Meet the Capilano Community Services Society team
Acting Executive Director,
Manager of Administrative Services
604-988-7115 ext. 22
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 looking forward to the move to the Lions Gate Community Centre and getting to know the new neighbourhood. Additionally, Miki is excited about the larger space at the new centre, which will provide greater opportunities to deliver exciting programs and also offer increased community information and resources.
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 Centre and connecting with residents, community groups and stakeholders across the North Shore.
Seniors' Hub Coordinator
604-988-7115 ext. 29
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 Centre.
Seniors' Hub Program Assistant
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.
Youth Program Coordinator
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.
Youth Outreach Worker
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!
Youth Outreach Worker
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.