What a year!
We would like to thank all our supporters for your time, advice and encouragement during our first year of operations. JusticeFundr started as an idea in the summer of 2014, and with the help of Robots and Pencils, an app development firm in Calgary, we were able to get the platform up and running by February 2015. During this time, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, a leading national law firm, provided invaluable pro bono legal advice regarding donation-based crowdfunding in Canada. We were also the beneficiaries of fantastic graphics design work by Studio Vcky and Jane Kim, both Vancouver-based designers. Without any outreach on our part, we received favourable media coverage by the Edmonton Examiner and The Lawyers Weekly.
With the help of countless donors across the country, we helped five test campaigns raise over $6,000 in 2015. We assisted Out on Bay Street champion equal access to the legal profession without discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We helped an Alberta community group determine if their drinking water was safe. We supported Vicky Venacio, a temporary foreign worker injured in a catastrophic accident while in Canada, in her bid to stay in Canada for treatment. We aided a citizens’ association in British Columbia in its efforts to protect the Fraser River from jet fuel tankers. And we helped a gay refugee claimant from Pakistan in his application for status in Canada. We started off 2016 strong, with a new campaign helping a Burnaby, British Columbia based community group stop the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, oil tank storage facility on Burnaby Mountain and super-tanker traffic through Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet.
We did this together.
We did it because we believe that the law in Canada can be fairer and more responsive to the needs of Canadians.
Here’s to an even better 2016!
– Avnish, Doug and Martin