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VOL. 78 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2020
Employment Standards Act Reform Project
Commenced in 2014, this project was completed in late 2018. The original
Employment Standards Act reflects an era that came before much of the digital
modernization that affects how workplaces function today. The project
committee made numerous recommendations and suggestions to reform
the Act, some of which were implemented in 2019 shortly after the final
report was released. Kathleen helped secure additional stakeholder funding
for this project in order to see it to completion.
Builders Lien Act Project
Also commenced in 2014, this project was completed in July 2020. More
information on the project is included in the remainder of this article.
The Law and Practice of Health Care Consent for People Living with Dementia in BC
The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (“CCEL”) worked with the Alzheimer
Society of BC to analyze the laws and policies regarding consent to health
care for those living with dementia. The purpose of this project was to
examine current practices and laws surrounding the issue and to chronicle
the individual experiences. The result was a thoroughly researched report
that can now be used as a resource for individuals affected by dementia and
their family members who are trying to navigate the health care system.
Once again, Kathleen ensured that despite delays, as well as project and
budget challenges, the project was seen through to its conclusion. The
report and resources developed are now available to the health care sector
and the public.
Kathleen continued the work of developing BCLI’s strategic plan, which
evolved in late 2019. Our strategic framework was released earlier this year
and includes operational opportunities that will expand the role of our communications
director, Bénédicte Schoepflin, who carries out the social
media coordination for the institute. BCLI has been active in communicating
the message of law reform through modern channels.
Kathleen served the board well. We applaud the service, work ethic and
commitment Kathleen consistently brought to her role. Working with her was
always pleasant and focused. Kathleen’s service will be fondly remembered.
The board is pleased to announce our new executive director, Karen
Campbell. The board is looking forward to working with Karen, who brings
unique skills and qualities to this important role and will be introduced
more fully in the next edition of the Advocate.
Karen is the beneficiary of Kathleen’s work and will find the BCLI/CCEL
house in an excellent condition. On behalf of the entire BCLI board, we
thank Kathleen for her dedicated service and wish her the very best in all
her future endeavours.