Our Team


Shari Mahar – MA           Executive Director

Tel: 604 568 4753            Email: smahar@gociss.org

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Since 1991, Shari has been employed by CISS in a variety of positions working her way into the Executive Director position. Shari is very knowledgeable and experienced in the Community Living field already having more than 10 years of relevant industry experience prior to joining the CISS team.

Shari sets the bar high for herself and for everyone around her at CISS. She is determined to not let our protective and caring ways stand in the way of progress.


Lee Weisgarber               Director of Community Inclusion Services

Tel: 604 800 0613             Email: lweisgarber@gociss.org

lee_weisgarberLee managed the IDS 2 team for 10 years and is proud to be part of the many successes. Lee says “Watching and being a part of people growing, learning, obtaining paid employment, finding new volunteer positions or participating in a way they haven’t before is the best part of CISS”.

Lee’s newest role is Director of Community Inclusion Services. Lee is excited to contribute to CISS in a different way and is looking forward to being part of CISS’s exciting future!


Ester Dela Cruz               Office Administrator & Accounting

Tel: 604 461 7495             Email: edelacruz@gociss.org

ester_dela_cruzAs the Office Administrator and Accounting, Ester is in charge of the maintenance and administration of payroll, accounting, and personal documentation. Ester is also responsible for administrating and maintaining employee benefits.

Ester enjoys the satisfaction of completing her tasks and meeting new people.


Lori Moscone                   Office Clerk

Tel: 604 461 2131             Email: lmoscone@gociss.org

lori_masconeLori first began with Community Integration Services Society in a volunteer capacity however it was quickly recognized that Lori was a hard worker and was appointed into a Part Time Office Clerk position in March 2011. Lori works two days a week and during her employment she has taken on many office tasks from organizing petty cash receipts, photo copying, filing and typing documents on the computer. Lori has a great sense of humour and can be a bit of a jokester at times. Lori has proven herself to be an invaluable part of the Administration team and is a pleasure to work with.


Ali Vrzal                              Program Manager – IDS 1 Port Coquitlam

Tel: 604-685-2852              Email: avrzal@gociss.org

Ali Vrzal is excited to start her adventure at CISS as a Program Manager for IDS 1. Working in recreation for the past 8 years paired with her Degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Ali is looking forward to empowering individuals and creating great partnerships in the community.

When she is not working Ali enjoys exploring the world near and far!


Krystina Kaban               Program Manager – IDS 2 Port Coquitlam

Tel: 604 461 7518             Email: kkaban@gociss.org

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Krystina is delighted to be a part of the CISS team, as she is able to pair her passion for the non-profit sector with her years of administration and management experience.  Krystina feels that being involved with individuals building independence and becoming active members in their Community will be the highlight of her job.

In her spare time Krystina loves to watch movies and snuggle with her two fur babies: Benny a bloodhound lab cross, and Piper a purebred chocolate lab.


Bijan Heydarian                  Program Manager – North Vancouver

Tel: 604 986 1511                 Email: bheydarian@gociss.org

Bijan is pleased to continue his journey with CISS as a Program Manager with the North Vancouver team. After many years working as a Life Skills Worker coupled with his Clinical Psychology Degree and previous management experience, Bijan feels more than ready to take on this new challenge. Bijan wishes to assist others to integrate into community.

Nothing is more enjoyable to Bijan’s personal life than poetry, photography and travelling.


Mary Joy Lovering          Program Manager – Inlet Enterprises

Tel: 604 685 2852             Email: mlovering@gociss.org

mary_joy_loveringMary Joy is the chair of the Social Committee, which works on social activities for staff and clients, as well as wellness in the work place. Mary Joy believes the individuals who attend CISS’ day programs are successful in programs and activities of their choice. She sees a future without limitations, by assisting individuals in finding paid employment, new exciting volunteer placements, and independence in the community.

Mary Joy enjoys sewing, crafts, quilts and dabbling in art and writing.


Peter Dawe                          President

pete_dawe3Peter became a Board Member in 2001. As Vice President, Peter oversees the financial aspects of CISS, working closely with Shari. Being a former Principal in Port Coquitlam, Peter brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to CISS. Getting to know the people that CISS supports is very enjoyable for Peter.


Vinay Nand                          Vice President

vinay-nandVinay was appointed to the Board of Directors for CISS in late 2010. Currently, he is a Change Consultant and Project Manager for the Provincial Heath Services Authority. He actively worked to help renovate the new CISS facility while procuring property management services. He greatly enjoys his role as a Board Member and values the time he spends within the society.


Michael Jiang                  Treasurer

michael-jiangMichael Jiang became a Board Member and Treasurer in 2011. As a Chartered Accountant (CA) working with KPMG LLP, he brings strong financial experience and knowledge to CISS. Michael’s past community services also includes volunteering with Special Olympics BC and UNICEF.


Sue Davis                         Secretary

Sue DavisSue became a Board Member in 2004. As the Board of Director’s Secretary, Sue’s responsibilities include attending monthly Board meetings, Annual General Meetings, and voting. Sue is also involved with CISS’ fundraising committee and represents CISS at industry workshops and seminars. Sue enjoys participating in CISS social events like BBQs and Christmas Dinners.


Sarah Davis                     Director

sarah_directors2As someone who has successfully utilized and benefited from CISS’ programs and services, Sarah offers her personal experience and insight, providing the Board and Management team with valuable feedback that will make CISS programs and services even better.


Laura Taylor                    Director

laura-taylorLaura Williams Taylor has over 20 years of experience in disability management.  Her education includes many specialized courses in disabilities and rehabilitation as well as a degree in Business and Psychology from SFU.  She has dedicated her life to the advancement of others and is an active volunteer in the community.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her two young boys.