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).
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. 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 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.
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.
JSEP Program Coordinator, Kelowna
Leanna is a certified teacher and has worked in education in different capacities, including classroom teaching, distributed learning support, and course and seminar administration. She completed her Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on Social Studies and English from Thompson Rivers University. Leanna has experience teaching students from kindergarten to adults, including English Language Learners and students with special needs. She has also worked as an administrator at the Law Society of Ireland in Dublin and provided support to many of their programs and services, included the Access Scholarship Programme, the Student Development Service, the Law School Counselling Service, and the Litigation Committee. She is a life long learner and has a passion for social justice and empowering people through education and is therefore delighted to be the JSEP regional coordinator at the Kelowna Law Courts.
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 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.
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.