Volunteer with Luke's Place
We love our volunteers.
Just as we rely on our donors to help fund our organization, we rely on the leadership of our board of directors, the compassion and commitment of our Legal Support Volunteers, and the expertise of our family law pro bono lawyers to deliver our services. Our volunteers learn valuable skills and are part of a community working to end violence against women and their children.
Luke’s Place Board of Directors support our work and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. We are thankful to all of our board members past and present for their dedication to the women and children that we support.
Our Board of Directors meets bi-monthly and is responsible for:
- Governing Luke’s Place according to our mandate, vision and mission
- Supporting the Executive Director in strategic planning, fund development and evaluation of programs and services
- Ensuring the financial health of Luke’s Place
- Overseeing the organizational structures and administration
- Making certain there are sufficient and appropriate human resources in place
- Directing organizational operations so they meet legal requirements
- Ensuring the Board of Directors itself is working effectively
Please complete our online application for board membership.
“I’ve been with the Board of Directors of Luke’s Place for 10 years. In that time, it has been my privilege to support the work Luke’s does within Durham Region with direct support to survivors, province-wide in our initiatives to foster a more just system for women escaping violence at the hands of their intimate partners, and the on-gong advocacy that our subject matter experts, like Pam Cross and Carol Barkwell, passionately and relentlessly undertake.”
- Jackie Long, President, Board of Directors
“Navigating the courts and the realm of family law is not an easy task. It's even more challenging for women and their children who are actively escaping domestic abuse. I chose to be a part of Luke's Place to contribute to an organization that empowers some of the most marginalized and vulnerable members of our community. Whether it's in the midst of a pandemic or when things are relatively OK, Luke's Place stands by its service users to keep them safe and to amplify their voices. It's an honour to do my part to help the agency accomplish this valuable work.”
- Shane Martinez, Member, Board of Directors
We offer a variety of opportunities for family law lawyers.
- Donate pro bono time to our legal advice services.
- Participate in our Legal Advisory Group. This is a group of family law lawyers and administrators of family law services who provide consultation about our legal work.
- Speak on a topic at a legal information sessions with women in the Durham Region.
All lawyers who provide pro bono services through Luke's Place have free access to our accredited training.
Contact us to learn more about our pro bono opportunities.
See one of our volunteer lawyers highlighted in this article from The Law Foundation of Ontario.
"Access to legal information and advice is absolutely crucial in the family court system, particularly for women in vulnerable situations. I am extremely proud to be part of a volunteer team at Luke's Place to help women understand their rights and entitlements and how to pursue them through the court."
- Stephanie, Pro Bono Lawyer
Luke’s Place Legal Support Volunteers work directly and independently with women who need support during a court appearance, at the police station or during a lawyer appointment. Legal Support Volunteers also provide support during group sessions and information workshops. Many of our experienced Legal Support Volunteers also assist in a variety of agency events throughout the course of the year.
Luke’s Place offers an extensive training program free of charge for all new Legal Support Volunteer applicants.
Please complete our online application for volunteers.
“As a volunteer nothing prepared me for the astonishing amount of strength and courage I have come to admire in the clients' of Luke's Place. Many women I accompany to court have had to summon up extraordinary amounts of courage, to leave their abuser. One woman moved her six children with her to a women's shelter, five weeks before Christmas. Talk about courage! Our clients' strength and courage continues to inspire me and is a big part of why I love volunteering with Luke's Place.”
- Nancy, Legal Support Volunteer
“I wanted to do something meaningful with my time. By becoming a volunteer, I was rewarded with informative workshops, meaningful networking opportunities and the satisfaction of supporting women going through the court process.”
- Fran, Legal Support Volunteer
Luke’s Place accepts law or social work student placements twice a year (September and January). Students receive practical training and experience in supporting women and their children as they navigate the family law process.
Students interested in placements with us are welcomed to email us at Admin@LukesPlace.ca