Monthly Guest Speaker

December 4, 2023: Alison Silgardo, CEO of Seniors Services Society of BC, speaking on the topic Sheltering Dignity: Crafting Solutions for Homeless Seniors in Their Later Years

       Future Speakers

December 11, 2023: Provincial Council of Women of BC Meeting at 9:45 am via Zoom: Laura Track, Director of Human Rights Clinic & Education, Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS). To get the link for the meeting please contact Beryl Matthewson (

Laura is the Director of the CLAS Human Rights Clinic, as well as its Director of Education. She advocates on behalf of people who have experienced discrimination and assists complainants to navigate BC’s human rights process. Laura also has a strong interest in making legal knowledge accessible. She delivers workshops and presentations to a wide variety of audiences to help people understand their human rights and comply with their legal obligations. Laura earned her law degree from UBC in 2006, and holds a Masters in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University.


       Previous Speakers

Ellen Woodsworth, Founder and Matriarch of Women Transforming Cities

Shari Monsma, Founder of Fairness for Children Raised by Relatives

Tara MacDonald, Union Gospel Mission

Suzanne Jay, Asian Women for Equality

Carla Guerrero, Founder and CEO, Purpose Driven Development

Bernie Florido, Founder and CEO, Cocoflo Innovations

Evan Kelly, Developmental Disabilities Association

Haida STAR Elder Lois Rullin

Zina Chernowas, Manager of The Salvation Army Illuminate, working    to end human trafficking.

Dr. David Kuhl, MD, PhD, Co-Founder, Mohammad H. Mohseni Chair in Men’s Health, Integrity and Well-being at Vancouver General Hospital

Joan Stewart, Co-Chair Management for the Westside Anglican Neighbourhood Outreach Ministry

Carolyn Orazietti, Part time Star Elder with the Ministry of Children and Families at risk youth

Allison Briggs, Development Officer, Community Giving, Covenant House Vancouver

Alexandra Ford, Survivor of Trafficking, working on prevention and post traumatic stress of victims

Amy Fitzgerald,  Interim Executive Director and Director of Training and Programs BC Society of Transition Houses

Jen Graham, Manager of Development and Communication for PLEA, advocating for children and youth