Board Members: 2016-2017

Our Board of Directors includes a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and up to ten Directors-at-large. All are Volunteers, generously donating their time and experience for monthly Board meetings and Special Events throughout the year. Board Members have been instrumental in keeping the organisation successful for over half a century. They are very proud that NSVS is the oldest non-profit society in West Vancouver.

Anita Dadson

Anita Dadson

President

Anita Dadson has served on the Board of Directors since 2011 and is beginning her second year as President of the Board. She brings years of experience to NSVS, having been a founding member of both the North Shore Disabilities Resource Centre and of the Lionsview Seniors Planning Society. Anita’s life bears testimony to her belief that volunteer-based service is the backbone of every community. She works tirelessly to make life better for everybody.

Trained as a social worker, and with a daughter born with cerebral palsy, Anita became a very strong advocate – with a solid track record of attaining results – for her daughter and others with disabilities.

Born in the “old” Lions Gate Hospital, Anita’s roots on the North Shore can be traced to 1911 when her grandfather pitched a tent in the forest that is now Memorial Park in West Vancouver. While she and her husband had a career detour to the Ottawa Valley – they were pleased to return “home” to West Vancouver several years ago.

Anita volunteers with our Wednesday lunch group at NSVS and is a long time participant in the Chair Yoga program. She also enjoys her bridge groups, entertaining and travelling.

Elaine Fonseca

Elaine Fonseca

Vice-President

Elaine joined the Board in 2012 and currently serves as Vice-President. At the Centre, she participates in Chair Exercise, Chair Yoga, Mah Jong and the Book Club.

A resident of the North Shore for over 45 years, Elaine is a community activist who has been involved with ADRA (Ambleside/Dundareve Ratepayer’s Association) for 30 years. In addition to her volunteer work at NSVS, Elaine volunteers at the Lion’s Gate Hospital and with the West Vancouver Community Arts Council (Silk Purse).

Elaine enjoys gardening and is a former long distant walker/trekker. The West Coast Trail, The El Camino, The Chilcoot Pass, are a few of her previous backpacking adventures. As well, she is part of a group that annually embarks on a trek. They have trekked across England, as well as Scotland! Today, Elaine is content to walk everywhere in her community – though occasionally she boards her weathered van and retreats to Bowen Island.

Joanne Wall

Joanne Wall

Treasurer

In 2004, Joanne started providing bookkeeping support for North Shore Volunteers for Seniors. A year later, in 2005, she joined the Board and has served as treasurer for the past decade. She is the owner/operator of K.J.Wall and Associates, a Chartered Professional Accounting firm in North Vancouver. She holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree (BAccS) and is a professionally designated accountant –  CPA, CGA.

 

She likes chocolates of all kinds – especially around tax times!

From Prince Edward Island, and now living in North Vancouver, Joanne hopes that when she’s a senior she will still have such a welcoming place here in BC to act as her extended family!

Tammy Watson

Tammy Watson

Secretary

Tammy joined the Board in 2010 and serves as Secretary, recording the minutes for all meetings. As owner operator of HomeCare West, which she established in 2004, Tammy sponsors the Chair Exercise, Nordic Walking and Chair Yoga programs at North Shore Volunteers for Seniors. Homecare West, a two year winner of Best Home Health Care agency on the North Shore, continues to be a valued community partner of NSVS.

Tammy is an avid community supporter of wellness programs and a sponsor for Musical Mornings. She also coordinated volunteers for the 2015 Summer Games held on the North Shore.

Sharon Bowen

Sharon Bowen

Sharon joined the Board in 2016. She’s been an active participant at North Shore Volunteers for Seniors since meeting Martine, the Yoga instructor and joining her class. She currently chairs our monthly book club meeting, as well as participating in Chair Yoga and Chair Exercise programs. Raised in Moncton, New Brunswick, Sharon taught school there, in Montreal;, London, England; Baker Lake, Northwest Territories and finally in North Vancouver. After retiring, Sharon taught art after school, tutored at the elementary school level and volunteered at the Food Bank. She enjoys stained glass, jewellery making, reading, card games and playing on her IPad. She is an active member of the Unitarian Church.

Pamela Hollington

Pamela Hollington

Pamela joined the Board in 2015. In addition to being involved with our special events, she shares her leadership skills with the Board in directing sessions on planning, strategy and fund raising. Pamela has an MBA and over 30 years of business experience in all sectors. She has also instructed at SFU. She is a past president of the West Coast BC chapter of the Project Management Institute and led its Information Systems Specific Interest Group meetings in Vancouver. In 1995, Pamela founded Rebound Consulting Ltd. She was a volunteer trainer for the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games. She is also a frequent speaker at local professional events and delivers conferences and workshop to a broad range of audiences.

Afsar Pourgholami

Afsar Pourgholami

Afsar volunteered with the Iranian Women’s program for 10 years and greatly benefitted from that experience. In the spirit of “giving back”, Afsar became a Board Member in 2015.

Born in Iran, Afsar came to Canada as a young adult and has lived here for over 20 years. Fluent in English and farsi she responds to many of the farsi speaking requests NSVS receives. She is an on-going learner – self-educated in many areas, including art, sewing, and home renovations. She plays the “santoor”, a table top harp with two hammered dulcimers. One of Afsar’s passions is healthy cooking and baking and we are fortunate to have her share this talent at NSVS.

Currently she partakes in a “Non-violent communication” program. She has been a long time member of a Book Club that explores self awareness books written in English and translated into Farsi.

Her eyes are always open to opportunities to be helpful to herself, her family and the community around her.

Shoko Seyedin

Shoko Seyedin

Shoko joined the Board in 2009. Since 2000, she has facilitated the Iranian women’s group that meets weekly at North Shore Volunteers for Seniors for socializing and cultural education. In 2015, in recognition of her work advancing multiculturalism in B.C., Shoko was nominated for the Provincial Nesika Award.

Born in Iran, Shoko taught for 30 years at both boy’s and girl’s public high schools prior to the Revolution. For the last 10 years of her job, she was a Principal and School Counsellor. She has a Bachelor of Geography degree from the University of Iran and was also a member of Jungian, the Iranian JUNG Psychology Department.

Shoko lives in Vancouver. She shares many of her Iranian cultural food dishes and traditions with those at the Centre. As well, she is an avid gardener – with her sweet peas being a welcome summer time addition at NSVS.

Lorna Olson Sheane

Lorna Olson Sheane

Lorna was introduced to programs at North Shore Volunteers for Seniors by Trudy Hubbard, a former Executive Director who retired in 2015. In 2013, Lorna became a Board Member.

She serves on the Nominating and Hiring committee and, as part of that responsibility, updates the job descriptions. In addition to participating in the Chair Yoga program, she shares her musical talents at our Christmas carol sing alongs.

She admits to being from Toronto but hastens to add that the West Coast, particularly North Vancouver, has been her home for many years. She studied piano and voice at the Toronto Conservatory of Music. On the West Coast, she worked as a Research Administrator at ICBC. For 20 years, she was in the company of the Vancouver Opera and was also a frequent member of Theatre in the Park productions. Now she also volunteers with the Vancouver Symphony and with Vancouver Tourism.

She is a great animal lover. Her well-behaved dog sometimes frequents our Board meetings, while her cat remains at home.