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Board of Directors

Seniors First BC is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors and the Executive Director. The Board of Directors is recruited from the membership and consists of individuals with a wide range of professional and practical experience. The board meets ten times per year and separate executive meetings are held ten times per year. 

President – Eric B. Clavier 

Eric B. Clavier is a trust and estate litigation lawyer at Fasken in Vancouver. Eric was called to the Bar in the Republic of South Africa in 2000, where he practised as a barrister for 12 years, gaining extensive trial and motion experience, and appeared at all levels of court, including various appearances in the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa. After moving to Canada, Eric completed the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s NCA examinations in 2013. Following truncated articles at Fasken in 2014, Eric was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 2014, now appearing regularly before the Supreme Court of British Columbia and BC Court of Appeal.

Eric’s practice involves assisting clients with contentious matters related to wills, trusts, undue influence and incapacity claims, committeeship applications, unjust enrichment claims, breach of fiduciary duties cases, abuse of powers of attorney claims, breach of trust claims, and passing of accounts. Eric is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the CBABC’s Wills & Trusts Section; the CBABC’s Elder Law Section, and The Advocates Society. He is the President of the Board of Directors of Seniors First BC, past Chair of the CBA National Elder Law Section, and former co-Chair of the CBABC Elder Law Section. Eric taught Trusts as an Adjunct Professor at the Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, for two years from 2021.

Vice President – Edward Macaulay 

Edward Macaulay is an experienced estate litigation lawyer. In addition to his more than two decades of work representing clients in estate issues, Mr. Macaulay is a prolific writer of legal materials, for members of the legal profession as well as for a general audience. He is a former co-chair of the Elder Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. 

Secretary – Christine Jones 

Christine Jones was born in Vancouver. She has enjoyed a 25-year nursing career starting at Burnaby Hospital and then moving on to Surrey Memorial Hospital. During this time she provided care predominantly for elders whilst acting as a front line advocate for resident-centred care.  In 2016 Christine graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology. Remaining with Fraser Health, she changed careers and is currently working in Health Protection as a Practice Consultant with the Community Care Facilities Licensing program. In this role, she is able to continue her dedication in ensuring that care for our most vulnerable populations is safe and dignified. Within her community, Christine was instrumental in developing a school-based program to serve families facing barriers in supporting their children’s literacy development. Away from work, Christine enjoys time with family and friends, hiking the trails, and traveling. 

Treasurer – Chelsea Belyk

Chelsea Belyk is a CPA with over 10 years’ experience in providing services to not for profit organizations and charities. She also served as Treasurer on the boards of the Port Moody Arts Centre and St John’s Anglican Church. Chelsea has close ties with Seniors First BC as she was on the board from 2012-2015 and subsequently provided financial consulting services to the organization from 2015 until 2019. Since 2019 she has been full time with her 2 kids, ages 4 and 2. She wished to join the board of Seniors First due to her long history with the organization and love for the mission and staff. Aside from accounting, she loves hiking, canoeing, baking, gardening, and spending time with her family. She recently relocated back from the Kootenays to Vancouver Island. 

Margaret Ostrowski K.C. 

Margaret Ostrowski, K.C. served full time as the Chair of the Mental Health Review Board of B.C. for approximately seven years, a board that conducts more than 700 mental health hearings per year. She was also an Independent Adjudicator for the Correctional Service of Canada Fraser Valley Institute (BC Women’s prison) and currently volunteers at the Access Pro Bono Aboriginal Law Clinic. She has practised law in BC for 35 years and been a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Employment Standards Tribunal, Health Professions Review Board, Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal, Crime Victims Assistance Appeal Tribunal, Financial Services Tribunal. She was President of the Canadian Bar Association of BC in 2000 and a Bencher of the Law Society of B.C. from 2002 to 2006 when she was appointed to the Immigration and Refugee Board. Ms. Ostrowski was the recipient of the 2009 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Business and the Professions and was the national CBA Touchstone Award winner in 2007 for her accomplishments in promoting equality in the Canadian legal profession. Active in her community, she was the Vice-President of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals and the Justice Education Society. Ms. Ostrowski held an Advanced Commercial Mediation Certificate and a Family Law Mediation Certificate and was a BC Registered Psychologist. She was the initiator and chair of the working group that founded the CBA Women Lawyers Forum. She has six grandchildren.

