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A legal first in Kelowna

More than 200 people crowded Kelowna's Sikh temple to witness a Canadian business first on Sunday.

Navjit Khunkhun, an articling student at Benson Law, took her oath in front of her congregation to become a lawyer.

It is reportedly the first time in Canada, perhaps North America, that the oath has been sworn in a Sikh Gurdwara. Normally, it would happen at a law office or courthouse.

Congregation members turned out in large numbers to celebrate the occasion at the Guru Amar Dass Durbar Gurdwara in Rutland.

Robert Tonsoo of Benson Law swore Khunkhun in. She will now attend a formal session, where she signs the "rolls" of the law society before a judge in a courtroom.

Law firm founding partner Garry Benson said: It is an honour for our company ... to perform this ceremony at a Sikh temple of Gurdwara."

Born and raised in the Okanagan, Khunkhun obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in philosophy from UBC Okanagan. She continued her studies at one of Australia’s leading institutions, Bond University, graduating with her juris doctor with distinction. 

Her practice is focused on corporate and commercial matters, real estate, and wills and estates.



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