Staff

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Meet the Capilano Community Services Society team
 

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Stephanie Aldridge

Executive Director,

604-988-7115 ext. 2001

stephanie@capservices.ca

Stephanie is excited to join Capilano Community Services Society from the public health sector, where she worked as a care provider, educator and senior leader in cancer care.  As a leader, she strives to foster creativity and adaptability in teams, so organizations can sustain themselves long into the future, while maintaining focus on their mission and people.

 

Stephanie has always been an active community member, volunteering for many non-profits locally and nationally – more recently as a parent volunteer at Norgate Xwemélch’stn Community Elementary as well as delivering meals to seniors during the pandemic. She loves working with people and feels strongly that volunteerism, inclusion and diversity are the keys to healthy and vibrant communities. She loves to spend her time outdoors in the garden or exploring the North Shore with her young family. 

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Miki Nash

Manager of Administrative Services

604-988-7115 ext. 2002

miki@capservices.ca

Miki provides seamless service for the many administrative functions that keep us organized and on-track, as well as supporting five other non-profit organizations that share space at our facility. Miki also manages a wonderful volunteer team, who together run the Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP).

 

Miki has been employed with CCSS since 1993 (our longest-serving staff member!) and she has seen the agency grow and change through that time. She is happy to be working at the new Lions Gate Community Recreation Centre and getting to know the neighbourhood. The larger space at the new centre will provide greater opportunities to deliver exciting programs and also offer increased community information and resources.

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Maralyn Wild

Program Manager

604-988-7115 ext. 2003

maralyn@capservices.ca

Maralyn has a background in working with government, non-profit, private sector organizations and Indigenous communities. Her skills include program management, vocational counselling, classroom facilitation, development of public education and outreach programs, events coordination, delivering immigrant settlement programs, website and social media content development, corporate communications and stakeholder negotiations.

 

In her spare time, Maralyn enjoys community volunteering, cooking, kayaking, hiking, travelling and photography.

 

Maralyn is excited to be part of the CCSS team. She is looking forward to bringing innovative and engaging programming to the new Lions Gate Community Recreation Centre and connecting with residents, community groups and stakeholders across the North Shore.

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Jennifer Dibnah

My Lions Gate Break Program Coordinator

604-988-7115 

jennifer@capservices.ca

Jennifer Dibnah was born and raised in North Vancouver. She caught the travel bug after high school and lived in Europe for a number of years. However, she returned to North Vancouver and completed her degree in Psychology and is now raising a young family. 

 

Jen has taught yoga, including chair yoga for more than 12 years. She has a special affinity for working with seniors and is very interested in dementia services. She was the original coordinator for My Parkgate Break, has been working in non-profits for more than 25 years.

 

Jen is delighted to be back as the Coordinator for My Lions Gate BREAK and is looking forward to creating more dementia services on the North Shore. 

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Jenn Townsend

Family and Children’s Program Coordinator

604-988-7115 ext. 2007

jennt@capservices.ca

Jenn is excited to be leading the Family and Children’s Program, connecting with families to identify and meet the needs of the North Shore communities. She has training in Early Childhood Education, along with extensive knowledge and experience working with children, having been employed in the field for more than 25 years. Jenn’s dedication and commitment is reflected in her contribution to delivering programming that provides opportunities for learning, and for promoting the wellbeing of children and families.

 

Born and raised in North Vancouver, Jenn has a strong connection to the community. In her spare time, she loves to be with her family, twin daughters and husband, exploring the many beautiful places of the North Shore. She enjoys golf, travel, and spending time outdoors.

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Marjorie Somerton

Volunteer Coordinator

604-988-7115 ext. 2004

marjorie@capservices.ca

Marjorie brings an extensive background in Seniors Programming, Heritage Interpretation and Communications.

 

She is excited to be part of the team and looks forward to connecting people in the community to rewarding new volunteer opportunities at Capilano Community Services. She believes that volunteers play a vital role and are worth their weight in gold.

