Board of Directors

Change in Terms of Offices – Important Notice

A motion to revised our Society’s board structure so that each year we will have an election for a portion of the board, passed at the March3rd, 2016 Annual General Meeting.

To facilitate this, some positions we extended to a 3 year term , bringing them up for election in March 2017.  Those positions are, President, Education Coordinator, Catholic Women’s League Liaison, Knights of Columbus Liaison, and Volunteer Coordinator.

Other positions such as Vice-President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and the followng chairs: Communications, Fundraising, Eva’s House Liaison, and Thrfit Store Liaison were elected for a two year term, bring them up for election in March 2018.

Robert Tanaka

President 2017-present; Treasurer, 2016-2018

Bob is a Chartered Professional Accountant – CA, who has been in public practice since 1981.  Originally from Kamloops, he has lived in the Lower Mainland since graduating from UBC.  Bob is a  charter member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Clare of Assisi Council and has been its Financial Secretary since the inception of the Council in 2007.

Bob has volunteered in various capacities for charitable organizations including the Coquitlam Foundation, the Coquitlam Public Library, the Coquitlam Festival Society and Crossroads Hospice Society and Foundation.  He also served as a Parish representative on the Board of Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School in Coquitlam and was its chair for three years.

As an accountant Bob gets involved initially in the financial aspects of the organization, but he enjoys getting involved in the strategic planning and in helping organizations move forward and expanding their services.

Jill Cook

Vice President 2018 -

Originally from Winnipeg, Jill has lived in the Tri-Cities since 1996. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and a teaching certificate. Her first career was as a teacher-librarian, but for the past 10 years she has devoted her professional energies to non-profits in her community both at the executive and board levels. She has been CEO of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce and has successively worked as the Executive Director of the Coquitlam Heritage Society, the Crossroads Hospice Society, and the Coquitlam Foundation. She has also served on the boards of the Port Moody Library, the Crossroads Hospice Society, and InterLINK. Jill resides in Coquitlam with her husband and two dogs and has been known to say that she still misses the prairies.

Gloria Gausboel

Catholic Women's League Liaison, 2017 - present

Gloria Gausboel has been a member of the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) since 1994. A past CWL diocesan and parish president, Gloria has participated on many boards and committees, including the Federation of Independent Schools Association, the Catholic Health Association Ethics Committee, the BC Catholic Advisory Board, and the Finance Committee for St. Paul’s Parish, where she has been a parishioner for forty years. Gloria has been a member of the Society since its inception, serving as a Regional Resource Worker and Helpline Volunteer. Gloria is a former realtor and brings her organizational skills, love of people, and commitment to improving the lives of women and children to her role as CWL Liaison.

Maureen Fadum

President 2014-2016, 2016-2017; Past-President 2017- present; Education Chairperson 2017 - present

A member of DAS since the 1990s Maureen has been an active member of the board since 2010 when she took on the fundraising special events portfolio. She came to BC from Ontario in 1966 as a Frontier Lay Apostle with Bishop O’Grady and has a history of social responsibility and working to enrich the lives of others. Maureen’s background in education and educational administration has given her the skills to manage large projects and work with a variety of people. In her early years of teaching she worked with low income families and has a passion for helping children and families. With a Masters Degree in Administration Maureen is happy to share her skills, passion and experience with the DAS Board. Maureen is excited about taking the leadership role on the Board and working with such a dedicated and talented group of people. She is confident that together they will move the Society forward in the spirit of the many wonderful people who have served on the board over the last 20 years.

Ian McDonald

Knights of Columbus Liaison 2014-2016, 2016-2017 & Eva's House Liaison Chair 2016-2018

A charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council at St. Clare of Assisi parish in Coquitlam, serving in numerous capacities including Grand Knight, Ian is enthusiastic about acting as Knights of Columbus Liaison in his new role as a Director with DAS.  Ian, his wife Roxanne and their two children moved from the Calgary to the West Coast in 2001 where he continued a successful career in information technology, leading an Internet application service provider and most recently training sales representatives and sales leaders for a major Canadian telecommunications firm.  Ian recognizes the Knights of Columbus are a powerful voice for families and looks forward to cultivating their strong tradition of Charity to the benefit of DAS and the women and children we serve.

