Jacqui Mendes

Executive Director


Jacqui joined the Community Legal Assistance Society in early 2020; she has a proven track record and extensive experience in diverse organizations within complex regulatory and governance frameworks in the non-profit, community and private sectors. Her work has included strategic planning, stakeholder relations, advocacy, governance, operations, human resources, finance and communications. Previously Jacqui was instrumental in creating and leading the BC Notaries Association which provides support for notaries providing legal and real estate services in the province. She worked for many years in the social housing sector with the BC Non-Profit Housing Society (BCNPHA), helping to grow the organization in the social housing community and as a key voice in assisting non-profit landlords and community organizations to serve those in need across the province. Her career has included supporting the fine arts and the theatre at the Tate Gallery and the Royal Court Theatre in the United Kingdom respectively, and working in the private sector in retail and wholesale distribution in her home country of Guyana, South America.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of London, UK. Giving back as a volunteer board member is one of her personal commitments, and Jacqui continues to serve on non-profit community boards to support anti-racism, seniors, affordable housing and the fine arts.