As the summer winds down and we head into the fall, some changes are coming to TAPS. We say a fond farewell to Public Interest Law Student Neil Morrison and social work practicum student Megan Billings, who have contributed so much to TAPS during their time here. Neil is returning to UBC Law School, while Megan is heading back to UVic to complete her Bachelor in Social Work. It has been wonderful having Megan and Neil at TAPS this summer. All the best with your studies!
Two of TAPS’ longest standing employees will also be returning to school this fall. Thea McDonagh, Volunteer Disability Advocacy Coordinator, is taking a one-year leave of absence as she returns to UVic to complete her degree in child and youth care. Stephen Portman, Advocacy Lead, is taking an eight-month leave of absence to complete the Fellowship in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs, where he will be writing and reporting on issues related to poverty law, both in Canada and internationally. Stephen was awarded the 2017-2018 Maytree Human Rights and Poverty Scholarship to support his studies.
We’re all very happy to announce that TAPS board member Ryan Tonkin, who is pursuing a PhD in philosophy at UVic, has been awarded a doctoral scholarship from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. This scholarship is thought of as the most prestigious scholarship in the field of social sciences in Canada. In his studies, Ryan will be researching the legal and philosophical arguments for tax policy designed to alleviate income inequality.