Staff Rally at Jackson Square 2019

Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Board members share the goals of the clinic in serving the diverse legal needs of low income Hamiltonians. The Board is responsible to the community for the services provided by the clinic.  The Board is also responsible to Legal Aid Ontario for the use of funding dollars.

If you are interested in serving on the board of the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, click here to read about the board member duties and responsibilities, and to submit an application.

Board members for 2019-2020

Hina Saeed

Hina Saeed (Chair)

Hina Saeed joined the HCLC Board of Directors in January 2015 and presently serves as Chair of the Board. Hina is an associate lawyer in the Hamilton office of Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP. Her practice involves all areas of employment, labour and human rights law. Hina received her Juris Doctor from the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor in 2013 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2014. Prior to attending law school,Hina received her Honours Bachelor in Arts and Science with a combined Honours degree in Religious Studies from McMaster University. Hina has been very passionate about social justice initiatives throughout her life. She has volunteered for various non-profit organizations including Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, Amnesty International, Children’s Aid Society, Big Brothers & Big Sisters (GoGirls Program) and Inasmuch House for Women in Crisis.

Deepa Daval

Deepa Dayal

Deepa Dayal is a lawyer practicing as a sole practitioner in Hamilton for last ten years. She was called to Bar in India in 1994, whereupon she started her practice. She was called to Bar in Ontario in 2006. She is practicing in the areas of Family Law, Child Protection Law and Wills & Power of Attorney. She has been on the panel of Family Law, Child Protection and Domestic Violence lawyers for Legal Aid Ontario for last ten years. She has also been providing Duty Counsel services at the Family Court of Hamilton for Legal Aid Ontario for last ten years.    She has been a board member of the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic since its inception in 2010. She is currently serving as a Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for last few years. Previously, she was a Board member of the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Mountain Legal & Community Services for about six years. She has gained valuable experience as a board member. She is also involved with the community of the city of Hamilton by being a board member.

Sandi Bell

Sandi Bell

Sandi Bell is a former Canadian Human Rights Commissioner. She is a mediator and Restorative Justice practitioner. She has dedicated her life to advocating for anti-racism, anti-oppression and anti-discrimination for people from marginalized communities. Sandi has proven her dedication to the clinic system over the past 20 plus years having served as Chair of ARCH, Chair of Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, and Co-Chair of the Provincial Learning Advisory Committee. She is currently Immediate Past Chair of HCLC and a board member of ISAC and ARCH.

Simon Lebrun

Simon Lebrun

Simon works in Hamilton as an information technology consultant. He grew up on the mountain and studied computer engineering at McMaster University. He has worked or volunteered with not-for-profit organizations that pursue systemic changes to address inequality and offer social services in an anti-oppressive framework since 2007. This has included work with the Hamilton Trans Health Coalition, Information Hamilton, Public Health (City of Hamilton), the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University, The Well, The 519 (Toronto), the Hamilton Positive Space Collaborative, the AIDS Network, and the Gender and Health Collaborative Curriculum project. Simon joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and sits on the governance, finance, and fundraising committees.

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Anne Patenaude-Dlugosz

Born and raised in Hamilton, Anne Patenaude-Dlugosz is very proud to be part of the Board of directors for the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic.

After high school, Anne left Hamilton to pursue her studies in French at the University of Ottawa.  After  teacher’s college, she had the pleasure of teaching in french for many years in various colleges, high schools and elementary schools in various cities in Ontario.

During her teaching career, she was an active member of the executive committee for AEFO,(Association des Enseignants et des Enseignantes Franco Ontariens de l’Ontario.),  the teachers union.  She was also president of the advisory committee for women in Leadership (CCLF) at the provincial level.  She continued this passionate work by representing the French association at a national level for the Canadian Teacher’s Federation.

Now, she’s very happy to be back home, retired, with her family and fellow Hamiltonians.

Kris Noakes

Kris Noakes is a citizen of the Anishinabek Nation, a member of Nipissing First Nation. She is a community advocate for Indigenous communities at the Municipal, Provincial, Federal levels. She has previously served both as the Executive Director and President of The Indigenous Network FriendshipCentre, for over a decade building Indigenous services for the Peel and Halton Regions.

