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Pacey leaving Pivot Legal Society

Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 12:45 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Pivot Legal Society will soon be looking for a new executive director.

After working for the Vancouver-based legal advocacy organization for nearly 17 years, Katrina Pacey announced her intention to leave the role.

Pacey became executive director in 2014. Before that, she was director of litigation. In that role, she was the organization’s lead counsel in two cases that went to the Supreme Court of Canada: Canada (Attorney General) v. Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence Society 2012 SCC 45 and Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford 2013 SCC 72. Pacey began working at Pivot while she was still in law school.

“After almost 17 years, it is hard to believe that I am moving on from Pivot Legal Society, an organization that I adore and believe in so deeply,” said Pacey.

“I have spent my entire legal career helping to build and shape Pivot, and I am so proud to see what it has become today. Pivot is a principled, courageous and impactful organization and I am excited to see where its exceptional staff, board of directors and new leadership will take it in 2018 and beyond.”

Siobhan Aspinall, chair of Pivot’s board of directors, offered her perspective on Pacey’s career.

“From day one Katrina has been an inspired and motivating force at Pivot Legal Society. Her compassion for and dedication to the communities the organization serves has helped change the face of Canada’s legal landscape,” she said.
“What makes Katrina so special is both her skill as a lawyer, a leader and passionate advocate for the communities and issues at the heart of Pivot’s mandate.”

Pivot is expected to post a job ad for the executive director position sometime this month. Pacey plans to stay with the organization throughout the selection process.