Mission Statement

Fair Haven provides homes that nurture community and quality of life for seniors.


We believe in enriching the lives of the Fair Haven community by providing a safe, secure, respectful, inclusive and person-centred environment



We believe in the unique dignity and worth of each individual.


We believe in working together, collaboratively, involving residents, tenants, families, staff and volunteers in decisions.


We appreciate the commitment and dedication of our staff, family members and volunteers.


We embrace principles that include respect for an individual’s faith, spirituality, culture, sexual identity and gender orientation.

Board of Directors

The Fair Haven Homes Society is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors.


Daniel Chung

Vice President

Gad Campbell

Secretary-Treasurer & Finance Chair

Betty Jaern

Quality Standards Committee Chair

Maureen Shaw

Facilities Committee Chair

Brenda Ng and Rob Innes

Community Engagement Committee Chair

Betty Jaern

Governance Committee Chair

Gad Campbell

Facilities Committee Co-Chair

Brenda Ng

Facilities Committee Co-Chair

Rob Innes

Member at Large

Alishah Daya

Member at Large

Shirley Lam

Member at Large

Sheldon Lau

Member at Large

Gord Sarkissian

Fair Haven Auxiliary

The Fair Haven Auxiliary is a Not For Profit volunteer support service, the members are dedicated to enriching the comfort and welfare of residents of Fair Haven in Vancouver and Burnaby facilities. Since 1998 the members have been raising and contributing funds for the benefit of the residents; their primary goal is to assist with raising funds, to foster good relations between Fair Haven and the communities, to operate a gift shop in the facility, to assist the Fair Haven’s Board, Residents and Staff as requested.

Vancouver Auxiliary President

Peggy Gomez

Burnaby Auxiliary President

Phyllis Stainton

Leadership Team

For inquiries, please send an email to: info@fairhaven.bc.ca


Chief Executive Officer Joy Parsons 604.433.2939 ext. 107

Executive Assistant Grace Sekhon 604.433.2939 ext. 106

Housing Services Manager
Chara Lee


Human Resources

Human Resources Coordinator Marilyn Spacey 604.433.2939 ext.111

Spiritual Care

Director of Spiritual Care Dawn Purdy Karkut 604.433.2939 ext. 114
604.435.0525 ext. 330


Director of Finance & Administration John Gowan 604.433.2939 ext. 108

Business Services Manager Amy Shum 604.433.2939 ext. 104

Payroll & Benefits Assistant Chloe Choi 604.433.2939 ext. 134

Environmental Services

(Maintenance, Housekeeping, Laundry)

Director of Environmental Services Sonja McMahon 604.433.2939 ext. 105
604.435.0525 ext. 307

Medical Coordinator

Dr. Thomas Wu, Burnaby Lodge
Dr. Lauren Sharma, Vancouver Lodge

Food Services

Director of Food Services Elizabeth Szymczak 604.433.2939 ext. 121
604.435.0525 ext. 305

Dietitian Patti Kean 604.433.2939 ext. 103
604.435.0525 ext. 309

Resident Care - Vancouver

Nurse Manager Loretta Lo 604.433.2939 ext. 112

Nurse Manager Bernardina Deato 604.433.2939 ext. 102

Resident Care - Burnaby

Nurse Manager Leanne Kemp 604.435.0525 ext. 304

Nurse Manager Susanna Yu 604.435.0525 ext. 320

Recreation and Volunteers

Director of Therapeutic Recreation and Volunteer Services Normeo Chung 604.433.2939 ext. 110
604.435.0525 ext. 312

Our History

In 2012 the Fair Haven board recognized a need to redevelop aging properties and began the planning process for redevelopment. With considerable effort from volunteers and board members the redevelopment plan was created and received municipal approvals in 2016. The plan envisioned redevelopment of land in both Vancouver and Burnaby, transforming the original buildings into new affordable housing units for seniors. In 2017 Construction began on McKay apartments, 145 units in Burnaby and Vivian Apartments, 139 new affordable housing units for seniors in Vancouver.

Fair Haven has a long history of meeting the needs of seniors and individuals with limited resources and incomes.

In the 1940s, Reverend Hugh Dobson, the Associate Secretary of the Board of Evangelism and Social Service of the United Church in British Columbia, had a concern about the elderly citizens in the community and the conditions under which they lived. Dr. Dobson constantly pointed out the Church’s responsibility in helping relieve this situation.

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