Employment Opportunity – Fund Development Manager

The purpose of this position is to identify and cultivate donors to ensure both the short- and long-term financial sustainability of Rise. The position also plays a key role in communicating with
members and donors and providing support in other fundraising initiatives like grant writing and reporting, and ensuring Rise communications are consistent and professional.

Apply with resume and cover letter to Kim Hawkins at [email protected] no later than 20 May 2022.

2022 Fund Development Manager Posting

Leave a Legacy

Leave a Legacy

May is Leave a Legacy Month.

What will your legacy be?


May is “Leave a Legacy” Month in Canada, and it’s never too early to start thinking about the kind of lasting legacy we want to leave behind someday. Thoughtful planning can ensure that the causes that mean most to us will be taken care of after we’re gone.

There are many ways to make a meaningful gift to Rise as part of your estate plan.


Leave a bequest for Rise in your will.

Donating to a charity through your will is easy and has many benefits. You can continue to enjoy the use of your assets while you’re alive, and know that one day your executors will help you continue to support the causes you cared about in your lifetime. There may also be tax benefits for your estate. Contact your lawyer or notary to update your will to include a bequest for Rise, and continue to support our vital work into the future.


Name Rise as a beneficiary of retirement savings plans.

All you need to do is obtain a change of beneficiary form from the plan administrator or your financial advisor and name Rise Women’s Legal Centre Society as beneficiary of all or a percentage of your Registered Retirement Savings Plan, Registered Retirement Income Fund or Tax Free Savings Account and support Rise while your Estate enjoys the tax benefits.


Consider a gift of Life Insurance.

Contact your life insurance provider and name Rise Women’s Legal Centre Society as beneficiary of an existing or new life insurance policy. Your estate will receive a donation receipt for the value of the policy proceeds paid to Rise upon your death. If you designate Rise as the irrevocable beneficiary or owner-and-beneficiary of your life insurance policy, we will be able to provide you with an official receipt for income tax purposes for the amount of the premium you pay each year.

Here is the information you’ll need in order to make Rise part of your legacy:

Legal name: Rise Women’s Legal Centre

Registered Charitable Tax Number: 76336 8099 RR0001

Address: 516 Richards Street, Vancouver BC  V6B 3A2

Phone: 604-451-7447

Contact: Kimberley Hawkins, Executive Director

Email: [email protected]

With proper planning and professional advice we can all continue to make a difference in the world even after we’re gone.



This is general information only and is not intended to constitute or replace specific professional advice. Those considering a legacy gift should speak to an advisor with appropriate legal, tax, and other expertise to discuss ways to fulfill their intentions.

Employment Opportunity — FASL Lawyer

Rise is seeking a Family Advocate Support Line lawyer for a 14 month term, to fill a parental leave absence. The position is full-time (37.5 hours/week), $92,000/annum, but two part-time positions may also be considered. Applicants interested in part-time employment are therefore also encouraged to apply. All work can be completed remotely. We encourage applicants who work in BC communities outside of the Lower Mainland to apply.

The job description may be found here. If you are interested, please send your cover letter and resume (in PDF format only) to Kim Hawkins, Executive Director, at [email protected].

Please apply by June 3, 2022. This position is expected to commence August 1, 2022 and continue to September 30, 2023.


REPORT: Decolonizing Family Law Through Trauma-Informed Practices

REPORT: Decolonizing Family Law Through Trauma-Informed Practices

How do we decolonize something as colonially entrenched as Canada’s legal system? Meaningful access to justice for Indigenous peoples in British Columbia is deeply connected to addressing the colonial roots of the legal system. Such access will require decolonizing strategies that are responsive to Indigenous peoples’ own understandings of justice.

Rise Women’s Legal Centre is very proud to present our latest report on improving the legal system and access to justice in BC: Decolonizing Family Law Through Trauma-Informed Practices. This report was co-authored by Myrna McCallum, a Métis-Cree mother, grandmother, lawyer, educator, and expert in trauma-informed legal practice, and Haley Hrymak, a settler and Rise’s research and community outreach lawyer.

Areas of improvement identified by nearly all experts consulted were “the need to expand the legal system’s understanding of family law to make room for Indigenous laws and concepts, the need for education, and the need for lawyers and other legal system professionals to engage in trauma-informed practice”, which can help lawyers work more effectively with Indigenous clients and may have the added benefit of creating a more compassionate legal system generally, allowing clients from other marginalized communities to benefit from this approach.

Centring Clients A Collaborative Approach for Lawyers & Support Workers – SYMPOSIUM

Centring Clients A Collaborative Approach for Lawyers & Support Workers – SYMPOSIUM

Rise Women’s Legal Centre is hosting a virtual symposium for lawyers and support workers dedicated to increasing access to justice for their clients by working collaboratively.

To accommodate your busy schedules, this symposium will take place in 3 sessions on 3 consecutive Tuesday afternoons:

  • Tuesday 1 February, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8 February, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday 15 February, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

In these sessions we will explore:

  • the benefits of blending approaches across our different sectors to serve and support our clients better
  • ethics, overcoming barriers, best practices, and other special considerations for collaborating lawyers and support workers
  • using technology to increase accessibility and inclusivity for all clients
  • the importance of the Community Partner model in providing virtual services
  • approaching our work from a decolonial perspective.

We are pleased to announce that our speakers for this symposium include:

  • Zara Suleman, Family Law Lawyer & Mediator, Suleman Family Law
  • Val Napoleon, Interim Dean, Law Foundation Chair of Indigenous Justice and Governance, University of Victoria
  • Andrea Glen, Family Law Lawyer & Mediator, Andrea Glen Law
  • Dalya Israel, Executive Director, WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre
  • Darcy Lindberg, Assistant Professor, University of Victoria
  • Andrea Bryson, Case Manager, Rise Women’s Legal Centre

A detailed agenda may be found here: CC Symposium Agenda-STS

Join us to brainstorm, strategize, and collaborate on how our different sectors can work together to better serve and support our clients. Click here to register.




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