Heather Campbell Pope is founder of Dementia Justice Canada.
A former lawyer, Heather has devoted her professional life to advocating for the rights and well-being of seniors. She has a particular interest in helping improve the lives of persons with dementia and lonely older adults.
Heather began her law and ageing career as an articled student at the British Columbia Law Institute / Canadian Centre for Elder Law, and then ran her own law practice in Vancouver, B.C. She has also worked as a lawyer at the B.C. Centre for Elder Advocacy & Support (now Seniors First BC), a project management analyst with the B.C. Ministry of Health’s Seniors Action Plan Team, as well as the director of policy and research for B.C.'s leading long-term care industry association. As a course instructor, she has taught criminal law and evidence to paralegal students, and advanced legal research to law students.
As part of her public advocacy, Heather's written commentaries on seniors, dementia and other age-related issues have been published in local, regional and national newspapers. She has also made radio and television appearances.
Heather obtained her BA (Hons.) from Queen’s University. She earned her law degree and master's of law from the University of Saskatchewan. Her graduate thesis was on lonely older men and the law.
Heather played varsity soccer with Queen's and Saskatchewan. She was a CIS Academic All-Canadian in undergrad and law school. During high school, Heather was female athlete of the year, competing in cross-country running, track and field, and soccer. She has also achieved her Skate Canada Gold Dances.