Donna Clarke – Executive Director
Donna has more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector, most of which has been working with seniors organizations or on seniors issues. She has managed other seniors centres and retirement residences; and, held positions in government relations and project coordination as it pertains to senior’s housing. As a young woman, she even taught a seniors fitness class at the YM/YWCA. Community Development is her forte and she prepared for that by taking the Community Leadership Program at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. She learned first hand from her parents who were activists and advocates for many causes.
She 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 she belongs as she understands how important it is to give back to my community. She has volunteered all her life and has served on several committees including Boards of Directors.
Joon Kim – Executive Assistant
Joon went to BCIT to study Financial Management Accounting Option. He worked at a bead import warehouse for three years prior to starting his journey here with us at RCSS. He and his family are from Korea. Joon has one younger brother. He is quite the athlete that plays all sorts of sports .Joon spends most of his free time at the gym.
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 helping and working with seniors. Seniors remind her of her parents. Please come and 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 – Adult Day Program 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. She has returned to SFU complete a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Gerontology and anticipates finishing the program in Fall 2018. While attending university, she volunteered for 4 years with the another Adult Day Program. 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 – Activity Worker
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.
Emily Lonsdale – Summer Student
Meet Emily, our new summer student here at Renfrew Collingwood Seniors Society. She just moved to Vancouver this year after completing her psychology degree at the University of Calgary. She grew up in West-Central Alberta in a small town called Rocky Mountain House, so she really appreciates all the amazing services large cities have to offer. She has been accepted into Simon Fraser University to complete a Masters in Gerontology that will begin Fall 2017. She loves spending time getting to know the different members of her community and learning more about the unique life stories of those around her.
In her spare time, she enjoys camping, reading, gardening, and traveling. A fun fact about her is that she lived in the Netherlands for a semester while she studied at the University of Amsterdam! She is really looking forward to her summer here at RCSS, and she can’t wait to get to know all of you.
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.