Our capacity to increase access to justice for low-income British Columbians relies on the charitable efforts of more than a thousand volunteers each year. Behind the scenes of hundreds of volunteer lawyers serving clients in clinics, hearing rooms and courthouses throughout BC, hundreds of administrative volunteers work diligently to ensure that our clients receive the timely legal services they need. Our profiled volunteer for October 2016 is Elana Yamanouchi.
Here’s what Elana had to say about her volunteer experience at APB:
I started volunteering with APB in June 2016 as an Events Marketing Assistant with the Pro Bono Going Public 2016 Advice-a-thon. I supported APB’s Operations Coordinator with a wide variety of tasks, including outreach calls to prize donors, researching and compiling lists, drafting letters, and assisting with training and couching peers. I also helped set up the Vancouver event on September 9 at Victory Square, which was an amazing experience because I met so many like-minded volunteers who were also giving back to their community by volunteering for APB. This experience has been extremely valuable, and I hope to continue volunteering with APB.
I am an active Grade 12 Prince of Wales Secondary School student who is extremely social, energetic and enthusiastic. My hobbies include reading, team sports and writing. My participation on the Prince of Wales Students’ Council, Vancouver District Students’ Council, BASIK club and working at Roots, has given me a unique opportunity to work as a team in a variety of settings. My passion for advocacy grew more intense after taking Law 12 in Grade 11, and I hope to pursue law because it is a profession that can hugely impact others’ lives.