Board of Directors

STUART ALCOCK

Before retiring, Stuart worked as a social worker, a manager of legal services, and constituency assistant. In addition to being the past president of 411 Seniors Centre Society, he is a member of the Advisory Council to the Seniors Advocate and is on the Steering Committee of Corinne’s Quest (http://www.corinnesquest.ca/). Stuart also volunteers at Ballet BC (www.balletbc.com).

DAVID HANDELMAN

David is a retired lawyer who practiced in the areas of Immigration Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights, and Labour Law. David is currently a panel member of the Property Assessment Review Panel and the Employment Assistance Appeal Tribunal. David is also a member of the board of directors of the Justice Education Society and he is on the board of Burnaby Art Gallery Advisory Council. David sits in on the Program Committee.

MARION POLLACK

Marion is a retired postal worker and a long-time activist with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). Marion is President of the CUPW Metro Vancouver Retirees Organization and a Board Member of BC FORUM – the Federation of Retired Union Members. She is passionate about women’s issues and continues to work for the economic, social and political equality of all women. She is an Information and Referral (I&R) volunteer and sits on the program committee.

GWEN WILLOX

Treasurer Gwen holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology, as well as a Certificate in Financial Management from BCIT (2006). For 19 years, she worked as a Financial Assistance Worker with the Ministry of Social Development with the last 10 years on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Previously, she worked with women in the corrections systems focusing on working toward positive community reintegration.

PATSY CRAIG

Patsy is the board representative for the Information and Referral Program on the Nominations and Membership committees and a member of the New Facility committee. Patsy is an I&R Volunteer at the Centre. Patsy developed programs, policies and organized hundreds of volunteers in Accredited Administrator of Volunteer Services. She is a Registered Rehabilitation Professional in the disability management industry.

RANDALL MACKINNON

Randall first joined 411 in 2003 at Dunsmuir when he turned 55 and has been an active 411 member since 2014. He volunteered with I&R, and has served on many community boards since 1972. Most recently Randall served on the SFU Seniors’ Lifelong Learning Society Board.  Randall has a BA in Psychology, a BSW in Community Work and a MSW in Social Policy and Planning (UBC).

LOUISE LECLAIR

Louise spent 40 years working in Communications from broadcast communications to government, culture and labour. In 2003, she received her Masters Degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University. Louise is passionate about seniors’ issues in particular the lack of appropriate local transportation and quality housing for seniors. She has lived in a Housing Co-Op for the past 20 years where she has filled the role of president, treasurer and chairperson of the maintenance committee. Louise also sits on the Board of the Vancouver Moving Theatre Company as its treasurer. Louise is also a volunteer for Mid-Main Community Health Centre in the diabetes and high blood pressure education programs.

KANWARJIT SANDHU

Kanwarjit (Kan) was born and raised in Punjab, India. He raised two girls in Richmond and after 36 years of service as a bank manager, he is now retired. Kan was appointed to the Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee by the City of Richmond. He has been on the Board of Directors for Richmond Multicultural Community Services (RMCS) in various capacities such as President, Vice President and Secretary. Kan is an active member of 411’s New Facility Committee.

KELLY TALAYCO

Kelly is a retired senior citizen who has lived in Vancouver for 40 years, most of that time in the Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhood. Kelly has been a teacher, worked in communications and corporate offices in executive support categories, run her own home-based business and she’s been a full-time caregiver. Kelly has spoken at City Council regarding both pedestrian and cultural concerns particularly in support of the Chinatown Action Group’s position on 105 Keefer Street.  Kelly is also a volunteer for Mid-Main Community Health Centre in the diabetes and high blood pressure education programs.

DR. V. SETTY PENDAKUR

Dr. V. Setty Pendakur is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia (School of Community and Regional Planning.  He taught at UBC for over 30 years, has worked in more than 30 countries as a Transportation Policy Advisor for international agencies such as the Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, The UNDP, Economic Commission for Africa and the World Bank.  Currently he serves as a Senior Policy Advisor to the State Council of China and the Government of Singapore.  Former City Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Metro Vancouver Director, Dr. Pendakur continues to be active on many Community Boards including Immigrant Services Society of BC, Western Theatre Conspiracy Society, Alexandra Foundation (President), Seniors Centre Building Committee of the Akali Singh Sikh Temple (Chair) and the Facilities Committee of the 411 Seniors Society.

WILLEM A HAAN

Born in the Netherlands in 1949, Willem has been self-employed most of his adult life.  He is the owner Black & Wit. Interior design studio with antiques/stationary/oddities. Residential / store plan / commercial est. 1979. Owner WH Painting Wallpaper / specialty painting and finishes. est. 1988. Willem has been a Director with  Strathcona Community center association for seven years. He has a Food safe certificate is on the loans and mortgage committee of CCEC credit union Committee at CCEC credit union loans and mortgage committee and elected to the CCEC Board investment and loans committee.

MOHINDER GREWAL

Mohinder was appointed as a director by the Board in 2011 and is currently 1st Vice President. He is a member of the Constitution Committee, having previously served on the Finance, Strategic Planning and Personnel Committees. Mohinder has dedicated his life in Canada to the wellbeing of immigrants and Visible Minorities, and to a just society in which all are welcome. He has worked in the area of race relations, immigrant services and cultural and social policy development and served as a member of the Convention Refugee Determination Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Over the past nearly forty years he has served on many other boards and committees that safeguard the well-being of immigrants and Visible Minorities in general. His involvement with seniors’ issues spans from his days as vice-chair of the B.C. Seniors Advisory Council, representing B.C. on the Canada Coordinating Committee for the U N’s IYOP celebrations, a member of the BC Premier’s Council on Aging and Seniors’ Issues, a member of BC Regional Review Committee for the New Horizons Program for Seniors and a member of the United Way Provincial Advisory Committee on “Better at Home”. Currently Mohinder is a member of the City of Richmond Seniors’ Advisory Committee and Intercultural Advisory Committee; Vice President, Metro Vancouver Cross Cultural Seniors Network Society; a director of COSCO and Vice President of Richmond Addiction Services Society. In 2015 he was appointed to the B.C. Seniors Advocate’s Council of Advisors. He is also a member of the Provincial Committee on Cultural Diversity and Policing. In 2012 Mohinder was the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.