MYRA LUCIA (President) lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has worked in the banking Industry for over 20 years. She believes in community, giving back and being a global citizen through her volunteer work with organizations such CISV and Inspiring HOPE.
JOY D. CALLAHAN (Treasurer/Secretary) Lives in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia and is an office administrator and a passionate volunteer. For two consecutive years 2015, 2016, she was the winner of Sport Nova Scotia Ricoh Awards for Volunteer of the Year - Soccer. While her son played elite Soccer with the provincial team and at high school Division 1, she managed 10 provincial teams for Soccer Nova Scotia. She now turns her interest to access for justice in the family courts.
MICHAEL BEALS (Vice-President) is a poet and a student at Dalhousie University, majoring in journalism and psychology. He is also a second class certified stationary engineer and sings in the choir of his church. He is passionate about restorative justice, and upholding the common humanity that unites us. He sits on the Centre's Access to Prison Justice Committee.
JILL FRANCIS (Board Member) is Mi’kmaw/L’nu from the southwest area of Nova Scotia. A love for cultures led Jill to study anthropology and law. Having worked for various federal, provincial and Indigenous government departments, she continues on a quest to keep her Mi’kmaq roots at the center of understanding the environment, our relationships with each other and the world around us.
BIBHAS VASE (Board Member) hails originally from Newfoundland. He is a criminal defence lawyer currently working in British Columbia on prison justice and civil forfeiture cases. He is passionate about protecting human rights, large and small, including the corrosive incremental erosion that can happen through legal bureaucratic action and inaction.
RALPH MARTIN (Board Member) is the founder of the Organic Agriculture
Centre of Canada and is a retired Professor and former Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production at University of Guelph. He has also been trained in peacemaking circles by Kay Pranis.
LISA TERYL (Volunteer) is senior legal counsel and legal mediator and arbitrator with Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc. (1995-present) and served for six years as senior legal counsel at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (2009 to 2015). She has written a book entitled, Nova Scotia Law: Everything You Wanted To Know But Couldn’t Afford To Ask (Pottersfield, 2002)––a local best seller––which was an early effort to address access to justice.
BRIAN CHO (Friend of the Board) is a resident physiotherapist in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a Graduate of the Doctor of Physiotherapy Program from Melbourne University in Australia. Since graduation in 2015, he has had the pleasure of working in Australia and Canada. He is an active member of Canada’s Citizens’ Climate Lobby, working to address climate change and to ensure that this issue is dealt with in a fair and equitable manner that takes into full account the complex social determinants of health. He sits on the public advisory council for the Health Data Research Network of Canada to help advance knowledge translation, equitable collection, and use of health data to improve healthcare outcomes to all Canadians.
YISONG WEI (Friend of the Board) (BSc, Pharmacy, from Jianxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine) is a retired Immunology research laboratory technician. She moved to Canada from China in 1994, and currently lives in Toronto. She shares the ideal of Canada being a multicultural country. She participates in her local community center activities with full enthusiasm. She believes that achieving a better harmony in our community requires everyone’s effort. By being a Friend of the Board of Canadian Rights & Freedoms Centre, she wishes to make a difference to help protect the ideal of multiculturalism.