Our committees provide an essential role by ensuring there is sufficient dedicated, timely and enthusiastic attention paid to key services and programs. Committees report to the board and assist in the effective fulfilment of its mandate to make WLAO a vibrant, active voice for women in the profession and a vital resource for members in their pursuit of fulfilling and successful careers in law.
WLAO is actively recruiting new committee members.
Volunteer Application Form
The committees are as follows:
Mentoring - CHAIR, Noeline Paul
It is the responsibility of the mentoring committee to provide information and networking opportunities by advising and matching those seeking mentorship (Association members who are new, contemplating job changes, desiring guidance, or in need of a sounding board) with more experienced members. To accomplish this goal the committee will run the mentorship program and plan, promote and present opportunities for members to network.
Membership - CHAIR, Fariya Walji
The membership committee is responsible for maintaining and increasing the value of membership in the Association including running effective recruitment and retention campaigns. The committee is responsible for establishing mutually beneficial connections with other organizations, groups, or individuals, hosting promotional events, and liaising with Chapters.
Advocacy - CHAIR, Najma Jamaldin
Responsible for advocating for equity, diversity, and change on behalf of women in the legal profession. The committee advances the interest of women in law through initiating, promoting, and responding to changes in legislation and regulation and through liaison with the judiciary, government, and other stakeholders.
Communications, Events and Finance - CO-CHAIRS (Emily Kostandoff, Vagmi Patel, and Jacquelyn Stevens)
This Committee is divided into sub-committees and is responsible for the following:
- Increasing WLAO’s visibility in the legal community and beyond, including maintaining the website, running social media campaigns, and the newsletter with the goal of fostering dialog on significant issues in the legal community.
- Supporting the other committees in running events by arranging appropriate sponsorship, communications rollout, venues and vendors; and,
- Assisting the Board in monitoring and planning appropriate measures in relation to the Association's finances.
We welcome all members to apply to join a committee.