Barristers, Solicitors and Notaries

Our Staff

  Diane Bass    dbass@hp-lawyers.com   Diane was valedictorian for her graduating class at Seaway District High School. She then attended Algonquin College in Ottawa where she took a 2-year Legal Assistant course. She was a summer student at our office between her first and second year of college. Her first job in this field was with a title searching firm in Ottawa. Then in 1987 her career took a different path when she started working for the Royal Bank in Iroquois, where she worked for the next 13 years. Diane joined our office in 2001. She does all of the Real Estate title searching and related duties for the office.  Over the years, Diane has been an active volunteer in the community. She has sat on the Board of Directors of the Morrisburg & District Preschool, the Williamsburg United Church and the Morrisburg and District Skating Club. She enjoyed volunteering at Morrisburg Public School and has helped with fund-raising for various local organizations and causes.

Diane Bass
dbass@hp-lawyers.com

Diane was valedictorian for her graduating class at Seaway District High School. She then attended Algonquin College in Ottawa where she took a 2-year Legal Assistant course. She was a summer student at our office between her first and second year of college. Her first job in this field was with a title searching firm in Ottawa. Then in 1987 her career took a different path when she started working for the Royal Bank in Iroquois, where she worked for the next 13 years. Diane joined our office in 2001. She does all of the Real Estate title searching and related duties for the office.

Over the years, Diane has been an active volunteer in the community. She has sat on the Board of Directors of the Morrisburg & District Preschool, the Williamsburg United Church and the Morrisburg and District Skating Club. She enjoyed volunteering at Morrisburg Public School and has helped with fund-raising for various local organizations and causes.

  Sherry Boulerice    sboulerice@hp-lawyers.com   Sherry first joined our office while on a work placement program for Grade 12 students through Seaway District High School. She returned to work as a summer student after graduation and did a second work placement through St. Lawrence College, Cornwall. Sherry graduated in 1984 with a diploma in Secretarial Arts-Legal and completed that two year program in one year.  With over 30 years of experience, Sherry has developed expertise in all facets of real estate law including residential, commercial and agricultural properties. Sherry also assists with the firm’s municipal law and litigation files. With her local knowledge and commitment to client service, Sherry is an invaluable member of our staff.  Sherry was born, raised, and continues to reside in Morrisburg.

Sherry Boulerice
sboulerice@hp-lawyers.com

Sherry first joined our office while on a work placement program for Grade 12 students through Seaway District High School. She returned to work as a summer student after graduation and did a second work placement through St. Lawrence College, Cornwall. Sherry graduated in 1984 with a diploma in Secretarial Arts-Legal and completed that two year program in one year.

With over 30 years of experience, Sherry has developed expertise in all facets of real estate law including residential, commercial and agricultural properties. Sherry also assists with the firm’s municipal law and litigation files. With her local knowledge and commitment to client service, Sherry is an invaluable member of our staff.

Sherry was born, raised, and continues to reside in Morrisburg.

  Colleen Embury   cembury@hp-lawyers.com   Her passion was always law so Colleen started her career in law in 1984 when she was employed by Stanley J. Kershman, in Ottawa, Ontario, as his legal assistant. In 1985 she became a legal assistant to J. Peter McNaughton, Ottawa, Ontario and was employed full time with him until 1998 when she started to work part-time for Mr. McNaughton in Ottawa and part-time for the late Robert F. Lamb, solicitor, in Winchester, Ontario. In 2006 Colleen joined the law firm of McInnis, MacEwen, Horner & Pietersma (now Horner & Pietersma) as a legal assistant.  Colleen prepares Wills and Powers of Attorney and she looks after our estate files from the date of death until the estate has been fully administered. Colleen has over 31 years experience in the area of Wills and Estates law.

Colleen Embury
cembury@hp-lawyers.com

Her passion was always law so Colleen started her career in law in 1984 when she was employed by Stanley J. Kershman, in Ottawa, Ontario, as his legal assistant. In 1985 she became a legal assistant to J. Peter McNaughton, Ottawa, Ontario and was employed full time with him until 1998 when she started to work part-time for Mr. McNaughton in Ottawa and part-time for the late Robert F. Lamb, solicitor, in Winchester, Ontario. In 2006 Colleen joined the law firm of McInnis, MacEwen, Horner & Pietersma (now Horner & Pietersma) as a legal assistant.

Colleen prepares Wills and Powers of Attorney and she looks after our estate files from the date of death until the estate has been fully administered. Colleen has over 31 years experience in the area of Wills and Estates law.

 
  Jim Whelan   dlynch@hp-lawyers.com   Jim started as a temporary employee in October 2016 and has been with us since. He graduated from St. Lawrence College in 1984 with a Financial Accounting diploma. Besides working here he has his own insurance business which he continues to develop. Jim is married and resides in Cornwall.

Jim Whelan
dlynch@hp-lawyers.com

Jim started as a temporary employee in October 2016 and has been with us since. He graduated from St. Lawrence College in 1984 with a Financial Accounting diploma. Besides working here he has his own insurance business which he continues to develop. Jim is married and resides in Cornwall.

