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Volunteer work at Wagners

Victor Lewin - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Helping others is what the team at Wagners does day-in and day-out. We provide valuable legal services to members of our community when they find themselves in need. But when the work day is over, our team aspires to continue serving our community in various ways.

Lawyer Lyndsay Jardine has been a Board member of the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association since 2016. In the past, Lyndsay was a Member at Large for the CBA, NS Branch, and conducted pro bono work for the Refugee Clinic. Lyndsay has also previously assisted Scott Manor House.

Since 2015 lawyer Maddy Carter has sat on the Board of Directors of Alice Housing, a charitable organization providing safe second-stage housing and supportive counselling to women and children leaving domestic abuse. With 18 units located in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Alice Housing has provided a wide range of services to over 900 families in crisis from violence since 1983 and is one the largest and oldest second stage housing organizations in Canada. The programs and services of Alice Housing are nationally and regionally recognized by The Donner Foundation and Charity Intelligence. Alice Housing has received the Ethics Award for the Non-Profit Sector from the Better Business Bureau- Maritime Provinces.

Lawyer Kate Boyle has a robust history of volunteering. Kate provided Spanish/English translation services and legal research/writing to the Halifax Refugee Clinic from 2012 to 2015. While in law school, Kate acted as a Peer Academic Mentor, she tutored students with the Indigenous Black and Mi'kmaq Initiative, and she interned with Pathway to Progress, a not-for-profit organization in Nicaragua.

New lawyer Drew Hampden was also an active volunteer during law school, and hopes to continue this during his legal career. Drew was VP of Finance for both the Dalhousie Black Law Students’ Association and the Black Law Students Association of Canada.

Paralegal Dayna Northwood volunteers with the Community Justice Society, part of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program. This program works with youth (12-17 years) and adults (18+) to provide an alternative to the traditional court system. The program seeks to address harm by giving a voice to both the victim and community during restorative circle processes. The emotional change and broadened understanding Dayna sees in those who participate in these circles inspires her.

The team at Wagners believes in paying it forward and enjoys the sense of connectedness with community that it brings.

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