Senior’s Riding Representatives

Abbotsford.  Elaine Olson

Personal Strengths:  Leadership, Innovative, Communication & Organizational Skills. Develops, Manages, Operates: Commercial & Residential Real Estate Properties, Worldwide Nannies-Recruitment and placement agency, Face Makers, Franchised bottling for Coca-Cola. Fundraise & Special Events: Community Art Center, Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Symphony Orchestra Assn. Volunteering: World Cup Opening/Closing Ceremonies, Regional District Housing Authority and Finance Committees

Burnaby-North Seymour. Margaret (Peggy) Stewart



Margaret McIntyre Stewart (“Peggy”) worked in the broadcasting industry in Victoria and Calgary.  Her series “Eating Off the Land Across Canada” aired on national CBC radio, followed by her first book “Radio Ladies: Canada’s Women on the Air: 1922-1975”. Obtained her degree in English Literature at age of 58, then she founded a niche publishing company which publishes Canadian women’s social history books for young Canadian women.

Caribou-Prince George. John DeGrace

john-degrace-600x600Now semi-retired, John DeGrace is a professional geoscientist with many years experience working in prospective areas of both eastern and western Canada. He also had a long history as a senior university administrator, acting as Director of Research Development and later as University Registrar at UPEI in Charlottetown; and then as Registrar and University Secretary at UNBC in Prince George.

Chilliwack-Hope. Vic Froese

Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam. Claire Vermette

Courtenay-Alberni. Pat Kermeen

Delta. Evelyn Funk

evelyn-funk-319x311Evelyn is retired after acareer in administration with national corporations such as international fisheries commission, the Vancouver Police Department. She is a writer of children’s books.and  has a long association  with the Liberal party with a special interest in seniors. She has developed case studies for improvements in our government to improve services not only to seniors but to all Canadians. She is Coordinator, Delta Liberal Elders.

Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. Mel Dobres

Fleetwood-Port Kells. Betty Yamamoto

Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo. Penny Gabriel

Kelowna-Lake Country. Judy Berg

Judy worked in senior management careers including communications for federal depts of employment, immigration, unemployment insurance and western economic diversification. She held leadership positions in a children’s rehabilitation hospital, an inner city child care, and in employment and post-secondary education on First Nations communities. She authored a self-help book and has facilitated seminars on “achieving success” in Canada and the US.  She has a keen interest in policy development and stakeholder consultation processes.

Langley-Aldergrove. Jacqui DeFrayer

Nanaimo-LadySmith.- Helen Shaw

Retired Professor (Critical Thinking, Advanced Composition, Media Studies)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith EDA:
Communications Chair 2013-2014
Policy Chair 2015-2016
Secretary 2016 to present
Parksville Probus Club:
Social Chair 2013-2015
Speakers Committee Member 2014 to present
Vice President 2015
President 2016 to present

North Island-Powell River. Shirley McLoughlin

North Okanagan-Shuswap. Sandra Stanley

North Vancouver. Joanne Barker

Port Moody-Coquitlam. David Wallace

Saanich-Gulf Islands. Christine Blackburn BA, HBSW, MAIS

christine-blackburn-600x600As a lab technician, Christine came to Canada from England and worked at the Universities of Toronto and Western Ontario. In Ontario she worked as a journalist and in distance education. .  Christine has recently retired from her position as assistant to the Health Promotion Director, Department of National Defence, Esquimalt, to complete her Masters of Integrated Studies, Athabasca University. She serves on the executive of a United Church children’s camp.

South Surrey-White Rock. Judith Higginbotham

Surrey Center. Murray Lightman

Surrey-Newton. Tirah Sarai

Vancouver Centre. Jennifer Canas

Vancouver Granville. Stephen McMinn

steve-mcminn-600x450Born in Glasgow, Scotland. Obtained a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Strathclyde. Emigrated to Canada in 1970. Retired consulting engineer – now working as a grandfather. Past President of South Granville Seniors Centre. President of the Vancouver Street Soccer League. Former Councillor of the District of North Vancouver. Former Member and Director with Kiwanis Clubs in BC, Alberta, Ontario and Bermuda.

Vancouver Quadra – Jean Lewandowski

jean-1024x768Jean has taught Computer Science at university, community college and was Director of IT at secondary school s in Manitoba,  Ontario and British Columbia.  She founded a computer training business. Jean is on the executive of Vancouver Quadra and is on the executive of SLCBC and WLCBC and is the SLCBC webmaster.

Victoria. Syd Haskell

West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky. Judith Berg