April 2012: Joey de Whytell

2007 Law with Philosophy

What I am doing now:  
I’m a lawyer in Saskatchewan, Canada, working for Semaganis Worme, an affiliate of the Indigenous Law Group. I’m also a member of the Indigenous Bar Association and working in general practice with the focus being towards highlighting and fighting against social injustice issues affecting First Nations’ people of Canada.

Alumni of the Month April 2012 How did you get to where you are now?
After having a colourful time at Keele, partying far too much and having to appear before the Appeal Board to send me through to the third year, I graduated, moved out to Saskatoon with my ex-fiancé. I worked as a legal secretary and paralegal while I studied for ten exams in Toronto through the National Committee on Accreditation. Once I had my permanent residency and my Certificate of Qualification I was set to go and started articling with the Law Society of Saskatchewan. I received my call to the Bar in January 2012 and was admitted in April 2012.
Photo Right: Graduation Day at Keele

What has been your biggest achievement so far?
Definitely the moment I signed the rolls – it was undeniably fabulous, made even better by my mum coming out to be there and to meet my incredible bosses.

And your biggest mistake?
My biggest mistake was was having to repeat my second year because I was too busy having fun to go to any of my lectures.

What are your ambitions now?
I want to be the first female Secretary General of the UN – I know it’s a long road ahead but I think my name is just odd-sounding enough to make the cut.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in a similar field?
Leave England!

What made you choose Keele University?
I liked the idea of dual honours and I liked the look of the campus. Oh, and I didn’t get the grades to get into my first choice!

Alumni of the Month April 2012 What kind of a student were you?
I was a terrible student. I just wasn’t ready at the age of 18 to be responsible for academic affairs. However, I did I know how to throw a good party and parties there were plenty!
Photo Left: At Leeds Festival
How has Keele influenced your life?
Keele has made me appreciate having balance in my life and given me the context and life experience to back up my ideas and opinions about the world and use my knowledge and understanding to help others. I had such a wonderful time at Keele. I will always treasure my time there. The fact that I could so easily have ended up far from where I am now had I not been given chances and opportunities presented to me, makes me ever grateful and appreciative of my time there.

What is your favourite memory of Keele?
There are so many to choose from, everything was fun but my fondest memories are of partying like a nutter with this lot: Lozy, Kostas, Maie, Mad Max, Polish Matt, Rich, James, Peter, Zac, Denim, Jez, Burbs, Maple, Dauda, Moz, Zar, Catherine, Annemarie, Oli, Jennie, Rob, Pires, Big Sam, Little Sam, Piers, Pambi, Chez, Elsie, Chiru Jose, Anisah, Linda, Joyce, French Mel, Fish, Smog, Dela, Black, Chris, Hirdy, Elliot, Christos, Talis, Mark, Chris and Jess, Sara, Kayleigh, Matt, Chris, Russ, Phil, Dom, Matt, Mariana, Roxy, Martin, Rohit, Sim, Mo, Viki, Majid, Steve, Ali and all you other wonderful people!

What is your impression of Keele now?
Keele will be exciting for any 18 year-old that’s away from home for the first time and living in a land of students. Everyone will still come away from it with a fantastic education, a great sense of community and an aversion to being called “Duck” (she says shuddering).

Anything else you would like to add?
Many, many thanks to Phil Johnson at the Library Enquiries desk for being like my university dad! As well to Nick Cartwright, Matthew Weait, Zoe Pearson, Jane Krishnadas and James Tartaglia for just being awesome and inspiring me. And special thanks to the Appeal Board for being understanding and giving me the chance to grow up.