Our Team

Shari Mahar – MA           Executive Director
Tel: 604 568 4753            

Since 1991, Shari has been employed by Community Integration Services Society in a variety of positions working her way into the Executive Director position in 2005. 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 is the proud parent of two adult children who have watched her career grow while they were themselves growing up.  Shari says “I am so proud that my children have had a front row seat in the development of CISS, they have always supported our cause and have grown into being strong advocates for people’s rights”.

Shari has strong leadership ideas that have came from her experience and through her education in Organizational Leadership and Development. 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. She is always excited about what the future holds for CISS and for the individuals who chose our services.  Shari is proud of our staff and the exceptional work that they do every day, she knows that we are stronger when we work together.

Lee Weisgarber               Director of Community Inclusion Services
Tel: 604 800 0613            

Lee is the Director of Community Inclusion Services at Community Integration Services Society; and is the proud parent of two grown children and grandmother to two young grandchildren. Lee has served in the capacity of adult services for almost 20 years in many positions at CISS. She is a strong advocate for persons with disabilities and an active participant in the future of CISS’.  Lee’s strong leadership is appreciated by the leadership team and employees.

Ester Dela Cruz              Financial Administrator

Tel: 604 461 7495

Ester joined CISS in June 2008 and brings extensive skills and experience in accounting and payroll, and a commitment to contribute to the continuing efforts of the Society in improving the services for individuals and families.

Ester is the Finance Administrator and is responsible for finance, payroll, pensions, and benefits. She is a strong leader and a trusted employee who manages all areas of finance with precision.

Ester is excited to be a part of Community Integration Services Society’s future and success.

Jessica Castillo                   Human Resources Administrator
Tel: 604-461-7493           

Jessica is very proud to be a member of the CISS team as the Human Resources Administrator. She is overjoyed to be part of a meaningful organization that values inclusion and growth. Jessica brings a new perspective to her duties and responsibilities with knowledge gained throughout her educational experiences in Human Resources.

Jessica is constantly looking for opportunities to continue to learn and grow, and is excited to be an active contributor in CISS’s future.

Lori Moscone                   Office Clerk
Tel: 604 461 2131            

Lori 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 is dedicated to her work and is constantly looking for ways to help others. No matter the task, you will always find Lori with a smile on her face and an infectious laugh.

Lori enjoys spending time with her cat, Coco and going for walks with her Mom in her free time. She has proven herself to be an invaluable part of the Administration team and is a pleasure to work with.

Janna Hamzagic         Program Manager – IDS 1 Port Coquitlam
Tel: 604-685-2267             

Janna has been teaching in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis since 2012, and is excited to be part of CISS. Her educational background is in Early Childhood Education, Applied Behaviour Analysis and she is currently pursuing a degree in Human Resource Management. Janna is delighted to be a Program Manager and looks forward to empowering individuals to participate in community and a program that provides value and enrichment to their lives.

Janna frequents her favorite book stores, coffee shops, and spin studio in her leisure time and is always in pursuit of learning, exercising or spending quality time with her friends and family.

Ana Wear                   Program Manager – IDS 2
Tel: 604-986-1511           

Ana has worked as a service oriented leader, overseeing the delivery of programs for families, individuals, and youth. Ana has had the
opportunity to work with a vulnerable population, as well as in a
leadership role, coaching and mentoring others, allowing for the
development of skills to ensure efficient and effective programming.

In her spare time, Ana enjoys travelling, reading, spending time with
her family and friends.

Steve Dancey                   Leisure Services/IDS
Tel:  604-986-1511          

Steve has recently joined CISS in the temporary Program Manager position on the North Vancouver team. Steve has been working in the social service field for the past 19 years, primarily working with youth in the community in order to work on building the skills needed to live independently.

When Steve is not working towards supporting people in accomplishing their goals, he can be found walking the local trails, swimming in his favourite watering hole, or checking out the latest book releases hoping to find a good story to get lost in.

Ken Obcena              Program Manager – Inlet Enterprises
Tel: 604-685-2852         

Ken joined CISS in 2019 and is very pleased to take on the role of Program Manager for the Inlet and IDS3 programs, here at Community Integration Services Society.

Ken is a fun-loving, father of two youngsters, who deeply values connections and relationships. Ken has an academic background in psychology and kinesiology.

Ken is an avid advocate and has been supporting people with diverse abilities for more than a decade. Ken is excited to work with staff, families and individuals at CISS.’

Peter Dawe                       President

A happily retired educator who is pleased to volunteer as a Board member for CISS, a former teacher, coach and school administrator. My most satisfying achievement in education is being the founding principal of Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School in Port Coquitlam. My most satisfying service with CISS was being a member of the subcommittee which identified and suggested Melissa Park Lodge as the permanent home for our day services. In retirement my world has opened to the enrichment of service with Bead For Life in support of Ugandan women, with the strata council at my condo and with CISS. My world has also been enriched in recent years with the joys of travel, particularly in Portugal.

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.

JONATHAN LAWSON                   Board Member

Jonathan Lawson has been with CISS since 2014, and is now proud to be a member of the Board of Directors, 2021.

Through CISS, Jonathan has done numerous volunteer jobs in the community and with the help of CISS has been working at Starbuck’s in Maple Ridge twice a week.

Jonathan participates in four Special Olympics sports and belongs to Baseball Challengers.  He also volunteers in removing invasive plant species throughout the lower mainland.

Always eager to lend assistance, Jon has developed very good social skills and looks forward to helping any way he can.

Rohinton Unwalla                   Board Member

Rohinton joined the Board of Directors in 2020 and is excited to contribute to the work of the board.  Rohinton, has been involved with Community Integration Services Society since his son joined the IDS 1 team in 2008.  Rohinton and his family have always supported CISS and have attended all special events and is looking forward to meeting everyone as we come back together in 2021.