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 6 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.

  • Linda Darbey

    Secretary

    Linda has been volunteering at the South Granville Seniors Centre for 11 years in various roles including reception work, serving lunches, and Spontaneous Art set-up, just to name a few. She is also in charge of the Volunteer Development Committee. She has been able to utilize her skills acquired working for 36 years at B.C. Tel and Telus.

  • Les Blond

    Director

    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, but is now a member of the Anti-Corruption committee. He now does pro-bono work counselling seniors for “Access Justice”.

  • Carlos Gamba

    Director

    Carlos has a masters degree in business and administration from Puerto Rico State University. He is a retired diplomat from the Colombian Government and served as the consulate general of Colombia here in Vancouver for 4 years. Carlos’ 15 years of experience in community services for the Colombian government has made him an ideal volunteer with Latino organizations in Vancouver.

  • Dolores O'Leary-Shafik

    President

    Dolores has 48 years of administration and office experience as she was the secretary for the Canadian Foreign Service in New Zealand and Argentina. She has also volunteered for the UN Association of Wellington and New Zealand, the Vancouver Opera and the Vancouver Writer’s Festival. She has served on the Board here at South Granville Seniors Centre for 10 years and is currently the Chair of Marketing, Communications and Fundraising Committee.

  • Miriam Maurer

    Director

    Miriam has been a volunteer with the Spanish Seniors at the South Granville Senior Centre and at Minoru Centre in Richmond. She retired from the Vancouver School Board after working for 14 years with Latin American families and Students. She also worked at Mosaic for 17 years with Latin American families and refugees. For the last 4 years she has worked for the City of Richmond on various projects with seniors. She has a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Medellin, Colombia and a Diploma from the School of Psychology Clinical Section in Madrid, Spain.

  • Sharon Esson

    Director

    Sharon has been involved at the Centre for about eight years. 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.

  • Martin Ma

    Treasurer

    Martin has been a board member for about 2 years and has had over 19 years of accounting and financial experience. He holds a Masters degree in economics and is a Certified General Accountant as well as a Certified Internal Auditor. Martin is currently the Finance Officer at the Vancouver Native Health Society.

  • Vivian Lunny

    Director

    Vivian is an MD (1973) from Bolivia. She has specialized in Cardiology and Pathology in Bolivia, Argentina and the UK. She is also Member of the Spanish Seniors Group.

  • Beryl Petty

    Director

    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.

  • Kate Holmes

    Director

    Kate has a varied background with careers in Real Estate Financing and as a Registered Interior Designer. She served on the Board of her Professional Organization and has been involved in various volunteer activities over the years, including overseas fundraising and development. She has been volunteering with SGSC’s Information & Referral Program since 2016.

  • Barbara Kirby

    Director

    Barbara left a 30 year career as an investment advisor to provide direct services to those impacted by the care system for seniors. She incorporated her retirement planning knowledge and personal caregiving experience into the Later Life Planning Guide, Your All-In-One Personal Resource Book. She is a certified Professional consultant of aging. She has also completed courses in Seniors Advocacy & Residential Care, and completed her Master’s Graduate Certificate in Values Based Leadership at Royal Roads.

  • Jag Sangha

    Director

    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.

  • Mairy Beam

    Director

    Mairy currently volunteers as a receptionist and inputs volunteer hours 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.