Melody Cheung joined the CLAS Board in 2019 as the law student representative from the Law Students Legal Advice Program (LSLAP). She is the Executive Director at LSLAP and volunteers regularly in Human Rights and Workers Compensation matters. Prior to law school her studies focused on International Relations.
Karla Verschoor has been with Inclusion BC since 2006, when she joined the organization as a volunteer coordinator. Over the years, Karla has worked in various leadership roles as an advocate, strategic planner and now as Executive Director. Karla has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta where she studied Political Science and Government and a Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement from Simon Fraser University. Karla lives in Vancouver with her husband and daughter. When she’s not working Karla enjoys volunteering at her daughter’s school and with her local neighbourhood house.
Adrienne has lived, worked and been a social justice activist in Vancouver since 1976. She joined First Call in 2000 and became the provincial coordinator in 2005. Prior to working with First Call, she served as the child and youth advocate for the City of Vancouver, and as the chairperson of the Vancouver School Board for three of her six years as an elected school trustee. Some of her earlier leadership positions included serving as the executive director of Surrey Delta Immigrant Services Society and of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.
Adrienne has a long-standing interest in the issues of cross-cultural awareness and racism, women’s rights and the impacts of social exclusion on children and youth in low-income families. Her academic background is in Asian studies and adult education.
Jane Dyson has been the Executive Director of Disability Alliance BC (DABC) since 2009. Jane has been responsible for the management of many projects designed to enable people with disabilities to live with dignity and independence in their communities. Jane has also played a leadership role in developing stakeholder partnerships to promote communication between the disability community, government and other decision-makers.
She is a member of the Minister’s Council for Employment and Accessibility, the Metro Vancouver Transit Police Chief's Community Council, and the Law Foundation of BC’s Access to Justice Committee. She is a past Board member of the Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry, and the Vancouver Foundation’s Disability Supports for Employment Advisory Committee. Jane has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University. In 2015 she was awarded the Order of BC for community leadership.
Maia joined the CLAS Board in 2014. She also works on social justice issues with other organizations, such as Pivot Legal Society. Maia is a lawyer whose practice is focused on legal research, writing and analysis on commercial and public law issues.
Howard joined the CLAS Board in 2014. He is a member of the Vancouver Police Department. He has an interest in mental health issues and is a member of the BC Alliance for Mental Health and Addictions and participates in other related mental health initiatives.
Gyda joined the CLAS Board in 2014. She is the Co-ordinating Chair of First Call, and participates in several organizations advocating for children and immigrant families. She is also the former Dean of Continuing Studies at Vancouver Community College, and was a faculty member of both Douglas and Langara Colleges, specializing in early childhood education.
Ed Macaulay joined the CLAS Board in 2004, and currently serves as the CLAS Board President. He is a lawyer who specializes in estate litigation.
Gary Wilson joined the CLAS Board in 1984, and previously served as the CLAS Board President. He is a retired partner at the law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.
Robin Elliot, Q.C. joined the CLAS Board in 2000. He was a professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC from 1976 until his retirement in 2016. Robin served as an associate dean at the law school on two occasions, from 1991-93 and from 2003-06. He has written extensively in the area of Constitutional Law, including works on both the Charter and Canadian federalism. Robin has adjudicated cases under provincial and federal human rights legislation and has been involved in the litigation of several important Charter and other constitutional cases. He was called to the Bar of B.C. in 1975 and received his Queen's Counsel designation in 2005.