Greg Celmainis – President
Greg Celmainis is an entrepreneur with a passion for operating and managing growth in start-up companies. As a believer in fostering and supporting Canadian-owned and operated business, he also works to direct and manage private-equity investment for start-up and early stage companies. He has sat on the Board of Directors of private and public companies and on the Board of Trustees for an Educational society.
Greg is actively involved with his sons’ minor hockey and lacrosse programs. He has been a certified hockey coach since 1991 with a focus on having fun and achieving success through enthusiasm. He is proud that one of his alumni players is currently employed as defenseman by a National Hockey League team. Greg is block watch captain for his neighbourhood. Greg is happily married with three very active sons
Tony Nardi – Past President
Tony has worked on the North Shore since 1968 with the exception of 1974 – 1981 where he worked in downtown Vancouver. He has three grown children and a grandson. He grew up in Kitsilano and did his community involvement through coaching of Youth Soccer at school and Point Grey Soccer Association. He served as PAC Chair for his children’s school for over six years and on the committee for eight years. He has also spent the last nine years as an account rep for The United Way, cajoling fellow transportation sector companies to give to The United Way.
Tony is passionate about preventative programs that grow healthy children, ages 0 -12 and caring for our seniors who have paved the way for us. Tony feels the Neighbourhood House is an excellent avenue to feed that passion.
Councillor Linda Buchanan
Linda is serving her second term on North Vancouver City Council. She was born and raised in the City of North Vancouver, is a graduate of Carson Graham School and holds a degree in Nursing (Honors) from the University of British Columbia. Linda’s public health career has included preventative nursing services to Squamish Nation, being a Program Coordinator for children, youth and families and leading a North Shore Physician’s Immunization Project for Vancouver Coastal Health. Currently she is working in schools and community clinics.
Prior to being elected to council, Linda served as a school trustee with the North Vancouver Board of Education and played a leadership role in the revitalization of our City’s schools. She is one of the founding members of th Ridgeway Heritage Committee and is proud of their success in having Ridgeway Elementary, one of the most significant heritage buildings in North Vancouver, restored. People who know Linda describe her as an exceptional leader, a collaborator and a strong advocate for our community.
Peter lives in North Vancouver with his wife and two young sons. Since 2003 he has practiced law as a labour and employment lawyer, originally at a large national firm for nine years, and since 2012 at Hamilton Howell Bain & Gould in Vancouver. He has previous undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of British Columbia and Concordia University, and has worked and volunteered for a number of non-profit organizations. When not working he happily expolores the Lynn Canyon trails, coaches little league and aspires to surf.
Andrew lives in North Vancouver with his wife and two children. Andrew has extensive experience as a senior human resource professional in a number of sectors ranging from health care, consumer packaged goods, construction, energy, and commercial services. Andrew has an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo and graduate degree from Queen’s University.
An outdoor enthusiast, Andrew is focused on health and well-being at the individual, family and community level. he was active in coaching his children’s soccer and is looking to give back to the wonderful community he is proud to call home..
Brian Martin lives in North Vancouver with is wife and family. With a strong sense of civil duty, Brian Martin served with the Canadian Armed Forces for 26 years, holding a variety of key leadership and communication positions throughout that time.
Despite moving every four years with his family, Brian has always been active in the local communities he has lived in and is a strong believer that it takes an active community to be a healthy community. He has been a Vice-President of a not-for-profit daycare in Yellowknife and was very active in kid’s sports as an assistant, coach or team manager.
Brian is now focused on growing strong roots on the North Shore and giving back to the communities that have helped him and his family feel at home.
Susan was raised in Boston Massachusetts and received a BA from the University of Michigan in English and Psychology. She then completed two Master’s Degrees in English and Counselling Psychology. She moved to North Vancouver in 1976 and became an Educational Psychologist for the North Vancouver School Board. In the last 10 years of her school board career, Susan became an Administrator and then the Director of Special Education.She has had many connections to programs and services offered by the House. Susan is currently a faculty member at Capilano University where she has taught for many years in the Diploma Program for Special Education Assistants.
Heidi was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She has called the North Shore her home for the past seven years with her husband, her son, two labradoodles and the cat.
She has been employed by Canada Post for over 14 years as a Certified Managment Accountant (2006). Her current role is Decision Support Advisor for Vancouver’s Modern Post Transformation.
She is enthusiastic to contribute to the success of the North Shore Neighbourhood House.
Margo has lived in the City of North Vancouver for the past 23 years with husband Kevin and adult sons Fraser and Carson. She worked for the North Vancouver Recreation Commission for 11 years as Coordinators of the Harry Jerome and Delbrook Rec Centres and 14 years as the Cultural Services Coordinator of Centennial Theatre, retiring in 2012.
She has her BA in Recreation and an MA in Community and Regional Planning. Both before and after working with the NVRC, Margo worked as a planning consultant with PERC Recreation Consultants.
Margo has served on various not-for-profit boards, and is currently past chair of the BC Touring Council.
Ryan is happily married and lives in North Vancouver with his wife and their 2 sons. He is passionate about children and providing opportunities to those that are less fortunate. He has helped at-risk-teens, donated to the local preschool and is an avid supporter of local youth athletic organizations. He has been involved with and contributed to the North Vancouver Minor Hockey Association over the past 9 years and continues to do so.
Ryan attended the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and has been an entrepreneur since before high school. He has both founded and developed various businesses and has served as a business consultant for a wide variety of ventures.
Ryan has always been passionate about construction, sustainability and real estate development. In 2004 he founded Cast Sustainable Construction in North Vancouver, BC and as the President and CEO of the Company he is committed to constructing better buildings, homes and communities. His intention is to leave the world better than he found it and he strives to do this through his company and position on the board of the North Shore Neighbourhood House.
Elissa resides in North Vancouver with her husband Harvey and her daughter Emmanuella.
Born and raised in Kitimat, British Columbia, Elissa moved to the lower mainland to obtain her Bachelors of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. She joined Wolrige Mahon Chartered Accountants and obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 2007. After working four years in public practice, she accepted the position of Controller at Backun Musical Services Ltd., a manufacturer of musical instruments.
Elissa joined the Board in April of 2014. Being new to the area she is looking forward to establishing roots and a community in North Vancouver.