North Shore Meals on Wheels Society
Board Members – 2016 – 2017
Chair: Debbie Couling
Debbie has lived on the North Shore for 34 years. She loves all that the North Shore has to offer including hiking with her many friends (human and canine alike). Debbie is married with two grown children and two grandchildren.
Debbie has always felt strongly about community involvement and was very involved in her children’s preschool and elementary schools. Now that they’re grown Debbie has turned her attention to Meals on Wheels and has been involved in all aspects of the organization. Presently, she is Chair of the Board and finds it a challenging and rewarding position.
“What a wonderful and worthwhile organization! The North Shore has amazing community spirit … it has been an honour to work with so many volunteers who are committed to making a difference.”
Vice Chair: Lesley Blok
Lesley is a retired Speech-Language Pathologist. She spent her professional career working with children with special needs and their families, specializing in children with autism. Lesley feels very fortunate to have discovered the North Shore 30 years ago and has lived here ever since. She has two children and one grandchild. She has been involved with North Shore Meals on Wheels since her retirement 5 years ago.
“I have always believed in the importance of giving back to the community. Meals on Wheels is a wonderful organization that allows people to remain in their homes and provides a social contact that ensures their well-being.”
Secretary: Eleanor Stephens
Eleanor is a retired teacher whose final twelve years were spent working in North Vancouver with new Canadians. She and her family have lived on the North Shore for fifty years.
Fifteen years of volunteering for Meals on Wheels has shown me what a valuable service it is for those who may need a little bit of extra help with their daily lives.
Treasurer: Marilyn Bell
Marilyn is a retired chartered accountant. She was raised , and has brought up her two children, on the North Shore.
“I love being active and involved in the local community. I have particularly enjoyed the 10 plus years volunteering with North Shore Meals on Wheels. Through my involvement with this fabulous organization, I have met so many wonderful individuals.”
Paul is a 25 year resident of North Vancouver. He retired from the auto industry some years ago. He has volunteered with Boy Scouts, Navy League of Canada, and the North Shore Canada Day Parade. Paul has been a Meals on Wheels driver for 5 years, enjoying the clients that he visits weekly. He joined the Board 2 years ago.
Glennys has been a resident of North Vancouver for 25 years. She has always enjoyed being involved in the community and has volunteered with the schools, the Red Cross Child Abuse Prevention Program, Navy League of Canada, and the North Shore Canada Day Parade Committee. For several years she has been a driver with Meals on Wheels, and recently joined the Board of Directors.
Having retired from the North Vancouver City Library, Glennys keeps active with Tai Chi, Qigong, aquafit and kayaking.
Debbie MacLean has been an active volunteer of Meals on Wheels for the past three years. She has picked up and delivered meals to customers, and currently works with the kitchen staff.
When Debbie isn’t volunteering, she enjoys yoga, long hikes with friends, and relaxing with a good book. Debbie has been a resident of North Vancouver for 33 years and in that time has participated in
a number of local volunteer organizations. Debbie has three children and is still waiting for that elusive grandchild.
Lisa is the Board member who only wishes she was retired. She is a newcomer to Meals on Wheels, with just less than one year of involvement as a driver and now as a Board member. Having lived on the North Shore for only seven short years, there are still many activities, adventures and volunteering opportunities she looks forward to exploring.
“Meals on Wheels is a very compassionate organization; it is part of the heart and soul of our community.”
Betsy MacDonald has lived on the north shore for 24 years. She has owned her own hotel appraisal business for that same time period and opened her Toronto office in 2000. You will often see Betsy hiking on the mountains with her husband (Duncan) and her Australian Labradoodle (Tobey). She has been active with meals on wheels for the past few years and is also active with pets and friends visiting Retirement facilities with Tobey.