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.”
Cindy is the Office Administrator at the centre, where she manages the administrative processes to ensure organizational requirements are efficiently met. Prior to working at the South Granville Seniors Centre, Cindy spent more than ten years in administrative, finance and project management roles in Colombia, where she is from. She finds it rewarding working at the centre, where she has met a supportive community with a joyful spirit and extraordinary talents. Outside of work, Cindy loves travelling and enjoys swimming and bowling.
Program and Volunteer Coordinator
Rachael first came to the centre in 2018 as a summer student. In the summer of 2020, she returned as the Program and Volunteer Coordinator. "This centre is like a family, it was an easy decision to come back," she says. She has worked for several not-for-profits, particularly in event coordination and fundraising. Rachael is a graduate from the University of British Columbia. In her free time, she can be found playing with her dog, gardening, and cooking.
Wayne O’Brien comes to the SGSC from Ottawa, ON. Wayne has over 30 years experience working within non-profits including Federal Govt, Provincial and Municipal Govts. Past experience includes the National Gallery of Canada, University of Ottawa, UBC, District of West Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health agency for Residential Care, and currently Science World.
Wayne moved from Ottawa to Vancouver, BC in 2008 to the Fairview area. His passions include the Arts visual and performing, travel, dining out, and helping Seniors with isolation and loneliness, and life-long learning.
Wayne is also a member of SGSC, and is excited to help the Centre with his financial acumen to streamline Financial reporting as the new Finance Officer.
Sarah is a grade 11 student here in Vancouver. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys painting, sewing and spending time outdoors. She lives in a multigenerational household with seven people, and a dog and cat. Sarah is currently working on a project that she hopes will bring youth and seniors together through meaningful discussion.
"I chose to work with the South Granville Seniors Centre because loneliness and isolation are prevalent in our society and I believe that through this organization we can create connections and build a stronger community.”