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Personal Injury Resource Centre Events


Come over to the PIRC on September 7th to watch the coverage of the Paralympic Games’ Opening Ceremony with the PIRC Resource Coordinators.

See you there!


July 31st joint us at the Personal Injury Resource Centre for “Game Day With Kyle”. This session we’ll be screening the Vancouver Whitecaps FC game with a special feature on ICORD at half-time…learn more:

Fundraiser / showcase for Leash of Hope Assistance Dogs

Leash of Hope

Join Kristina Shelden, Resource Coordinator at the Personal Injury Resource Centre and her assistance-dog-in-training Sierra (an Alaskan Malamute) for a fundraiser showcase for Leash of Hope Assistance Dogs.This volunteer Society’s purpose is to train and provide assistance dogs for people with disabilities that are higher functioning and often slip through the system; thus resulting in them receiving little or no support. Leash Of Hope acknowledges that an assistance dog can continue to encourage and cultivate the independence of these incredible members of society by making their day to day a little easier.

The show case will feature some amazing rescue-turned-assistance dogs showing off their skills. There will also be free appies and a cash bar.  Tickets are $5 in advance (email Kristina) or $10 at the door.

Law Talk: Duty to Accommodate Persons with Disabilities in the Workplace Seminar

Duty to Accommodate

Creativity, Reality, & Practicality: The Duty Accommodate Persons with Disabilities in the Workplace

The duty to accommodate involves eliminating or changing rules or practices that discriminate against people based on a group characteristic (eg. race, religion, age, sex, disability). The “duty to accommodate” is a legal concept that has developed in Canada through legislation and cases that have been taken to the Supreme Court of Canada. During this presentation Murphy Battista LLP will review the following topics:

What does “Duty to Accommodate” Mean?

A duty to accommodate is most often applied in situations involving persons with disabilities. Accommodation often involves removing physical barriers for a class of people, but it can also mean accommodating the individual needs of an employee.

What are the Factors Considered?

The duty to accommodate an employee (or potential employee, student etc.) has to be reasonably balanced with the employer’s considerations such as undue hardship, safety, and the requirements of the job. The reality is that employers may not think of creative and low cost solutions for accommodation, and this can create barriers to employment for persons with disabilities.

This session will introduce participants to the concept of duty to accommodate and provide practical examples and tips for navigating these issues in the workplace.

About Dianna

Dianna comes from rehabilitation medicine background and before becoming a personal injury lawyer and joining Murphy Battista LLP, she worked as an Occupational Therapist (OT) in the Okanagan for many years.

During her career as an OT, Dianna’s  work for ICBC, insurance companies, WCB, and law firms, provided her with considerable expertise in the rehabilitation of persons with complex medical needs. Dianna has been accepted as an expert witness and has provided testimony in the BC Supreme Court on numerous occasions, as well as providing testimony in BC Human Rights Tribunal cases.