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MA Education student Laura Dilley named Business Vancouver's Top 40 under 40

January 21, 2016

Laura Dilley, an MA student with the Faculty of Education, was chosen as one of Business Vancouver's Forty under 40 for her work as the executive director of PACE Society, an organization that provides peer-led support services to sex workers in Vancouver.

She was recently interviewed by the CBC News regarding the award.

"It's actually quite amazing you know. I looked at the panel who was voting and I was really shocked," Dilley said, noting that PACE could be seen as controversial or divisive because of its approach.

"We operate under a harm reduction model that recognizes that sex work is work, and we meet people where they're at."

Dilley started with PACE in 2013 and has seen the organization grow in staffing numbers and funding. Of the 10 people who work there today, 80 per cent are current or former sex workers. Together they perform a variety of frontline services while also advocating for legal reforms.

Laura defends her MA thesis in the faculty on January 21, and will be celebrated along with the other winners at the BIV’s 2015 Forty under 40 Awards gala dinner on January 27, 2016, at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.