Burgers, Pro Bono, and the MS Society of Canada

Burgers, Pro Bono, and the MS Society of Canada

We are excited to announce that the MS Society of Canada is one of PBSC-UVic’s new partner organizations for the upcoming 2018-2019 year! The organization provides support and services, including legal advocacy, for individuals living with or affected by Multiple Sclerosis or an MS Allied Disease. So how can you get involved? Two ways: 1) Eat a burger! The MS Society and A&W Canada are partnering from July 9 – August 16 on the 10th Annual Burgers to Beat MS Campaign.  A&W locations will be selling $2 limited-edition stickers, letting you round up your bill, and putting out donation jars to raise money for the cause. On August 16, $2 from every Teen Burger® sold will be donated. A&W Canada also launched a new vegan burger this week, so don’t let that stop you! 2) Volunteer with PBSC! We are taking one volunteer in the upcoming academic year to work with clients of the MS Society. The volunteer will be interviewing clients and assisting them with forms and applications. This an exciting project that offers hands-on experience working with clients and an opportunity to participate in special legal advocacy training with the MS Society in Vancouver. Information about the application process will be posted in August.

Project Spotlight: ID Access for the Homeless and Marginally Housed

PBSC UVic is proud to be partnering with the Constituency Office of Carole James, MLA and members of the Downtown Service Providers Committee of Victoria (including the Together Against Poverty Society, the Greater Victoria Public Library, Our Place Society, and the Victoria Cool Aid Society), to continue offering an ID Clinic in the upcoming year! Possessing photo identification is a necessity of modern day life. However, getting and keeping identification documents is a big challenge for many who are homeless or marginally housed. Although losing identification documents is only an inconvenience for some, for others this loss can mean being denied access to vital services. Without official identification, individuals cannot access many community services and programs. This barrier can create a domino effect that makes it increasingly difficult to address the conditions that lead to homelessness. To respond to this need, the ID Clinic was launched in October 2017 to help people in Victoria get their basic identification for free. The clinic was hosted twice a month, alternating locations between the Greater Victoria Public Library and Our Place Society. This summer it has been able to continue on a monthly basis, due to the dedication of our student volunteers and