People

Myrna McCallum, Director of Investigations

Myrna McCallum is a Cree-Métis alumna of the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (B.A., 2002) and UBC’s Indigenous Legal Studies program (LL.B., 2005). After a brief stint working for the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, Myrna articled at Mandell Pinder in the civil litigation area of Indigenous Rights. Shortly after her Call to the British Columbia Law Society, Myrna decided to learn and practice criminal law in her home territory (Treaty Six) of northern Saskatchewan.

After a year as a defence lawyer for Saskatchewan Legal Aid, she joined the Crown prosecutor’s office. Through her criminal practice, Myrna gained considerable experience working with victims of violent crime which most often included sex crimes. She also developed substantial insight into how trauma can adversely impact memory, behavior, a sense of self or well-being and inter-personal relationships. As tragic as some criminal cases were, nothing could prepare Myrna for the testimonials she would receive from hundreds of Indian Residential School survivors, as an Independent Assessment Process adjudicator.

The compassion she cultivated in her criminal practice together with her trauma-informed approach allowed her to adjudicate Indian Residential School claims in a safe, culturally-sensitive and respectful manner. Myrna often heard survivors say that her role as a decision-maker significantly lessened their mistrust and anxieties about a process which required survivors to detail their deeply personal and traumatic experiences of sexual and physical abuse.

Myrna is happy to return to the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people to contribute to the implementation of Policy 131. To this end, she is prepared to lend her legal skills, resilient spirit and deep understanding of sexual violence to the position of Director of Investigations at both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan.

Contact Myrna McCallum at myrna.mccallum@ubc.ca.


Sonya Boyce

Sonya Boyce, Director, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (Vancouver campus)

Sonya Boyce has dedicated her career to empowering survivors of gender-based violence while advocating for social change. She began her work in the area of sexual assault response and support by taking on a summer project to design and facilitate training for crisis line volunteers with the Sexual Assault Centre in London Ontario. While completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Queen’s University, Sonya took on multiple projects and roles supporting women and their children escaping domestic violence.

In her most recent position as the Executive Director for the Surrey Women’s Centre, she led transformative change for the organization, successfully positioning the agency as an essential service for survivors of violence in the City of Surrey. In her time with the Surrey Women’s Centre, she forged partnerships with Fraser Health, the RCMP and the Ministry of Family and Children, to deliver coordinated services for survivors of violence designed to reduce the impact of trauma and secondary victimization.

Sonya cares deeply about the personal and social impact of gender-based violence, and is a passionate advocate for change through partnership and collective action.

Sonya will begin her role at UBC on October 16, 2017.