Rick C. Gambrel, B.Comm., LLB. – Executive Director
In addition to being a senior and respected trial lawyer, Mr. Gambrel brings with him a wealth of leadership, communications, and relationship skills. Aided by his Finance degree from U.B.C., he has been managing partner of a number of different law firms, developing and managing budgets, and hiring, training and managing other lawyers and staff. Rick comes with a strong background in non-profit association management and governance. He was on the board and held the offices of Vice-President and President of the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. Prior to joining Seniors First BC , Mr. Gambrel was Executive Director of the British Columbia Psychological Association. While there he was elected by his peers to head CESPPA, the 60 member international organization of psychology association Executive Directors, the first Canadian to hold that role. As well he was elected Vice-Chair of CPAP, the Canadian association of national and provincial psychology associations, as well as sitting on the board of the psychologists national professional liability insurance program. In addition, for 12 years, he was President and de facto Executive Director of the classical music concert series, White Rock Concerts, named Canada’s Arts Presenter of the Year for 2007.
Genevieve Smith – Manager of SAIL and Victim Services Program
Genevieve is a graduate of the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa with a B.A. in Psychology. As a graduate of the Langara College Social Service Worker Program, she was awarded the Lieutenant Governors Silver Medal and the Graduate Excellence Award. Genevieve manages the Seniors Abuse and information Line and the Victim Services Program. Genevieve has volunteer and work experience in helpline service provision, volunteer management and engagement, anti-violence work and mental health advocacy.
Gordon Marshall – 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.
Nighat Afsar – Legal Advocate
Nighat has a law degree and practised law for 15 years in Pakistan. As a Britannia Chevening Scholar, she completed her Master’s degree in International Law from the University of Hull, UK. She also has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado-Denver. Nighat works in the Legal Advocacy Program, providing information, referral and representation services to older adults.
Amrita is a graduate of the University of Northern British Columbia with a Bachelor of Social Work and a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts. Her interest are in family systems and the ways in which these dynamics have influences on the individual. Her previous experiences have involved working with children who have witnessed abuse, at-risk youth, immigrant families and seniors in care facilities. She is currently fulfilling the requirements to become a Registered Social Worker. Amrita works on SAIL providing callers with support, information and assistance pertaining to the needs of vulnerable older adults.
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.
Marta is a Registered Social Worker and graduate of the University of Victoria Social Work Program and an AIRS certified Information and Referral Specialist. Marta has been working and volunteering in Social Services for over 10 years in immigrant and refugee settlement, anti-violence work, addictions, crisis line training supervision. Marta is passionate about incorporating an anti-oppressive, intersectional feminist practice into her work, and promoting social justice and community building efforts for older adults of diverse backgrounds.
Megan Tweedie – Lawyer
Megan is a lawyer at Seniors First BC, providing legal advice and representation to older adults through the Elder Law Clinic. Megan received her law degree from the University of Toronto in 2010. She spent eight years in private practice prior to joining Seniors First BC, with a focus on litigation, employment law and human rights matters. Megan has appeared at all levels of court in BC, and at various administrative tribunals. She is a passionate advocate for her clients and is thrilled to be working to protect the legal rights of those facing barriers to access to justice.
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.