Biography

 

Biography

“I bring a wealth of experience and am proud to offer uncompromising integrity to my Notary practice.” 

Cheryl Vavra, BComm, Notary Public

About Cheryl

I WAS COMMISSIONED as a Notary Public on May 7, 2009 and I opened “Notaries in Sooke” the following year (after an extended period of articling).  Prior to this period, Sooke-ites had to travel to Victoria to seek the services of a member from  The Society of Notaries Public of British ColumbiaPresently, I am one of 23 Notaries Public (as distinct from lawyers) who practice in Greater Victoria and area. 

EACH AND EVERY DAY, I enjoy making a positive contribution to the business community in Sooke.  As a smaller office, my clients can expect meticulous preparation of documents by a Notary and the fair low-overhead pricing of a small town.  Living and working in Sooke has always been a dream of mine and I am finally living the dream! 

I LOVE SOOKE and I love being able to assist my clients with their legal documents.  I get a great deal of satisfaction when the elderly attend my office to prepare estate planning documents.  Usually they are very hesitant and worried when they arrive.  I will give them extra time and make sure they are comfortable before we move onto some potentially emotional topics.

ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION, my elderly clients comment that they are so “relieved” or “happy” that their Estate or Personal Planning Documents are finally in place for their loved ones.  My career as a Notary Public is really rewarding on so many different levels.

MY EDUCATION and business background —  including banking, real estate, product sales and small business —  leads me to this fine profession of notarizing (legitimizing) documents.

Formal Education:

SAUNDERS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS  at UBC – The Notaries Public Preparation Course (2009)

BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (BCom) in Entrepreneurial Management from Victoria’s Royal Roads University (2004). The degree provided valuable expertise in accounting, finance, marketing, business law, international business, strategy, communication, and entrepreneurial expertise.

JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION DIPLOMA from Calgary’s Mount Royal College (1982).

“I am very honored to be able to serve as a Notary Public in the wonderful west coast community of Sooke, B.C. I love my profession and I love my amazing and beautiful town”

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Current Memberships:

 Member of the The Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia

 Member of the World Organization of Notaries (WON).

 Member and Past Treasurer (2009-2014) of the Sooke Community Development Association (SCDA).

 Member of the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce.

  Approved Service Provider for Brookfield Global Relocation Services for all Government and Military Personnel.

 

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Continuing Education:

  FINTRAC WORKSHOP (Nov 2014) – Overview of compliance requirements for federal anti-money laundering regulations. 

  WILLS ESTATES AND SUCCESSION ACT “The New Rules” CONFERENCE (Nov 2013). The laws which govern Wills changed as of April 1, 2014. All legal providers must familiarize themselves with the new legistlation, as it will affect how we draft up our client’s Wills, before and after this date.

  REGULAR ATTENDENCE at the annual Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia conferences. (Notaries, by law, are required to meet certain education requirements each year.)

EXECUTOR CERTIFICATION and ESTATE ADMINISTRATION WORKSHOP (2012): This course provided practicing Notaries with the information they require to offer professional estate management services to the public. This service now covered by Society of Notaries Public of B.C. insurance coverage.

RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE CONFERERENCE (2012): B.C.’s top real estate lawyers discussed the latest relevant and current developments impacting the industry.

INTENSIVE MEDIATION WORKSHOP (2007): Skills learned to resolve disputes in order to negotiate a settlement.