New View Board of Directors
Sonja joined New View Society as a Board member in 2011, with a Bachelor’s in Child and Youth Care and a Master’s Degree in Human Security. Sonja has experience working in the mental health field with adolescents, individuals in conflict zones, individuals struggling with homelessness in the Downtown Eastside, and adults with mental health issues involved with the criminal justice system. Sonja joined New View in the hopes of continuing to enhance the community’s capacity to promote Mental Health and Wellness.
Marian joined the Board in January 2008, and contributes over 22 years of experience as a Human Resources Manager. She has been concerned for a number of years about the growing number of homeless people in our communities, particularly those who suffer from mental illness who need support and resources to facilitate long term rehabilitation. Her goal is to ensure that New View continues its exemplary work in the Tri-Cities area, and develops a long term strategic plan for sustainability and growth for the future.
A Board Member since 2014, Paul has gone to both art school and a graphics design college. After working for various print shops, magazines, design studios and agencies in Vancouver, Paul has decided to stop the commute, work for himself, and have more time for his wife, his children, and volunteering. Paul’s goal is to support the society by applying his expertise in the areas of media and communication with the hope of broadening the awareness and understanding of the society.
Christine joined the New View Board of Directors in 2015 with a Bachelors of Education from UBC and a Post-baccalaureate in Gerontology at SFU. Originally the sole proprietor of a quilting store, she is now the Executive Director for North Shore Volunteers for Seniors. Originally introduced to New View in 2013 while taking the Family to Family program, Christine now Co-Facilitates the Peer Family Support group held in our facilities. Having a family member with mental health diagnosis, Christine is very interested in mental health services in the community.
Devyn is a sales and marketing professional with an education and background in Hospitality/Business Management. Being a resident of the City of Port Coquitlam for 30 years, she is very passionate about the community she grew up in and would like to give back and support its development however possible. She enjoys networking, volunteer work, event planning, and spending time with her family. Devyn wanted to join the Board of directors to help educate and encourage the community’s awareness about Mental Health, and to be an advocate for the Society.
Roger is an entrepreneur, a former IT Sr. Executive for Financial and Technology Organizations and an active Social and Community Services Supporter. He migrated to Canada in 2010 and has worked for public sector organizations like the Government of Alberta, BC Ministry of Justice, Fraser Health Authority and Private companies like HyperWALLET, ActiveNetworks amongst others since then. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Burnaby, and has been engaged with other community services like the Parental Advisory Council (PAC), Food Bank events and multiple local and International Rotary Community services which aligned with his personal commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities where we live and work.
He is currently launching a community-based portal (ClubMeIn.com) shifting the way commerce works and improving the way supply and demand interact between each other.
He is originally from Mexico and possesses a Master’s degree in Science of Administration from The University of Central Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He has more than 20 years of experience managing technology areas in international corporations in Canada, The United States and Mexico.
Nicholas joined the Board in 2017, with an education from Simon Fraser University in Business Administration and Marketing. Having experience in people leadership, management, and community engagement within the financial services industry for the past 7 years, Nicholas currently works for Vancity Credit Union. He enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering, and playing baseball. A long-time Port Coquitlam resident for the past 30 years, Nicholas is dedicated to supporting healthy inclusive communities in the Tri-Cities.
Aram Askarian is an Executive at Noura Construction, a family company owned and operated in Coquitlam. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and a BC Real Estate License. Her passions include helping others and working towards becoming a true human being.
Jeanette joined the Board in 2017, with an education in Business Administration and Human Resources. She brings over 25 years of experience working in the human resources field, leadership and organizational development. Jeanette is passionate about helping people, teams, and communities thrive. Jeanette works for First West Credit Union. Jeanette looks forward to utilizing her skills and past experience in community development to support the goals of New View Society and their members. Through many years of working with not-for-profits she has developed a high appreciation for volunteers and the leadership who make a difference in the lives of others.
Sandra J. Horton
Sandra J. Horton became a board member in 2017, and brings years of experience studying and working within the healthcare sector, as both a Recreation Therapist, Administrator and sales professional. Sandra holds a Master’s degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University. Sandra is also a Co-founder of the Women’s Collaborative Hub, a company that provides leadership education, training and skills development. Empowered to do more and give back she is also a Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, Co-chair for the Family Friendly Business Working Group and Self-Management Practice Lead.
Honorary Board Member
Kay began as a volunteer and eventually transitioned into becoming the Executive Director of New View Society in 1983. During her tenure, the programs expanded to include a Clubhouse and drop-in center, vocational/educational programs, a thrift store, and expanded physically with the purchase of the Clubhouse building, 5 houses, and the development of an apartment complex. Since her retirement in 2000, she hasn’t missed a step. She has been heavily active on the Board of Directors, welcomes members to Muffin Mornings, and organizes a Christmas Brunch every year for members who don’t have a place to go. Kay is the heart of the Society, a mentor to many staff and Board members, and continues to be a strong advocate for members.
- Bell Let’s Talk Day
- Family to Family
- SAVE THE DATE: New View Society is Just Singin’ Round
- Mental Health First Aid
- FREE Family BBQ and Games
- Free Community Breakfast!
- Staff Appreciation Day 2016
- New View Society Lights Up Purple for World Mental Health Day!
- PEER – People Encouraging Everyone’s Recovery
- Family Support Groups
In The News
- Let’s Talk – January 25, 2017
17 Jan 2017
Louise Jolicoeur and Darrell Roemer win Bhayana Awards!
7 Nov 2016
- New View Society is featured in the Tri-City News!
26 Oct 2016
- Why Mental Health Matters for Students
20 Sep 2016
- Vancouver’s homeless not adhering to anti-psychotic medication regimens: study
22 Aug 2016
- My Biggest Supporter: Heroes of Hope
18 Jan 2016
- Kay’s FUNd puts smiles on their faces
24 Nov 2015
- Family to Family for Mental Health Support
8 Sep 2015
- Raising mental-health awareness
26 Feb 2015
- On the air from PoCo
12 Feb 2015
- New View Society Offers Training Course
19 Sep 2014
- New View Hosts Mental Health First Aid Class
12 Sep 2014
- Port Coquitlam Program Tackles Topic of Mental Illness
18 Aug 2014
- Column: A Post Riverview World
18 Jul 2014
- Reopen Riverview, says Mental Health Agency
19 Sep 2013
- New View hosts May Day breakfast
7 May 2013
- New View offers Mental Health First Aid
27 Sep 2012
- New View Society Celebrates Accomplishments
24 Apr 2012
- New Housing Opens in Port Coquitlam
18 Nov 2011
- New View, New digs, New Hope in Port Coquitlam
9 Nov 2011