Notary Public, M.A.
Chelsea is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a Master of Art’s Degree in Applied Legal Studies. Prior to becoming a Notary Public, Chelsea was a realtor with Defeo & Associates of Re/Max Vernon for 6 years. Chelsea’s experience in the real estate industry will be a great asset to her new career as a Notary Public as she deals with the documentation of contracts, sales, purchases and mortgages.
Chelsea, a keen student, was awarded the Simon Fraser University Award for achieving the highest marks in the Master of Arts in Applied Legal Studies Program as well as being awarded The Notary Group Award for the highest marks on the Wills & Trusts Examination.
Enthusiasm, energy and excellent education are some of what Chelsea brings to the well-established business that she purchased from Zoë Stevens. She appreciates all of the former capable staff have chosen to remain at the office.
Chelsea has called Vernon her home for the past 25 years.
A Notary Public since 1983, Phyllis brings a great deal of experience to Chelsea Kramer Notary Corporation. She has worked in some aspect of the legal field all of her adult life. “I love my work!” is often heard as Phyllis thrills at yet another satisfied situation. Retirement is not on her horizon.
Recent changes to the Acts that deal with Personal Planning for temporary or permanent incapacity and for end of life decisions (Powers of Attorney, Representation Agreements and Wills) have brought about new requirements for legal documentation as well as expanded opportunities for adult British Columbians to make personal choices. Clients appreciate vision gained from experience that Phyllis shares to assist each person make plans that are right for the client and their unique family situation.
Phyllis makes her home in Armstrong with her husband, John. She is an active member of Vernon Women in Business, President of the John Howard Society of North Okanagan/Kootenay Region of British Columbia, President of Pioneer Place Society in Enderby, BC and Vernon Christian Fellowship.
The tradition of Notaries goes back over 2000 years – to the dawn of recorded history. Notaries laid down the Codex Hammurabi, the oldest evidence of recorded law. Notaries were also employed by the Catholic Church to guide the light of civilization through the Dark Ages. The Notary’s reputation for trustworthiness meant that documents retained a stable reliability throughout centuries of upheaval.
BC Notaries are unique in North America, providing non-contentious legal services to the public.
BC Notaries are governed by the Notaries Act of BC and the discipline of their professional society, the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia. Today, the position of Notary as a member of one of the branches of the legal profession is sanctioned and safeguarded by law. The Notaries Act also limits, by law, the number of practising Notaries to 323; it sets out the services that Notaries can provide.
- The professional work of a Notary is covered by an insurance plan which protects the public.
- The average age of a BC Notary is 43; 55 percent are women.
- BC’s Notaries reflect many ethnic backgrounds and languages.
Notaries in BC put a high priority on service to their local communities. Over one-third are involved in fundraising and social service, over one-third in business associations, and more than 30 percent are active in youth sports and recreation.