 

Marjorie began her career in radio and is a natural storyteller.  She has worked in a bunkhouse in the woods, a replica train station, and is now overlooking the gym in the new Lions Gate Community Recreation Centre.

 

Marjorie loves hot springs, walking forest trails and being close to the mountains and water. She enjoys train travel; character houses and winter is her favorite season.

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Melanie Macauley

Seniors' Hub Coordinator

604-988-7115 ext. 2009

melanie@capservices.ca

Melanie coordinates the day-to-day operations of our Seniors’ Hub Program, which includes a variety of outreach activities including Telefriend, coffee groups, a monthly social gathering, mall walk-and-shop and medical rides.

 

Melanie joined the CCSS team in 2013. Prior to this, she spent 25 years working in the travel industry, first in retail then as a marketing manager for an international airline, and subsequently in community relations with Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc.

 

Helping seniors stay involved in their community, socialize and maintain activities of daily living, brings Melanie great joy. She is looking forward to expanding outreach programs and creating new on-site programming for seniors of all ages and abilities at the Lions Gate Community Recreation Centre.

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Fariba Tehrani

Seniors' Hub Program Assistant

604-988-7115 ext. 2008

Fariba became a registered nurse in Austria, and has lived on the North Shore for 25 years. 

 

She was working with geriatric patients in the private sector but was unable to continue following a car accident. Fariba became a volunteer for Capilano Community Services in 2007 and was soon recognized for her value to the organization, becoming an employee in 2008.

 

Fariba is passionate about working with seniors and loves to make their time in our programs joyful. 

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Laura Peña 

Youth Program Coordinator

Cell: 604-418-3525

Office: 604-988-7115 ext. 2005
laura@capservices.ca

Laura has built a very successful career working with youth. She is passionate about supporting and interacting directly with at-risk youth, describing this phase of life as "important yet crystal-like years."

 

Before coming to Capilano Community Services Society, Laura was a Youth Resident Assistant for a University in Quebec, providing mentoring and supportive assistance to meet adjustment, transition and life skills-related needs of her clients. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology, along with training in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills. She is also a certified Sound Healing Guide, and yoga teacher. Her language skills include speaking French and Spanish.

 

Laura is skilled in encouraging youth to engage in initiatives that are of benefit to their communities and promoting initiatives that build capacity across the North Shore municipalities.

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Nick Avery

Youth Outreach Worker

Cell: 604-417-7095

Office: 604-988-7115 ext. 2006

nick@capservices.ca

Nick is passionate about working and connecting with at-risk youth, providing them support so they can thrive in the community.

Previously employed with the Vancouver School Board, he was responsible for reducing barriers to participation for vulnerable and underprivileged youth. He is skilled at creating a fun inclusive environment and fostering positive relationships to help youth reach their full potential.

Nick is a sports enthusiast. During his free time, you can find Nick on the basketball court or up the mountain skiing!

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Ashley Lougheed

Youth Outreach Worker

Cell: 604-417-5474

Office: 604-988-7115 ext. 2006

ashley@capservices.ca

Prior to joining Capilano Community Services Society as a Youth Outreach Worker, Ashley worked with both children and older youth, including at-risk populations. These experiences have helped her gain valuable insight into communicating effectively with children, youth and their families, and appreciating the unique story of each individual. Ashley also volunteers with the Crisis Centre of BC.

Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, along with crisis intervention and suicide prevention training. Ashley also has a novice background in American Sign Language.

Outside of work, you can find Ashley outdoors, playing with animals, or having laughs with her friends and family. She is always up for an adventure and loves to live a spontaneous life. 

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Amanda Pouliot

Seniors' Hub Program Assistant

604-988-7115 ext. 2008
amanda@capservices.ca

Amanda joined Capilano Community Services Society (CCSS) in 2018 as a volunteer with the Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program. This was a great introduction to our North Shore community and the wonderful programs available through CCSS.

 

In September 2021, Amanda joined the Seniors' Hub Program, taking participants on Shop and Walk outings three times a week. She loves spending time with the group and hearing their stories, and in particular all their wonderful words of wisdom.