Catherine has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to providing pro bono services to people in need. Catherine’s tireless efforts paved the way for victims of natural disasters, refugees and others to have the opportunity for a better life in Canada.


Heidi Rogerro

CBA Probono Disaster Relief

Catherine spearheaded the CBA initiative for immigration lawyers across Canada to provide pro bono legal services to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. She came to the assistance of Nenita Yap to help bring her daughter Samantha and orphaned niece Maeve and niece to Canada on an urgent basis. Nenita obtained her own PR status in six months and will be bringing her daughter to Canada in early 2015.

Catherine first initiated the national immigration law section’s pro bono service to disaster survivors in response to the 2007 tsunami that devastated much of the Asia-Pacific.

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Heidi Rogerro

Heidi Rogerro

Catherine assisted Heidi Rogerro to get a temporary work permit while she applied (successfully) for permanent residence for Heidi on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. With Catherine’s help, Heidi, a U.S citizen and mother of five Canadian children, found her way out of a bureaucratic bind that had prevented her working in Canada or taking her children abroad.

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Access Pro Bono – “Advice-a-thon
In September 2014, Catherine and several young women lawyers joined forces in support of access to justice by volunteering their time to provide pro bono legal services as well as to fundraise for this worthwhile cause. Together with her team of young lawyers Women Lawyers United in Mentorship raised over $11,000 for Access Pro Bono to assist in raising both funds and awareness of the need for legal aid in BC.

YWCA
Catherine has worked with the staff at YWCA to develop advocacy policies for mothers without legal assistance in Canada, and has also provided pro bono assistance to obtain temporary status, work permits and permanent residence for several mothers without legal status in Canada.


  • Catherine Sas has donated her considerable expertise and balanced perspective to work with the YWCA on the issue of mothers without legal status in Canada. She has assisted us to draft our advocacy policies, provided pro bono representation to women in this situation who were unable to access Legal Aid, and has encouraged other lawyers to assist with pro bono services to this marginalized group. Ms Sas’ commitment to supporting the YWCA in this endeavour has been invaluable.

    Lisa Rupert – Director, Housing Services and Violence Prevention YWCA Metro Vancouver