New View Board of Directors
ChairpersonSonja 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.
Vice ChairpersonKaren joined the Board of Directors in 2007 after retiring as a dental assistant. Prior to her career as a dental assistant, she was a Manager in a telephone company. Her interest in New View Society developed due to a family member struggling with a mental illness. Her goal is to work towards providing more housing and services, particularly for young people.
TreasurerMarian 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.
Jana became a Board member in 2014, and has been contributing her years of experience as a human resource professional ever since. With over 14 years in a variety of leadership and operational management roles Jana is now a human resources consultant, and the founder of Tulloch Consulting. Jana’s desire to volunteer with New View stemmed from her interest in mental health in the workplace and firsthand experience of the challenges mental health issues can present within the family unit.
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.
Irene McDermott joined the New View Board in 2011, chaired the Board from 2012 – 2014 and after a brief hiatus, rejoined the Board in 2016 as she continues to value the down-to-earth supportive work of New View Society. Irene has worked as a freelance researcher and writer in human services mostly through her firm McDermott Consulting. She has expertise in and has completed many projects in the areas of health, mental health, disability, addictions, continuing care, public health and perinatal health and has worked with a diverse group of clients. Irene lives in Vancouver with her husband.
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.
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.