Our Board and Trustees

Board of Directors 2022 – 2023

Guyle Clark

President


Guyle brings a wealth of board experience to New Vista, having sat on many non-profit, municipal and corporate boards past and present. He is a partner at Clark Woods LLP, a law firm dedicated to civil litigation matters, and entrepreneur with several other business interests in sectors ranging from hospitality to finance. Guyle has been committed to the ongoing growth and wellbeing of Burnaby for many years and currently sits on Burnaby’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission. In his position as a Director, Guyle is dedicated to expanding the reach and success of New Vista for years to come.

Barbara Larkin

Vice President


Barbara Larkin is a counsellor in private practice in New Westminster with a focus on the treatment of anxiety. She is a Commissioner on the City of Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Commission; acts as Vice Chairperson and liaison for the Seniors Societies; and is a Board member appointed to the College of Opticians of British Columbia.

As an adult student, Barbara received a Master of Social Work while raising two children and working full-time. Her MSW thesis was on the topic of “End of Life Care in Long Term Care.” She previously worked for Fraser Health Authority as a social worker and mental health therapist.

As a member of the Board of Directors, Barbara is pleased to bring to The New Vista Society knowledge and experience in the community, healthcare, small business ownership, and board governance.

Sonny Dhillon

Treasurer


Sonny Dhillon, CPA, CA is the founding partner and business advisor at Intel CPA. Sonny received his Bachelor’s in Accounting from BCIT in 2007 and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia in 2010. He was employed as a manager at one of Canada’s leading national accounting firms before joining Intel. Sonny has over 11 years of experience working in the accounting and auditing field.  He is highly proficient, well versed with current knowledge of applicable accounting standards and shows a high level of productivity and attention to detail. Sonny’s primary focus is providing assurance – audit and review engagement services to not-for-profit organizations and private enterprises. Sonny also provides value added tax planning solutions including estate planning services – family trusts, Holdings Company set up and estate freeze. He has a genuine ability to connect with business owners and key decision makers to help them navigate complex tax and regulatory compliance issues that impact their organization. Sonny has a passion for community involvement and engagement. He has served on the boards of not-for-profit organizations for over five years.

Antara Deb

Director


Antara Deb was born and raised in India, one of the most multi-dimensional countries in the world, and immigrated to Canada in 2008. Currently an Information System Analyst with BC Hydro, Antara has also worked in GIS and CAD roles, and has technical diplomas in GIS and Architecture. Since 2008, she has volunteered with the Lower Mainland Bengali Cultural Society of British Columbia promoting Bengali culture and heritage. Serving as Vice President, she focused on fundraising, sponsorship and events planning, as well working with seniors in the community. Antara has also volunteered with Dress for Success’ clothing drive to support women re-entering the work force, as well as those fleeing Violence.

Michael Hwang

Director


Michael Hwang is a lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience advising diverse not-for-profit organizations. He has also served on the boards of many local and international organizations dedicated to community development, including Burnaby Multicultural Society, Burnaby Chamber of Commerce, Presbyterian World Service & Development, and Sharons Credit Union. Michael’s advocacy for culturally sensitive senior care began in 2001, when he organized the first Korean Heritage Festival in Burnaby, bringing the community together to raise awareness and support for seniors with special needs. He is excited to join the New Vista Society’s Board, which has embraced culturally sensitive care for the Korean community in our new care home. Michael continues to practice law on a part-time basis, while operating a heritage theatre to promote reconciliation and social justice through performing arts.

John Morrison

Director


John Morrison is a lawyer specializing in real estate and real estate finance. As a resident of Burnaby for most of his life, he has joined the Board of Directors of The New Vista Society to contribute to his local community in a way that utilizes his experience and expertise. In his spare time, John enjoys his family, travel, and participating in a variety of sports and outdoor activities.

Eunice Oh

Director


Eunice has provided partial funding for the Society’s new Care Home to include a floor geared towards the cultural sensitivities of Korea. This has been a dream of hers for decades and she works tirelessly towards preserving her native culture. A pharmacist by trade, Eunice is the recipient of numerous awards for her service including: Canada 150 Award; Awards for Social Service from the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea; Gwanak Award for the Excellence from the Seoul National Alumni Association; and the Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Government of Canada in 2013.

Perry Saran

Director


Perry is a serial Entrepreneur with a foundation in the lumber industry. He has successfully developed a global network of manufacturing and distribution of wood products since 1992. This has established his organization, North Mitchell Lumber Company, as one of the key players in the lower mainland. His operations extend into Asia with previous manufacturing facilities in China as well as in Canada. In addition, Perry also owned and operated a recycling business, Abby Bin Service, for the disposal and recycling of construction and industrial waste; established in 1999 and grew it by 7%/year and was sold in 2014. Using a successful foundation in business, Perry has developed a portfolio of real estate holdings across the lower mainland, located in Whistler, Agassiz, Burnaby and Fraser Valley and the Prairies. He continues to be a sophisticated investor, offering both equity and expertise in construction and property management to the partnership. Perry is active in the communities he operates in, fostering good relationships with community leaders. When not focused on business, Perry enjoys skiing, golfing and spending time with both his young daughters.

Board of Trustees 2022 – 2023

Jeffrey Yu

Trustee President


Baljinder Narang

Trustee


M.D. (Dave) Fairhall

Trustee


James Wang

Trustee


New Vista Society Membership

The Society maintains a Planning and Membership Committee and all membership applications are reviewed prior to being recommended for acceptance.

Currently, membership dues are $10 (ten dollars) annually and are due before the Annual General Meeting held in June of each year.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of The New Vista Society is an anomaly in the non-profit world. The Society was formed in 1943 By MLA Ernest Winch and as he aged he realized that he needed a vehicle for preserving the vision for a non-profit society for senior citizens that would uphold his principles. He thus introduced Bill No. 93 in the Legislature, a private statute named “The Trustee Board of The New Vista Society Act” in 1953 and it was unanimously passed.  This act also safeguarded the real estate owned by the Society: “…to acquire and hold upon trust all the real property of the Society to the end that such real property shall be devoted perpetually to charitable purposes.”

Members are appointed according to the New Vista Society Board of Trustees Act and include a member appointed by the Burnaby City Council; a member appointed by the Burnaby Host Lions Club; a member appointed by the New Vista Society and two appointed members from the community who are active members of a public body or charitable organization whose purpose is the well-being of elderly dependent persons.

The Board of Trustees meet regularly with the Board of Directors of The New Vista Society.

The New Vista Auxiliary
The Vista V’s

The Vista V’s Auxiliary is a charitable non-profit organization of volunteers who assist the residents living at the New Vista Care Home and tenants in housing with equipment and necessities that will enhance their quality. The Vista V’s raise funds through a variety of activities and events, including the gift shop (The Boutique), grants and donations.

The New Vista Auxiliary members are always looking for community volunteers to step forward and join them in this most rewarding volunteer opportunity.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with or member of the New Vista Auxiliary, please contact Marie Ferreia, Volunteer Coordinator, at 604-521-7764, ext. 1285. marief@newvista.bc.ca