" themed event.

JSS Barristers was the proud title sponsor for the
2013 Zoo Lights!

Zoo Lights

JSS Barristers proudly participated as the 2013 Title Sponsor of ZooLights

The Calgary Zoo's wondrous winter attraction featuring over 1.5 million lights. Since the Zoo was devastated by this summer's flood, we have been supporting the Zoo with Board participation, advice, donations and fundraising. We are thrilled to further meaningfully support the Zoo as the ZooLights Title Sponsor as the Zoo re-opens to the public - it is an amazing achievement for the Zoo and a cause for community celebration.


JSS Barristers Bowls for Kids

JSS Barristers Bowls for Kids

For the ninth year in a row, members of the JSS Barristers family participated in the 23rd annual Bowl for Kids Charity event that raises money in Support of Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Calgary and Area.

Organized by the Stampede City Progress Club, and held at Chinook Bowladrome in April 2014, the Bowl for Kids event raises over $250,000 annually.

JSS Barristers participates in the event by sending twenty of their "best" Litigation Heros to bowl for the cause.

JSS Barristers and the Children's Wish Foundation

Children's Wish Foundation

JSS Barristers is proud to support one of its partners, Matthew J. Epp who is actively involved with the Children's Wish Foundation, as part of the firm's ongoing and historic involvement with the Foundation.

For instance, JSS Barristers donated significant pro bono effort and legal services in connection with a dispute and the ultimate successful recovery of estate funds that were bequeathed to the Foundation.

Established in 1984, Children's Wish is a national non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling a favourite wish for children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Since its inception, Children's Wish has granted more than 18,000 wishes for children and their families and fulfills approximately 1000 wishes annually -- granting nearly three wishes everyday -- each being an individual adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of that particular child. The foundation has never refused a wish to an eligible child.

Children's Wish, a registered national charity with chapters in every province and territory, relies on the generosity of its donors and volunteers to make certain that no wish is refused. Children's Wish has established itself as one of the most recognized registered charities in Canada and the most recognized organization when it comes to granting wishes for children diagnosed with life threatening illnesses.

Matthew J. Epp is currently a member of the Advisory Board of The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada (Alberta and N.W.T Chapter); after chairing the Gala Committee for the Children's Wish Foundation. The annual gala is the largest fundraiser for this charitable organization which works with the families of ill children in order to grant these children their "wish".

JSS Barristers Donate

JSS Barristers is proud to give back to the community through not only its lawyers and staff supporting community activities and chairties through donating their time, but also through donating funds to charitable organizations. Some of the charities to which JSS Barristers has provided assistance in the last year include:

  • Alberta Diabetes Foundation
  • Alberta Law Review
  • Alberta Lawyer's ASSIST
  • Allies for Autism Run
  • Alzheimer Society
  • Between Friends
  • Big Brothers and Sisters Bowl for Kids, 2006-2014
  • Boys' & Girls' Clubs of Calgary
  • Calgary Legal Guidance
  • Calgary Zoological Society
  • Children's Wish Foundation
  • Impact Society
  • Inn From the Cold
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Alberta - MS Bike Tour
  • Outward Bound Canada
  • Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend To End Women's Cancers
  • Wild Rose Humane Society
  • Phone: 403-571-1520
  • Fax: 403-571-1528
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