To help us achieve our mission, we have a dynamic and dedicated Board of Directors with broad knowledge and experience in social services, management, business and finance. Using their expertise, the Board provides oversight of the organization’s strategic and operational sustainability, and ensures its sound financial management. Board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting in June and meet monthly from September to June. They function through six committees: Capital Campaign, Executive, Financial, Fundraising, Operations and Strategic Planning.

For information on attending a meeting or getting involved, please contact
us at 604-732-0812, or .

  • Les Blond


    Les was a barrister at a private practice for 40 years before retiring in 2011. He served as the director for several non-profit societies, including the Rotary Club of Vancouver and the Arbutus Club. He was also the national committee chair for Constitutional and International Law with the Canadian Bar Association. He now continues to do pro-bono work counselling seniors for “Access Pro Bono”.

  • Mairy Beam

    Vice President

    Mairy currently volunteers as a receptionist and updates the members database Monday afternoons at the SGSC. Before retiring, she worked as a computer project manager, meeting facilitator, and systems analyst for
    ASCAP and SOCAN, the American and Canadian organizations that facilitate the payment of royalties to songwriters, composers, and musical publishers. She has an interest in consensus building and strategic planning. She also is an enthusiast for the theatre, and has written several plays.

  • Linda Darbey


    Linda has been volunteering at the South Granville Seniors Centre for 14 years in various roles including reception work, serving lunches, and Spontaneous Art set-up, just to name a few. She is also a member of the
    Board’s Volunteer/Program/Membership Committee. She has been able to utilize her skills acquired working for 36 years at B.C. Tel and Telus.

  • Penny Williams


    Penny has worked in both communications and international development, a background that caused her to travel extensively, learn other languages, and live in Peru and Indonesia as well as four Canadian provinces. She is attracted to the multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-dimensional nature of the South Granville Seniors Centre, and very pleased to help support its activities.

  • Sharon Esson


    Sharon has been involved at the Centre for more than a decade. She volunteers in the kitchen on Thursdays and enjoys working at the Bazaars. Sharon also loves all things co-op; housing, car shares and credit unions.

  • Jag Sangha


    Jag is the current Executive Director of Chalmers Lodge. He has also served as President at Mountain West Studios, Kirk Integrated Marketing Services, and Teldon Print Media. He has a background in operations management and mechanical engineering.

  • Barbara Kirby


    Barb, a private consultant in Lifestyle & Elder Care Planning, is an advocate/navigator for aging clients and their families and provides executive services for them. She trained as a Dementia Practitioner and is a
    Professional Consultant on Aging, with further certificates in Seniors Advocacy & Advocacy in Residential Care, and in Values Based Leadership. She worked in community development for six years, chaired Advocates for Care Reform, and now creates tools and publications in the field of elder care planning.

  • Beryl Petty


    Beryl has a Masters of Social Work and has worked as a counsellor for 28 years, with a wide range of experience in mental health, rehabilitation, and community and facility based geriatrics. She has authored a number of publications and instructional videos, including a six booklet series entitled, Challenges of Later Years. She also has a counselling practice for older adults and their families at Century House in New Westminster and conducts workshops on elder care in the workplace.

  • Vessa Samson


    Vessa is an independent consultant who acts as a business advisor, facilitator and project manager for a range of private, public and not for profit organizations. She specializes in the areas of strategic planning, project
    management and organizational development and growth. Vessa is heavily involved in the Vancouver tech community with special interests in digital health and assistive technology for seniors. She also consults to the health
    authorities in the planning and implementation of virtual care services to better serve their patients. Vessa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Bethany College, USA, and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School in Melbourne, Australia, and is a certified project manager.

  • Stella Tsang


    Stella received her education as a pharmacist and in Health Services Planning and Administration at UBC, and has recently retired from a 30-year career with St. Paul’s Hospital/Providence HealthCare. During that time she facilitated a wide variety of projects, giving her broad experience in strategic planning, change management, and staff/team development. She brings this experience to the Board, along with her emphasis on continuous improvement and a collaborative culture.