Executive Director/ Founder
Rick Craig has served as the Justice Education Society’s Executive Director since its inception in 1989. He has over 35 years’ experience developing and delivering public legal education programs.
Rick holds a Master of Education in legal education and a Bachelor’s of Art degree from Simon Fraser University, as well as a Secondary Level B.C. Teaching Certificate. He taught law, sociology and economics at the senior secondary level for several years before moving into public legal education.
He is the author of numerous legal education curricula for all levels of the school system, including the mandatory textbook on law and government that was used in the senior school system in British Columbia for many years. Rick has designed numerous public legal education programs, including materials for the minority communities, Aboriginal youth, the deaf community, people with developmental disabilities, youth with special needs and programs for justice system personnel. He has also developed materials for national distribution in Canada.
Rick has been a member of the Steering Committee of the National Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters for over 8 years, chaired the triage and early dispute resolution sub-committee and is a member of the B.C. Access to Justice Committee. He was a Board member of the Legal Services Society for 6 years and deputy chair for 3 years. He also was founding President of B.C. Association of Community Law offices the 3 years;
Rick also has over 40 years of experience in international development. He is fluent in Spanish and has worked on international legal education and justice system capacity building projects in 18 countries including South Africa, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Guyana, China, Ethiopia and Somaliland.
He was a founder of several international development and human rights organizations including Co-Development Canada, Tools for Peace and We Can Canada.
Program Manager (JSEP, NNPLE, CASEY)
Marc joined JES in March 2017. He has an extensive background in educational and legal studies with a particular interest in criminal and constitutional law as well as social justice and personal empowerment. Marc has previously worked as an instructor at SFU and done legal research at LexisNexis. In addition to managing the JES schools program as well as the NNPLE and CASEY programs he is working towards obtaining his PhD in the Faculty of Education at SFU.
Marc is excited to join JES and to use that opportunity to collaborate with colleagues who are dedicated to the rule of law, legal education and access to justice.
CIPI Worker (Chinese)
Bernice Ma has years of experience in the non profit sector in Health, Support and Education. She has successfully obtained her Certificate of Interpretation and Translation (English and Chinese) in Business at UBC and has experience as a Court Interpreter. Bernice is passionate about helping others in need and is fortunate to be able to combine her passion with her work. She is based at 222 Main Provincial Court and is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
CIPI Worker (Spanish & French)
Donald has more than a decade of experience as a Criminal Lawyer in Honduras under the civil law system. He is currently upgrading his credentials to obtain his law degree in Canada. As a Law student and immigrant, he understands the daily challenges faced by newcomers in a new culture, society and legal system. He is an active member of the Latin community in the lower mainland by providing legal information and settlement support. Donald is based at the Vancouver Provincial Criminal Courts and is fluent in Spanish, French and Portuguese.
CIPI Court Worker (Hindi and Punjabi) and PAS/CEN Coordinator
Gurveen has been with the Society for more than 6 years as a court worker in the Court Information Program for Immigrants at Surrey Provincial Court. Gurveen has in-depth knowledge of court procedures and resources to assist clients from diverse backgrounds and different needs. She loves to assist clients with the court process and court applications. She is based out of the Surrey Provincial Courthouse and speaks English, Punjabi and Hindi. Gurveen is also the programs coordinator for Parenting After Separation (PAS), PAS Finances, Online PAS and the Court Education Network for our JSEP remote locations.
CIPI Program Manager JSEP Program Coordinator, Surrey Project Manager for the Volunteer Model
Lali has been working within the non-profit sector for over 20 years and has worked extensively in social services, specializing in providing information and support to marginalized members of the community. Lali is very passionate in helping others and is a strong advocate for women and children. Lali has coordinated and assisted many projects such as Youth and Gangs, Preventing Violence Against Women, Teachers Law Institutes, Workshops on Criminal, Civil and Family Law.
JSEP Program Coordinator, Vancouver
Emily first worked with JES in 2009 on their International Programs and is thrilled to be returning to the Society as the JSEP Regional Coordinator for the Vancouver Law Courts. She has facilitated educational programs in many capacities, specializing in dialogue and experiential education as tools for social change. Her background is in the emerging field of Peace Education and she loves social justice advocacy, community collaboration, and working to make learning spaces more accessible. She is grateful to connect with schools and communities to share in educational programs about our justice system.
