Darcie joined Pivot to turn years of academic study (including a PhD in Sociology from the University of British Columbia) into meaningful social change. Darcie brings strong research and communications skills and a fondness for challenge to her work as Pivot’s campaign director. Darcie also coordinates Pivot’s Jane Doe Legal Network and leads Pivot’s Child Welfare campaign.
When Darcie is not pouring over books on campaign strategy or experimenting with new social media, she is busy homeschooling and having fun with her three children. Darcie is active in a number of community organizations and sits on the board of her daughters’ Irish Dance school.
e-mail darcie [at] pivotlegal [dot] org
Douglas entered law school focused on a career in international human rights. However, as he spent more time in Vancouver (he is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah) Douglas became deeply aware of the rights abuses happening in his own community. Douglas’s job at Pivot places him at heart of human rights work in Vancouver. As our housing and policing campaign Douglas brings his client centred approach to law for systemic change.
Away from his clients and the courtroom, Douglas spends his time outdoors, playing soccer, hiking, or just gardening at home. He loves to travel and most recently spent time exploring New Zealand.
e-mail doug [at] pivotlegal [dot] org
A month into law school, Katrina was looking for new ways to ground her education (which includes an MA in women’s studies) and contribute to real social change in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. She connected with John Richardson, established Pivot’s sex work and human rights campaign and has been with Pivot ever since.
As Pivot’s litigation director, Katrina brings legal strategy to Pivot’s campaigns and connects Pivot with the broader legal community. Outside the office, Katrina spends her time hanging out with her partner and daughter. She also stays active by jogging regularly and dancing as often as possible.
e-mail katrina [at] pivotlegal [dot] org
Carolyn's roots in the Downtown East-Side community predate her involvement with Pivot. Before finding her current position she spent considerable time and effort working on community arts projects designed to give a voice to the neighbourhood. Her work as Coordinator for the Hope in Shadows project arises naturally from this background, as the project shares her values of enfranchising those who are rarely able to make themselves heard. It is these values, along with her long connection to the community, which motivate her to embrace her work with great conviction and enthusiasm.
Carolyn carries her love of artistic expression into her personal life as well. She enjoys performing and dancing to Afro-Cuban music, and is devoting some time to studying Spanish.
e-mail carolyn [at] pivotlegal.org
After more than a decade studying Russian revolutionary art and culture, Peter was eager to connect with projects that brought together politics, art, and social change. When he learned about the Hope in Shadow calendar project and the positive impact it was having in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, he decided to come down to Pivot and find out what it was all about.
Seven years later, Peter is Pivot's ED, a position that gives him the chance to bring together passionate people from across the social and economic spectrum to work toward the common goal of building a more just and inclusive society for everyone. When he is not busy working on Pivot’s campaigns, Peter spends his time playing hockey, surfing, and enjoying life with his family.
e-mail peter [at] pivotlegal [dot] org
Following a long period of world travel and a career as a computer consultant, Scott earned a MS in Environmental Studies and came to the practice of law with a passion for social justice and a belief in the dignity of all people and the environment they rely upon. After being called to the BC Bar in 2010, Scott opened up his own social justice law practice representing clients on civil, criminal and environmental cases. Scott joined Pivot in early 2011. He currently is a staff lawyer working on strategic litigation and advocacy in Pivot's drug policy and housing campaigns. When he’s not working, Scott loves to spend time with his partner, who he met on the number 25 bus, play the guitar, cook, take photographs and travel.
e-mail scott [at] pivotlegal [dot] org
Andrew began his time with Pivot as an intern with the Child Welfare Campaign in the summer of 2010 and simply never left. After graduating with a BA in Political Science and History from UBC, Andrew was eager to find ways to address the inequalities he had studied and Pivot provided him with that opportunity. As Community Relations Coordinator he organizes and administers volunteers and interns and works with Pivot's large community of support. The level of talent, skill, and drive that Pivot attracts never ceases to amaze and energize him in his work.
When not at Pivot, Andrew rock climbs, wanders the city, and bakes almost unreasonably tasty pies.
e-mail andrew [at] pivotlegal [dot] org
Leo loves being able to pursue his passion for social justice at his day job in not-for-profit development. Before starting at Pivot, he worked for seven years in sales & marketing at an international conference centre, which gave him a unique skill set for strategic fundraising. He holds a BA in psychology and a diploma in marketing, and continues to try mastering the french language.
When he's not at work, Leo enjoys playing tennis and biking around town, and bugging people who speak french to chat with him.
e-mail leo [at] pivotlegal [dot] org