The Vancouver Bar Association remains committed to supporting worthwhile causes that serve our members needs and interests, either by adding a charitable component to our events or through direct support, where possible.
The Vancouver Bar Association was one of six funding partners of the Public Commission on Legal Aid. The Public Commission on Legal Aid was established in June of 2010 to engage the public of British Columbia in order to determine their priorities regarding legal aid in the province of British Columbia. . The final report of the Public Commission on Legal Aid was released by Commissioner Leonard T. Doust, Q.C., on March 8, 2011. This final report helped form the foundation of the CBABC’s Agenda for Justice, released on February 5, 2013.
The Vancouver Bar Association supports the CBABC in its campaign to build support for additional funding of legal aid in the province. CBABC President Kerry Simmons asks all lawyers, law firm staff and members of the public to personally engage in this campaign by sharing the Agenda for Justice, WeNeedLegalAid.com and its Facebook page, as well as following the campaign on Twitter. Please also review the following press release (pdf).
The Vancouver Bar Association is also proud to have partnered or provided assistance to the following organizations in our community:
- Access Pro Bono Society
- CBA (BC) Benevolent Society
- Lawyers Assistance Program
- Touchstone Theatre (benefiting the annual Lawyers Show)
The Vancouver Bar Association is dedicated to working with organizations and causes that fit within our mandate to:
- foster harmonious relations among members of the Vancouver Bar;
- encourage a high standard of legal education, training and ethics; and
- uphold the honour and dignity of the profession of law.
If you feel your organization or cause fits within our mandate, we encourage you to contact us with your funding proposal. The proposal must not exceed four pages and must contain the following:
- an outline of the project or initiative for which you are requesting funding;
- how much funding you require;
- how the funds will be used;
- a list of other committed or approached donors, including government sources; and
- a list of the directors or members involved in the project or initiative.
Additionally, please answer the following questions:
- How does the project or initiative fit the VBA’s mandate?
- Does the project or initiative involve logical partners for the VBA?
- Does the project or initiative fill a previously unmet need?
The application deadline for funding for the coming year is March 31.