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Pamela Hughes is a senior partner with Blakes, one of Canada’s top business law firms. She is also one of Dignitas’s first Directors, joining the Board in 2004 when the AIDS epidemic in Malawi was at its height. Pam currently serves as the Board Vice-Chair as well as the Chair of the Governance & Nominations Committee.

Pam’s firsthand experience convinced her of the need for Dignitas’s work. “In Malawi I saw the importance of increasing access to medical care. It’s very compelling when you see what limited medical resources people have access to.”

Pam and her colleagues at Blakes have contributed thousands of hours of pro bono service to the organization. Over the years, Blakes has provided essential counsel on industry regulations, employment law and  trademark issues, helping Dignitas navigate the complex legal landscape for charities.

Pam’s impact extends well beyond the boardroom to people living with HIV. She championed a transformative workshop for health care workers on HIV and human rights. Furthermore, the Blakes team developed a manual to support frontline clinicians in providing HIV-related counselling and care for survivors of sexual gender-based violence in Malawi.

Reflecting on more than a decade of volunteering with Dignitas, Pam says “it’s very rewarding to have the opportunity to work with such talented and committed people, to see the work grow and to be part of the significant contribution that Dignitas has made.”

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