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Monday, October 4
 

9:00am PDT

Welcome & LABC / LF update
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81969444690

An opportunity to hear from the Law Foundation of BC and Legal Aid BC about their current work and some future plans. 

Speakers
avatar for Josh Paterson

Josh Paterson

Executive Director, Law Foundation of BC
Josh joined the Foundation in 2019. From 2013 to 2019, he was Executive Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association. In 2020 he was the joint winner of the inaugural Hillman Canada Prize for Democracy and Social Justice for this work to advance human rights. Josh’s legal practice... Read More →
avatar for Mark Benton

Mark Benton

CEO, Legal Aid BC
Mark has been a lawyer since 1980, and CEO of Legal Aid BC (British Columbia’s legal aid provider) since 2002.His legal experience includes small office practice, legal aid work, appellate advocacy, and four years as an adjunct professor at the UBC Faculty of Law. He is past-chair... Read More →
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Debra Sparrow

Debra Sparrow was born and raised on the Musqueam Indian Reserve and is self-taught in Salish design and jewellery-making. Her work can be seen in various museums and institutions.Debra designed the logo for the Canadian Men’s Hockey Team for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter... Read More →


Monday October 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Zoom Meeting

10:15am PDT

Trauma-informed advocacy strategies
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84512974365

A timely session on trauma-informed advocacy by a resource person well known for her work on this issue. The presentation will consider issues such as identifying trauma,trauma informed practice, vicarious trauma, mental health and resources to support your work.

https://www.goldeneaglerising.org/initiatives-and-actions/trauma-informed-toolkit-for-legal-professionals/

https://thetraumainformedlawyer.simplecast.com/




Speakers
avatar for Myrna McCallum

Myrna McCallum

Owner, Miyo Pimatisiwin Legal Services
Myrna McCallum is a Métis-Cree mother and grandmother from Treaty Six territory (GreenLake and Waterhen Lake FN). She is the host of The Trauma-Informed Lawyer podcast. Myrnaacknowledges that through her professional experience as a prosecutor and Indian ResidentialSchool adjudicator... Read More →


Monday October 4, 2021 10:15am - 12:15pm PDT
Zoom Meeting

1:00pm PDT

Day school applications: a hands-on workshop
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84638646749

The Federal Indian Day School Class Action is an ongoing class action between Indian Day School Survivors and the Government of Canada.  A Federal Court Order has appointed Deloitte to process claims for Day Schools Claimants.
As advocates some of the client you serve will want to apply for the Federal Indian Day School Class Action Settlement, (FIDSCAS).  This workshop will help you prepare for assisting your clients.  We will give you a brief history of Indian Day Schools in Canada, talk about interviewing clients, creating a narrative, and determining a "Level of Harm", as the application form requires the client to pick a Level of Harm from Level 1 to Level 5.  We will give you an example from each Level of Harm to help you determine, for your own client interactions, how to place the clients experience within the continuum of Harm experienced.

Handouts will be available.



Speakers
avatar for Gloria Cardinal

Gloria Cardinal

Legal Assistant/Advocate, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
Gloria has been a Legal Advocate/Legal Assistant with the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic for over four years.  Gloria has worked extensively with clients who have experienced trauma.  Her advocacy work includes interviewing clients for their Indian Day School claims, advocating... Read More →
avatar for Jaden Bourque

Jaden Bourque

Volunteer, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
I am an alumnus of the Indigenous Legal Studies Program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, and a former articling student with the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic (ICLC). I am currently completing PLTC and am in the process of developing a partnership with my sister, Sharae Antley... Read More →


Monday October 4, 2021 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Tuesday, October 5
 

9:00am PDT

Post covid update: where are we now?
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82908884831

A high level update on housing issues, and recent changes to EI and Canada Recovery Benefits in the time of Covid. 

Speakers
KL

Kevin Love

Community Legal Assistance Society
Kevin is a lawyer in CLAS’ Community Law Program, working primarily in the areas of mental health and workers’ rights. Kevin has represented clients at all levels of court, both federally and provincially, including the Supreme Court of Canada.Prior to joining the Community Law... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Sabelli

Danielle Sabelli

Lawyer, Community Legal Assistance Society
Danielle is a lawyer in the Community Law Program at CLAS and works primarily in the areas of residential tenancies and income assistance. Danielle has provided representation to clients at various administrative tribunals, the BC Supreme Court and the BC Court of Appeal.Prior to... Read More →


Tuesday October 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Zoom Meeting

10:45am PDT

Challenging and Managing Overpayments of Federal Pandemic Benefits: What to do when your client gets in trouble
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82873396838

Strategies for helping clients who owe money for federal benefits.

Speakers
KL

Kevin Love

Community Legal Assistance Society
Kevin is a lawyer in CLAS’ Community Law Program, working primarily in the areas of mental health and workers’ rights. Kevin has represented clients at all levels of court, both federally and provincially, including the Supreme Court of Canada.Prior to joining the Community Law... Read More →


Tuesday October 5, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Zoom Meeting

1:15pm PDT

Navigating Benefits During the Pandemic - What benefits should your client be applying for ?
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88310562445

A session that will consider the interaction between various benefits available during the pandemic, and how to help your client apply for the right one.  

