Our wonderful Kim Roberts, who has been an income assistance advocate as well as coordinating the Volunteer Disability Advocacy Project at TAPS for the past two years, has left TAPS to take a job at the United Church Community Ministry Society in Vancouver. We have all been privileged to work with an advocate who is so committed to helping those living in poverty and fighting for social justice. We will all miss Kim and we wish her the best as she heads off to Vancouver.
Thea McDonagh has taken over the job of coordinating the Volunteer Disability Advocacy Project, while continuing to do income assistance advocacy two days a week.
Stephen Portman has taken over as Interim Executive Director while Kelly Newhook is away, and he continues as Coordinator of the Employment Standards Legal Advocacy Project. We would like to give a big THANK YOU to Gail Snider for stepping in as Interim Executive Director this summer.
Jen King, who has been at TAPS as a student for two consecutive terms, has returned to work in our employment standards project. Jen comes to us with experience in the labour movement and a passion for the rights of workers. Welcome back Jen!
We also welcome back Ryan Tonkin, who has finished his law degree and is now working as the coordinator of the Federal Disability Advocacy Project, which is a new project at TAPS. We will have a full introduction to this new project in the next Taproot.