A farewell message from our ED

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A farewell message from our ED

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Dear friends and supporters of the BCCLA,

This is a strange message to write. I feel both sadness and excitement for what lies ahead.

After nearly seven years at the BCCLA, I will be stepping down as Executive Director in September. This morning, it was announced that I will be the new Executive Director of the Law Foundation of British Columbia.

Read Josh's farewell letter here.

The Law Foundation’s mandate is to support access to justice across the province and to advance and promote a just society governed by the rule of law. Making the justice system accessible, especially to those who have the greatest barriers to access, is challenging and critical work. I am excited to join them in this work at a time when the Foundation is about to embark on a program of expanding access to poverty law services in communities around BC.

I want all of my fellow supporters of and donors to the BCCLA to know that I have deep trust in the team that we have assembled at the BCCLA, in our staff and our Board, to continue to carry out the Association's work.

This transition in leadership, and the other new staff that we will soon welcome, present an opportunity to make the BCCLA even stronger and more successful than it is at present. I am truly excited for what is to come.

Read Josh's full farewell letter here.

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to lead Canada’s most effective human rights and civil liberties organization for this long. I thank the BCCLA’s staff, our volunteers, our members, our donors and our Board of Directors for the wonderful support and care that they have provided to me over the years.

I want to thank very deeply all of the people who have contributed to our cases and our work - the witnesses, the prisoners and former prisoners, the people suffering in illness, the families and individuals who have advocated for fairness in law enforcement and fair treatment by our border police - everyone who tells their stories, often at great personal cost, to help advance the cause of justice.

We could not do this work without you.

Sincerely,

Josh Paterson
P.S. While I will be leaving the BCCLA’s staff, I plan to join you, our supporters, in continuing to sustain the BCCLA’s work as a monthly donor and supporter. Donate here to support the fight to protect and promote human rights and civil liberties.

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