  Isobel Tuttle   ituttle@hp-lawyers.com   Born in Yorkshire, England, Isobel moved to Canada in 1972. She brings her proper English upbringing to the firm and is not-so-affectionately known as the "grammar police" by her co- workers.  Isobel attended Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School. After graduating from St. Lawrence College, Cornwall, with honours in the Legal Secretarial program, Isobel worked part-time for Rick Parisien and then moved on to teach Ted Castle everything he needed to know. Once she and her husband started their family, Isobel chose to take five years off from the work world to raise their three children.  Having been hired as temporary part-time by Peter MacEwen in 1988 to "pick up the slack", Isobel likes to joke that she must not be doing a very good job, since she’s still here. She has worked for all of the lawyers in the firm during its numerous metamorphoses, including C. F. McInnis in his semi-retirement, and now concentrates on the corporate end of things.  Despite being the only corporate assistant for the firm, no one has ever been able to convince Isobel to work on days beginning with "T". On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays though, she can be found with her nose in a company Minute Book and even using a typewriter for Share Certificates!                                                                                                                                                     Isobel and Jim have lived in Riverside Heights all of their married life. Their nest is empty of children, but their growing number of grandchildren come to visit often.

Isobel Tuttle
ituttle@hp-lawyers.com

Born in Yorkshire, England, Isobel moved to Canada in 1972. She brings her proper English upbringing to the firm and is not-so-affectionately known as the "grammar police" by her co- workers.

Isobel attended Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School. After graduating from St. Lawrence College, Cornwall, with honours in the Legal Secretarial program, Isobel worked part-time for Rick Parisien and then moved on to teach Ted Castle everything he needed to know. Once she and her husband started their family, Isobel chose to take five years off from the work world to raise their three children.

Having been hired as temporary part-time by Peter MacEwen in 1988 to "pick up the slack", Isobel likes to joke that she must not be doing a very good job, since she’s still here. She has worked for all of the lawyers in the firm during its numerous metamorphoses, including C. F. McInnis in his semi-retirement, and now concentrates on the corporate end of things.

Despite being the only corporate assistant for the firm, no one has ever been able to convince Isobel to work on days beginning with "T". On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays though, she can be found with her nose in a company Minute Book and even using a typewriter for Share Certificates!                                                                                                                                                     Isobel and Jim have lived in Riverside Heights all of their married life. Their nest is empty of children, but their growing number of grandchildren come to visit often.

  Kelly VanBeilen    kvanbeilen@hp-lawyers.com   After graduating from College with both a Certificate in Ambulance and Emergency Care and Law Clerk Diploma, Kelly began working in Ottawa focusing on Litigation and Family Law.  Kelly worked in Brockville, Ontario for four years primarily in the areas of Real Estate, Estate Planning and Estates. Kelly now resides in Morrisburg and has worked as a Legal Assistant in Morrisburg since 2004.  She currently assists Eldon Horner and Eric Pietersma in the areas of Family Law, Litigation and is the “go to” person for land severance applications.

Kelly VanBeilen
kvanbeilen@hp-lawyers.com

After graduating from College with both a Certificate in Ambulance and Emergency Care and Law Clerk Diploma, Kelly began working in Ottawa focusing on Litigation and Family Law.

Kelly worked in Brockville, Ontario for four years primarily in the areas of Real Estate, Estate Planning and Estates. Kelly now resides in Morrisburg and has worked as a Legal Assistant in Morrisburg since 2004.

She currently assists Eldon Horner and Eric Pietersma in the areas of Family Law, Litigation and is the “go to” person for land severance applications.

 
  Robin Winters    rwinters@hp-lawyers.com   Robin works with Eric Pietersma, primarily on Real Estate matters.  Robin has worked with Horner & Pietersma (and previous incarnations of the firm) since 1989. She greatly enjoys working with clients, and is a dedicated contributor to all of the matters on which she works.  Robin resides near Ingleside, Ontario with her family.  . 

Robin Winters
rwinters@hp-lawyers.com

Robin works with Eric Pietersma, primarily on Real Estate matters.

Robin has worked with Horner & Pietersma (and previous incarnations of the
firm) since 1989. She greatly enjoys working with clients, and is a dedicated
contributor to all of the matters on which she works.

Robin resides near Ingleside, Ontario with her family.

  Mary Murphy   Mary started with us in March 2016 as our new bookkeeper. Shae has brought with her many years of experience in both bookkeeping and Human Resource management.  Mary was born and raised in Montreal but has lived in the S.D. & G area for the past 25 years.

Mary Murphy

Mary started with us in March 2016 as our new bookkeeper. Shae has brought with her many years of experience in both bookkeeping and Human Resource management.

Mary was born and raised in Montreal but has lived in the S.D. & G area for the past 25 years.

  Security Team    Lily and Rose are the latest addition to our staff.  They have quickly become the most popular personalities at Horner & Pietersma.  These two sisters were formerly at the SPCA in Brockville and now reside in the office on a full time basis and in addition to security they provide some stress relief to both clients and staff.  You may see them if you attend the office and depending on their mood they may decide to greet you in person.  If for any reason allergies are an issue for you please let us know in advance.

Security Team

Lily and Rose are the latest addition to our staff.  They have quickly become the most popular personalities at Horner & Pietersma.

These two sisters were formerly at the SPCA in Brockville and now reside in the office on a full time basis and in addition to security they provide some stress relief to both clients and staff.  You may see them if you attend the office and depending on their mood they may decide to greet you in person.

If for any reason allergies are an issue for you please let us know in advance.