Jody Garneau

Communications 2018

Jody Garneau is currently the Adult Faith Formation and RCIA coordinator at St. Ann’s Parish, Abbotsford and a member of the CWL. She is also a single mother of four daughters, all of whom she homeschooled using a classical curriculum. Jody teaches science and Catholic Doctrine for their online homeschool, Mother of Divine Grace. Jody’s youngest daughter is finishing grade 11. The three older girls have gone on to Thomas Aquinas College in California, Jody’s alma mater.

Jody holds a BA in liberal arts and she is currently enrolled in the Masters in Clinical Counseling online program with Divine Mercy University, Arlington, VA. She has interest in mental health and trauma treatment.

Jody has held various volunteer roles in the community and her parish. In her leisure time, she enjoys creating, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

Leslie Mitchell

Recording Secretary 2016-2018

After 42 years serving parishes in Edmonton, Leslie and her husband, Dennis moved to Surrey in 2012.  They joined St. Matthew’s parish and Leslie served on the CWL Executive; first as recording secretary and is currently president of the Council.  Leslie teaches in the Parish Religious Education Program and volunteers in the community.  A retired federal public servant, Leslie is happy to bring her skills to the Domestic Abuse Services – Our Lady of Good Counsel Society’s Board.

Maureen Carter

Thrift Store Liaison, 2016-2018

Originally from Vancouver, Maureen lived and worked for 25 years in the US and England before retiring from Huntington Beach, California to North Vancouver in 2006. She and her husband have four children and five grandchildren. She has volunteered in many organizations over the years;  working with children with disabilities, Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation, Covenant House, Ten Thousand Villages, CWL, Agape, and the DAS-OLGCS Helpline.  Her work background in retail management, interior design, and fashion presentation has made for an easy transition as a volunteer at Thrifters’ Paradise.  Maureen’s motto in life as always been “do as much good as you can for as long as you can”.

Susan Schembri

Volunteer Coordinator Chair, 2014-2016, 2016-2017

Susan has been a member of the Catholic Women’s League since 1991 and DAS-OLGCS for a number of years. She and her husband have 2 adopted children.  During her banking career of over 40 years her life was centred on her family. Now that she has retired, she wishes to give back to her community and Parish. She is a Past President with the CWL Parish Council at All Saints Parish in Coquitlam and has been on the Vancouver CWL Diocesan Council for 6 years. Her last position was Spiritual Convener. Her strong interpersonal skills and organizational skills helped her decide to accept the position of Volunteer Coordinator on DAS-OLGCS. Helping people is her passion and working with people is her strength. She looks forward to being on the Board and working with other passionate volunteers.

Elaine Moonen, Member at Large


With a Degree in Social Work from UBC followed by working with children and single mothers at Vancouver Children’s Aid Society, Elaine became a founding member of the RCAV Catholic Family Services. Her experience in family and marriage counseling and passion to help others lead Elaine to become a founding member of Domestic  Abuse Services – Our Lady of Good Counsel Society in 1995. She is active in her parish liturgies and with the Catholic Women’s League, and has been a member of Providence Health Care Society since 2001 and is currently the Past Chair of that society’s Board of Directors.

Nicki Muir, Member at Large


Nicki came to B.C. with her husband and children after spending 5 years on the West Coast of Newfoundland and has made her home in Abbotsford for the past 40 years.  Nicki is a member of St. James parish and has the parish in many ways.  Nicki has a background in Nursing, Midwifery, and working with troubled youth.  Her breadth of knowledge is an asset to the Board and she is a great foot soldier of our cause.

Tita Pablo

Member at Large

After 43 years in Health Care Services, Tita retired in 2016 as an O.R. Nurse. She has been a member of the Catholic Women’s League for 2 years and is currently the DAS-CWL Liaison for St. Mary’s Parish in Chilliwack. Tita and José have been married 43 years and have two children; Phillip (son) and Mori (daughter).

As a new member of the CWL and DAS-OLGCS, she has been putting in a lot of work to understand the responsibility of her roles so she may fulfill her duties to the best of her abilities.