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.
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’ job at Pivot places him at heart of human rights work in Vancouver. As our policing campaigner 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
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
DJ was drawn to a career in law by her belief in the law's power to build a more just society. Her practice is focused on litigating and researching the criminalization of homelessness, systems of housing which infringe the human rights and housing rights of low-income renters and housing policies and practices that put women and families at risk. As Pivot's housing campaigner, she is committed to working with her clients to create a community that respects and values all of its members.
In her off time, DJ can usually be found rock climbing, trail running with her dog, Silas, or playing bass clarinet in the No Strings Attached clarinet quartet.
e-mail dj [at] pivotlegal [dot] org