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Meet the New Chelsea Society Leadership Team


Patrick Buchannon


Patrick has been the Executive Director, and now CEO of New Chelsea Society since 1997. Under his leadership, New Chelsea Society has nearly quadrupled its portfolio of housing units and has grown considerably its capacity and reputation as the third largest nonprofit housing provider in the Lower Mainland. Patrick holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from UBC, a Certificate in Senior Management from the Banff Centre for Higher Learning, and is also a Chartered Member of the Charter Institute of Housing – International. He was one of the CIH Western Canada Founders. He served on the Board of Directors of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association for 6 years, and was a member of the Burnaby Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing in 2018-19. He has served on the boards of a number of local non-profit organizations including the George Derby Care Society and the Veteran’s Memorial Housing Society. He is also an accomplished bagpiper and the Staff-Sergeant Emeritus & long time Secretary-Treasurer of the New Westminster Pipe Band.


Stefan Baune

Director of Development & Asset Management

Stefan has been the Director of Development and Asset Management since April 2019. Before that, he was the Director of Property Operations of New Chelsea Society since April 2015, and the Operations Manager from September 2012 to March 2015. Stefan worked as a Program Manager on one of Coast Mental Health’s housing facilities in the DTES and has worked as an employment counselor. He managed an addiction treatment and recovery house facility in Berlin for about 10 years Stefan holds a degree in Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) in Canada and is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in British Columbia. He has a Diploma in Economics and is a trained Electrician. Stefan has obtained a Social Housing Management and a Property Management Certificate. Currently, he is studying for his Construction and Development Certificate. He has also accomplished the Experienced Professional Route Program with the Chartered Institute of Housing (Canada) and is a Chartered Member (CIHCM) since 2018.


Derek Davidson

Director of Resident Services and Community Development

Derek comes to New Chelsea Society with over 30 years experience in leadership roles within charitable and not-for-profit organizations, all of which have been very “people focused”. Derek holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College (Ohio, USA) and a Masters degree in Health Services Administration, The George Washington University. Over the course of his career, Derek has held various health care administrative positions, functioned as an Executive Director for a Scottish cultural organization, served in the role of event manager, and is a long time educator in the Scottish performing arts. He provides bagpiping instruction to youth organizations, such as the Royal Canadian Army Cadets (RCAC), and participates in several community-based Scottish and Celtic organizations.


Jennifer Walsh

Director of Finance

Jennifer joined New Chelsea Society in July 2009 as Accountant and became Director of Finance in November 2012. Prior to working for New Chelsea, she worked in various accounting departments in different roles. She eventually decided to pursue an accounting designation, and earned her CMA designation in 2006. She was always interested in working in the Not-For-Profit sector and was excited to be offered opportunity at New Chelsea. Jennifer’s favorite reason for coming to work is the ability to give back and she can see how the work that she does is integral in New Chelsea’s mission, which helps people find safe affordable homes that they can be proud of, and which makes her proud to be part of this team.


Scott Stewart, CertCIH

Property Portfolio Manager

Scott has been with New Chelsea since January of 2016, and was brought on board as an Operations Manager to oversee 715 units as well as assist in the takeover of New Chelsea’s newest property – Stamps Place – from BC Housing. Prior to New Chelsea, Scott worked for the Provincial Government and for North West Hydraulics. Scott completed his Professional Property Manager and Property Management Certificates as well as his Social Housing Management Certificate at Langara College. In the spring of 2019 Scott achieved his “Certified” designation – CertCIH – with the Chartered Institute of Housing. When not at work you can find Scott in the workshop he has assembled, either teaching others about woodworking or working on personal projects himself – unless it is sunny out – and then you will find him on the golf course.


Marianna Nemeth, CertCIH

Property Portfolio Manager

Marianna brings 20 years of managerial and conflict resolution experience to the role of Property Operations and Tenant Relations. She provides assistance in areas of governance of building components, responsible for all aspects of operations and remediation. Marianna aims at providing timely attention to all her clients and adopts a positive and enthusiastic hands on approach to ensure a positive impact on those she connects with. Marianna holds Certificates in Property Management, Building Management, Water Restoration, Social Housing Management and is an accredited member of CIH Canada.


Shehzan Nathoo

Manager of Administration

Shehzan is responsible for providing high level administrative support to senior management, the board of directors, and all committees. She serves as the staff benefits administrator, looks after all the personnel records, produces newsletters and marketing materials and other administrative publications such as staff manuals and board governance manuals. She also manages the daily office operations and supervises the head office administrative staff and social media coordinator.


Karen Dupont

Manager of Chelsea Park

Following work in administration in Engineering, Land Surveying and Construction fields for 16 years. Karen transitioned to Health Care – specifically Mental Health for 25 years, finally fulfilling her purpose in life with New Chelsea Society in Seniors’ Care. Since 2008 Karen has maintained the personal goal and gratification of implementing and effecting a sense of belonging and satisfaction for our Independent Seniors living at Chelsea Park.