Speakers
KL

Kevin Love

Community Legal Assistance Society
Kevin is a lawyer in CLAS’ Community Law Program, working primarily in the areas of mental health and workers’ rights. Kevin has represented clients at all levels of court, both federally and provincially, including the Supreme Court of Canada.Prior to joining the Community Law... Read More →


Tuesday October 5, 2021 1:15pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Wednesday, October 6
 

9:00am PDT

Legal Aid BC family law and child protection: New resources and services
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84574040263
An update from Legal Aid BC on family and child protection services and resources.

Speakers
avatar for Susanna Hughes (she/her)

Susanna Hughes (she/her)

Coordinator, Family Law Services, Legal Aid BC
I am the Coordinator of Family Law Services at Legal Aid BC, and my responsibilities include overseeing and managing LABC's Family Duty Counsel and Family LawLINE services.  Prior to joining LABC in 2015, I was a lawyer in private practice assisting both legal aid and privately-paying... Read More →
avatar for Nate Prosser

Nate Prosser

Project Analyst/Content Developer, Legal Aid BC
Nate Prosser is a Project Analyst/Content Developer at Legal Aid BC. As part of the Digital Delivery team, he works to build engaging digital tools that help people resolve their legal issues and that increase access to justice across the province.
avatar for Harshada Deshpande (she/her)

Harshada Deshpande (she/her)

Staff Lawyer, Parents Legal Centre - Vancouver
Harshada Deshpande is a Staff Lawyer at the Vancouver Parents Legal Centre (PLC). In this role, she works with the PLC team to represent parents in child protection and family law proceedings, with a focus on early and collaborative resolution. Prior to working at the PLC, Harshada... Read More →
avatar for Adam Fraser

Adam Fraser

Publications Development Coordinator, Legal Aid BC
Adam is a Publications Development Coordinator and Program Support at Legal Aid BC. He works with community workers and clients to improve users' experience accessing public legal education information and tools.


Wednesday October 6, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom Meeting

1:00pm PDT

Family case law update
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89304495681

An update for family law advocates on significant cases from over the past year that are relevant to their work.  

Speakers
AH

Agnes Huang

Lawyer, Saltwater Law
Agnes Huang practices family law and acts for parents in child protection cases with Saltwater Law in Vancouver.


Wednesday October 6, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Thursday, October 7
 

9:00am PDT

Update on housing issues
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86158344223

An update on recent developments in housing law and policy in BC from staff at the Tenants Resource and Advisory Centre Society. 

Speakers
avatar for Rob Patterson

Rob Patterson

Lawyer, Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC)
ZM

Zuzana Modrovic

Staff Lawyer, Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre Society (TRAC)


Thursday October 7, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Zoom Meeting

1:00pm PDT

Best practices in child protection
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88484818898
Clients, Advocates and Lawyers: A practical guide to working together in child protection matters

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Hodgson

Stephanie Hodgson

Lawyer - Sole Practitioner, Hodgson Law
On Vancouver Island since being called to the BC bar in 2013, I am so very grateful to base my practice on the traditional & unceded territory of the K'ómoks First Nation since 2020. I am a white settler - my known heritage is Irish and English. My pronouns are she and they, and... Read More →


Thursday October 7, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting

3:30pm PDT

Chair yoga class
This simple and easy-to-follow class will guide you through straightforward stretching and movement exercises that you can do from your desk to ease tension in your body, to decrease stress and anxiety, and to increase well-being, energy and focus throughout your workday.
The class will include information on proper posture and breathing techniques to promote proper circulation, to develop a calm and clear mind, as well as to decrease the impact of common workplace health concerns (i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back pain, etc).

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83084495012

Speakers
avatar for Alyshia Deigh

Alyshia Deigh

Alyshia Deigh Yoga and Wellness
Alyshia is a Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Professional Dancer, Masters of Social Work student, and Mama to her two adorable furbabies, Lars and Java.Born and raised in Montreal, Alyshia spent many years working as an outreach worker, facilitator, and program coordinator for various... Read More →


Thursday October 7, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Tuesday, October 12
 

9:00am PDT

Income assistance updates
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82281244609
Updates on important development over the past year fon income assistance and disabilty benefits from lawyers working in the field.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Ward

Alison Ward

Lawyer, Community Advocate Support Line, Community Legal Assistance Society
Alison Ward (she/her) is a lawyer at the Community Legal Assistance Society  ("CLAS") in Vancouver, where she has worked on the Community Advocate Support Line ("CASL") since 2010. Through CASL she works with community-based legal advocates around BC on on a wide range of poverty... Read More →
AR

Andrew Robb

Staff Lawyer, Disability Law Clinic
Andrew Robb (he, him) is the staff lawyer at the Disability Law Clinic at Disability Alliance BC. The Disability Law Clinic is the first non-profit community legal clinic in BC that specialises in disability rights law.


