CESBC Annual General Meeting Invitation
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Includes a Presentation and Q&A with
Commissioner Kasari Govender
& Executive Director of Research and Policy, Trish Garner
British Columbia Office of the Human Rights Commissioner speaking about a report on
"Exposing systemic racism and improving human rights for marginalized people in B.C: The role of disaggregated demographic data."
November 20, 2020 11am-1pm Pacific Time
The Executive of the Canadian Evaluation Society BC is pleased to announce that our 2020 AGM (2020 Council) will be held online. (The January AGM for was for the 2019 council)
ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN. *Online Voting will occur for members only.* Therefore If you join (or renew with) CES after October 30, 2020 please email confirmation details (member number and expiry date) to email@example.com prior to the AGM so that you can vote (as we won't have November data from CES)
Date: Friday, November 20, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time
11:00 AM - 12.00 PM: Zoom Webinar presentation and Q&A
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: AGM
Location: Zoom webinar - REGISTER HERE (CES Member number, for BC Chapter members, required for voting)
Please see document CESBC AGM Notice 2020ii.pdf which includes the AGM agenda and a Call for Nominations.
Read about Executive Roles & Responsibilities.
Bio for the Human Rights Commissioner:
Kasari Govender (she/her/hers) took office as B.C.’s first independent Human Rights Commissioner on September 3, 2019. Her role is to lead the promotion and protection of human rights in British Columbia through the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner.
Govender has devoted her life to promoting human rights, with a focus on the rights of those most marginalized. She is passionate about using her skills as a lawyer and community builder to create a more equal and just province. She has worked closely with organizations and communities promoting gender equality, Indigenous rights, children’s rights, the rights of people with disabilities and the rights of immigrant communities.
From 2008 until 2019, Govender held leadership positions at West Coast LEAF and was appointed Executive Director in 2011. She has co-authored key reports and articles and speaks widely on crucial social issues such as hate speech, access to justice, gender based violence and systemic racism. Her earlier work includes a pivotal role in establishing the Rise Women’s Legal Centre, a non-profit legal clinic in British Columbia.
Govender earned her law degree from the University of Victoria and her Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford, UK. She has served on the board of directors for the University of Victoria, Pivot Legal Society, the Coalition for Public Legal Services, and the Society for Children and Youth. Govender has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of British Columbia and as an instructor at Simon Fraser University. Her work was recognized by the Women Lawyer’s Forum which honoured her with their Award of Excellence.
In addition to her role as Human Rights Commissioner, Govender is a mother, an aunt, a daughter and a sister.
Bio for Trish Garner, Executive Director, Research & Policy
Trish (they/them/theirs) is a tea-swilling Brit with a passion for social justice. Having gained their experience at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and working with Raise the Rates, an anti-poverty group based in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, they led the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition for eight years before joining BCOHRC.
Through this work with people in poverty, they came to learn that it all comes down to relationships grounded in respect for each other so they try to slow down to take the time to build trust and relationships with folks and now bring this foundation to their work. They are excited about the systemic mandate of BCOHRC because they believe in going upstream to tackle the root causes of issues to prevent the crisis.
They have graduate degrees in both engineering and gender studies, as well as experience in community-based research and policy analysis, and strive to do research differently to make a difference. They are inspired by all who came before them in this work and those who are currently organizing for social change.
To get away from it all, you will find them on the ocean with their partner and three kids.