Spotlight: Sonya Sabet-Rasekh
Sonya is a staff representative and lawyer at the BC General Employees’ Union (BCGEU).
1. What is something that not many people know about you?
Many people's first impression of me is that I am quiet. But, they would be shocked if they attend any sporting events with me. I have a piercing cheer that turns heads.
2. How did you first get involved with FACL BC?
I heard great things about FACL from fellow colleagues and members, so I joined as a member and spoke at one of its events, the Mentorship Roundtable and Mixer.
3. What has been your favourite FACL event or initiative so far?
I really enjoyed speaking to law students at the Mentorship Roundtable and Mixer. It's a fantastic way to build a supportive network in the community. I am also a huge fan of the documentary, "But I Look Like a Lawyer." Having stories of discrimination in the legal community shared in such a forum validated my own experiences. It is crucial to highlight these stories in order to start the necessary conversation on dismantling systemic discrimination in the legal community.
4. What advice would you give yourself if you were to go back in time?
Be your authentic self. When you stay true to yourself and your values, both professionally and personally, you will gain the confidence and fortitude to withstand the challenges that come your way.