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 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.
Douglas Dunn has extensive experience in the development of non-profit organizations with over 36 years of consulting expertise in the sector.
Douglas has a record of accomplishment in the non-profit sector building annual campaigns, special events and major gift programs for heritage, cultural, and environmental organizations. In addition, as a Director of many publicly traded companies and Founder/Director of 20+ not-for-profit organizations, he is very aware of the problems and challenges facing organizations and their stakeholders in today’s financial times.
A BCIT graduate in Broadcast Communications and holding the designation of a Certified Fund Raising Executive (C.F.R.E.) Douglas also has obtained his MBA from SFU where his thesis focused on knowledge management and building digital communities of practice.
Spanish Program Coordinator
At first, Danna was a volunteer with the Spanish Program; now, as of December 2018, she is its Coordinator.
Her background in Mexico was excellent preparation, even though it was not focused on seniors. “I was a pre-school teacher, I ran an educational business that helped children with special needs, I mentored students at all levels, and I ran a children’s summer camp.” All this taught her to organize and run programs, and developed her gift for engaging with people and helping them use their minds and bodies to the full.
“Here at the Centre,” she says, “we’re re-creating a little bit of ‘back-home’ — a place to relax and talk and laugh and dance and reminisce. I want people to be eager to come here, every Wednesday.”
Donors and Revenue Canada demand two things from charitable organizations: good work for a good cause — and clear, complete, reliable financial records. Since 2011, Peter Chen has helped ensure that all our financial documents, from budgets to grant applications and tax returns, are in perfect order.
When Peter began working here part-time, he was already a professional bookkeeper, taking accounting courses at BCIT, and looking for additional work experience. He completed those courses, and went on, in 2015, to qualify as a CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant). “I like working at the Seniors Centre very much,” he says. “I like the environment, the culture, and the people — especially the people. People here are very friendly.”