Sonia joined JES in October 2017 and brings more than two decades of leadership experience leading increasingly complex operations within the legal sector.
She has enjoyed a successful career in the areas of law reform, legal information & research, legal education and technology. She held a number of progressively responsible positions in private law firms, academia and government in five different provinces and in both legal traditions. Prior to joining JES, Sonia was on the senior leadership team of Resolution and Court Administration Services of Alberta Justice and Solicitor General where she was responsible for the vision, leadership, direction and management of legal information, research and education services to the judiciary, prosecutors, practicing bar and the public in Alberta. Committed to access to justice and human rights, both in Canada and internationally, Sonia has contributed to numerous boards and committees in various capacities at regional, national and international levels. As a self-starter, she co-founded a public legal information and education organization, and has developed and led various international development projects and initiatives for the justice sector, most recently in Eastern Europe and Africa.
A multi-lingual, Sonia has a BA in Linguistics and French Studies (second language teaching concentration) (Concordia), a Master of Information Studies degree (McGill), a Master of Business Administration (Strathclyde) and is currently completing a Law degree (London).
School Programs Manager
In March 2018, Marc became the School Programs Manager who will be responsible developing legal resources, social studies and law-related content that will help students across BC’s New Curriculum learn about the law, understand Canada’s justice system, and, help them develop enduring and lifelong legal capabilities that will further help them understand and manage their everyday legal needs. Marc is also a doctoral candidate, researcher, sessional and on-line instructor. His legal interests lie in family, criminal and constitutional law, while his teaching aims to promote social justice and personal empowerment. Marc’s research agenda examines curricular implications for halting violence against women across interrelated socio-legal fields of interactions. More recently, however, Marc’s research is focused on men’s accountability for their violent and abusive behavior.
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 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
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.
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.
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
As International Program Director, Ian leads the JES International team, overseeing the planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of JES’ international projects. Prior to joining JES, Ian contributed to the access to justice field for more than thirty years in various capacities. Before starting his work in international development in 2003, Ian worked for Canada’s largest legal aid program, Legal Aid Ontario, for more than twenty years. In 2003, Ian joined the International Initiatives program of the Canadian Bar Association and worked on development programs with a special focus on access to justice and capacity building for the legal profession. His previous work includes managing projects and consultancies in southern and eastern Africa, the Caribbean, Bangladesh and China. Most recently, Ian was Chief of Party of the USAID funded SAFE Program (Supporting Access to Justice, Fostering Equity and Peace), designed to improve citizen access to land-related justice and to strengthen peace building and conflict mitigation in Uganda. Ian completed an LL.B. at the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1981.
Assistant Director, International Operations
Mary Rider is the Assistant Director, International Operations at JES working closely with the Guatemala Office Team, the JES International Project Teams and the Canadian Senior Management and the Finance Department, she provides operations oversight for all international projects, and supports the International Program Director and Executive Director. 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.
International Curriculum Officer
As the JES International Curriculum Officer, Cristella Marrufo coordinates and contributes to course content development and course quality control across six projects. Before joining the team, Cristella spent years as an educator in France and in the United States. She is passionate about gender mainstreaming and has worked with Oxfam Canada to implement national women's rights campaigns. JES International projects have provided a unique opportunity for her to combine her passion for education and social justice. Cristella has a degree in Political Science & International Relations 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.
Finance and Payroll Administrator
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.