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.
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 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.
Sophie has been with the Board of Directors for the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic since 2014. Sophie currently sits on the Executive Committee as the Secretary to the board and works as the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic Board liaison for the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario. In addition to these responsibilities, Sophie is an active board member who sits on numerous Board committees such as the Complaints Committee, Personnel Committee, Equality Committee, and the Indigenous Advisory Committee YEN:TENE. Sophie has post secondary education in Criminology, Human Rights and Human Diversity, Contemporary Studies, and Dispute Resolution. In addition, she has completed extensive training in interest-based mediation. Sophie recently finished her studies in Human Resources and is pursing a career in the field.
John Ariyo is the Manager of Community Initiatives for the City of Hamilton. Based at the City Manager’s Office, he currently oversees the City’s public engagement, community inclusion and equity portfolios. His work’s focus at City Hall is to improve public engagement outcomes for staff and residents by building a culture of public participation and working with stakeholders to make Hamilton a more welcoming, tolerant and inclusive community.
John joined the Board of the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic in September 2016 and currently serves as the Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. He also currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Immigrants Working Centre, Hamilton. John studied Geography, Planning and Development Studies at Bachelor’s and Master’s degree levels, and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.
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.
John retired from the workforce in 2017 after a thirty-year career in the Information Technology sector. He spent a few years on Ontario Works and brings first-hand knowledge of poverty and poverty-related subjects to the Board.
For the last eight years, he has been engaged in volunteer efforts with the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction (HRPR) through the Speak Now! Speakers Bureau and co-coordinating the LivingProof Speakers Bureau, the Ontario Works Operational Advisory Committee, Mood Menders Support Services (current Past President), the Campaign for Adequate Welfare and Disability Benefits (current Treasurer), as a Director with the Basic Income Canada Network, Internal Relations Coordinator for the Ontario Basic Income Network, on the Steering Committee of the Basic Income Hamilton Group (HBIG), and with Environment Hamilton’s Good Food Box program.
He was actively involved in the Ontario Basic Income Pilot as an individual who is recognized as a voice for those in poverty and through participation with HBIG and HRPR. He has spoken to audiences across the city in an attempt to open a new lens through which to view poverty. He continues to address the challenges faced by those living in poverty.
He joined the Board of the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic in September 2016 and currently serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee and sits on the Finance and Audit Committee. He joined the Board to help increase its visibility among those that the Board has been tasked to serve and to further strengthen the role of the Hamilton Clinic in Ontario.
Sébastien Skrobos joined the HCLC board in September 2017 as one of the francophone board members. He was born and raised in France and moved to Hamilton in 2011. Sébastien is the executive director of the French-Language Health Planning Entity and has been working in the Hamilton francophone community since 2011. His personal involvement in the Hamilton community started shortly after his arrival. He was involved in the Hamilton Engagement Committee that became the Our Future Hamilton initiative, he was part of the HLCC French-Language Services committee, was the vice-president of the French-Language Health Planning Entity for 3 years and has recently become a board member of ACFO Régionale Hamilton, the French-Canadian Association of Hamilton that fosters the development of the francophone community in the region. Sébastien feels that he received so much from the community when he arrived in the city, that he wants to give back by dedicating time to community organizations that support and promote social justice, healthcare, and francophone rights.
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.
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.
Our clinic is staffed by community legal workers, support staff, community development workers, lawyers, and volunteers.