A look at the 2004 Equity and Diversity Committee

This year's Equity and Diversity Committee, together with its four working groups, is as diverse and energetic as the BC bar as a whole. At the end of 2003, a number of long-term committee members completed their service of assisting the Law Society on such issues as multiculturalism, gender equality, disability and sexual orientation. Here are the current members:

Anne K. Wallace, QC - Committee Chair; Bencher from Victoria; Crown Counsel in Youth Court

Patrick Kelly - Committee Vice- Chair; member of the Women in Law working group; Lay Bencher from Vancouver; Director with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Aleem Barmal - CBA Liaison; Vancouver lawyer with the Community Legal Assistance Society

Halldor Bjarnason - Chair of the Disability Research working group; Vancouver lawyer at Access Law Group

Professor Gerry Ferguson - Chair of the Aboriginal Law Graduates working group; professor at the University of Victoria

Lisa Fong - Member of the Court Interpreters working group; Vancouver lawyer with Ng & Ariss

Elizabeth Hunt - Member of the Aboriginal Law Graduates working group; sole practitioner in Aboriginal law at Alkali Lake

Wynn Lewis - Member of the Women in the Law working group; Victoria lawyer with the Ministry of the Attorney General

Karen McMillan - Vancouver lawyer at Lawson, Lundell

Margaret Ostrowski, QC - Chair of Women in the Law working group; Bencher from Vancouver; sole practitioner

Lila Quastel - Member of the Women in the Law and Disability Research working groups; occupational therapist consultant in Vancouver

Lillian To - Member of the Interpreters working group; Lay Bencher from Vancouver; Executive Director of SUCCESS

Baldwin Wong - Chair of the Interpreters working group; Multicultural Social Planner for the City of Vancouver.

Other volunteers sit on the Committee's working groups. Each working group sets its priorities for the year and does the leg work to accomplish its goals. Working group reports are discussed by the Committee and may be referred to the Benchers.

From time to time, positions open up on the working groups. If you are interested in more information or would like to be considered for a position, please contact Kuan Foo at 604 443-5727 or kfoo@lsbc.org.