Tuesday October 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Zoom Meeting

10:15am PDT

Connecting with MSDPR staff to help your client

Speakers
avatar for Ann Evans Locker

Ann Evans Locker

Senior Manager, Stakeholder Relations, Province of BC
I have been with government since 2007 and I joined the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction in January 2014 as the manager of the ministry’s correspondence unit. Then went into the role issues manager role for three years for the Service Delivery Division. For the... Read More →
avatar for Morten Bisgaard

Morten Bisgaard

Director of Service Delivery, SDPR
Morten BisgaardActing Director of Service Delivery (responsible for Community Integration Services)I have been working in the Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction (SDPR) for the past 10 years and am currently based in Surrey.   I have held a variety of senior positions... Read More →
avatar for Tish Lakes

Tish Lakes

ED/Legal Advocate, Okanagan Advocacy and Resource Society
Working in the Okanagan since 2006, doing legal advocacy much longer as well as agency administration.  Advocate Co-Chair of the Moving Forward Steering Committee with MSDPR as well as other committees; member Access to Justice Leadership Group; Board member The Bridge Youth and... Read More →
avatar for Alison Ward

Alison Ward

Lawyer, Community Advocate Support Line, Community Legal Assistance Society
Alison Ward (she/her) is a lawyer at the Community Legal Assistance Society  ("CLAS") in Vancouver, where she has worked on the Community Advocate Support Line ("CASL") since 2010. Through CASL she works with community-based legal advocates around BC on on a wide range of poverty... Read More →
avatar for Anita LaHue

Anita LaHue

Director, Engagement, Partnerships and Strategic Intiatives, MSDPR
I began my public service career with Service BC in Prince George over 33 years ago. Throughout my career I have had various opportunities to work in different ministries.  I have been with the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction for the last 25 years and experienced... Read More →
avatar for John Bethell

John Bethell

Manager of Community Relations and Service Quality, MSDPR
I have worked for the Provincial Government for 9 years, the last 3 and a half years as a Community Relations and Service Quality Manager. John previously worked as an, Employment and Assistance Worker, Community Integration Specialist in the Downtown Eastside and Acting Supervisor... Read More →
avatar for Kellie Vachon

Kellie Vachon

Manager of Community Relations and Service Quality, MSDPR
I have worked for the Provincial Government for 28 years, the last 8 years as a Community Relations and Service Quality Manager. I previously worked as a Regional Adjudicator, Acting Policy & Program Implementation Manager, Acting Supervisor and Acting Senior Manager Stakeholder Relations... Read More →


Tuesday October 12, 2021 10:15am - 12:15pm PDT
Zoom Meeting

1:00pm PDT

Family maintenance enforcement program

Speakers
AR

Ana Rogic

Senior Enforcement Manager, BCFMA
CM

Colin Millar

VP, Operations, BCFMA
I have been involved in child and spousal support since 1989. This is important work which presents challenges and opportunities as we see changes in how families interact and support each other. As the BCFMA continues to look for opportunities to better serve our clients I welcome... Read More →


Tuesday October 12, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Wednesday, October 13
 

9:00am PDT

***UNAVAILABLE -- FULL AS OF SEPT 15*** Helping family clients complete provincial court forms
PRE-READING: Please read the Fact Pattern attached below before the session.

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88979597005

In this session, you will have the chance to fill out the new provincial court forms with the support of a lawyer based on a fictional fact pattern. We will meet as a large group for some high level introduction and then break into smaller groups to work on the actual drafting. We will be working from a fictional fact pattern, so please make sure you read it ahead of time. Ideally you could work with two screens so you can have zoom up on one screen and your draft materials on the other. Having two screens is not imperative. At the end of this session, you should feel more confident in assisting clients to draft applications in provincial court.

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Goud

Brittany Goud

Staff Lawyer, The Law Centre, University of Victoria
Brittany Goud is presently the Family Law Advocate/Lawyer at The Law Centre. Her teaching and research interests focus on applying anti-oppressive and trauma informed skills to the delivery of legal services. Brittany received her BSW from the University of Regina. She practiced as... Read More →
avatar for Vicky Law (she/her)

Vicky Law (she/her)

Program Lawyer, Rise Women's Legal Centre, Virtual Legal Clinic
Vicky Law is the Program Lawyer at Rise for the Virtual Legal Clinic, a new initiative to provide legal services to women outside the Vancouver Lower Mainland. She finds innovative ways through technology to improve access to justice for women. Vicky has worked in the fields of immigration... Read More →
avatar for Haley Hrymak

Haley Hrymak

Lawyer, Rise Women’s Legal Centre - FASL
Haley Hrymak is Rise’s Research and Community Outreach lawyer. She has also worked with the Department of Justice in developing a family violence screening tool for lawyers. Prior to working with Rise, Haley worked with the federal Crown in Winnipeg and in Vancouver. She is currently... Read More →


