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Meet Our Board Members

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Bill Summersgill

Board Chair & President

Bill joined the New Chelsea Society Board in 2018. Bill brings his experience on numerous boards including the BC Coalition for the Elimination of Seniors Abuse, Benny’s Hope Women’s and Children’s Foundation of Canada, Wilson Seniors Centre and George Derby Veterans Care Centre. Bill has also been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 41 years and regularly assists in the yearly poppy sales for the branch and performs other tasks as needed on request by the Legion Branch Executive.

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Jan Robinson, CPA, CMA

Vice Chair & Vice President

Jan Robinson, CPA, CMA, is the newly retired, former Executive Director of Brightside Community Homes Foundation, one of Vancouver’s largest and longest standing affordable housing providers. Jan has worked in the non-profit sector since 2001, initially for the BC Apartment Owners and Managers Association (now LandlordBC) and then the Vancouver Regional Construction Association; both member-based associations. During those years, Jan was also a member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives and served on the BC Chapter board, as well as the on the Board for Brightside for several years.

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Terry Alleyn

Secretary & Treasurer

Terry Alleyn is very well versed with the Operations of NCS, having worked as the Director of Operations for 12 years before retiring in 2015. In his professional capacity, he has been a business owner, he has worked as a General Manager of the Maple Ridge Branch #88 of the Royal Canadian Legion, and also as a consultant for seniors housing developments. He has served on the boards of the Earl Haig Society and the Cloverdale Seniors Citizens Society. He also volunteers with the Burnaby Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society, BC Firefighters Burn Centre and Sources Community Services.

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Helen Akeroyd

Board Member

Helen Akeroyd has served on the Board of New Chelsea Society for 13 years, as an Executive Officer, 2nd Vice President and Chairperson of the Activities and Honors & Awards Committees. She is very active as a volunteer with a variety of benevolent organizations and since her retirement, Helen has been very active with the Legion and in particular with Burnaby seniors’ groups.

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Jim Howard

Board Member

Jim Howard is currently the Administrator with the Vancouver Poppy Office and prior to that was Chairman of their Board for 20 years. He has been a member of the New Chelsea Society Board for over 25 years holding many positions of leadership up to and including being President. He is very involved with the Royal Canadian Legion, having served in the positions of President, Zone and Deputy Zone Commander for various Zones.

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Sheran Lee Thomas

Board Member

Sheran Lee Thomas has served on the New Chelsea Society board of directors for over 10 years in various capacities, including as a member on the Activities Committee and Honours & Awards Committee. She has also been a dedicated volunteer in various leadership positions and member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 45 years, and an executive officer since 1982. She also has served on the board of Amos Gordon Ferguson Housing Society for 27 years.

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Kevin Moore

Board Member

Kevin Moore is a retired Lawyer who joined New Chelsea Society's Board of Directors in January of 2011. Prior to that, he served as the Society's legal counsel for over 20 years. Kevin has served on the Board of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of BC, and has been very active as a legal advisor in the non-profit housing sector in the City.

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Doug Longhurst

Board Member

Doug has an MBA and a BA in Economics, and is recently retired as the Director of Learning and Communications at the BC Vehicle Sales Authority. In Oregon, he worked as an Assistant Vice-President for Planning and Facilities at a university and a Co-Executive Director for a non-profit housing organization. Past positions on boards in Oregon include Chair and Vice-Chair of a housing non-profit and Chair of a Planning Commission.

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David Lee

Board Member

David has over 15 years of leading and facilitating significant management and change initiatives with corporate, non-profit and government organizations. As a consultant and most recently as the Executive Director of Organization Development at the John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland of BC, he has led and supported the development of partnerships across organizations and sectors, particularly in the areas of social enterprise and non-profit supportive housing. David is an Accredited Partnership Broker and Trainer through the Partnership Brokers Association in the UK.

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Jaraad Marani

Board Member

Jaraad has a Masters in Community and Regional Planning. He has dedicated his career in helping charities and non-profit housing societies strategically manage their real estate and development objectives. As a Senior Development Manager, Jaraad has managed the planning, approvals, construction and lease-up of over 800 units of rental housing.