Seniors Create Project
Marnie Perrin – View From a Window: Producer, project lead, script coordinator, creator
Since graduating from Simon Fraser University with a theatre degree in 1994, Marnie has performed in professional theatre, professional children’s theatre, and has stilt-performed at every level of event, from 20 to 20,000 participants. In 1996, Marnie created, co-wrote and produced a performance that toured through elderly care facilities around the lower mainland. As well as performing, for the past 16 years Marnie has been working as an arts administrator, most recently for the past 12 years as the Artistic Director of the Surrey International Children’s Festival. Marnie is thrilled to be returning to one of the most rewarding projects of her career – engaging seniors in creation and theatre with View From a Window.
Natasha Nadir – View From a Window: Dramaturg, script coordinator, director
Natasha is a professional director and dramaturg with an MFA in Directing from UBC. She was Artistic Associate at Gateway Theatre where she directed The Grandkid, Mary’s Wedding, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Burning In. She produced and facilitated SceneFirst, a mini festival of new work at Gateway Theatre. She was Artistic Director for All Nations Theatre and has worked as an acting instructor throughout her career. She is currently pursuing playwriting and is a member of the Wet Ink Collective.
Gina Stockdale – View From a Window: Creator, workshop co-faciliator, script collaborator, actor
Gina was born in Cambridge, England, where she trained as a teacher before moving to Canada in 1967 and ultimately settling in the Vancouver area in 1971. After completing a double major in Theatre and English from Simon Fraser University Gina worked as a professional performing artist in live theatre, both acting and directing and taught as a sessional in the theatre department of SFU. Gina co-founded These 4 Walls Theatre – a company dedicated to performance of live theatre in private houses which took productions far beyond B.C. From 1997 up to and including the present, Gina has worked as an actor in film and TV in addition to live theatre work. Awarded a Leo for Best Female Performer in a short drama for her work in Regarding Sarah. In 2013 Gina started writing and created a one woman show, Hired Help, which she performs in private houses in the Lower Mainland of B.C. and beyond. Gina has been involved with the Seniors Create Project since the beginning and is happy to continue performing the role of Gail in View From a Window.
South Granville Seniors Centre
Clemencia Gomez – View From a Window partner – South Granville Seniors Centre Executive Director
Clemencia Gomez, originally from Colombia, has been the Executive Director of the South Granville Seniors Centre for more than ten years, where she leads the staff, volunteers and membership in organizing and providing a diverse range of programs and services for seniors, including a specially-designed weekly program for Spanish-speaking seniors who are often battling language barriers and poverty issues. She is an Economist by training and has a Masters in Applied Anthropology (Ecuador). Clemencia is all about building communities, identifying needs and finding solutions that are “outside the box”. She worked with the Neighbourhood Helpers (a non-profit group that serves low-income seniors living in single-room-occupancy hotels in downtown Vancouver) for ten years, was the President of the Vancouver Cross-Cultural Seniors Network Society for 6 years, and presently is part of the City of Vancouver Seniors Advisory Committee. As well, in 2010, she was given the “Bright Light” award by the Pacific Immigrant Resources Society, in recognition for her contributions as an immigrant woman who has become a leader and a role model in the community.
Leah T’ien – View From a Window partner – South Granville Seniors Centre Office Administrator and Program Assistant
When Leah, a 2018 UBC graduate in Biology, applied for this position, she already knew quite a bit about the Centre. “Marina [Sanz, Spanish Program Coordinator] is a good friend of mine,” says Leah. “She had been telling me for a while about the activities here and the friendly, vibrant atmosphere.”
Leah has six years of experience as a volunteer in a hospital where she helped organize activities for seniors. That, plus her passion for building community and bringing people together — skills she honed in extra-curricular activities at UBC — are among the strengths she brings to the team.
Benita Yi – View From a Window partner – South Granville Seniors Centre Programs and Volunteer Coordinator
Benita Yi holds a Bachelor of Social Work from UBC, specialized in gerontology. Her academic internships caused her to become deeply familiar with the range of resources available for seniors — and the importance of connecting those resources with the people who need them. While at university she also honed her organizational skills, helping to create and run both programs and events for a variety of groups and purposes.
“In this job, I’m able to draw on all aspects of my background,” she says, and singles out programming, resource-mapping and partnerships as areas of particular interest. “I’m here to work with our whole community — members, non-members living in the area, volunteers and staff — and help ensure that everyone feels welcome, and at home.”