Natalie Drolet – Executive Director/Staff Lawyer
Natalie joined MWC as Executive Director – Staff Lawyer in November 2014. Her legal practice focuses on the areas of immigration law and employment law. Natalie has been active in the fields of migration and human rights since 2003 when she worked as a researcher in Thailand for Rights & Democracy. Before joining MWC, she served as the Staff Lawyer for a multilingual access to justice initiative with the South Ottawa Community Legal Services. Prior to this, Natalie worked in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where she managed projects to advance the rights of domestic workers with the Legal Support for Children and Women.
Natalie received her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University in 2009 and her Masters in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University in 2005. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, vegetarian cooking and taking her dog Georgie to the beach.
Karen Joy Bation – Legal Advocate
Karen first visited Canada in the summer of 2011, and moved to Vancouver in July of 2016. Before moving to Canada, she worked with the Philippine government for more than 10 years as a Municipal Vice-Mayor and Municipal Councilor in Tampilisan Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines; and a Political Affairs Officer in the Philippine Congress. She mainly supported and advocated for the rights of women & children in the Philippines. During her term as Municipal Vice Mayor, she launched a program for children called “Anak Mo, Tsinelas Ko,” that gives shoes, school supplies, school uniforms, food, and “story telling” to grade school pupils and children with disabilities in the barangays of the Municipality.
Karen graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB); MBA; and Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Philippines. She has also completed legislative strategic management and leadership trainings in the Philippines, Canada and in the United States. Upon her arrival in Canada in 2016, she took the Paralegal Program at Vancouver Community College and graduated with honours in January of 2018. As a foreign law graduate, Karen is currently taking online law courses at Osgoode PD York University in preparation for the NCA examinations for the Federation of the Law Societies in Canada. Currently, she is the Charter President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver Mountainview District 5040, the first Filipino Rotary Club throughout Canada. In her spare time, she loves watching TV, listening to jazz and travelling.