Madeleine MacIvor – Chair
Madeleine MacIvor became involved with Renfrew Collingwood Seniors’ Society in 2011 when her mother, Dorothe, began attending the Centre. She was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2012.
Madeleine has a background in education. She graduated from the Native Indian Teacher Education Program (BEd, Elementary) Ts’kel Graduate Studies (MA, Science Education). In 2011 she received a Doctorate of Letters, honoris causa from the University of the Fraser Valley for her work in Aboriginal education. In 2012 she completed a Doctor of Education. The topic of her dissertation is “Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education Policy Development in British Columbia, 1986-2011.” Between 1989 and 2011, Madeleine worked with Aboriginal students at First Nations House of Learning, UBC.
Madeleine is now retired, and in her post-retirement life, she is honored to serve on RCSS’s Board of Directors.
Tara Abraham – Vice Chair
Tara has served on the Board of Directors for a few years now. With the Board of Directors, she has begun important work establishing policies and procedures and supporting the Executive Director, Donna, as she works toward building a smooth running organization and a healthy workplace. She enjoys working with the rest of the Board.
She looks forward to utilizing her training in management as well as her professional experience in Public Health for the furthering Renfrew Collingwood Seniors Society’s mission.
Nancy Falcone – Member at Large
Nancy Falcone was born and raised in the Renfrew Collingwood area where her parents still reside. Nancy’s mother, Dora, attends the center and receives excellent care. After learning that there was an opportunity to help support the board members and the director, Donna Clarke, Nancy felt compelled to volunteer her time. She is looking forward to making new connections and supporting the community.
Professionally, Nancy has taught students from the ages of 11 to 17 years of age for over 27 years in the Coquitlam School District. She currently teaches students with special needs and works closely with teachers to help support students with a variety of learning needs.
At home in North Burnaby, Nancy lives with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys gardening, hiking and yoga. Her future plans include retirement, travelling, painting and writing.
Poonam Kaila – Secretary
Poonam started volunteering at the Renfrew Collingwood Seniors’ Society in 2008. She has always enjoyed volunteering and wanted to continue to be in the community while pursuing her university education. She found the Centre via an internet posting for volunteers. After her first visit and talk with Donna she left very happy with her decision to join us. She has been helping with the newsletter and other activities ever since. She previously worked as our summer student, which she enjoyed very much. She now holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.
When she heard that the Board of Directors had openings, she was able to join since her school schedule changed. So, now that she has been a member of the Board for a few years, she continues to look forward to helping move the centre forward to the betterment of the seniors. She has learned so much from her time here, especially from talking with all of the wonderful seniors. She truly has a greater respect and admiration for seniors; and, the running of the society.
She hopes to continue to be a useful asset to the Board and you all. She will continue as long as she can to be a part to the Centre. She us very much blessed and thankful for the Renfrew Collingwood Seniors’ Society, for what it is doing in the community and beyond.
Kamaljeet Kler – Senior Liason
Arriving in 1904, her family were Vancouver pioneers and her grandchildren are fourth generation. She has a Masters in Literature and Bachelor of Education. She was the Principal of a high school in India and then worked in rest homes with seniors.
She has a special passion for working with seniors. She loves coming to the Centre and seeing everyone – it makes her happy!
She has served as a Board Member to several committees: fundraising, nominating, and liaising. She has also helped raise money.
Olga Smirnova – Treasurer
Olga moved to Canada from Russia in 2008 where she graduated from the Russian Institute of Economics with a Bachelor in Economics, majoring in Financial Management. She started volunteering at RCSS in 2009 and, after a few months, joined the RCSS staff and continued to work there for almost seven years looking after administrative and financial tasks. After leaving her job at Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors’ Society, Olga joined the Board of Directors as a Treasurer.
Olga is a finance and payroll professional dedicated to the non-for-profit sector. She brings 10 years of experience in non-profit finance, full-cycle accounting, reporting, policy and procedure development and system implementation.
In her free time, Olga enjoys doing various outdoors activities and travelling. She is also studying towards her CPA and CPM designation.
Paul Hucul – Human Resource Specialist
Paul Hucul was born and raised in Vancouver, and attended Notre Dame Secondary School. He graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and later received his Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources, and a Certificate in Business with a Human Resources specialization.
During his 34 years with the Vancouver Police Department, Paul’s work included 13 years performing Human Resources functions as a practitioner, supervisor and manager. Paul has had the opportunity to share his skills with students at Simon Fraser University, where he was a teaching assistant, and City University where he taught Human Resource Management, Business Communication and Organizational Behaviour. He left the VPD in 2007 to Join Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society where he is responsible for Human Resources and Quality Assurance.
Paul is involved in a variety of fitness and sports activities, including Karate, which he has practiced for 43 years. Sensei Paul is the chief instructor and head of BC Kyokushinkai Karate organization under Karate B.C. He teaches Karate at the Jewish Community Centre where he teaches approximately 75 students ranging from 5 years to 63 years old. He is also the Senior Advisor for the North American Karate Organization.
Jackie became involved with Renfrew Collingwood Seniors’ Society in 2021 to use the opportunity to work with her mother, Kamaljeet, who attends the Centre and is also a Board member and Board Senior Liaison.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Jackie first began working with seniors as a university student when she volunteered with Meals on Wheels to deliver meals to seniors. She studied at the University of British Columbia where she earned degrees in History; Sociology; Film & Television Production and most recently a certificate in Change Management. Working across industries, Jackie has acquired many years experience in the healthcare sector. She has experience as a Board Member, working with Boards and has been her building Strata Council President since 2013.
Having seen how involvement with the Seniors Society has contributed to her mom’s well-being, Jackie is excited to use her skills and experience to contribute to its success and grateful for the opportunity to give back.