The Board directs the operations of the society by providing policy decisions and guidance to the staff. Board members are elected to two-year, overlapping terms at the Annual General Meeting, and Board meetings are generally held monthly from September to June. 

The Board currently has six standing committees: Finance and Resources; Policies and Procedures; Fundraising/Marketing/Communications; Programs/Membership/Volunteers; New Space; and Alliance.

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

Board Members, 2018 – 2019

Les Blond: President
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: Secretary
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.

Susan Luo: Treasurer
Susan is a Certified Professional Accountant and she received her education at the Vancouver Community College. She worked as a Senior Accountant and Accounting Clerk, and she has over five years of experience in working in non-for-profit organizations.

Patrick Couling: Director
Patrick is now retired from a 30-year position at the Board of Directors for the False Creek Community. He is also involved in a variety of activities that gave him the experience in facilitating the development of our centre, as well as managing a variety of projects.

Sharon Esson: Director
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.

Barbara Kirby: Director
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: 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.

Vessa Samson: Director
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.

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.

Stella Tsang: Director
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.

Penny Williams: Director 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 has served as Information Officer for Save the Children Canada, Project Director for Oxfam-Québec, and CIDA monitor for a multi-year environmental education program in Cuba. Her communications experience includes national magazine editorships, book translations, CBC radio documentaries, and specialized investor relations projects for major corporations. 

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