Rosemary has lived with her family on the North Shore for 37 years. She has 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Although retired she is still active in the community. Along with being on the Board of the North Shore Women’s Centre, she participates in the Family Council at Cedarview Lodge and on the Board of Directors for the North Vancouver Community Players. You can find her out and about either pushing a stroller on Lonsdale, helping with the St. Andrews Thursday lunch, walking Josie in the dog park or working behind the scenes at Hendry Hall.
Helen Babalos has forty years of experience in restaurant and property management, having started two companies and inherited a third. All three continue to exist and thrive. She has served on two private school boards: Gatehouse Montessori and the Vancouver Waldorf School in addition to being a member of the Status of Women Coordinating Collective. Her involvement in all three organizations was primarily in fundraising and strategic planning. She has also done strategic planning to help establish The Positive Dyslexia Society.
She completed a BA in Chinese Art and History and has a certificate in ESL and taught for 7 years at VCC on a variety of campuses. She also did Literacy Training for adult women in East Vancouver storefronts. During her involvement at the Status of Women she did Popular Education with Single Mothers and Indigenous Women. Helen's interests lie in food security, health and wellness, and interior and clothing design.
Munaza Elahi is a Communication's Specialist with 12 years of diverse experience of working with government agencies, trade associations, not-for-profits and the corporate sector.
Munaza is backed by professional knowledge in communications, strategy and business. During the span of her career, she has launched several leading brands, conducted marketing research, worked with leading advertising agencies, designed communication & media strategies, and planned, managed and organized over 1,000 events including International trade shows.
Member at Large
Ray, originally from Scotland, has lived in Lynn Valley for 35 years where she raised 2 children and taught, first as a teacher-on-call, and then at Sutherland Secondary for a delightful 19 years. While teaching she was active in the BCTF Status of Women and ran Grade 7 girls retreats for a number of years. She has always been a feminist, has been proactive in girls and women's rights and, therefore, has really enjoyed being on the board of the Women's Centre.
Now retired, she loves travelling, being involved in the United Church, and in the North Vancouver Community Players where she works backstage. She looks forward to her continuing participation in the Women's Centre's valuable work.
Member at Large
Surjeet has worked on the North Shore since 2000 as a Consultant of the Domestic Violence Program for the former North Shore Family Court and Youth Justice Committee (NSFCYJC). The NSFCYJC was a tri-municipal committee addressing the needs of women experiencing relationship violence. In this role, Surjeet co-coordinated the North Shore Violence Against Women In Relationship (VAWIR) Committee, arranged “Day In Court” workshops for members of the community and community and government services provides to learn about our justice system form enforcement to the court system. As well, Surjeet coordinated “Open Houses” of the North Vancouver Courthouse community and government organizations came together to share information and explore ways to work together. Surjeet also coordinated the North Shore Community Response Network for Adults at Risk. Prior to working on the North Shore, Surjeet worked for the Law Courts Education Society and People’s Law School. Surjeet has 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren.