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.
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.
Board MemberAram Askarian is an Executive Vice President at Noura Construction, a locally owned and operated Coquitlam business, that prides itself on its strong community values and family focused operations. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and is an active member of her community. With over a decade of experience in Real Estate Investment and Development she brings strong skill sets to New View and its Housing Committee. Her passions include being a mother, 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.
Justin joined the Board in 2018. He grew up in the Tri-Cities and lives Port Moody with his spouse and (wonderful) daughter. Justin is a lawyer with Golbey Law in Port Moody and his practice focuses on business law and real estate. He assists individuals and organizations of all sizes from helping someone buy their first condo to facilitating ten million dollar commercial transactions. In 2017 Justin was a top 3 finalist for Young Professional of the Year Award with the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce. Justin also volunteers with the Douglas College Self Employment Program and is a peer visitor and support for amputees of the Metro Vancouver area. You’ll find him on the slopes in the winter, or hiking or playing tennis in the summer. Justin is grateful to have the opportunity to help address mental health matters in his community with The New View Society.
Gurjeet Chima is an HR Director with over 20 years of experience in both the Retail and Telecommunications industry supported by an educational background in Human Resources, Leadership and Mental health. She is currently working as the Director of Human Resources for Canada at JYSK. Gurjeet has been an advocate for mental health initiatives in all of the organizations she has worked at and has volunteered in many capacities supporting shelters for abused women. Gurjeet has lived in the Tri-Cities for over 10 years and is dedicated to the community she lives in. She has a passion for animals and enjoys hiking and traveling the world.
Atefeh is an organizational psychologist with the passion of enriching peoples’ experiences at the workplace. She provides consulting to employees and organizations on creating a conscious and compassionate workplace. Atefeh is an active member of the Tri-Cities, and is a volunteer instructor delivering educational sessions to those who seek guidance to increase their self-awareness, and enhance their emotional intelligence skills. She enjoys listening to people’s experiences and stories because she believes there is a wealth of knowledge residing in each individual. She is an advocate of mental health awareness and creating a compassionate community.
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.