The Y. P. Heung Foundation donates $150,000 in support of the Rise Women’s Legal Centre


Top L-R: Allard Law students: Candice Minnaar,
Floriana Costea, Ana Mihajlović, Miryam Burns.
Bottom L-R: Vandana Sood (Rise Supervising Lawyer),
Kim Hawkins (Rise Executive Director),
Raji Mangat (West Coast LEAF Director of Litigation).

The Allard School of Law at UBC is pleased to announce a gift of $150,000 from the Y. P. Heung Foundation in support of the Rise Women’s Legal Centre, a partnership between the Allard School of Law and West Coast LEAF.

The Rise Women’s Legal Centre opened in the spring of 2016. It is the first of its kind in BC and focuses on providing low income women in the Lower Mainland with much-needed legal representation in family law and related areas.  This representation is provided by students from the Allard School of Law, under the supervision of a practicing lawyer.

“The Foundation and its advisors are proud to support a local program that helps women caught in the gap between being unqualified for legal aid and unable to afford a lawyer,” said Mr. Raymond Heung, Trustee of the Y. P. Heung Foundation.  “We learned that the genesis of the name ‘Rise’ is the hope that clients will be able to rise above difficult times by advancing their legal matters to resolution and this strongly resonates with the mission of the Foundation.”

“The Allard School of Law is grateful to the Y. P. Heung Foundation for this generous gift that supports the Centre’s efforts to offer compassionate and professional services to women who would not otherwise be able to fully pursue their legal rights,” said Dean Catherine Dauvergne.  “In addition, the Centre also creates an opportunity for law students to serve the community and gain important practical experience working directly with clients.”

We thank the Y. P. Heung Foundation for its commitment and support of this important program that provides a sense of security for the countless women who rely on its services.

The Rise Women’s Legal Centre is a fundraising priority for the Allard School of Law.  Learn more about the Centre.