George Derby Care Centre


Mission and Vision

The Board of Directors, Management & staff of George Derby Centre are committed to working cooperatively and with energy to achieve our shared Mission and Vision:

Our Mission

Continuing our long standing tradition of providing care to veterans, George Derby is committed to delivering quality resident and family centered care.

Our Vision

To be the centre of excellence in the provision of supportive independent living, complex care and dementia care for Canadian Veterans of the Armed Forces and the general senior population.

To be the community of choice for the people we serve and to be recognized for the commitment, warmth, compassion and competence of our staff.

To be recognized for continually improving our programs and services by encouraging creativity and innovation within our community.

Board of Directors

The George Derby Care Society Board of Directors consists of 12 voting members that are elected to three-year terms. Our Board members elect the President and Vice-President at a meeting following the Annual General Meeting. Meetings are scheduled bi-monthly and at the call of the President. Meetings are held at George Derby Centre.

The Board of Directors makes decisions to fulfill the “governance” responsibilities on behalf of the community being served. In the case of George Derby Centre, it is on behalf of the membership of the George Derby Care Society and the veteran residents of George Derby Centre.

The Board of Directors delegates to the Executive Director responsibility for the overall management of the Centre’s operations and implementation of new programs and services. The Directors ensure that their deliberations support the Centre’s Mission, Philosophy and Vision, which are proudly displayed throughout the Centre.

Finally, the Board of Directors ensures the long-term viability of the organization.

With the exciting challenges that lie ahead, individuals with an expertise or background in housing development or financial planning are encouraged to stand for election to the Board of Directors. If you know of someone who would represent the best interests of our residents please contact the Director of Operation office at 604.527.4451 for further information.

Introducing the Board of Directors, 2018-19

President – Casey Cook

Vice-President – Mary McLeod  

Directors at-large – James Marvel, Michael Ernest, Charles Grahn, Shirley Oda, Lynn Schwarz, John Buis, Jeff Clark, Catherine Kohm and Laurie Stewart 

Leadership Team

Since 1988, George Derby Centre has established itself as a ‘Centre of Excellence’. This is achieved through the strength of the Leadership Team, maintaining a commitment to the Centre’s Mission and Vision, encouraging creative and innovative programs and continually improving services to meet the needs of residents with complex care and dementia.

Leadership Team members

Executive Director

Ava Turner

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Director of Finance and Operations

Keith Herbert

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Director of Care

Katherine Tate

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Director of Facility and Support Services

Maria Asperin

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Human Resources Coordinator

Rehana Karim

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Information and Systems Integration Specialist

Sukhdeep Sachar

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About Casey Cook

A Short Bio

Casey and his wife Jan have two adult children, Aaron and Kori, and a grand-daughter, Lexi, who resides in Langley.

Literacy Initiative at New West Library



Casey attended high school in Burnaby, graduating from Burnaby Central High School. He attended college in Michigan, earning a B.A.

Casey is retired from the Vancouver Parks Board, where he worked as a Civic Administrator. In this capacity he worked with several communities and neighborhoods in the delivery of services, and in community development.

He served on New Westminster City Council from 1993 to 2005. In 2005 he ran for the position of Mayor.

Since 2005 Casey has done some work as a consultant, mainly in the area of organizational change and development. 

From Dec. 2008 Casey has served as a Trustee on the New Westminster Board of Education.

Casey has had a long association with the New Westminster Salmonbellies Senior Lacrosse Club, serving in the capacities of President, General Manager, and Coach from 1980 to 2003. During that time the team won numerous league titles, going to the Mann Cup eleven times, and winning the Mann Cup four times. On three occasions Casey was named the British Columbia Lacrosse Association Coach of the year.

In 2000 he was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a builder.


Casey was born on May 11, 1945, in The Hague, Holland. The date is significant only in that it was mere days after the cessation of WWII. Casey was the youngest of five children. The family, as all residents of Holland, was immensely impacted by the events of the war. The population of Holland was awe struck by the Canadian liberation forces, a feeling which has not diminished to this day.

Dutch people were overwhelmed by the warmness, humanity and generosity of the Canadian liberation forces. This led to an enduring relationship between the two countries and a view that Canada was a land of tremendous opportunity. Parents Hugh and Janna Cook decided Canada was for them, and the family joined many other Dutch emmigrants, arriving in Halifax in 1950. The family arrived in Burnaby shortly thereafter.

As hoped and prayed for, Canada, indeed, was a land of opportunity.

With the generosity of the community, and a great amount of help and a base from the Dutch community, predominantly the Christian Reformed Church, the family found its way in Canadian society.

Casey graduated from Burnaby Central and attended Calvin College in Michigan and earned a B.A.