Wednesday October 13, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting

1:00pm PDT

Welfare Law for Newer Advocates
Please join us for a panel discussion with experienced welfare advocates.  We'll take an in-depth look at some sample fact patterns, share legal tips and practice points, and discuss strategies for how to work most effectively with the Ministry.  WIth a special guest appearance by Kate Fish from PovNet. 


https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83195432003

Speakers
SM

Sonia Marino

Legal Advocate, First United Legal Advocacy Program
avatar for Tish Lakes

Tish Lakes

ED/Legal Advocate, Okanagan Advocacy and Resource Society
Working in the Okanagan since 2006, doing legal advocacy much longer as well as agency administration.  Advocate Co-Chair of the Moving Forward Steering Committee with MSDPR as well as other committees; member Access to Justice Leadership Group; Board member The Bridge Youth and... Read More →
avatar for Alison Ward

Alison Ward

Lawyer, Community Advocate Support Line, Community Legal Assistance Society
Alison Ward (she/her) is a lawyer at the Community Legal Assistance Society  ("CLAS") in Vancouver, where she has worked on the Community Advocate Support Line ("CASL") since 2010. Through CASL she works with community-based legal advocates around BC on on a wide range of poverty... Read More →


Wednesday October 13, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Thursday, October 14
 

9:00am PDT

Child support: Helping recipients apply for variations and retroactive support
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82171063912

This session will address the topic of child support. We will define the difference between a variation of child support and an application of retroactive support. We will address how to apply to vary an existing child support order under the Divorce Act or the Family Law Act in BC. We will also cover how to apply for retroactive child support under the Divorce Act and Family Law Act. The presentation will outline relevant legislation and case law to help recipients apply for variations and retroactive child support.

Speakers
TT

Tanya Thakur

Family Lawyer, Crossroads Law


Thursday October 14, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom Meeting

9:00am PDT

Non-profit housing issues
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85181923562

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his session will explore the many challenges faced by tenants living in rental units run by non-profit housing providers, including jurisdiction of the Residential Tenancy Branch, prgram agreements, guest restrictions, subsidies, standards of maintenance and quiet enjoyment. We will also share some of the challenges and strategies we have developed to respond to some of these issues.

Speakers
LH

Lasse Hvitved

TRAC
Lasse graduated from Copenhagen law school and has been working in the housing advocacy sector for the last three and a half years. Since coming to TRAC, he has specialized in non-profit housing and SRO’s in the downtown eastside.
avatar for Danielle Sabelli

Danielle Sabelli

Lawyer, Community Legal Assistance Society
Danielle is a lawyer in the Community Law Program at CLAS and works primarily in the areas of residential tenancies and income assistance. Danielle has provided representation to clients at various administrative tribunals, the BC Supreme Court and the BC Court of Appeal.Prior to... Read More →


Thursday October 14, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom Meeting

1:00pm PDT

Temporary foreign workers: current issues and resources
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81224462078

MWC Staff Lawyers Natalie Drolet and Ravneet Riar will present a webinar on the following topics: updates to temporary immigration public policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, the vulnerable worker open work permit program, and pathways to permanent residency for temporary foreign workers. The webinar will also provide a brief overview of Employment Standards in BC with a discussion of promising practices for preparing complaints for temporary foreign workers.


Speakers
avatar for Ravneet Riar (she/her)

Ravneet Riar (she/her)

Staff Lawyer, Migrant Workers Centre
Ravneet is a staff lawyer at the Migrant Workers Centre where she focuses on immigration, employment and human rights law. As an immigrant herself, she is committed to using the law to amplify the voices and stories of marginalized communities. She has an LLM from the University of... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Drolet (she/her)

Natalie Drolet (she/her)

Executive Director-Staff Lawyer, Migrant Workers Centre BC Society
Natalie joined MWC as Executive Director – Staff Lawyer in 2014. Her legal practice focuses on the areas of immigration law and employment law, and she has represented migrant workers before all levels of court in BC. Before joining MWC, she served as the Staff Lawyer for a multilingual... Read More →


Thursday October 14, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Friday, October 15
 

10:00am PDT

Chair yoga class
This simple and easy-to-follow class will guide you through straightforward stretching and movement exercises that you can do from your desk to ease tension in your body, to decrease stress and anxiety, and to increase well-being, energy and focus throughout your workday.
The class will include information on proper posture and breathing techniques to promote proper circulation, to develop a calm and clear mind, as well as to decrease the impact of common workplace health concerns (i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back pain, etc).

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88007579694

Speakers
avatar for Alyshia Deigh

Alyshia Deigh

Alyshia Deigh Yoga and Wellness
Alyshia is a Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Professional Dancer, Masters of Social Work student, and Mama to her two adorable furbabies, Lars and Java.Born and raised in Montreal, Alyshia spent many years working as an outreach worker, facilitator, and program coordinator for various... Read More →


Friday October 15, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom Meeting

1:00pm PDT

**FULL** Self-Care for Legal Advocates Minimizing the Impact of Stress on the Body
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81540991005?pwd=cnVhOFhIMVEzd3dPMWlVNFoxUWkxQT09

Note: The Zoom password was provided via email directly to registered attendees.
Please check your email for instructions if you experience difficulties.

