Our People

We're an inclusive community-minded non-profit organization whose strengths are rooted in the dedication and passion of our diverse staff and directors.

Our Staff

Our staff is a diverse and vibrant mix of hard-working individuals with legal and non-legal backgrounds whose daily mission is to serve individuals and non-profit organizations seeking critical legal help.

 

Our Board of Directors

Our volunteer Board of Directors consists of several lawyers, community leaders and other professionals from across the province who share a dedication to the pursuit of equal access to justice for all British Columbians.

 

Annie Baric
Operations Coordinator

Annie graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Archaeology, and she holds a Certificate in Office Administration with Technology from BCIT. She's worked with nonprofit organizations for the past several years and has particular expertise in fundraising, special events and administration. She's a member of Vantage Point and regularly volunteers with the Zajac Foundation.

Christine Z
LRS Intake Operator

Christine has a BComm in Finance from Concordia University, and worked with the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch for over ten years before joining the APB team. She is dedicated to helping British Columbians find the right legal service provider to meet their legal needs.

Dustin Ellis
Program Manager & Staff Lawyer

Dustin completed his articles at APB before being called to the bar in 2018. He also summered at APB while earning a JD from Thompson Rivers University. Before law school, he studied philosophy and economics at the University of the Fraser Valley where he co-founded and managed a community/campus radio station. He manages the Civil Chambers Program and Wills Clinic.

Frank Yates
Clinic Coordinator

Frank worked for 40 years in telecommunications before retiring from the engineering department of Telus in 2006. After retiring, he volunteered for a short while as a clinic assistant for Access Justice before becoming its Clinic Coordinator. Frank helped to create APB's Mental Health Program. He has a law degree (LLB) from the University of London, UK.

Heather Wojcik
Director of Legal Services & Staff Lawyer

Heather was called to the BC bar in 2011. She holds an LLB from the University of Victoria, and a BA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University. Before joining APB, Heather practiced civil litigation in Vancouver, and was a visiting lawyer at the Guyana Legal Aid Clinic in Georgetown, Guyana. She's also worked as a legal analyst with the Ending Violence Association of BC and as a program director for the Law Foundation of BC. Heather oversees APB’s Roster Program and Court of Appeal Program.

Jamie Maclaren QC
Executive Director & Staff Lawyer

Jamie is APB’s Founding Executive Director. He's a practising civil litigator and a former Executive Director of the UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and Pro Bono Law of BC. He volunteers as a law instructor for people overcoming homelessness and addiction, and regularly provides pro bono legal services in his East Vancouver community. He's also an elected Bencher of the Law Society of BC. In 2019, Jamie conducted an external review of legal aid service delivery in BC for the province's Attorney General.

Jelena Djuricic
Intake Coordinator

Jelena graduated from UBC in 2019 with a BA in Political Science and a Minor in History. She volunteered at our Wills Clinic prior to joining our staff. She's always had a passion for justice, equality and social innovation. Jelena believes that justice should be accessible to all, and should be administered on a human-centred basis. This approach enables her to meet clients with an open-minded, empathetic, and resourceful perspective that she adapts to the needs of any client, particularly the vulnerable and the disadvantaged.

Jimmy Yan
Project & Information Officer

Jimmy joined Access Justice in 2003 and served as its System Architect, Project Manager, and Acting Executive Director prior to its merger with Pro Bono Law of BC. He's a columnist of the City Post of Singtao News and a regular media commentator on issues of public legal education and information. Jimmy has a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering and a M.Ed. in Law, Justice and Ethics. He's also a Research Assistant of The Centre for Education, Law and Society in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, and a CELS educational advisor to the Chinese community.

Mona Muker
Program Manager & Staff Lawyer

Mona completed her JD in Orange County, California. She was called to the California bar in 2012 and the BC bar in 2015. She also holds a BA in Criminology with a Minor in Legal Studies from Simon Fraser University. Before joining APB, Mona practiced real estate, business, and estates law as a sole practitioner in Vancouver. She serves the Canadian Bar Association - BC Branch as the Chair of its Legislation & Law Reform Committee, and as a member of its Provincial Council. Mona oversees APB’s tribunal-based programs.

Oliver Christie
Fundraiser & Recruiter

Oliver is a self-proclaimed philanthropist with a background in humanities and the liberal arts. He fundraises and recruits volunteer lawyers in the tradition of his late father, Dugald Christie (founder of the Salvation Army Pro Bono Program and Access Justice). Some of his law-related musings have been published in the Advocate and the UBC Law Review.

Vivian Song
Finance Administrator

Vivian obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from SFU with a Major in Accounting. She was the Finance Administrator for Access Justice, and an instrumental contributor in its merger with Pro Bono Law of BC. She loves cinema and travel, and she's pursuing her designation as a Certified General Accountant.

Ying C
LRS Intake Operator

Ying was the Lawyer Referral Service Intake Operator and Dial-A-Law Coordinator with the Canadian Bar Association's BC Branch for thirteen years prior to the LRS transitioning to APB. She has a background in Arts and English. Her main responsibilities include receiving public enquiries for legal help, referring people to the appropriate APB volunteer lawyer or service, and maintaining volunteer lawyer registrations.