Claudine comes to us with over 15 years of experience working with the older adult population within Neighbourhood Houses and other related seniors serving organizations. Claudine holds a Masters of Gerontology and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Psychology from Simon Fraser University. Claudine most recently held the role of Director of Family and Senior Services at Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House. She brings proven experience working with public funders, managing and reporting on the various funding streams, and is well known and respected by our funders. Claudine will be bringing skills in fiscal management, human resources, and community engagement as we start afresh in the post-pandemic environment.
Manager of Programs, Activities, and Events
Jennifer completed her MA in 2016 at SFU on the wellbeing benefits of nature in cities.
She graduated in Gerontology in 2020, with a focus on mobility and social participation.
She has worked with older people in research, advocacy, and community settings for
more than 5 years.
Manager of Volunteer Resources
Manager of Community Services
Events and Communications Coordinator
Yathu Radhakrishnan is a graduate of Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a degree in Marketing Management.
His experience working with seniors started at a bookstore in Ontario and he has taken his joy of working with older adults
to places like community centers, retirement communities, and, for many years now, the West End Seniors Network.
Community Services Coordinator and Choose to Move Activity Coach
604-669-5051 ext 1
Close to Home Coordinator and Choose to Move Activity Coach
Meeka is currently studying gerontology at SFU in the PBD program, graduating this spring. She is passionate about supporting people to build connections and form communities and believes this is critical to address the next public health crisis – social isolation. She volunteers at Vancouver Coop Radio, hosting a show she founded called ‘Talking Aging,’ with a mission to fight ageism. She is also a Head Skating Instructor with the City of Vancouver and a Certified Spin Instructor.
Social Prescribing Coordinator
Rachel completed her BA in Psychology and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Social Work degree at UBC. She has experience working with older adults as a support worker and is eager to continue her studies and involvement with the aging population.
Community Services Coordinator
604-669-5051 ext. 2
Indi is currently a PhD student in the department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. Her research and interest lie within the topics of older adults' mental wellbeing, digital literacy, and technology affordability/access. She was a volunteer for WESN (at Kay's Place and tech coach) for 2 years prior to starting her work as Community Services Coordinator.
Clothes and Collectibles Thrift Boutique
Manager of Support and Information Services
Susan completed her Bachelor of Business Administration at Simon
Fraser University. She volunteered for 3 years in palliative care at
St. Paul's Hospital, and she was an Information and Referral volunteer
at our Kay's Place location before taking on this role.
Jeff Darcy is a registered clinical social worker (RCSW) in British Columbia, which means he provides counselling for personal, relational, and professional issues. He sees clients in his private practice in addition to working as a part-time counsellor at WESN. Jeff works closely with Bill Coleman, our other counsellor at WESN. They coordinate workshops, facilitate discussion groups, and supervise the Peer Support Volunteer Program. Jeff works to build community and create connections, as relationships are the foundation of a mentally and physically healthy life. He integrates mindfulness and other counselling models to best serve his clients' needs. He has a diverse background. Before being a counsellor, Jeff worked as an engineer, teacher, and facilitator. He humbly acknowledges that we live, work, and play on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people. He gratefully hikes, skis, and swims in the great outdoors of the Vancouver area. He also enjoys yoga, volunteering, independent cinema, and healthy cuisine.
At age 72, I did not expect to be working again, but I am excited about providing support and training for peer counselling. The help and change I believe comes from the relationship between two people. Support requires empathy, understanding and acceptance. I have worked in the mental health field for over 40 years: with criminals, sexual health issues, community mental health, gay men, teaching counselling, and peer training.
Last Updated: 14-Apr-2022