There’s so much expected of you when you serve the community.
As legal advocates you work with people who often express big emotions and can sometimes behave unpredictably. You may find yourself on heightened alert as you repeatedly face others’ distress and not-infrequent anger. If you do administrative work, you might transcribe difficult information, see disturbing photos and talk with people who are struggling. Your role can be hampered by situations beyond your control. Your work and the people you serve matters to you.
Stress lands in our bodies and can unplug the brain. Our bodies respond instinctively under pressure: the neck or jaw tightness; the stomach gets queasy. Our thinking can then become less clear. Regular exposure to taxing situations can leave us with chronic health conditions: irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, etc… and exhausted.
Physical discomfort requires physical strategies. This introductory workshop offers simple techniques you can practice to get you and your body working together. You will learn tools to help you in these situations so that you can think clearly and bounce back to being yourself. My hope is that you leave the workshop with renewed energy having practiced techniques you can implement when you most need them.
Learning objectives:
  • Describe how our nervous system automatically responds to challenges or stressors
  • Experience tuning in to automatic instinctive cues at an earlier stage of feeling uneasy
  • Practice a variety of effortless tools you can use during challenging moments to help you think clearly and feel better.
What to expect from Shayna’s training:
  • An interactive combination of instruction, reflective dialogue and lots of practice
  • Choices of ways to engage with the activities (that aren’t role plays)
  • Hopefully new and interesting material as well as laughter despite the serious content

Speakers
avatar for Shayna Hornstein

Shayna Hornstein

Shayna Hornstein | B.Sc. Reg. P.T. is an adult educator, a body-focused counsellor and registered physical therapist. Her workshops improve resilience and communication. In her clinical practice she helps people lessen the impact that stress has on our bodies. Shayna especially enjoys... Read More →


Friday October 15, 2021 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
 
Monday, October 18
 

9:00am PDT

Addressing discrimination: choosing the appropriate venue

Speakers
avatar for Odette Dempsey-Caputo

Odette Dempsey-Caputo

Staff Lawyer, Kamloops Legal Clinic
Odette Dempsey-Caputo has been a civil litigation lawyer in British Columbia for over 12 years. Her practice has primarily included working on legal aid files and working at legal clinics, giving her a unique perspective on access to justice for those that are marginalized in her... Read More →
AR

Andrew Robb

Staff Lawyer, Disability Law Clinic
Andrew Robb (he, him) is the staff lawyer at the Disability Law Clinic at Disability Alliance BC. The Disability Law Clinic is the first non-profit community legal clinic in BC that specialises in disability rights law.


Monday October 18, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom Meeting

1:00pm PDT

Human rights claims: hands-on work on making a claim
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85698973169

This interactive 2-hour workshop will involve assessing a scenario to spot the human rights issues and complete a human rights complaint form. You will learn the requirements of different parts of the complaint form, as well as answers to some commonly-asked questions.  

It is recommended that participants watch this 20-minute video before the session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lZx0L0AwGA&t=1s

If human rights law is completely new to you, you might also benefit from these two webinars:
https://vimeo.com/282362753

https://vimeo.com/297205572

Speakers
avatar for Laura Track

Laura Track

Clinic Director, Human Rights Lawyer, Director of Education, Community Legal Assistance Society, BC Human Rights Clinic


Monday October 18, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Tuesday, October 19
 

9:00am PDT

10:15am PDT

CPP-D: hands-on work on applications

Speakers
SR

Sohrab Rezaei

Advocate, Independent
CW

Caitlin Wright

VDAP Coordinator and Legal Advocate, TAPS BC
AS

Ashley Silcock

Disability Alliance BC


Tuesday October 19, 2021 10:15am - 12:15pm PDT
Zoom Meeting

1:00pm PDT

Orders to enforce financial disclosure in family matters

Speakers
avatar for Vicky Law (she/her)

Vicky Law (she/her)

Program Lawyer, Rise Women's Legal Centre, Virtual Legal Clinic
Vicky Law is the Program Lawyer at Rise for the Virtual Legal Clinic, a new initiative to provide legal services to women outside the Vancouver Lower Mainland. She finds innovative ways through technology to improve access to justice for women. Vicky has worked in the fields of immigration... Read More →
avatar for Haley Hrymak

Haley Hrymak

Lawyer, Rise Women’s Legal Centre - FASL
Haley Hrymak is Rise’s Research and Community Outreach lawyer. She has also worked with the Department of Justice in developing a family violence screening tool for lawyers. Prior to working with Rise, Haley worked with the federal Crown in Winnipeg and in Vancouver. She is currently... Read More →


Tuesday October 19, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Wednesday, October 20
 

9:00am PDT

Legal issues on reserve: current issues
In this session we will be discussing some common legal issues on reserve, specifically Wills and Estates and Housing. We will go over some of the law in these areas and discuss what our clients report to us on these issues and how we are addressing them at our clinic. 

