Our Board

Board of Directors

BCPIAC's Board of Directors consists of community advocates, service providers and legal professionals who are passionate about anti-poverty and creating systemic legal advances benefiting low and fixed income BC residents.

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Sam Turcott


Sam Turcott is the Treasurer of the BCPIAC Board. He is the Director of the Advocacy Access Program at Disability Alliance BC where he and his team work to support people with disabilities to access a range of different disability support programs.  Continue Reading Sam Turcott

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Lisa Heddema

Vice Chair

Lisa Heddema is the Treasurer of the BCPIAC Board. She is a senior tax lawyer with a background at a national law firm and big 4 accounting firm. Continue Reading Lisa Heddema

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Matt Granlund


Matt is a legal advocate at the Women’s Contact Society in Williams Lake, BC. Matt has degrees in Arts and Laws from the Australian National University. Continue Reading Matt Granlund


Ela Esra Gunad


Ela is a human rights and social justice advocate. She has worked with a variety of local and international organizations as an educator, campaigner, strategic partnership and fundraising lead. Continue Reading Ela Esra Gunad

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Rose Henry


Rose Henry is a First Nations activist and educator who works on social justice issues affecting all communities. Continue Reading Rose Henry

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Audrey Schwartz


Audrey Schwartz is an anti-poverty advocate in Prince George, BC. She has been Executive Director of Active Support Against Poverty (ASAP) since 1987. Continue Reading Audrey Schwartz

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Diane Phillips


Diane Phillips is co-founder of Newton Advocacy Group, past-coordinator of the Surrey Access Network and Peoples Empowerment Program. Continue Reading Diane Phillips

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John Lawford


John is Executive Director and General Counsel of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) in Ottawa. Continue Reading John Lawford