“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” - Theodore Roosevelt
Vanja grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Honours) from the University of New Brunswick. While there, she was a member of the UNB Reds Women’s Volleyball team and earned Dean’s List and CIS Academic All-Canadian distinctions in each of her four years.
Vanja obtained her Juris Doctor from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in 2019. While at law school, Vanja volunteered with ProBono Students Canada and the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service, and spent a semester at the Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic. She also served as Co-Director of the Weldon Law Sports Committee.
Vanja was called to the Nova Scotia bar in 2020 and joined Burchells as an associate after articling with the firm. She is a member of the firm’s transactions practice group, focusing primarily on the areas of corporate and commercial law, wills and estates, and commercial and residential real estate transactions. Vanja also maintains a litigation practice, with a particular focus on general civil litigation, insurance law and family law.
When not working, Vanja can be found outdoors, cooking or planning her next travel destination. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Canadian Bar Association.