JSEP Program Coordinator, Vancouver
Janine is a Program Facilitator for the Justice System Education Program (JSEP) and feels privileged to be back at 222 Main Street - where she began her work in the courts as a Mental Health Court worker with MPA, for close to 11 years. Janine began working with the Society in 2003 when she had the opportunity to work on projects and then later worked with the lovely Tiffany Lee as an Educational Coordinator at VLC. Janine works with many community and school groups that visit Vancouver Provincial Court and enjoys working with a very collaborative and amazing group of people at 222 Main. Many groups are interested in learning about the Drug Treatment Court and the Downtown Community Court when they visit 222 Main - both are unique problem solving courts within and beside 222 Main. There is a legacy of education, community connections and social justice at 222 Main that we are all grateful for.
JSEP Program Coordinator, Victoria
Tanya has a professional background rooted public legal education, information literacy, and social justice. While completing her Masters in Library and Information Sciences, Tanya developed literacy programming for women in Ghana. She also has coordinated literacy and legal information programs for federally incarcerated women in Edmonton. As the Program Facilitator for the Residential Tenancy Legal Information Program in Alberta, she traveled throughout the province, presenting legal information sessions at schools, community groups, youth-drop in centers, and women’s shelters.
JSEP Program Coordinator, Kelowna
Gail’s passion for empowering people through education is evidenced throughout her career in adult education, in counselling young offenders, and as a senior development officer working to prevent homelessness through the National Urban Aboriginal Strategy. Now by sharing her knowledge of B.C. Law, B.C. Law Courts, and law-related topics in Kelowna, Gail seeks to optimize the learning experience and build legal capability in children, recent immigrants, school groups, community groups and for youth working through the Restorative Justice process.
NNPLE Program Coordinator
Laurel is from Prince George and fifth generation Canadian with Irish roots. Her family name in traditional Gaelic is O'Coileain, meaning wolf cub. She enjoys working with Aboriginal communities and has found many correlations between Aboriginal and Irish traditions. Laurel brings a wealth of experience working with schools, youth at risk and Aboriginal communities in the region. She has a Masters in First Nations Studies, has worked in the social service sector for over ten years and is passionate about preserving traditions and Aboriginal Knowledge. She is excited to build bridges between the legal system and Aboriginal communities. The Northern Native program reaches out from 100 Mile House to the Yukon border, and the Alberta border to Haida Gwaii.
MHP Project Manager
Negin began her work with JES in 2012 and has worn a few different hats since then. She has been the coordinator for multiple projects including PAS/FAS/OPAS/CEN as well as the school program (JSEP) coordinator for the Vancouver Law Courts location. She worked as the Communications Coordinator before she moved to her current role as the Project Manager for the Mapping Her Path project which addresses gender barriers in the legal profession. She has a BA in English Literature, an MA in International Development and a passion for gender equity and social and environmental justice.
Digital Program Director
Dave brings over 20 years of marketing communications experience to the Justice Education Society. He manages a dynamic team that maintains and promotes the resources of BC’s third largest publisher of legal education and information – including more than 25 legal information websites, 200 instructional videos, and over 100 print resources. Dave is an expert at applying digital technologies to improve access to justice.
Web & Video Producer
Jessica is a web and video producer with a passion for all things creative. She joined the web and video production team in 2013 bringing 9 years’ experience as a production coordinator, editor and camera operator. Since joining the team she has produced over 200 videos for a variety of the society’s online training courses and educational resources.
Legal Content Specialist
Nora started with JES as a Legal Content Specialist in September 2015. She received her law degree from UBC in 2013 and was called to the BC Bar in 2014. She is able to use her legal knowledge and experience within the legal field to develop content to help educate the public. She's passionate about improving access to justice.
Web & IT Coordinator
Simon is a Web and IT Coordinator who joined the society in January 2014. He has maintained over 25 websites for JES and has built multiple Drupal websites and courses since he started with the society. Simon keeps JES productive by maintaining all of the society’s computer systems and technology.
Assistant Web & Video Editor
Tomas is the Assistant Web & Video Editor and joined JES in May 2015. With a passion for technology, he's assisted in developing a variety of web-based courses, as well as creating compelling videos for these projects. Tomas is very excited about working with the Digital Projects team and using his skills to create and improve access to justice resources.
International Program Director
Bridget Petherbridge is JES’ International Program Director with responsibility for all international projects. Bridget is a British barrister with over 20 years’ experience in the criminal justice system as a litigator and advocate. She is also a qualified advocacy trainer and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School. Having married a Canadian, Bridget moved to Vancouver in July 2013 and has worked with JES since February 2014. Prior to working with JES, Bridget worked alongside her legal career in the UK to develop and deliver projects to train lawyers and student advocates in Colombia and Mexico and is well-versed in the challenges of transitioning from inquisitorial to adversarial justice systems. Bridget speaks fluent Spanish.
