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.

Maureen Fadum

President 2014-2016, 2016-2017

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.

Robert Tanaka

Treasurer, 2016-2018

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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.

Afra Nootebos

Catholic Women's League Liaison, 2010-2016, 2016-2017

A Baking and Pastry Chef, over the years Afra has preferred to work behind the scenes be it teaching religious education, helping as a Beaver leader or making sandwiches with the Sisters of Atonement. A member of the Catholic Women’s League since 1991 she has served on both the parish and diocesan levels. Afra joined the DAS Board of Directors in 2010 and currently serves as the DAS/CWL Liaison.

Helen Low

Education Chair, 2008-2016, 2016-2017

A DAS-OLGCS Helpline volunteer since its inception, Helen, a retired teacher, has chaired the Education Committee since 2008. She has been on the board of a number of non-profit organizations as Chairperson and Committee Head.  Her work experience with children from abusive families lead her to join Domestic Abuse Services – Our Lady of Good Counsel Society in order to save children, empower women, and to raise awareness of this silent killer of love, hopes and dreams.

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.

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.