Mary Jane MacLennan
Mary Jane is a retired federal public servant whose senior leadership roles ranged from labour market development programs to public pensions to social policy. “My greatest satisfaction working coast to coast over 3 decades came from empowering communities to identify their own social issues and build local capacity to initiate change. I am very pleased to be part of the Westside Seniors Hub as a founding member of the Council and a long time resident of the west side.”
Joanne has a Master of Social Work from UBC and brings more than 30 years of experience in not for profit management. Until retirement last year, she was Director of Senior Services at Jewish Family Services. She values neighbourhood (lives in Kitsilano for 33 years) and community development approaches. She is currently a Board member of Brock House Society
Ken recently retired from an interesting active engineering career managing the Alaska Highway. Since then, whether cooking with others for the Seniors Drop In, setting up and hanging out with the Parents and Tots, helping lead English Conversation Circles, participating in the Westside Hub to coordinate services to seniors or most recently engineering and building waste recycling carts, Ken has been a fully engaged member of the Kits House community. Ken enjoys his day to day retirement with the odd exotic trip like Egypt in October to add spice. Ken encourages others to come join the wonderful group of Kits House volunteers and supportive staff. “Finding enough to keep me busy and socially involved would be a challenge. I tried three things but had too many empty hours and too little social interaction until I discovered Kits House last December.”
Lynn has been a biology instructor, science librarian, and nurse in long-term care facilities. She joined the Westside Seniors Hub at its inception in 2015 as a way to meet and work with neighbours interested in promoting seniors’ issues. Lynn believes that retiring seniors should have ready access to needed services and interesting programs so they can stay active and comfortably age in place. She loves living on the Westside with its parks, beaches, amazing vistas, and proximity to so many amenities. “The Westside Seniors Hub is a way for me to engage in creating a community where seniors can comfortably age in place and find fulfillment.”
Peter is retired from his position as Senior Biologist at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environmental Assessment and Major Projects Unit. He served for several years as President of the Vancouver United Football Club. Now he serves on the Dunbar Community Centre Association Board of Directors and with the Vancouver Pickleball Association as well as Westside Seniors Hub.
The Hub Council collaborates with Partner Organizations to identify, direct and guide activities of the Hub to fulfill its mission to build a more responsive and resilient seniors community. Together with Partners, we identify and highlight assets that help Westside seniors thrive. We also identify where there are gaps in services and resources and then find ways to take action.
Broad areas of interest include transportation, communications, housing, programming, elder abuse prevention, health promotion, sustainability, and social engagement. The Hub endeavours to involve local seniors in collaboratively moving forward on important issues.
Council members are appointed based on their knowledge and experience with seniors’ issues and willingness to advocate for seniors’ well-being. The Council is richer when there is diversity among the people who bring their skills, experience and perspectives to our work.
What do Council members do?
Council members attend monthly meetings and devote 10-15 hours per month engaged in the work of the Hub in various ways to facilitate collaborative action.
Some of the work they do includes:
Attend committee meetings devoted to particular areas of need or interest
Connect with community leaders and organizations
Attend, plan and/or support events with their organizational and technological skills
Solicit sponsors and new members
Engage with volunteers and community members
Scan for opportunities to collaborate
Stay abreast of research reports, media articles, statistical data and public fora regarding seniors issues
The Hub Council now meets monthly online but will resume in-person meetings when feasible.
We welcome new members who are motivated by the values and aims of the Westside Seniors Hub.
Council is recruiting new members!
The Hub Council is recruiting volunteers to join us and ensure that Westside neighbourhoods are places where seniors can thrive. We work collaboratively with Hub Partners on projects such as Dementia Ventures. For more information, please click here.