International Program Coordinator
Amy Holly joined JES as the International Program Coordinator in April 2016. Amy provides coordination across all of JES International's projects and works with the Canada, Central America and Guyana Teams in developing processes, procedures and evaluation methods.
Before moving to Canada, Amy lived in Guatemala for five years, running an NGO providing education and social support to 300 families living in poverty. Her experiences working directly with the Guatemalan community and navigating problems with the justice system have led her to focus on human rights and criminal justice with JES. Amy is fluent in Spanish and has a degree in Latin American Studies.
International Program Assistant
Cristella Marrufo has been the International Programs Assistant at JES International since May 2016. In this role Cristella works on administering projects in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Guyana. She also manages communications, assists with course development and volunteer recruitment.
Before working at JES International, Cristella spent years as an educator in France and in the United States. She has also worked and volunteered for various non-profit organizations such as: Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, Planned Parenthood France, The International Women's Perspective, and Maison de L'Europe. Upon her arrival to Vancouver she began working as a policy outreach intern at Oxfam Canada where she assisted in the implementation of several women's rights campaigns. Working at JES has provided a unique opportunity to combine her passion for education and human rights. Cristella has degree in International Politics and is fluent in Spanish and French.
Guyana Project Manager
Evelyn Neaman is the Project Manager for the "Strengthening the Guyanese Criminal Justice System" project, funded by Global Affairs Canada and the US Department of State (INL) funded project "Strengthening the Criminal Justice System in Guyana". For 24 years, Ms. Neaman managed more than 100 Canadian and international innovative justice programs for JES and served as the first JES International Program Manager from 2009- 2015. She has developed and managed justice reform projects in China, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Montenegro. She also served as a technical advisor to Agriteam Canada’s JUDGE project in Vietnam from 2010-2012 where she worked with the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice to design community based public legal education programs. Ms. Neaman has co-produced/directed four documentary films on international justice reform. In September 2015, JES awarded Ms. Neaman the "Louise Arbour Award for International Justice" for her longstanding career and commitment towards building effective justice systems. Ms. Neaman is now an independent consultant to JES..
Guyana Project Coordinator
Galina Sergeeva joined JES as the Guyana Project Coordinator in November 2016. Galina works with JES staff and experts in Canada and Guyana to support implementation of JES Guyana project. Galina holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, and prior to joining JES worked in proposal development and grants management in non-profit organizations in Russia and Ethiopia.
Panama & Northern Triangle Project Coordinator
Mary Rider joined JES International in January 2017 as the Panama & Northern Triangle Project Coordinator, working with the head office in Vancouver and local office in Guatemala to deliver projects in Panama, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Mary came to JES from Fauna & Flora International where she worked as Projects Manager for the Americas & Caribbean team on environmental and governance projects with a focus on Central America. Mary is fluent in Spanish and is working on her French.
Acting Finance Manager
Shirin is currently the Acting Finance Manager for the Society and she has been with JES since 2012. Prior to pursuing a career in accounting, she studied sociology at UBC and sustainable community development at SFU. Shirin is passionate about social justice, international development and sustainability, and she feels privileged that she can use her skills with numbers to support the Society's mission to build stronger communities both in Canada and internationally.
Mandana joined the Society in 2013 as an administrative and finance assistant. Over the past few years, she has been the gatekeeper for JES and has supported the staff in every way possible. She moved to a new position, as a finance and payroll administrator in 2016 and feels privileged to be able to grow and learn within the JES family.
International Finance Assistant
Marlin joined the Society in 2016 as an international finance assistant. Marlin has university degrees in law, accounting as well as in music. In her personal life she is a Juno Award Nominee musician and has raised thousands of dollars for various nonprofit organizations through her music. She is also the founder and on the board of directors of the "Vida Latina" nonprofit organization. Marlin is very excited to be part of JES and on top her financial work she is a great ambassador and advocate for the work JES does.
George is a bit of a vagabond. As a teen, he hopped amongst different high schools in the lower mainland, one per year. He then spent 2 years at Langara College, one year at Simon Fraser University and finally graduated from UBC with a degree in Commerce. Next he obtained his Certified Accountancy in 1981 and a Notarial license in 1983. In 2007 his health hit a brick wall. He battled with the big 'C', but fought it off, survived it all, and never looked back. Today he is a cyclist because he feels cycling is symbolic of vital living, (the cycling motion is a confirmation of one's still alive and kicking)!