Meet our new Legal Research Assistant
1 May 2019
By Sara Pon
My name is Sara Pon. I completed my master’s degree in law at York University in 2018, and I obtained my JD from the University of Victoria. I am working at the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) and Canadian Center for Elder Law (CCEL) because of my passion for research involving older adults and law reform. This interest started from seeing my mother’s work as a nurse in long-term care.
During my undergraduate degree, I did a minor in Gerontology. Throughout law school, I focused my research and writing on health care and older adults, including researching the laws surrounding restraint use in older adults in BC and Ontario, pension supports for caregivers of the elderly, and patient comprehension in the context of informed consent. My master’s thesis examined what legal supports existed for caregivers of the elderly in Canada and Australia. I used the lens of relational autonomy to analyze home care and caregiver supports and made policy recommendations for increasing supports for informal caregivers in Canada.
During my first week I will be attending the Reducing Elder Abuse in BC: Together in Action Conference. I am looking forward to spending the summer working with Krista James at the CCEL and the rest of the BCLI team.