Gloria Gutman 

Gloria Gutman founded SFU’s Gerontology Research Centre and Gerontology Department. Currently, she’s the immediate Past-President of the International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse, Vice-President of the International Longevity Centre-Canada, a member of the Research Management Committee Canadian Frailty Network, and a Board Member of the International Society for Gerontechnology. Her research and publications address elder abuse, seniors housing, long term care, health promotion, disaster preparedness, and gerontechnology. 

Andrea Rolls 

Andrea Rolls lives in Port Moody and had a career with provincial government, including the Corrections Branch and Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division. A focus on responding to family violence, inter-agency protocol development and restorative justice, led her to see the essential role of community to make justice accessible and service delivery effective. One of the best experiences in this regard was to work on practices and training to implement Section 3 of the Adult Guardianship Act. In retirement Andrea has served on the board of the BC Law Institute and Canadian Centre for Elder Law, 2010 to 2019, chairing the advisory committee for the Older Women’s Dialogue Project. This addressed structural barriers impacting the lives of older women in the Lower Mainland and resulted in new tools, policy recommendations and promising practices. Andrea currently enjoys her faith community and engaging with a growing number of grandchildren. 

Tom Yoo   

Tom has been working in Healthcare IT for 20 years as a Project and Program Manager managing system deployments in Radiology, Cardiology, Pathology, Oncology, and Hospital Informations Systems for medium and large healthcare organizations in Canada, the US, and Europe.   Tom currently works for Island Health managing a large project to upgrade the Medical Imaging System covering Vancouver Island and other Island Health facilities.  He has a passion for working with the elderly and with his background in Healthcare IT, he'd like to use his skills to provide support for the Board to help seniors access the programs offered by Seniors First BC.

Rabjeet Wallia  

Rabjeet Wallia (“RJ”) is a litigator who specializes in commercial litigation, personal injury, insurance defence, and civil litigation. He works with Meridian Law Group in Vancouver, BC representing clients in all levels of court in the province.

RJ has also volunteered with a number of boards, including as Vice-Chair of the Capilano University Alumni Association, the Canadian Defence Lawyers where he sits on the Young Lawyers and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Boards, as well as the Canadian Bar Association’s BC Branch Civil LItigation Executive in Vancouver.

RJ plans to bring his experience and knowledge to assist the Seniors First BC board with their future endeavours.

Vivek Joseph   

Vivek is a seasoned leader and brings to the board over fifteen years of diversified work experience in finance, strategy development and operations management. Vivek currently works at Newmont, a leading gold mining company, as their Director of Investments & Value Management. Vivek’s career spans multiple mining companies and various management consulting firms, where he has excelled in managing and executing strategic and key projects for various stakeholders and clients.

Prior to joining Senior First BC’s board, Vivek served as a Board Member for a local nonprofit that focused on building healthy school communities in BC for two years, and prior to that as a Board Member for a local health care service provider in Ontario for over eight years.

Vivek’s educational background includes a BASc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.

Kenneth Armstrong KC 

Kenneth (“Ken”) Armstrong KC is a senior trial lawyer who lives in New Westminster and practices law in
downtown Vancouver. He has served the legal community as past President of the New Westminster Bar
Association and the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, and he currently serves on the national Board of
Directors for the Canadian Bar Association. He is also very active in youth sports as a coach and baseball umpire.
Ken hopes to bring his governance and advocacy skills and knowledge learned from his time serving the CBABC,
as well as his time as an (unsuccessful) candidate for public office, to further the work of BC Seniors First. His
interest in advocating for seniors arises from having to help his elderly, hearing impaired mother navigate the
health system while she battled terminal cancer during the pandemic.

Sam Zeitoun

Sam Zeitoun, BHM, has over thirty years of experience in the hospitality industry. He held many positions in the
hospitality industry including Vice President, Regional Director of Operations, General Manager and Director of
Operations with various companies such as Marriott International, Renaissance, Delta, Fairmont, Mayfair Hotels
& Resorts and Retirement residences companies, which include Tapestry Senior Living, Revera and Leisure
World (now Sienna).

After his last position with the hotel industry, he joined Vancouver Premier College to teach hospitality topics
such as operations, human resources, hospitality law and business communications.
He obtained his bachelor’s degree in hospitality management in Vancouver, British Columbia. He considers
himself a well-balanced leader, and has strengths in operations, human relations, sales & marketing and finance

Sam has also volunteered on a number of different boards and also drives cancer patients with VCDS in the lower Mainland. He has a passion for serving and helping seniors in his community.

Curt Van Ardenne

Curt Van Ardenne is a retired professional and has worked in retail for over forty years with experience on both the selling and vendor sides of the business. His roles have included sales, systems training, marketing presentations, and people management. As a result, he developed a strong understanding of the Canadian market place.

