Board of Directors
The Strathcona Community Centre Association (SCCA) and Vancouver Parks Board jointly operate the Strathcona Community Centre. The SCCA is governed by a locally-elected Board of Directors made up of residents, community agency representatives and members at large. The SCCA is a provincially registered not-for-profit society and a federally registered charity. The SCCA Directors meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month, and several times a year on active committees, including:
- Executive Committee
- Program Committee
- Food Security Committee
- Childcare Committee
- Facilities Committee
- Human Resources and Governance Committee
- Finance and Fundraising Committee
- Sustainable Funding Strategy Working Group
If you would like to contact the SCCA Board, please email strathconaCC@gmail.com. Retained earning for 2018 can be found here.
Mine Water Management Specialist, SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc.
Christina grew up in Ontario, moved to Vancouver in 1996 and to Strathcona in 2006. After two degrees (BSc in Physics/ Oceanography and MASc in Civil Engineering), Christina began working in the mining industry as an environmental consultant on mine water management projects.
For the past few years, her involvement in the community centre has included sitting on the Food Security Committee (since 2016) and organizing the Family Halloween Dance (2015-2017).
With 4 small kids, she uses and appreciates the Strathcona Community Centre frequently.
Studio Manager, InWithForward
Anna has extensive experience in strategic management and corporate development. She excels at combining the artistic vision of a project with its business realities. She is versatile and comfortable in a creative and production capacity, whilst supervising business operations.
Anna has extensive experience working with a variety of different stakeholders ranging from government to corporate to private and not-for-profit sectors. Anna graduated of the University of Victoria and holds a Bachelor of Commerce, International Business.
Her guiding belief is rooted in the notion that the success of any community relies on the involvement and participation of its people from all levels. She firmly believes there is potential in everyone it’s just a matter of harnessing that potential and giving it the opportunity to flourish. She has a life-long commitment to fostering relationships through mutual respect and understanding.
Principal, Westgate Group Inc.
By trade, I am a designer and marketing strategist; and most recently, business consultant, investor and entrepreneur.
A few key areas of marketing I’ve specialized in: design; branding; publishing; media - including social media, media buying and technologies; consumer behaviour research; and ‘big data’. In business, I’ve garnered experience in developing systems; team development; recruitment; sales negotiations; mergers and acquisitions; business strategy and, corporate social responsibility.
I hold a BD (Communications) from Emily Carr; studies at UBC and MIT Sloan School of Management.
Marketing and Promotions, Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects Inc.
Emma is Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Strathcona Community Centre Association and has been a director since 2016. To the board she brings her 15+ years of experience of working and volunteering in Strathcona, as well as her interest in non-profit governance and community and recreation architecture and design.
Emma is also President of the Strathcona Business Improvement Association board and is the marketing and promotions lead at Strathcona-based Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects. In her limited spare time, she's started going to bootcamp twice a week at the Centre!
Principal, Plotform Planning
Holly is big on community and that is why she is on the Board at the Community Centre. It is an opportunity to give something back to a community that keeps on giving so much – to her, her business, her family, her neighbours and friends.
Since 2016, her involvement at the Centre has included participation on the Childcare Committee, the Facilities Committee (leading a Needs Assessment Study), the Program Committee.
With an MA in Urban Planning, she is a now business owner of a planning office in Strathcona which conducts pre-design space planning services – the new Strathcona Library Branch was one of her projects!
She has lived for ten years in Strathcona with her husband and two children.
Artist and Teacher
Sarah is a local artist, writer and teacher, she has lived on the edges of Strathcona for over twenty years with her son and two cats. She has been a Board member for the last two years and helps head up the Programming Committee. She has a keen interest in developing Arts programming at the Centre, if you have any ideas or desires for particular Arts workshops, she would love to hear from you!
Janine De La Salle,
Principal, Urban Food Strategies
Janine de la Salle brings over 15 years of experience in building healthy communities and resilient food systems with government, university, private and non-profit sectors and is one of Canada’s leading professionals in the emerging field of food and agriculture system planning. Janine is a resident of Strathcona, a regular in the dog park, and is passionate about mushroom and wild food foraging. Janine believes that community is the centre of human happiness and that the Strathcona Community Centre is part of keeping and creating a strong community.
Pastor, Coastal Church
Fari was originally born in the Islamic Republic of Iran and moved to Canada in the year 2000. In 2006 he got married and today has two beautiful young girls. In 2008 Fari graduated with a Bachelor of Theology and very soon after started working at the Union Gospel Mission on the outreach team serving some of the most hurting and marginalized members of our community in Downtown Eastside.
In 2010 he returned to part-time studies at Carey Theological College for his Master of Divinity. Fari now works at Coastal Church as one of the pastors helping to make our city a better place.
Fari and his family live in the neighborhood and enjoy being part of a diverse and unique community. When he is not working or studying Fari loves to hang out with his family, enjoy good food and workout at the gym.
Lawyer, Pender Litigation
Kevin and his spouse, Andrea, have been proud residents of Strathcona since 2015. He is a partner at Pender Litigation, a boutique law firm he co-founded in 2017. Kevin’s law practice is primarily focused on Criminal, Regulatory and Administrative law matters.
Kevin has a keen interest in helping to ensure that the Centre is optimized to meet the important needs of Strathcona’s diverse population.
Business Development Consultant, The Parkside Hotel & Spa
Deb is a long time resident of Strathcona who put down roots in the hood because of a desire to live somewhere with a strong, vibrant sense of community that embraced and honored the diversity, income levels and ways of being of its citizens.
Work wise, Deb has extensive experience working in hotels and tourism, particularly in the areas of sales, marketing and operations. She is recognized in her industry as someone who brings to the table a strong ability to quickly understand problems and provide focused, creative, hands-on strategies and activities that she activates to bring short and long term solutions and results. Her first career was as a graphic designer and design of all sorts is still a big passion. Along the way there’s been many side gigs including gardening, cleaning, cooking, bar tending and party organising.
Deb has volunteered with many organizations including Big Sisters of the Lower Mainland, We Day, Dress for Success, Glastonbury Festival and Kelowna Apple Triathlon.
Elder, Local Area Planning Committee, Author
I am Victoria Rose Bull, I have done many years of Volunteer Work on the East Side of Vancouver, including: 10 years at Sir William MacDonald School, 1 year at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House, 8 years at Carnegie Community Centre, 10 years on the Local Area Planning Committee, and 14 years at Strathcona Elementary and Strathcona Community Centre.
Business Owner, Community Tent Rentals