14th Annual Winter Benefit Gala

14th Annual Winter Benefit Gala

Tickets available through: http://irsaubc.rezgo.com/details/114325/14th-annual-irsa-winter-benefit-gala

The International Relations Students Association (IRSA) is pleased to invite you to our 14th annual Winter Benefit Gala. We invite you to join us on Saturday, February 11th for a night of performances, delicious food, music, prizes, and of course, philanthropy.

The IRSA Annual Benefit Gala is a black-tie event that promotes a Canadian charitable organization and raises funds for its cause. It has been independently organized and hosted by the International Relations Students Association, a student group started in 1983 at the University of British Columbia, for over a decade.

About our Partner:
This year, IRSA is pleased to be collaborating with Kinbrace – a local Vancouver non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing, and other support services for recently arrived refugees. Kinbrace has become renowned in the community for its grassroots approaches to refugee support, and its ability to assist refugees through the complex legal and bureaucratic processes which they are faced with upon arrival to Canada. Their efforts are continually recognized across the Lower Mainland for the tangible impact that they have on refugees across Canada. For more information about Kinbrace, please visit their website: www.kinbrace.ca

About the Event:
Get dressed up in your swankiest outfit, put on your dancing shoes, and join us for a night of fun all for an excellent cause!

This year’s Gala will feature an exciting range of speakers, performers, prizes, raffles, networking opportunities, and more. Prizes and auction items will give attendees the opportunity to enjoy experiences ranging from a full day of stand up paddleboarding, spa trips, and many others.

The Gala will also feature a fully catered 3 course buffet meal and bar, including a delicious array of Turkish appetizers, entrees and delicious desserts. Vegetarian options will also be available.

Speakers and Performers:

Lesley Stalker – Lawyer and Refugee Advocate

Lesley met her first refugee “client” at the student clinic at Osgoode Hall Law School. Two and a half decades later, she continues to be impassioned by refugees and refugee law. Early in her practice, Lesley realized there is a conundrum in refugee law: those who are most in need of protection are often the least able to articulate that need due to the effects of trauma. She served on the board of the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) for a number of years. She chaired the Refugee Lawyers Group in Vancouver for two years, before serving as regional legal officer with the UNHCR in Vancouver for 3-1/2 years. During this period, she worked with local groups to establish the READY Tours, a collaborative project between the IRB settlement organizations to inform claimants about the refugee process. Lesley returned to private practice in 2011. She is a “member-at-large” on the executive of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL).

Lobat Sadrehashem
Lobat is a refugee and immigration lawyer practicing in Vancouver. Regularly acting for clients in refugee hearings, judicial reviews, motions for stay of removal, immigration and refugee appeals, detention reviews, admissibility hearings and other immigration applications, Lobat has a wide range of advocacy experience.
A graduate from the University of Toronto’s joint law and social work program, Lobat has focused her legal career on social justice work, and spent the first years of practice at the legal non-profit Pivot Legal Society. She also has worked at the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre, focusing on systemic human rights issues facing low-income people.

Lobat has written numbers articles and reports on refugee and human rights issues, and has testified at the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. She is a frequent speaker at legal conferences and regularly provides training for settlement workers, front line advocates and counsellors across the province on issues relating to immigration and refugee law, access to justice, and human rights.

~More speaker announcements to come!

Performances will include musical sets from UBC’s acclaimed “A Capella” group, local musicians “Rikibeaz”, with Ohi Akpengbe and Alex Lim.
More performers and speakers to be announced!

Date and Location:
Date: Saturday, February 11th 2017 at 6:00 PM (doors open)
Location: Performance Works, Granville Island
1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC
V6H 3R9

There are various accessible options to arrive to Performance Works via public transit. Please visit the Translink website to plan your trip based on your location.

Tickets:
Available at: http://irsaubc.rezgo.com/details/114325/14th-annual-irsa-winter-benefit-gala

Early Bird:
Students – $35.00
Public – $45.00

General:
Students – $40.00
Public – $50.00

Late:
Students – $50.00
Public – $60.00

Please ensure to purchase your tickets early, as availability is limited. Those purchasing student priced tickets will be required to show a valid student ID at the door. Tickets are non-refundable.