Kris has also volunteered supporting local initiatives through Public Appointments on the City of Mississauga and City of Brampton’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee and the Museums of Mississauga Advisory Committee. Kris has also served as a member of the Region of Peel’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy Community Advisory Board (CAB), the First Nation, Métis and Inuit Advisory Circle for the Peel District School Board (PDSB), the Toronto Area Education Leads for the Aboriginal Education Office of Ministry of Education and a Director for Art Gallery of Mississauga.

She is currently focusing on access to justice initiatives through a Federal Appointment to the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Judicial Advisory Committee for the Greater Toronto Area.  She is a member of the Indigenous Education Committee at the Brampton Court House, a member of Peel Dufferin Legal Aid’s Community Advisory Committee. Kris is a member of the Brampton Fire & Emergency Services Chief’s Community Engagement Panel, a member of the Board of Directors for the Centre Canadien pour L’Unité de la Famille and a member of Hamilton’s chapter of 100 Women Who Care.

Kingsley A. Audu Esq. (LLB, BL, Pgd – in view)

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Kingsley is an experienced lawyer, company secretary & administrator, GRC (governance, risk management & compliance) specialist with over 15 years experience currently rounding up a post graduate diploma in global business management Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

With a background of working both as in-house counsel and external counsel, Kingsley has worked in a variety of legal, company secretarial & GRC positions across the major sectors of the Nigerian economy – Finance, Real Estate, Law, Regulatory Compliance and Oil & Gas sectors.

A graduate from the University of Jos, Jos, Plateau State & the Nigerian Law School, Bagauda, Kano State (both in Nigeria), Kingsley is a life-long learner intends to immediately commence his NCA foreign trained lawyer assessment/accreditation & his RIMS – Certified Risk Management Professional designation after the completion of his Pgd.

Kingsley is interested in reading, start-ups, global trade, volunteer activities, soccer and He is happily married with children.

 Kelly Barker

Kelly Barker

Kelly Barker resides in Hamilton and is a lawyer and Ombudsperson. Kelly obtained her LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick and her LL.M. from the University of Ottawa. Following her call to the bar in 2009, Kelly started her legal career in policing and has since spent the majority of her career in child protection. Kelly began her position as University Ombudsperson for Brock University in February 2020.

David Quezada

David Quezada

David Quezada joined the HCLC Board of Directors in January 2021. He was born and raised in Chile and moved to Hamilton in 2017. David is the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Manager at the Burlington Public Library in Burlington.

David grew up during the time of the Chilean military dictatorship. His years in Chile and the social injustice he saw made an impact on him and he decided to study Human Rights law. Later he completed a Master’s degree in Conflict Transformation at the Centre for Justice and Peacebuilding in Virginia. He has been involved with diverse boards, committees, and non-profit organizations in Latin America, United States, and Canada.

His expertise is focused on restorative justice practices, psychosocial trauma/well-being, theories of reconciliation, and dignity.

Clinic Staff

Our clinic is staffed by community legal workers, support staff, community development workers, lawyers, and volunteers.

Community Legal Workers/Paralegals

  • Deya Benavides
  • Cat Cayuga
  • Constanza Duran
  • Donna Eaton
  • Jérome Pômmier
  • Dhara Shah
  • Kerop Sargsyan

Support Staff

  • Jennifer Le
  • Melissa Borkovich
  • Aché Yaya

Community Development Co-ordinator

  • Maria Antelo

Communications Co-ordinator

  • Merima Menzildzic

Indigenous Justice Co-ordinator

  • Lyndon George

Bilingual Black Justice Co-ordinator

  • Gachi Issa

Queer Justice Project Lead

  • Michael Blashko

Social Workers

  • Gopal Banerjee


  • Mohamad Bsat
  • Andrew Bomé
  • Stephanie Cox
  • Katie Remington
  • Michael Blashko
  • Tyson Burke
  • Emily O’Keefe
  • Roberto Walcott

Management Team

  • Lindsay Beckham  – Supervisor of Intake Services
  • Teresa Workman – Supervisor of Operations
  • Judy MacKay – Supervisor of Finance & Administration
  • Mike Ollier – Director of Legal Services
  • Clare Freeman – Executive Director

Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction Team

  • Laura Cattari
  • Jennifer Chivers
  • Tom Cooper