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Notre équipe

Marie-Noël Campbell – Executive Director and Lawyer (she/her)

Marie-Noël was called to the Bar in New York State and British Columbia. She started her legal career in Canada at a pro bono organization where she launched and managed programs to represent clients before various tribunals. She was later appointed as an adjudicator for the Mental Health Review Board, then opened her law firm, focusing primarily on Immigration & Refugee Law and Housing Law. She is now honoured to serve older adults in British Columbia along with Seniors First BC’s dedicated team.

Alan Woodland – Operations Manager 

Alan Woodland has experience in the non-profit charitable sector and will assist with human resources, finance and technology systems. In his previous role, he worked on projects focusing on community-based transportation services for older adults that are “hanging up the keys” and giving up their driving license. Alan enjoys cooking and outdoor recreation activities when not working in the office.

Gordon Marshall – Lawyer

Mr. Marshall is the senior counsel at Seniors First BC. A member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association, Mr. Marshall has worked as trial and appellate counsel since being called to the Bar in Manitoba in 1973 and the British Columbia Bar in 1975. 

Jennifer E. Woodruff – Lawyer, Advance Planning Outreach Project Manager 

Jenny has worked primarily as a Collaborative lawyer since her call to the BC bar in 2008, helping families create forward-looking, durable agreements. She is also an accredited family law mediator. Jenny worked for a non-profit setting up pro bono clinics around BC prior to and during her law school years, with Dugald E. Christie as her mentor, and appreciates having the opportunity to again work part-time for a legal non-profit. 

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. 

Zack Uganec – Articling Student 

Zack (he/him) recently completed his legal education at the University of Victoria. While at UVic Zack became involved in numerous access to justice initiatives and gained valuable clinic experience through a term at The Law Centre. Prior to his legal education Zack graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Zack is passionate about serving his community, advocating for vulnerable and underserved individuals and expanding access to justice. Outside of work Zack enjoys travel and spending time by the ocean. 

Nataliya Ivannikova – Legal Assistant 

Nataliya enjoyed studying English language and literature at Lviv State University (Ukraine). She completed a diploma in Tourism from the 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.   

Suad Seddiq – Office Manager and Administrative Assistant  

Suad is the Office Manager and Administrative Assistant for Seniors First BC and the Elder Law Clinic. Suad has trauma informed training and leadership skills in dealing with vulnerable groups. She also has an accounting education background. She has previously worked and volunteered in various capacities with marginalized communities in the Vancouver, Downtown Eastside including but not limited to volunteering with children, families, and seniors from all abilities, mental health states, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. She is passionate about giving back to the community and serving elderly facing barriers, with dignity and compassion.  

Tina – Manager of SAIL and Victim Services Program 

Tina holds a Criminology and Political Science degree and a Legal Studies certificate from Simon Fraser University. Tina began her career by volunteering in the field of intimate partner violence, crisis intervention, and corrections. Her recent experience includes providing critical incident response to victims, their families, and/or witnesses of trauma and/or crime in cases such as sudden deaths, serious accidents, and domestic disputes. Tina’s experience in supporting the vulnerable population has provided her with a belief that individuals are the experts in their own lives and have within them the strength to change and recover.  

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. She provides support to older adults, victims of a crime and/or elder abuse or neglect.

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. 

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. 

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. 

Cara – SAIL Intake Worker 

Cara works on the Seniors Abuse and Information Line. She is a graduate from the University of Victoria with a degree in Social Work and is interested in the field of gerontology, specifically dementia-care and end-of-life care. Cara also does community work and senior programming for older adults on one of the Gulf Islands where she lives. 

Julie - SAIL Intake Worker

Julie spent 9 years working with the Alzheimer's Society of BC providing support and information on dementia care. She is passionate about supporting older adults and grateful to be working with Seniors First BC.

Justin Lee – Public Education & Outreach Program Manager  

Justin has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC), majoring in Philosophy. He has volunteered as a Clinic Assistant for Access Pro Bono, a kitchen leader for a local soup kitchen that serves Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, a Grant Writer for Shelter Movers Vancouver, a Resource Navigator for the BC Association of Neighbourhood Houses, and a Writer for the Source Newspaper. He started as a volunteer for Seniors First BC, transitioned to the role of Workshop & Outreach Coordinator, and later worked as the Communications Coordinator before his current role. He is passionate about providing information to the public about issues that affect seniors across the province of British Columbia.

Ligne d'information et d'abus envers les personnes âgées (SAIL)

SAIL est un moyen confidentiel pour les personnes âgées de parler à un agent d'accueil professionnel des questions qui affectent leur bien-être, de recevoir des informations ou de se renseigner sur nos programmes. Appelez le 604-437-1940 ou le numéro sans frais 1-866-437-1940 en semaine de 8 h à 20 h et le week-end de 10 h à 17 h 30. Une interprétation linguistique est disponible.

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Seniors First BC est une société de bienfaisance à but non lucratif qui fournit des informations, des conseils et un soutien aux personnes âgées de la Colombie-Britannique qui sont confrontées à des problèmes affectant leur bien-être.

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