Our team is made up of staff, board members, volunteers and partners who share a common passion for building a connected, supportive, and joyful community for seniors in our neighbourhood. We are a diverse group of people with varied backgrounds and talents, who enjoy working and growing together. We believe intensely in our work and wholeheartedly love SGSC.

Our Staff

Our small, but powerful staff oversees all of the centre’s efforts. This includes coordinating programs, planning events, mobilizing volunteers, managing the office, building community partnerships, writing grants, connecting with members – the list is endless! We maintain an open and transparent office, and always encourage discussion on how we can better run the centre.


Clemencia Gomez
Executive Director

Clemencia has been the centre’s Executive Director for 10 years! Previous to this, she worked as a Program Coordinator in the Downtown Eastside for 9 years and served as President to the Vancouver Cross-Cultural Seniors Network Society for 6 years. She is an Economist by training and holds a Masters in Applied Anthropology.

Clemencia:

cgomez@southgranvilleseniors.ca


Tania Ehret
Office Administrator & Program Assistant

Tania has a passion for both community development and organizing and loves to chat with all of the lovely and diverse members at the centre. In her spare time she writes about community spaces, drinks coffee, and pets cats. Not always in that order.

Tania: tehret@southgranvilleseniors.ca


Alex-Korotchenko
Alex Korotchenko
Program & Volunteer Coordinator

Alex is currently finishing her PhD in social gerontology at The University of British Columbia. She is passionate about knowledge translation and hopes to work towards removing barriers to physical activity and community engagement in later life

Alex: akorotchenko@southgranvilleseniors.ca


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Maria Jose Torrejon
Spanish Program Coordinator

Maria-Jose is finishing her PhD in Sociology of Aging. She enjoys working with and helping to connect people from different backgrounds and ages. In her spare time she enjoys walking in the woods, practicing yoga, swimming, and trying food from all over the world.

Maria: mtorrejon@southgranvilleseniors.ca 


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Peter Chen
Bookkeeper

Bio Coming Soon! Peter is hard at work condensing his life into one tiny paragraph.


Demi Montes
Marketing and Communications Assistant

Demi is going into her 4th year of the BFA in Visual Arts program at UBC. She is excited to be joining the SGSC team this summer as she is passionate about promoting diversity and engagement in our community. In her spare time you’ll find her drawing, writing, gaming, blogging, or hanging out with her dogs.

Demi: dmontes@southgranvilleseniors.ca 

Our Board

To help us in our mission, we have a dynamic and dedicated Board of Directors with broad knowledge and experience in social services, management, business and finance. Through their expertise, they provide oversight to the organization’s strategic and operational sustainability, and ensure 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.


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.


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”.


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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.


Vivian Lunny
Director

 

 

 

 

Our Volunteers

Our amazing army of volunteers is the heart and soul of SGSC. They are more than 200 strong and together, they contribute more than 10,000 hours each year. They are integral in every aspect of the organization including administration, program planning and delivery, governance and fundraising. We are truly thankful for their support, enthusiasm and care – SGSC couldn’t exist without them.

Learn how to become a volunteer.

Our Partners

The work that we do at SGSC is made possible by our incredible partner community made up of funders, donors, sponsors, advisors and collaborators. They support us in many ways – from providing funds, to contributions in-kind and donated services, to program delivery and support.

SGSC is deeply grateful to all of our partners for their ongoing contributions and commitment to ensuring seniors in our community have access to support and essential programs for free or minimal cost.

Learn how to become a partner.

Major Funding Partners


City of Vancouver


Community Gaming Grants


New Horizons for Seniors Programs


Vancouver Foundation

Program Partners


Access Probono
Legal Clinics


Connect Hearing
Hearing Clinic


411 Seniors Centre Society


Osteoporosis Canada
Nordic Walking


Pharmasave
Wellness Clinic


West End Seniors Network


Seniors Services Society
Housing Clinic


West Coast College of Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy


WEST Coast Leaf
Older Women’s Dialogue Project

 

Westside Seniors Hub

 

Program Partners: Internships


Canada Summer Jobs, Government of Canada

Vancouver Community Network


Japan Abroad Network Link


JP Canada



Langara School of Social Work


UBC Global Career Foundations Program


VCC Career Awareness Program

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Starbucks Canada



Prospera Credit Union