Staff

Staff of the Law Foundation

2016 Law Foundation Staff Photo

2016/15 Law Foundation Staff

The Board of the Foundation is currently supported by a staff of ten:

Executive Director:

  • Wayne Robertson, Q.C.

Wayne joined the Foundation in 2002. He has degrees in English, Psychology and Community Development.  He was called to the Bar in 1983 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2009. Prior to joining the Foundation he was a Client Services Manager at the Legal Services Society’s head office in Vancouver. He has also practiced law in Vancouver and was a partner with Lindsay Kenney LLP where he was a litigator with a focus on child protection law. He has also served as a volunteer in many community and non-profit organizations. He is Chair of the Provincial Child Care Council of B.C. Wayne previously chaired the boards of the Community Legal Assistance Society and Canadian Crossroads International and the North Vancouver Recreation Commission and was also on the Board of CUSO-VSO International.

Finance Director:

  • Jo-Anne Kaulius

Jo-Anne joined the Foundation in 1994. She holds a computer systems management degree and her AAT (Associate Accounting Technologist) designation from the Certified Management Accountants Society of BC. Previously, she worked in provincial resource and service industries in controller and accounting capacities.  Jo-Anne also fills the position of systems administrator for the Foundation and has been instrumental in the design and implementation of the Foundation’s local area network, the upgrade to a Windows environment, the GIFTS Grants Management System, and the Access Revenue System.

Program Directors:

  • karima budhwani

karima joined the Foundation in 1999.  She has a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Master in Environmental Studies from York University. She was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1998.  Before joining the Foundation, she worked as a staff lawyer for the West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association and practiced in the area of immigration and refugee law with Smith Rey Hipolito. Previously, karima had a career in the banking and also the financial industry. karima’s volunteer work includes serving as a board member for Peace it Together, and participating on the Women’s Development Portfolio for the Ismaili Muslim Council for British Columbia and on the Model Policy Revision Working Group of the Law Society of British Columbia.

Her current areas of focus at the Foundation include: public legal education and information and environmental law.

  • Veenu Saini

Veenu joined the Law Foundation in 2002. She holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Biology from University of Delhi and a diploma in Business. Before coming to the Law Foundation, she was the Legal Advocacy Program Coordinator at Battered Women’s Support Services.  She remains passionately committed to social justice and women’s issues at the local, provincial, national and international level.

Her current areas of focus are the Foundation include: family law and equality rights.

  • Heather Wojcik

Heather joined the Foundation in 2015.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Victoria.  She was called to the bar of British Columbia in 2011 and has a broad range of experience in the legal and non-profit sectors.  Before joining the Foundation, Heather was a visiting lawyer at the Guyana Legal Aid Clinic in Georgetown, Guyana and practiced civil litigation at the Vancouver firm of Eyford Macaulay Shaw & Padmanabhan LLP.  Most recently, she held the position of grant and research development officer at Science World British Columbia. She is currently secretary of the board of directors of the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture, and has served as a volunteer in many community and non-profit organizations, including the Red Cross, Access Pro Bono, and the Together Against Poverty Society.

Legal Advocate Training Manager:

  • Lois Shelton

Lois joined the Foundation in 2008. She has a M.A. from the University of Ghana. She was hired to develop training on advocacy skills and legal knowledge for poverty law advocates funded by the Foundation. Working with an advisory committee, she developed a two-week course to provide core training for junior advocates and a process for measuring the credentials of senior advocates. She also organizes an annual Provincial Training Conference for Legal Advocates and does other work at the Foundation.  Before coming  to the Foundation, Lois was a Fieldworker at Legal Services Society (LSS) where she was responsible for organizing training for advocates, outreach projects, and for some legal information publications.  Lois was called to the Bar in 1990 and worked as staff lawyer for West Coast Domestic Workers for over three years. Before coming to Vancouver, Lois worked on international development issues. She lived for over three years in Ghana, West Africa.

 

Program Assistants:

  • Sandra Morgenstern 

Sandra joined the Foundation in 2007. She has her Legal Assistant certificate from Douglas College. Prior to joining the Foundation she worked for over five years as a legal secretary for a partner of a law firm concentrating in the area of family law. She has also spent time working in the area of personal injury law.

  • Amy Tam

Amy joined the Foundation in 2000.  She has an Office Administration Program Certificate from the Vancouver School Board. Prior to joining the Foundation she worked for three years at a real estate development company in Vancouver and  worked in the hospitality industry in Hong Kong.

 

 

 

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