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86503823610

Speakers
avatar for Jaden Bourque

Jaden Bourque

Volunteer, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
I am an alumnus of the Indigenous Legal Studies Program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, and a former articling student with the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic (ICLC). I am currently completing PLTC and am in the process of developing a partnership with my sister, Sharae Antley... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Heslinga (he, him, his)

Christopher Heslinga (he, him, his)

Supervising Lawyer, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
I am a Supervising Lawyer for the UBC Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, as well as the UBC Law Students' Legal Advice Program. I supervise law students working on legal files in the areas of Indigenous/Aboriginal law, human rights, residential tenancy, employment, small claims and... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Zoom Meeting

10:30am PDT

FULL AS OF SEPT 15*** Helping family clients complete provincial court forms
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81107132467

In this session, you will have the chance to fill out the new provincial court forms with the support of a lawyer based on a fictional fact pattern. We will meet as a large group for some high level introduction and then break into smaller groups to work on the actual drafting. We will be working from a fictional fact pattern, so please make sure you read it ahead of time. Ideally you could work with two screens so you can have zoom up on one screen and your draft materials on the other. Having two screens is not imperative. At the end of this session, you should feel more confident in assisting clients to draft applications in provincial court.

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Goud

Brittany Goud

Staff Lawyer, The Law Centre, University of Victoria
Brittany Goud is presently the Family Law Advocate/Lawyer at The Law Centre. Her teaching and research interests focus on applying anti-oppressive and trauma informed skills to the delivery of legal services. Brittany received her BSW from the University of Regina. She practiced as... Read More →
avatar for Vicky Law (she/her)

Vicky Law (she/her)

Program Lawyer, Rise Women's Legal Centre, Virtual Legal Clinic
Vicky Law is the Program Lawyer at Rise for the Virtual Legal Clinic, a new initiative to provide legal services to women outside the Vancouver Lower Mainland. She finds innovative ways through technology to improve access to justice for women. Vicky has worked in the fields of immigration... Read More →
avatar for Haley Hrymak

Haley Hrymak

Lawyer, Rise Women’s Legal Centre - FASL
Haley Hrymak is Rise’s Research and Community Outreach lawyer. She has also worked with the Department of Justice in developing a family violence screening tool for lawyers. Prior to working with Rise, Haley worked with the federal Crown in Winnipeg and in Vancouver. She is currently... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 10:30am - 12:30pm PDT

11:00am PDT

Chair yoga class
This simple and easy-to-follow class will guide you through straightforward stretching and movement exercises that you can do from your desk to ease tension in your body, to decrease stress and anxiety, and to increase well-being, energy and focus throughout your workday.
The class will include information on proper posture and breathing techniques to promote proper circulation, to develop a calm and clear mind, as well as to decrease the impact of common workplace health concerns (i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back pain, etc).

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83305183429

Speakers
avatar for Alyshia Deigh

Alyshia Deigh

Alyshia Deigh Yoga and Wellness
Alyshia is a Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Professional Dancer, Masters of Social Work student, and Mama to her two adorable furbabies, Lars and Java.Born and raised in Montreal, Alyshia spent many years working as an outreach worker, facilitator, and program coordinator for various... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting

1:00pm PDT

Orders for preserving property in family law cases

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Grayer

Patrick Grayer

Lawyer, Grayer Law Office
Patrick a sole practitioner family lawyer and accredited family law mediator with an office on Commercial Drive in Vancouver, the neighbourhood where he grew up and raised his two now adult children.  Law is a second or third career and he comes from a back ground in social services... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Thursday, October 21
 

9:00am PDT

Helping clients work effectively with a legal aid lawyer
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81163636949

This presentation is going to use a foundation of how to help clients understand the legal system, some of the ways that advocates are uniquely situated to provide support through the process, and some strategies for working alongside clients who have Legal Aid lawyers. 

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Andrea Bryson (she/her)

Case Manager, Rise Women's Legal Centre
Andrea (she/her) was born and raised in the territory of the disputed Treaty 7 Lands of the Ktunaxa, Niitsitapi, Tsuu T’ina and Sarcee Nations before moving to the Lower Mainland, where she is grateful to reside as an uninvited guest on the lands of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom Meeting

9:00am PDT

Welfare Law for Senior Advocates
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85751737865

Please join us for this panel presentation of interesting welfare cases and decisions from the past year.  We will look:at three reconsideration decisions and submissions:  an administative underpayment, section 10 cut off raising accomodation arguments, and crisis supplement; an EAAT decision about an administrative underpayment, and an interesting initial application by someone who was also executor of an estate. Keep an eye on Sched for supporting documents for the cases (submissions and decisions)  which will be uploaded there. 

