Our staff team is passionate about making the law accessible and understandable by the public. Our team carries out our mission, supported by our Board of Directors and many outside collaborators and volunteers.
Shoutout to our many volunteers: We couldn't offer the range of service we do without the volunteer contributions of dozens of legal professionals, reviewing materials for legal accuracy, leading law classes for the public, and providing answers through our Q&A.
Meet the staff team
Patricia Byrne, Executive Director
Patricia is a lawyer with 25+ years of experience in senior roles in public and professional legal education in Toronto and Vancouver. Prior to these roles, Patricia was a practicing business lawyer. As Executive Director of People’s Law School, Patricia's priority is to use her legal and business management skills to guide the society toward fulfilling its mission and long-term strategic goals. Contact Patricia at 604-331-5406 or email@example.com.
Drew Jackson, Senior Legal Content Developer
Drew is a lawyer and librarian. He has worked for 20+ years in providing education and information on the law. As Senior Legal Content Developer with People's Law School, he leads the development of information for the public on everyday legal problems. He is keenly interested in making legal information easier to understand, and in applying technology to help people learn. Contact Drew at 604-331-5400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manjet Chana, Legal Content Developer
Manjeet is a Vancouver-based lawyer who started her legal career practicing in the areas of family law, wills and estates, and personal injury law. Her interest in helping people with their everyday legal problems led her to join the non-profit sector, where she has worked and volunteered for 15+ years. She has broad experience in social justice law and is dedicated to using her legal writing skills and experience to help make the law accessible to everyone. Contact Manjeet at 604-331-5400 or email@example.com.
David Kandestin, Legal Content Developer
Born, educated and trained in Montreal, David hitched his wagons west in 2013, practicing corporate, commercial and securities law in Vancouver. His practical, risk-focused approach helps people realize that lawyers aren't always roadblocks (and often, expensive ones!) to success. David speaks French and has travelled to more than 30 countries (top pick: Nepal). Contact David at 604-331-5400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spencer Keene, Legal Content Developer
Spencer is a lawyer and a recent UBC Law graduate. He has experience working at a small legal firm, on issues ranging from commercial transactions to wills and estates. Spencer is a writer and a technology enthusiast. He has also worked as a volunteer — in Canada and internationally — and is dedicated to using his experience to strengthen public legal education in British Columbia. Contact Spencer at 604-369-5134 or email@example.com.
Veronica Lorimer, Legal Content Developer
Veronica is a lawyer called in Australia and Canada. After practising as a tax lawyer, her interest in writing led her to work as an editor for various not-for-profit and academic publications. Most recently, she worked to protect the interests of vulnerable people in estates law matters. Veronica believes that access to justice is a human right and that public legal education is an important piece of the puzzle. Contact Veronica at 604-331-5400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathryn McCart, Education & Referrals Coordinator
Kathryn coordinates our 80+ free public legal education classes delivered by lawyers and other professionals throughout British Columbia each year, in addition to providing information and referral services. Kathryn has had a long-standing commitment to public legal education and information — she joined People’s Law School in 1981. Contact Kathryn at 604-331-5404 or email@example.com.
Ula Lipska, Accountant & Administrator
Ula provides accounting, supplier management and administrative services for People’s Law School. Before joining People’s Law School in 2012, Ula’s career included working as an internal accountant in industry as well as in private practice, in Canada and in Poland. Contact Ula at 604-331-5407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jaime Burford, Education & Referrals Assistant
Jaime brings a background in advocacy and volunteerism to People’s Law School. Since joining People’s Law School in 2013, Jaime provides the public with information and referral services in addition to her work in supporting office administration. Contact Jaime at 604-331-5400 or email@example.com.
Elena Renderos, Publishing & Web Assistant
After joining People’s Law School in 2008, Elena served first as Media and Events Coordinator on immigrant education projects and more recently as Publishing and Web Assistant. In this capacity, Elena is integral to the design, development and delivery of our publications and information across digital and print formats. Contact Elena at firstname.lastname@example.org.