Tour with Metro Parks Committee



Casey worked with the Vancouver Parks Board for 34 years, retiring in 2003. He worked in the Recreation Division in various communities in Vancouver. In this capacity he worked with many community groups in the delivery of services, and had responsibilities in budget development and management, management of a large staff component, board development and community development.

Casey and Jan owned, and Jan operated, Quality Crest and Screenprint for seven years. This venture was an education in the realities of the private sector. After seven successful years the business was sold.

New Westminster has been a wonderful city for Casey and Jan to raise their family. Its many opportunities and close-knit communities have led to many life-long friendships.

Casey joined the New Westminster Salmonbellies in 1979 after a six year stint with the Burnaby Cablevision Lacrosse Organization.

He joined the organization as General Manager , and also served as coach. He spent the last 10 years with the club serving as President.

He retired from lacrosse in 2003. Casey was instrumental in turning the organization into a perennial powerhouse. During the period of 1980 - '95, the Club went to the Mann Cup 11 times in 16 years. The Club won the Mann Cup in '81, '86, '89 & '91.

Traveling in Tuscany                                                   

For several years Casey was involved in the sport at the national level. In 2000 he was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

In 1988 the Heights and Glenbrook South neighbourhoods were experiencing significant traffic problems . Neighbourhood meetings were started, and the whole process culminated in the establishment of the McBride Richmond Residents Association. Casey was elected as the founding president. He served in this Capacity for five years, until he successfully ran for City Council in 1993. He was re-elected in 1996, 1999, and 2002.

Casey currently sits on the board of the Kiwanis Care Centre  and serves as President.                                                                                                             

Casey also serves as a President of the George Derby Care Society.


Casey has had the opportunity to serve on several city and regional committees:

St Mary’s Hospital Board (six years)                                                                                                                     

Massey Theatre Board
Library Board (ten years)
Fraser River Discovery Center Board
Lower Mainland Municipal Association (Vice-President)
Lower Mainland Drug Strategy Committee
GVRD –Parks Committee
GVRD – Sewage and Drainage Committee
Ministry of Children and Families – Transition Advisory Committee
Early Childhood Development Committee
MCFD Community Advisory Table
Federation of Canadian Municipalities - Committee for Community Corrections
Heritage Advisory Commission
Traffic Advisory Committee
Seniors Committee
Environment Committee
Transportation Committee
Bicycle Advisory Committee
Special Services and Access Committee
Museum and Archives Committee
Social Issues Committee
Literacy Sub-committee
Arts Council
Parks Committee
Fire Committee
Queens Park Wooden Floor Committee
Cold and Wet Weather Shelter Strategy Committee

Kiwanis Care Centre

Kiwanis Care Centre - Proud of its Exemplary Standing Accreditation


Kiwanis Care Centre Society

Casey has long held a keen interest in promoting and facilitating the health and well-being of Seniors. In that context, he has been involved in the Kiwanis Care Centre for over seven years. He is currently in his sixth year as the President of the Kiwanis Care Centre Society.  

The Kiwanis Care Centre is a 76 bed resident care facility located in New Westminster. It is located at 35 Clute St., directly behind Royal Square Mall.

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The Board of Kiwanis Care Centre is constituted as follows:

President                               Casey Cook

Vice-President                         Brenda Erlendson                                                   

Treasurer                              Chuck Condon

Director                                 Marge Ashdown

Director                                 Bill Stevenson

Director                                 Pat Weber

Director                                 Donna Worthington

Senior staff at the Kiwanis Care Centre are:

Executive Director               Lorrie Gerrard  

Director of Care                  Ramon Castillo

Q.I./human Resources/ Plant Manager       La Vorasarn

Financial Services                Keith Herbert

Medical Advisor and medical services      Dr. G Burns  

The Kiwanis Care Centre has the following as its Mission:

The Kiwanis Care Centre is a 76 bed resident care facility serving the lower Mainland Area. Its mission is to continuously improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of our care, services and resident satisfaction, to promote health and safe activities for our residents and staff, and to participate with other health agencies and to promote the well-being of the community we serve.

The Vision Statement is:

We envision the Kiwanis Care Centre as a role model, resident safety centred, caring organization providing a unique holistic approach to life for our family members here, and our extended family in the community. Kiwanis Care Centre will endeavour to provide knowledgeable and current clinical therapeutic and support services to our residents to enhance the life quality.

The Statement of Values and Principles is as follows:

Our philosophy is a commitment to ensure that relationships between residents’ families, volunteers, board and staff are based on trust, respect, confidentiality and the maintenance of each person’s dignity. We are committed to organizing our continuum of care around our residents’ needs.


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