Speakers
avatar for Arnie Nagy

Arnie Nagy

Aboriginal Advocate, Prince Rupert Unemployed Action Centre
My English name is Arnie Nagy and my Haida name is Tlaatsga Chiin Kiljuu which means Strong Salmon Voice, I am a member of the Haida nation and belong to the Sgajuuga.ahl clan (pronounce saw jew Gaul) and am a descendant of Chief Weah ( My great Grandfather) I live and work on Tsimshian... Read More →
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Don McConnell

Legal Advocate, Society for Equity, Inclusion and Advocacy in Nanaimo
Providing legal advocacy services in the Nanaimo and Ladysmith area since 1995.
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Madyson Powell

Legal Advocate, TAPS
I have been an Income Assistance advocate with TAPS since November 2019. Prior to that, I graduated with my BSW from University of Victoria and worked as a support worker in the Victoria community. I live and work on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNE... Read More →
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Andrew Robb

Staff Lawyer, Disability Law Clinic
Andrew Robb (he, him) is the staff lawyer at the Disability Law Clinic at Disability Alliance BC. The Disability Law Clinic is the first non-profit community legal clinic in BC that specialises in disability rights law.
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Alison Ward

Lawyer, Community Advocate Support Line, Community Legal Assistance Society
Alison Ward (she/her) is a lawyer at the Community Legal Assistance Society  ("CLAS") in Vancouver, where she has worked on the Community Advocate Support Line ("CASL") since 2010. Through CASL she works with community-based legal advocates around BC on on a wide range of poverty... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom Meeting

1:00pm PDT

Supporting clients facing challenges
This workshop will discuss some best practices in service delivery-including communication practices, interviewing skills, creating collaborative environments with clients and self-care to assist advocates to work more effectively with difficult situations. We will also consider strategies to respond to challenging issues such as psychosis, intoxication and high-conflict clients.

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83220044625

Speakers
avatar for Kristi Yuris (she/her/hers)

Kristi Yuris (she/her/hers)

Program Manager, Ending Violence Association of BC
Kristi is a Program Manager with Community Coordination for Women’s Safety, a program of the Ending Violence Association of BC. CCWS provides training, consultation, legal and policy analysis and other supports to cross-sector initiatives working to end gender-based violence. Kristi... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Monday, October 25
 

9:00am PDT

Debt law: an overview of key issues
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85642324632

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his workshop provides a high-level overview of debt-related legal issues and resources. We will look more specifically at how to deal with calls from collection agents, limitation periods, and rights and remedies that apply when debts are being enforced.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Ward

Alison Ward

Lawyer, Community Advocate Support Line, Community Legal Assistance Society
Alison Ward (she/her) is a lawyer at the Community Legal Assistance Society  ("CLAS") in Vancouver, where she has worked on the Community Advocate Support Line ("CASL") since 2010. Through CASL she works with community-based legal advocates around BC on on a wide range of poverty... Read More →


Monday October 25, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting

1:00pm PDT

**FULL** Self-Care for Legal Advocates Minimizing the Impact of Stress on the Body
There’s so much expected of you when you serve the community.
As legal advocates you work with people who often express big emotions and can sometimes behave unpredictably. You may find yourself on heightened alert as you repeatedly face others’ distress and not-infrequent anger. If you do administrative work, you might transcribe difficult information, see disturbing photos and talk with people who are struggling. Your role can be hampered by situations beyond your control. Your work and the people you serve matters to you.
Stress lands in our bodies and can unplug the brain. Our bodies respond instinctively under pressure: the neck or jaw tightness; the stomach gets queasy. Our thinking can then become less clear. Regular exposure to taxing situations can leave us with chronic health conditions: irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, etc… and exhausted.
Physical discomfort requires physical strategies. This introductory workshop offers simple techniques you can practice to get you and your body working together. You will learn tools to help you in these situations so that you can think clearly and bounce back to being yourself. My hope is that you leave the workshop with renewed energy having practiced techniques you can implement when you most need them.

Learning objectives:
  • Describe how our nervous system automatically responds to challenges or stressors
  • Experience tuning in to automatic instinctive cues at an earlier stage of feeling uneasy
  • Practice a variety of effortless tools you can use during challenging moments to help you think clearly and feel better.
What to expect from Shayna’s training:
  • An interactive combination of instruction, reflective dialogue and lots of practice
  • Choices of ways to engage with the activities (that aren’t role plays)
  • Hopefully new and interesting material as well as laughter despite the serious content


Speakers
avatar for Shayna Hornstein

Shayna Hornstein

Shayna Hornstein | B.Sc. Reg. P.T. is an adult educator, a body-focused counsellor and registered physical therapist. Her workshops improve resilience and communication. In her clinical practice she helps people lessen the impact that stress has on our bodies. Shayna especially enjoys... Read More →


Monday October 25, 2021 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting

4:00pm PDT

Chair yoga class
This simple and easy-to-follow class will guide you through straightforward stretching and movement exercises that you can do from your desk to ease tension in your body, to decrease stress and anxiety, and to increase well-being, energy and focus throughout your workday.
The class will include information on proper posture and breathing techniques to promote proper circulation, to develop a calm and clear mind, as well as to decrease the impact of common workplace health concerns (i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back pain, etc).

