Board of Directors
The DCCA board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting, normally held in April. Our goal is to have a board that is representative of the Dunbar community and comprised of members who possess a variety of skills. Current members have backgrounds in business, finance, law, marketing, communications, engineering, and education.
The DCCA Board of Directors are:
President, Chair of Programming
Vivian Xu is a Controller at UA Piping Industry College of BC. In addition to acting as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director, she oversees the finance and administrative departments. Vivian enjoys being an active strategist through effectively managing resources and improving operation processes to build long term success and sustainability. Outside of work, Vivian is passionate about giving back to the community by serving on various NPO boards. In her spare time, Vivian likes to spend quality time with her family and teach her golden retriever Ms. Pickles new tricks. She also tries to travel around the world as much as she can.
Vice President, Chair of Communications
André joined the board in 2017 and is currently heading the Communications and Marketing end of things for the Dunbar Community Centre. André has been working in the digital marketing industry for over 14 years and has hands-on experience helping many local businesses and organizations with their online strategy. André believes community engagement, especially in a community like Dunbar, is a powerful avenue and is looking forward to helping the residents of Dunbar benefit from what we have to offer at the Dunbar Community Centre. In his spare time, he enjoy activities like softball and hockey, as well as biking.
Director, Corporate Secretary
I am a lawyer at Titan Law Corporation practising in the areas of immigration, company, and franchise law. I grew up in the Dunbar neighbourhood having attended St. George’s School as a boarder and returned to the area in 2015 after having lived in Ontario and the United Kingdom for a number of years. I have had the opportunity to work with various organizations around Vancouver including the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture, The BC Muslim Association, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Legal Aid BC, Access Pro Bono, and other local and international businesses. I am a proponent of environmental sustainability and serve as a director of a local company engaged in promoting environmentally friendly and sustainable products. It is a pleasure to contribute to the Dunbar Community Centre, where my family and I are patrons, and to the Dunbar community.
Benjamin is Associate Counsel at the Conwest Group. Born in Vancouver, Benjamin has lived in several areas of the country before returning to Vancouver in 2018. Benjamin grew up predominantly in Victoria, completed his Bachelor of Arts in Urban Systems Geography at McGill University, and attended law school at the University of Alberta. Prior to law, Benjamin served with the BC Wildfire Service for six seasons working as an initial attack forest firefighter in the BC interior. Benjamin was introduced to the wonderful community of Dunbar by his wife, who grew up here. Benjamin has spent considerable time in Dunbar over the years, including many movies at the Dunbar Cinema, workouts at the Dunbar Community Centre and walks in Pacific Spirit Park with his Australian Labradoodle, Finley. Benjamin joined the Board in 2021.
James is a semi-retired Human Resources and Project Management Professional. Dunbar has been home for James and his family of 4 for 30 years. He has enjoyed an active life in the Dunbar community as a coach with Dunbar Little League, Westside Softball and Van United Football Club, leader with Dunbar Scouts, and HR Lead at Shaughnessy Heights United Church. Over the years, James and his family have enjoyed many activities at the Dunbar Community Centre from children's programs to adult fitness. James answered the call for HR experience on the DCCA board in 2021 because he is keen to contribute to this central part of our neighbourhood.
Purpose of the Board
- to promote, foster and develop community spirit and good citizenship.
- to promote and operate a community centre
- to promote and provide educational, recreational and athletic facilities and equipment for the use and benefit of the members of the community.
- to promote, encourage and assist the educational, charitable, social, recreational and sporting endeavors of the community.
Our goal is to have a Board that is representative of the Dunbar community, comprised of members who possess a variety of skills. Current members of the Board have skills in business, finance, law, marketing, communications, engineering and education, all of which are drawn on to efficiently conduct the business of the Association and assist the staff.
Your Community Centre Association works hard to provide for the recreational, social and educational needs of our community and to ensure that all its funds are retained for reinvestment in the Dunbar Community Centre.
Join the Board
The DCCA is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the board of directors or to sit as community members on board committees. Our Board is comprised of community members who are dedicated to enhancing and improving the quality of life in the Dunbar community, continuing a 40 year tradition of volunteering to help our neighbours.
To do this, the board works with Vancouver Park Board staff to provide programs and education that focus on health, wellness, arts, culture, and recreation as well as entertainment and special events. The board is committed to ensuring that the Dunbar Community Centre is a welcoming, safe environment for everyone that promotes community connection, engagement, and volunteerism. We are working constantly to ensure that the Dunbar Community Centre is a cornerstone in our great community today and for future generations. We would love to have you join us in this endeavour.
If you are interested in joining the board, you can fill out our online Board Membership Application Form.