Curt worked for Clarins Canada during the last twenty years of his career. Clarins Canada is a subsidiary of a family owned French cosmetic company. Respect is one of its core values with focus placed on respect for women, children and nature. The company has had a long commitment to international, national and regional charities which his team and retail partners were invested in. He has a long standing experience in the execution and coordination of special events at store level, trade shows and at outbounds to support the development of business  and foster lasting relationships with the company’s retail partners. He is a well respected person in the cosmetic and retail industry with a passion to support, mentor and nurture people. He is currently enjoying being an active volunteer in many of Vancouver’s major festivals.

Curt would like to offer his experience to assist Seniors First BC in continuing to build its exposure and accessibility for the valuable services that it offers the seniors' community.

Abdul Sana

Abdul Sana has a diverse career journey including private and public sector experience and impactful contributions to non-profit organizations. He has served a diplomatic tenure and has gained experience in the private sector managing contracts with international agencies. Since his move to Canada, Abdul has made significant contributions to various programs in the non-profit sector. These roles reflect his dedication to community welfare and his ability to lead and facilitate meaningful initiatives. Abdul's educational journey includes a Master of International Service from the American University and a graduate degree in political science and public administration from Indra Gandhi University. His values are deeply rooted in promoting strong, equitable institutions that champion social justice and equal opportunities for all.

Anthony Kupferschmidt

Anthony Kupferschmidt is familiar with the work of SFBC in part through his role as Executive Director of the West End Seniors’ Network (WESN) in Vancouver for over 6 years. WESN was honoured to be the host agency for an Elder Law Clinic at its Kay’s Place location, and Anthony saw firsthand the impact this service had on the lives of low-income older adults in the community. Anthony also partnered with SFBC on a presentation about support for older adults with mental health issues at the Housing Central conference in 2018.

Anthony is a Certified Professional Gerontologist with a background in psychology and has worked with older adults for his entire career. He is currently the Program Lead for Seniors with the City of Richmond, and in this capacity he is responsible for carrying out the ten-year Seniors Strategy and Dementia-Friendly Community Action Plan for the municipality. Anthony also served as the Executive Director of the Langley Senior Resources Society and as the Provincial Coordinator for Programs and Services with the Alzheimer Society of BC. He believes strongly in the work that SFBC does, and he is thrilled to contribute to that work in the capacity of a board director.

Honorary Lifetime Directors

Penny Bain 

Penny Bain (LLM) is a retired member of the BC Law Society and a former Executive Director of Seniors First BC. Her career was largely in management of legal services and legal policy development (Legal Services Society of BC) and management of not-for-profits addressing violence against vulnerable persons (BC Institute Against Family Violence and CEAS). In retirement, she serves as the Secretary of the Board of CEAS and the Vice-Chair of the Board of WAVAW (Women Against Violence Against Women). She is also active in the Liberal Party of Canada and serves on the Executive of the Vancouver Quadra Electoral District Association. 

Pearl McKenzie 

While delivering a legal information counseling service on the North Shore in the 1980s, Pearl McKenzie developed educational materials about legal issues that affect seniors, writing “Guide to Legal Issues in Elder Abuse Intervention” in 1992. Pearl was a member of the BC Task Force on Family Violence (report 1992) and the Advisory Committee to the Federal Panel on Violence Against Women (1993) and, during this period, worked with senior citizen counsellors and health and social services workers throughout BC to develop a community response to problems of isolation and lack of services so often linked to abuse and neglect. This same group of people went on to found BC CEAS and Pearl volunteered her time to be the first executive director. She was a member of the joint government/community working committee which drafted recommendations for new adult guardianship legislation in BC; helped to implement Part 3, which safeguards the rights of adults who are abused and neglected; and develop a provincial policy framework for designated agencies and police working together. Living in the Comox Valley, Pearl volunteers with a local wildlife rehabilitation centre, serves on a local residents association and an area advisory planning commission and enjoys retirement.

Seniors Abuse & Information Line (SAIL)

SAIL is a confidential means for seniors to speak to a professional intake worker about issues that affect their well-being, receive information, or learn about our programs. Call 604-437-1940 or Toll-Free at 1-866-437-1940 weekdays 8am to 8pm. Language interpretation is available. 

Our Funders

Seniors First BC’s services are funded through our valued funders and donors.
Law Foundation
British Columbia


Seniors First BC is a charitable, non-profit society that provides information, advocacy, and support to seniors across BC who are dealing with issues affecting their well-being.

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