Marie-Noël Campbell – Executive Director and Lawyer
Marie-Noël Campbell is a practising lawyer called in both New York State (2011) and British Columbia (2016). She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Law from Paris Nanterre University and a LL.M in American Business Law from Tulane Law School. She also attended UBC Law School during an exchange year. She worked in the Human Resources department of a multinational in Paris’ Business District, and at a NY-based law firm in Brussels. She passed the New York State Bar shortly before moving to Canada. She started her legal career at a non-profit organization in Vancouver where she launched and managed pro bono programs to represent low-income individuals appearing before various provincial tribunals, and was later appointed an adjudicator for one of them. Marie-Noël Campbell is honoured to now serve BC’s seniors as we navigate through the COVID19 pandemic.
Gordon Marshall – Elder Law Clinic Supervising Lawyer
Gordon is the senior counsel for Seniors First BC, overseeing its litigation services, and participating in the legal clinics. A member of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association, Gordon has worked as trial and appellate counsel since being called to the Bar in Manitoba in 1973 and the British Columbia Bar in 1975.
Assunta De Ciantis – Lawyer
Assunta de Ciantis has been a practising lawyer since 2002. Mainly working in family law, she has had experience in the many issues that come with it, including criminal, real estate, wills and estates, and civil litigation. In addition, Assunta has worked in legal aid cases, advocated at mental health review hearings, and taught law at several colleges in the Lower Mainland.
Nighat Afsar – Legal Advocate
Nighat has worked as a Legal Advocate for almost 10 years in the Legal Advocacy Program of Seniors First BC and provided services to older adults on housing issues, residential tenancy matters, government pensions and benefits, and debt issues. She represented older adults before federal and provincial tribunals regarding their legal issues.
Nighat has a law degree and practiced law for 15 years in Pakistan. As a Britannia Chevening scholar, she completed her Master degree in International Law from the University of Hull, United Kingdom. She was a Fulbright scholar and completed her Master degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver, United States. Nighat is passionate to work in Public Interest litigation in future.
Ashley Durrant – Office Manager and Legal Administrative Assistant
Ashley is the Office Manager and Legal Administrative Assistant for Seniors First BC and the Elder Law Clinic. Ashley is a graduate of McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in World Religions and a minor in Psychology. She has previously worked as a legal assistant in criminal law primarily serving legal aid clients in the Downtown Eastside. Her volunteer experience as a frontline worker at Atira Legal Advocacy Program involved working with low-income women in the anti-violence sector in the areas of family and civil law. She is passionate about providing access to justice to older adults facing barriers and serving all people with respect and dignity.
Nataliya Ivannikova – Legal Assistant
Nataliya enjoyed studying English language and literature at Lviv State University (Ukraine). She completed a diploma in Tourism from International Air Transport Association (Geneva, Switzerland). She also successfully completed the Legal Assistant Certificate program at Vancouver Community College. She has worked as a Legal Assistant at various law offices specializing in Corporate, Personal Injury and Aboriginal Law.
Tina – Manager of SAIL and Victim Services Program
Tina works on the Seniors Abuse and Information Line, with a particular lens on gender-based oppression and criminalization. She holds a Criminology and Political Science degree and a Legal Studies certificate from Simon Fraser University. Tina has volunteered and worked in areas such as community policing, corrections, crisis intervention, and domestic violence. She is committed to supporting vulnerable individuals and building a safer community.
Queen – Victim Services Worker
Queen is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a graduate of the Vancouver Community College Community Counselling Skills Program. She has volunteer and work experience with the Multicultural Family Centre, YWCA, and Battered Women Support Services. Queen also has training in Community and Settlement Services, Crisis Line Intervention, Domestic Violence Intervention, Non-violence Intervention and Mental Health First Aid. Provides information, assistance, and emotional support to older adults who call SAIL line.
Sarah – SAIL Intake Worker
Sarah works for the Seniors Abuse and Information Line. She has completed training in Emergency Medical Call taking with the British Columbia Ambulance Service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of British Columbia. Sarah has experience providing support and advocacy for older adults, in community and emergency settings.
Hannah – SAIL Intake Worker
She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Simon Fraser University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Counselling & Human Development. Her previous volunteer experience includes psychology research, crisis intervention, and peer mentorship. She is passionate about working with individuals to support their resiliency.
Jane – SAIL Intake Worker
Jane graduated from the University of British Columbia and Bristol University and has experience in the fields of social justice and poverty law. She is passionate about providing assistance to people of all backgrounds and ages. She is pleased to be working on the Seniors Abuse and Information Line.
Mara – SAIL Intake Worker
Mara works for the Seniors Abuse and Information Line. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Minor in Counselling from Kwantlen Polytech University. Her previous experience includes: crisis intervention and suicide prevention, counselling clinic intake services and administration, as well as volunteering with older adults in both community and assisted living settings. Mara is focused on fostering compassionate care, community connections, and supporting the strength of individuals.
Alyson – SAIL Intake Worker
Alyson works for the Seniors Abuse and Information Line. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of British Columbia. Her previous experience includes providing support services to people with developmental disabilities, living with chronic pain, and adults with concurrent mental health and substance disorders in an acute setting. She is passionate about mental health and providing support from a holistic approach.
Maggie – SAIL Intake Worker
Maggie served as the Seniors First BC office manager for six years and is thrilled to be back as part of the SAIL Team, doing meaningful work and supporting older adults across the province. Prior to this, Maggie worked for the federal government at the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for 29 years as a Citizenship and Immigration Officer and served as the citizenship judge coordinator for the BC-Yukon region. Maggie is fluently trilingual and has a BA from Concordia University in Montreal.
Angela – SAIL Intake Worker
Angela completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of British Columbia with a major in French and a minor in Psychology. She worked for the federal government as a Citizenship and Immigration officer for 30 years and enjoyed helping people from around the world to navigate government resources and processes. She is proud to be serving seniors through the Seniors Abuse and Information Line.
Justin Lee – Workshop and Outreach Coordinator
Justin is the Workshop and Outreach Coordinator at Seniors First BC. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC), majoring in Philosophy. Justin has volunteered for Access Pro Bono as a Clinic Assistant, Grant Writer for Shelter Movers Vancouver, and started as a Public Education and Outreach volunteer for Seniors First BC. He is passionate about improving the lives of seniors in his community by providing information to the public about issues that seniors may face across the province of British Columbia.