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 who enter the criminal justice system 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. 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.
In 2021, Heather established Dementia Justice BC, a social enterprise that provides legal services to British Columbians with dementia who enter the criminal justice system.
Heather obtained her BA (Hons.) from Queen’s University. She earned both her law degree and master of laws from the University of Saskatchewan. Her graduate thesis was on lonely older men and the law.
Originally from Etobicoke, Heather continues to live in Southern Ontario with her husband, their baby boy and the family cats.