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, 2020 – 2021

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”.

Jag Sangha: Vice-President
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.

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.

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.

Vessa Samson: Director

Vessa is currently the Director of Marketing at Tochtech Technologies,  and a healthcare consultant to the BC health sector. She previously served on the Board of SGSC from 2018-2019, where she was the project manager volunteer responsible for leading the 2018 Strategic Planning Initiative. Vessa has a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and an MBA. She is passionate about the use of technology to support seniors age independently and safely, and to improve healthcare to the community. Vessa has previously been a volunteer at Caulfeild School, and the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

Steve McMinn: Director

Steve is a retired Consulting Environmental Engineer. Previously, Steve has served as the President of the SGSC, as well as the President and Coach of the Vancouver Street Soccer League. He also has experience volunteering with Kiwanis and Covenant House. Steve served as a Councilor for the District of North Vancouver from 1982-1986.

Beatrice Gill Norman: Director

Beatrice is a  Project Management Professional (PMP)  with over 15 years of project management experience in multiple industries. She is also a Prosci Certified Change Management Practitioner with over 5 years of  experience managing large and complex transformation programs in the financial  services industry. Beatrice has a Master of Arts in International Relations from UNSW in Sydney, Australia,  Bachelor of Arts from UBC. She also acts as a sessional instructor in business at Langara College, where she teaches Grant and  Proposal Writing for the Non-Profit Sector.

Naftaly Ramrajkar: Director

 Naftaly is a Professional Engineer registered in Ontario. He has a degree in  electrical engineering specialized electrodynamics and semiconductors. Naftaly is a co-founder of Smart Autonomous Solutions (Powerline Sensors) and  Zincnyx Energy Solutions (Fuel Cells). He has demonstrated success in executing projects with emphasis on cost, timeframe  and resources to achieve expected and achievable results. Naftaly is a result oriented executive with a unique combination of technical and management  acumen, focused on achieving results. He has designed things from semiconductor ICs to communication and cellular systems. He  also holds a patent.

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