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 Operations
Miriam Homem de Mello
Volunteer Coordinator and Programs Assistant
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.
Manager of Community Services
Meeka Marsolais, our Manager of Community Services, holds a PBD in Gerontology from SFU and previously led the Close to Home and Choose to Move programs at WESN. Meeka is passionate about addressing social isolation and loneliness among older adults in the community and celebrating aging. Beyond her role at WESN, Meeka hosts a monthly radio show and podcast called “Talking Aging” and leads a Queer 55+ program on Friday nights.
Close to Home Coordinator
Margaret Ovenell is a Master's student in Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in 2021, Margaret returned to Vancouver and worked as a Cluett Fellow (Selections and Program Coordinator) at the Loran Scholars Foundation. Margaret is dedicated to combatting social isolation and building community and is excited to do that as the Close to Home Coordinator at the West End Seniors' Network. When she's not at the WESN or studying, she can be found cross stitching at her weekly stitching group or trying to learn how to swim.
Community Services Coordinator and Choose to Move Activity Coach
604-669-5051 ext 1
Community Services Coordinator
604-669-5051 ext. 2
Niloofar is currently pursuing her second master's degree in Gerontology at SFU. With a background in architecture, she's focused on creating age-friendly environments that enhance older adults' mobility and social participation. Through research projects and community engagement, Niloofar is committed to bridging the gap between theory and practice, aiming to make a meaningful impact on the lives of older adults.
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.
Kay's Place Assistant
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.
Last Updated: 14-Apr-2022