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87464836946

Speakers
avatar for Alyshia Deigh

Alyshia Deigh

Alyshia Deigh Yoga and Wellness
Alyshia is a Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Professional Dancer, Masters of Social Work student, and Mama to her two adorable furbabies, Lars and Java.Born and raised in Montreal, Alyshia spent many years working as an outreach worker, facilitator, and program coordinator for various... Read More →


Monday October 25, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Tuesday, October 26
 

9:00am PDT

Gender and Name Change Forms: A how-to guide
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85668709284

This is a practical hands-on tutorial on completing name and gender change application forms for trans, non-binary and 2 spirit clients.

This two-hour workshop is aimed at lawyers, law students, health navigators, social workers, case managers and advocates who are assisting clients navigate the name and gender change process for provincial documents in BC (Birth Certificate, BCDL, BCID and Service Card).  This workshop will also cover the process for commissioning affidavits by video, and best practices for ID verification for trans people.
Those whose work in an organization that qualifies them to apply as Commissioners for taking affidavits are particularly invited to attend. More info on that is available here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/for-legal-professionals/commissioners-for-taking-affidavitsParticipants in this webinar have been able to claim up to 2hrs of CPD with LSBC, 30 minutes of which is ethics.

To refer clients to the CWHWC All Genders Legal Clinic, write to contactus@cwhwc.com.
You can reach Adrienne at lawyer@adriennesmithlaw.com. They would love to be your friend on all the socials.


Speakers
avatar for Adrienne Smith (they/them)

Adrienne Smith (they/them)

Lawyer, Adrienne Smith Law
Adrienne Smith is a transgender human rights activist and social justice lawyer. They recently settled a BC Supreme Court case which guaranteed access to opiate replacement therapy for prisoners in BC jails. Adrienne appeared at the BC Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada... Read More →


Tuesday October 26, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom Meeting

1:00pm PDT

Collaborative Family Law, Mediation and Arbitration in Family Law Matters
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84748664021

Collaborative Family Law, Mediation and Arbitration in Family Law Matters
What is collaborative family law, mediation and arbitration?  How can each process be utilized to assist clients going through a separation, reduce conflict and help parties find solutions?  

This presentation will explore the basis of collaborative family law, mediation and arbitration.  We will discuss how each can be useful as a dispute resolution tool, and when each process is most appropriate.

We will also explore ways to support clients in preparation of and during these processes.  

Speakers
avatar for Karen Tse (she/her)

Karen Tse (she/her)

Partner, Family Lawyer & Family Law Mediator, Rockies Law Corporation
Karen Tse, J.D., Family Law Mediator, Family Lawyer and Partner at Rockies Law Corporation.Karen practices family law and assists her clients by negotiating disputes, drafting cohabitation and separation agreements, and conducting applications and trials. She works with her clients... Read More →


Tuesday October 26, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Wednesday, October 27
 

9:00am PDT

Oral advocacy skills for tribunal hearings

Speakers
avatar for Odette Dempsey-Caputo

Odette Dempsey-Caputo

Staff Lawyer, Kamloops Legal Clinic
Odette Dempsey-Caputo has been a civil litigation lawyer in British Columbia for over 12 years. Her practice has primarily included working on legal aid files and working at legal clinics, giving her a unique perspective on access to justice for those that are marginalized in her... Read More →


Wednesday October 27, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting

1:00pm PDT

How to help family law clients read a financial statement and business statements: focus points and red flags

Speakers
avatar for Vicky Law (she/her)

Vicky Law (she/her)

Program Lawyer, Rise Women's Legal Centre, Virtual Legal Clinic
Vicky Law is the Program Lawyer at Rise for the Virtual Legal Clinic, a new initiative to provide legal services to women outside the Vancouver Lower Mainland. She finds innovative ways through technology to improve access to justice for women. Vicky has worked in the fields of immigration... Read More →


Wednesday October 27, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Thursday, October 28
 

9:00am PDT

Office of the Human Rights Commissioner: Reflections on the past year

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Sarah Khan

General Counsel, Office of the BC Human Rights Commissioner
Sarah (she/her) has spent most of her career working to promote social justice, and is grateful to join the Human Rights Commissioner’s team. Sarah worked with a public interest law firm for many years, developing and litigating constitutional, administrative law and human rights... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Thira

Sharon Thira

Executive Director, Education and Engagement, Office of the BC Human Rights Commissioner


Thursday October 28, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Zoom Webinar

1:30pm PDT

Vaccination law -- Issues in Family Law Cases

Speakers
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Chandan Sabharwal

Lawyer, Sabharwal Law Group


Thursday October 28, 2021 1:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Wednesday, November 17
 

1:00pm PST

Helping clients keep their belongings
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https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83309274094

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his session will focus on the importance of personal belongings and the challenges tenants face with retriving their personal belongings after they have been evicted from their homes. We will also discuss successful strategies to assist tenants with recovering their personal belongings.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Sabelli

Danielle Sabelli

Lawyer, Community Legal Assistance Society
Danielle is a lawyer in the Community Law Program at CLAS and works primarily in the areas of residential tenancies and income assistance. Danielle has provided representation to clients at various administrative tribunals, the BC Supreme Court and the BC Court of Appeal.Prior to... Read More →


Wednesday November 17, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Zoom Meeting