Past Pivot Staff

Building a movement for a just society, where dignity, fairness and compassion are firmly rooted in the law.


Karyn Calvez (2007 - 2010)
Karyn came to Pivot as an intern from SFU in 2007. Her energy, enthusiasm, and commitment allowed Karyn to take on great responsibilities including coordinating a report on low income housing for immigrant family living in Mount Pleasant. When a position became available for a community engagement coordinator, Karyn was a natural fit.

Darcie Bennett (2006 - 2014)
Darcie joined Pivot in 2006 on a contract to research and write a report on the failures of the child welfare system in British Columbia. Upon finishing "Broken Promises" Darcie's leadership skill, deep analysis, and diligence propelled her into a role as Pivot's first Campaigns Director. Darcie was a chief architect in the successful rebuild of Pivot. She was involved in every major decision, campaign, event, relationship from 2010 until 2014.

Scott Bernstein (2010 - 2014)
Scott joined Pivot in early 2010 and spent the following three years launching our Health and Drug Policy campaign. During his time at Pivot, Scott supported clients in Abbotsford to repeal a controversial by-law that outlawed harm reduction services. Scott also worked with a number of drug user groups to launch a constitutional challenge to the regulations that prohibit prescription heroin.

David Eby (2003 - 2008)
David began volunteering at Pivot while still a law student at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He was one of the first core volunteers and played a founding role in the organization. David left a job with the Department of Justice to take one of Pivot’s first paid legal advocacy positions in 2005. His work advocating for low income residents of the Downtown Eastside resulted in the largest provincial social housing investment in Vancouver in more than 10 years. David also worked to reform the Police Act in British Columbia, and protect tenants of low-income rental buildings from illegal eviction during his time at Pivot.

Michaela Montaner (2007 - 2009)
Michaela joined Pivot as a summer intern in 2007 working on Pivot's Sex Work campaign. Later that year, when Michaela was looking for a part-time job, she dropped into Pivot's development department and the rest is history. From early 2008 to mid-2009 Michaela was a key member of Pivot's development team working on projects like Justice Rocks, Passion for Justice, Pivot's Reel Justice film festival to name a few. Michaela was also played a central role in defining Pivot's early social media strategy, and organized the Pivot internship program in 2008 and 2009.   

John Richardson (2000 - 2011)
John founded Pivot with Ann Livingston in the fall of 2000, while an articling student at Sierra Legal Defence Fund. When he completed his articles in January of 2002 he began working for Pivot full-time as its executive director, a job that changed constantly as Pivot evolved and grew. In November 2005 John was awarded an Ashoka Foundation fellowship for his vision of strategically using the law to advance the rights of the most marginalized members of society. Over the years, John was intimately involved in all aspects of Pivot's work including Pivot's legal campaigns, the Hope in Shadows calendar project, the Red Tent initiative, and the Justice Rocks music festival.

Dave Roberts (2008 - 2010)
Dave got involved with Pivot as a shift supervisor at Public Outreach. He was immediately drawn to the work and volunteered his fundraising and community engagement skills for two years before being hired by Pivot in 2009. While at Pivot Dave argued passionately for a strong ethic based fundraising program and built relationships with Pivot’s strong community of support.

Paul Ryan (2005 - 2012)
When Paul joined Pivot in 2005, the Hope in Shadows calendar project project was just a small side project that was being directed by volunteers. With a background in publishing and marketing, Paul took the project on and directed it through seven straight years of success and growth. During his tenure, Paul dramatically increased the print run of the calendar, the community sponsorship, and the number of vendors who regularly sell the calendar.

Lobat Sadrehashemi (2006 - 2010)
Lobat graduated from the University of Toronto’s Joint Law and Master’s of Social Work program and soon after joined Pivot. Lobat was a driving force behind some of Pivot's initiatives to introduce fairness and compassion into child welfare practice in BC.  As part of Pivot's Jane Doe Legal Network, Lobat trained counsellors, settlement workers, and advocates across the Province to do effective legal advocacy with immigrant and refugee women and women involved with the child welfare system.

Tina Tomashiro (2005 - 2010)
Tina began her volunteering with Pivot on our reception team and soon became our lead volunteer receptionist. Tina's passion for providing direct service to community members made her the obvious choice when Pivot's growth facilitated a full time reception position. On the front desk, Tina offered support to hundreds of community members. During her time at Pivot Tina did para-legal training and was awarded a Courage to Come Back award.

Laura Track (2008 - 2009)
Laura worked as Pivot's housing campaigner responsible for strategic litigation and law reform for the right to housing. Laura successfully took the notorious pharmacy and SRO owner George Wolsey to court and secured a cost award for a client was evicted for not filling her prescriptions at his pharmacy.  Laura also launched Pivot and VANDU's human rights case against the DVBIA's Downtown Ambassador private security program. Laura incorporated a passion for social media and collaboration into all of her work.

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