Donna Clarke – Executive Director
Donna has more than 32 years experience in the non-profit sector, most of that time she worked with organizations focused on senior’s issues. Donna managed other senior centres and retirement residences in Vancouver. She held positions in government relations and project coordination as it pertains to senior’s housing. As a young woman, Donna taught a fitness class for seniors at the YM/YWCA after completing her Fitness Instructor Course at the local Trades College.
Community Development is Donna’s forte and she prepared for that by taking the Community Leadership Program at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Donna however attributes most of her learning to her parents who were union activists and advocates for a variety of causes. Donna has been volunteering most of her life and has served on several committees, including Boards of other non-profits. Donna is a trained facilitator in adult education and has taken numerous courses at the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Langara College, and Vancouver Community College.
The non-profit sector is where Donna belongs, and she understands how important it is to be part of a community. She strives to create an inclusive and caring organization that is welcoming to everyone.
Joon Kim – Executive Assistant
Joon was a bookkeeper for a beads retail store before coming to RCSS and has a few other private clients. Joon’s passion is in setting up organizations with efficient process for accounting. He loves to lift weights, plays many sports (golf, soccer, volleyball, basketball, snowboard etc), and play board/video games.
Carol Yi – Nurse
In 2009, Carol was delighted to join the Society as the LPN.Carol comes from a relatively small city (of only about a million people) in the central part of China. She moved to Vancouver in the first year of the new millennium and has enjoyed living in Canada very much.
Carol has been involved with the health care industry for almost half of her life. Her credentials include working in a Chinese hospital as a neurologist and in an assisted living facility for seniors in Vancouver as an LPN. Carol loves working with seniors. Seniors remind her of her parents. Please come talk to Carol anytime you need medical assistance.
Wai Yee – Nurse & Activity Worker
Wai Yee’s hometown is Montreal, Quebec. She is originally from Hong Kong. She was educated in Montreal and Vancouver. Her studies were in special education and nursing.
Christina Webster – Recreation Coordinator
Christina is a graduate of the Therapeutic Recreation program at Douglas College and began her work at RCSS as a volunteer in early 2014.
Christina’s values of health, wellness and quality of life for all perfectly align with those at the Renfrew Collingwood Seniors Society. Along with the committed recreation team, it is her goal as program coordinator to implement fun, creative and innovative programming for the benefit of all clients.
Faith Malakoff – Activity Worker
Faith is one of our many members in our recreational team at Renfrew Collingwood Seniors’ Society. She is originally from the Slocan Valley and is the youngest of four girls. She moved to Vancouver in October 2013 to study Gerontology-based Therapeutic Recreation at Stenberg College in Surrey.
She graduated October 2014 from this intensive one-year diploma program, and she admits that her life has changed during that time. She feels she is in the right field and that she has something to offer. Never before has she woken up in the mornings excited about going to work, until now! She is grateful for the opportunity to work in such a fun and supportive environment.
Maricris Negrana – Activity Worker
Maricris feels wonderful to be a part of Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors Centre. She finds an abundance of joy and warm appreciation from everyone. It gives her a chance to learn new things, utilize her skills and abilities, and shine in her position.
She is the third child of seven in her family. She immigrated to Canada from Philippines over 16 years ago. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in physical therapy in Philippines. She also took the Rehabilitation Assistant program at Capillano University here in North Vancouver.
She loves to travel. She had a chance to see the other side of the world in her previous travels where she learned a new culture and have met people from all walks of life. She is an optimist and an outgoing person. She loves to hang around intelligent and smart people. She loves to explore and learn new things everyday to expand her horizons and grow as a person.
Carmen Giang – Activity Worker
Carmen is a Simon Fraser University (SFU) graduate of 2015 from the Bachelor’s of Health Science program with a minor in Gerontology. While attending university, she volunteered for 4 years with the another Adult Day Program. She started out at our Centre working with the Adult Day Program then transitioned to working with both the Adult Day Program and Community Day Program. Carmen has taken on a new career venture but continues to work with the Community Day Program on Saturdays.
She is passionate giving back to the community and making a difference. Carmen has been involved in many projects and opportunities that allow her to do that for. She has lived in Vancouver all her life but would love to experience living in a different country one day. Carmen loves a great challenge because she feels that it gives her new perspectives and helps her grow as a person as well.
Cassandra Ly – Community Seniors Liaison
Cassandra first got involved with the society in high school as a volunteer for the Boulevard Gardens Project and quickly fell in love with the Centre. She was a summer student for two years and has never left since! She currently works with the Community Day Program on Saturdays.
Cassandra is a resident of the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood and attended Windermere Secondary School. She recently graduated from UBC’s Global Resource Systems Program and has a strong passion for food security and community development through food. Nothing makes her happier than sitting down with a cup of hot tea, some food, and good conversations with seniors and other community members.
Rose Smith – Cook
Rose Smith was born in Vancouver to German parents.
Her love for cooking started at a very young age. At 3 years old, she would put play dough on the heating vents to try to cook it. She was famous amongst friends for her fancy mud cakes she created outside from a puddle. At age 10 she would play restaurant to her parents and their friends at lunchtime.
Her mother trained her to cook supper for the family so she could work longer hours. In high school Home Ec was her favourite class. She would bake and bake all weekends long.
She has worked at RCSS as a casual cook for many years and then took a permanent position when it became available. She also cooked for other Adult Day Programs, Treatment Centre for Eating Disorders, hotels, camps, etc.
Donna Zhu – Activity Worker (Summer Student)
Hello! My name is Donna and I am an Arts Co-op student at UBC! I have a huge love for figure skating, greek mythology, and comic books, so if given the occasion, I will speak your ear off on these topics! Intersectionality and diversity work is also very important to me, so being able to work at Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors’ Society and being able to meet you all is truly an amazing opportunity!! 🙂 I am excited to learn and to grow alongside you all! Thank you!