275 – 21st Street
West Vancouver,

BC V7V 4A5

Email: info@nsvs.ca

Phone: 604-922-1575

Fax: 888-275-3059

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About Us

Established in 1961, North Shore Volunteers for Seniors (NSVS), is a non-profit society dedicated to promoting the independence and well-being of Seniors on the North Shore. Since its founding, the organization has grown and changed, adapting to different financial and societal conditions, maintaining throughout this time its original mandate.

We believe all seniors can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the lives of seniors on the North Shore by providing activity, engagement and socialization through programs and services offered in the accessible, homelike atmosphere of our centre.


NSVS Board Members


Anita Dadson has served on the Board of Directors since 2011 and is beginning her second year as President of the Board. She brings years of experience to NSVS, having been a founding member of North Shore Disabilities Resource Centre, the Lionsview Seniors Planning Society, the Seniors Planning Society, and the B.C. Family Net Society. Anita’s life bears testimony to her belief that volunteer-based service is the backbone of every community. She works tirelessly to make life better for everybody.

Trained as a social worker, and with a daughter born with cerebral palsy, Anita became a very strong advocate – with a solid track record of attaining results – for her daughter and others with disabilities.

Born in the “old” Lions Gate Hospital, Anita’s roots on the North Shore can be traced to 1911 when her grandfather pitched a tent in the forest that is now Memorial Park in West Vancouver. While she and her husband had a career detour to the Ottawa Valley – they were pleased to return “home” to West Vancouver several years ago.


Anita volunteers with our Wednesday lunch group at NSVS and is a long time participant in the Chair Yoga program. She also enjoys her bridge groups, entertaining and travelling.

Board Member

Anita Dadson


Elaine joined the Board in 2012 and currently serves as Vice-President. At the Centre, she participates in Chair Exercise, Chair Yoga, Mah Jong and the Book Club.

A resident of the North Shore for over 45 years, Elaine is a community activist who has been involved with ADRA (Ambleside/Dundareve Ratepayer’s Association) for 30 years. In addition to her volunteer work at NSVS, Elaine volunteers at the Lion’s Gate Hospital and with the West Vancouver Community Arts Council (Silk Purse).

Elaine enjoys gardening and is a former long distant walker/trekker. The West Coast Trail, The El Camino, The Chilcoot Pass, are a few of her previous backpacking adventures. As well, she is part of a group that annually embarks on a trek. They have trekked across England, as well as Scotland! Today, Elaine is content to walk everywhere in her community and likes to retreat to Bowen Island.

Board Member

Elaine Fonseca


Tammy joined the Board in 2010 and serves as Secretary, recording the minutes for all meetings. As owner operator of HomeCare West, which she established in 2004, Tammy sponsors the Chair Exercise, Nordic Walking and Chair Yoga programs at North Shore Volunteers for Seniors. Homecare West, a two year winner of Best Home Health Care agency on the North Shore, continues to be a valued community partner of NSVS.

Tammy is an avid community supporter of wellness programs and a sponsor for Musical Mornings. She also coordinated volunteers for the 2015 Summer Games held on the North Shore.


Tammy Watson


Shoko joined the Board in 2009. Since 2000, she has facilitated the Iranian women’s group that meets weekly at North Shore Volunteers for Seniors for socializing and cultural education. In 2015, in recognition of her work advancing multiculturalism in B.C., Shoko was nominated for the Provincial Nesika Award.

Born in Iran, Shoko taught for 30 years at both boy’s and girl’s public high schools prior to the Revolution. For the last 10 years of her job, she was a Principal and School Counsellor. She has a Bachelor of Geography degree from the University of Iran and was also a member of Jungian, the Iranian JUNG Psychology Department.

Shoko lives in Vancouver. She shares many of her Iranian cultural food dishes and traditions with those at the Centre. As well, she is an avid gardener – with her sweet peas being a welcome summer time addition at NSVS.

Board Member

Shoko Seyedin

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Lorna was introduced to programs at North Shore Volunteers for Seniors by Trudy Hubbard, a former Executive Director who retired in 2015. In 2013, Lorna became a Board Member.

She serves on the Nominating and Hiring committee and, as part of that responsibility, updates the job descriptions. In addition to participating in the Chair Yoga program, she shares her musical talents at our Christmas carol sing alongs.

She admits to being from Toronto but hastens to add that the West Coast, particularly North Vancouver, has been her home for many years. She studied piano and voice at the Toronto Conservatory of Music. On the West Coast, she worked as a Research Administrator at ICBC. For 20 years, she was in the company of the Vancouver Opera and was also a frequent member of Theatre in the Park productions. Now she also volunteers with the Vancouver Symphony and with Vancouver Tourism.

She is a great animal lover. Her well-behaved dog sometimes frequents our Board meetings, while her cat remains at home

Board Member

Lorna Olson Sheane


Trudy is a past Executive Director for North Shore Volunteers for Seniors, and past President for Possibility Thinking Consultants. She developed the BC Centre for Non-Profit Development course and has twenty years of experience in the BC Public Service as a regulator/manager for the Audit Division and Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch. Trudy's High ethical standards and integrity, flexibility, fairness, and strong reasoning skills serve her well throughout the years. She is comited to the North Vancouver community serving on the Kiwanis North Shore Housing Society board, and volunteers at the North Shore Neighborhood House. 


Trudy Hubbard


Wendy has been a resident of the North Shore for 63 years. She and her husband have raised their 2 daughters in North and West Vancouver and now all reside in North Vancouver

Wendy has been a volunteer at The Centre run by North Shore Volunteers for Seniors for 8 years doing Tuesday Lunch and Bridge programs as well as other special events. She is also on the Board of Directors of Kiwanis North Shore Housing Society as well as volunteering at North Shore Neighborhood House for the Vancouver Food Bank and other programs. 

Wendy is looking forward to contributing to The Centre in any way she can as a board member. 


Wendy Nevison


Vi has been a board member for many different organizations over the years. Spending 4 years as President of the board of the Elizabeth Fry Society, as well as 10 years as Chairman Board and President for an Agency for Sexual Abuse Victims and Domestic Abuse Violence. 

 She is an active member of a political party and participates in a fun book club. Vi is a patron to the Symphony and attends all opera concerts, frequently visiting the KAY Meek Theater. 

Vi is eager to sitting on the board for The Centre and hopes her experience will be of value. 

Board Member

Vi Roden


Rosemary has been a volunteer and participant for over nine years at the North Shore Volunteers for Seniors. She has enjoyed the warm, welcoming, and encouraging vibes at The Centre and makes one want to keep returning and be a vital part of the organization. 

Rosemary feels there is so much potential for the NSVS and what can be offered in the way of programs, ideas, changes, and growth. To be a part of this vision would be her honour and privilege. 

Board Member

Rosemary Branner

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