The North Shore Tennis Society is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Michael Anderson

President

Michael is a sporting enthusiast who took up tennis just a few years ago and now plays 3-4 times a week !   He’s in love with Tennis ! When not playing sports or volunteering, Michael operates his own commercial real estate advisory firm, Northern Vision Realty Advisors Inc., working with local and international tenants and landlords across Canada.  Michael has lived on the North Shore for nine years with his wife Gloria, specifically in the City of North Vancouver, and is a proud father to his and Gloria’s six children !!

Marcus Shapiro

Vice President

Marcus Shapiro is a keen self-taught tennis player who has also played badminton and table tennis.  This shows in his appalling technique and how few of his shots look like tennis shots.  He tries to serve hard, and occasionally a ball flies in, which sometimes results in an ace; however, the double faults often exceed the number of aces.  He ranks a strong 3.5 and an aspirational 4.0.
Marcus arrived in Canada from the UK with his family in 2014 as a “mid life” immigrant and is now proudly a Canadian citizen.  Originally practising as a corporate lawyer, he pursued a 25 year career as a corporate (M&A/corporate finance) advisor for various investment banks in London, UK and New York.  In Canada, he serves on various Board and Advisory Boards for growth companies, and in the community served for 4 years as a Director of West Vancouver Memorial Library and also served on the Board of the West Vancouver Library Foundation.  He lives in West Vancouver with his wife and whichever of his 4 children need a free bed for the night.  Marcus will be pleased to sell you a reassuringly expensive, yet excellent value, safari holiday.
John Gannon

Past President

John is a lifelong north shore resident. He has resided in the District of North Vancouver with his wife in the Edgemont village area for 35 years and looking forward to many more!  He is now happily retired after working in a number of administrative capacities (Human Resources, Internal Audit, Retail Support) during his 30 years at Canada Post in their Regional head office. He has been a Director with the NVTS since April, 2018 and is the past president of the NVTS (November 2019 to June 2021). He was Treasurer on the STANS Board from April 2019 to December  2020. Over the years he has enjoyed and maintained an active lifestyle that included playing racquetball, squash and now his focus is on tennis. He enjoys skiing on the local hills is a keen windsurfer during the summer months.
Cathy Still

Secretary

Cathy has been lucky to live, work and play tennis on the North Shore for more years than she would care to disclose! She started playing tennis at the Capilano Winter Club, played at the North Shore Winter Club and most recently with STANS.

Cathy’s enjoyed a long career in West Vancouver working with adolescents, both as a teacher and as a counsellor. Also, after certification, Cathy was seconded to mediate with individuals, small and large groups. She developed a mediation programme within the school where students could help other students resolve conflicts. She was involved in developing the Restorative Justice programme on the North Shore.

Throughout her career, Cathy did volunteer committee work for youth. She spent numerous years serving as a member and chair of the North Shore Youth and Family Court Committee.  The Court Committee was responsible for opening the North Shore Youth Safe House and for hosting the Annual Provincial Youth and Family Court Conference. She also spent numerous years volunteering as a member and chair of the McCreary Services Society. The Society does province wide research into youth health and provides valuable information for policy development.

Since retiring, Cathy has volunteered on the North Shore Multicultural Society, the STANS Board and now on the North Vancouver Tennis Society. Cathy continues to advocate for tennis as a life long sport. We are so fortunate to have great public indoor and outdoor tennis facilities on the North Shore. We are most thankful to our predecessors on the North Vancouver Tennis Society who were essential in the development of the North Vancouver Tennis Centre.
Cecilia McLaren

Board Member

Cecilia grew up in England playing tennis with her family, at school and at college where she trained as an elementary school teacher. She immigrated to Barrie, Ontario in 1968 where she was active in the Barrie tennis club before moving to teach in B.C. in 1970. Cecilia retired in August 2012 after 18 years serving as Principal of St. Francis de Sales Elementary School in Burnaby, one of the Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese. Cecilia has lived in Deep Cove in the District of North Vancouver since 1972 where she and her husband raised their 3 children. Cecilia’s passion for tennis led her to become a founding member of the Deep Cove Tennis Club in 1997 of which she is currently the Vice President. She became a director of both the NVTS and STANS Boards in 2020. She continues to be an avid tennis player competing in the Americas Masters and the B.C. 55+ Games for the last several years as well as local tournaments. She has played at the North Vancouver Tennis Centre since it opened, loves to play with STANS and at Myrtle Park, her local court, with DCTC, her friends, as well as teaching her young grandsons to play. Cecilia continues to enjoy a lifetime love of horseback riding. She took up dog agility as a retirement project with her Border Collie Bella. Together they have made new friends and have competed successfully in many trials.
Mark Sun

Board Member

Mark is a certified tennis instructor that loves to teach and play tennis. He instructs both children and adults locally, at the West Vancouver Tennis Club and internationally at exclusive hotels in Barbados. Mark is also an internationally rated professional umpire regularly officiating at professional Masters ATP and WTA events. He actively volunteers in the Vancouver Tennis scene as Spring League Coordinator for over 50 men’s teams, Murdo Force Team Captain and NSCTA President. Mark received the North Shore Fair Play Award for promoting good sportsmanship and quality play in sport competition. He strongly believes tennis improves mental and physical health at all ages. Mark is a scientist who loves creating microcontroller-based devices, smart home design and laser cutting artwork.
Irwin Bliss

Board Member

Irwin has been playing sports for his entire life.  Hockey and baseball as a youth and then racquetball, squash, tennis, golf.  Until recently an avid skier as well.  He is a very keen tennis player and enjoys getting out for competition or fun! Irwin is a seasoned business consultant who has worked across business settings in the Middle East, Europe, Great Britain and North America for over 40 years. As an organization development consultant he started helping companies understand the complexity of change and how to lead change throughout their business system. Over time, Irwin became well known for helping executives become their best in their leadership roles. Irwin has an authentic, open and candid approach to people and he brings that style along with his depth of organizational knowledge and wisdom to any situation. Irwin is married to wife Cheryle and lives in North Van close to a couple of their children and grandchildren.

Duncan Brown

Board Member

Duncan grew up in North Vancouver in Maplewood, where his grandparents had a farm (now Maplewood Farm). He moved back to North Vancouver in 2015, after living in various places, including 28 years in Toronto.  He took up tennis when he returned to North Vancouver, playing at the North Vancouver Tennis Centre and public outdoor courts around North Vancouver. Duncan trained as as a lawyer, but did not work as a lawyer. He worked for, and served in many executive and board positions of, national and global labour organizations, multi-stakeholder industry organizations, pension and benefits plans, skills training and charitable organizations.  Duncan has extensive leadership, governance and administrative experience, including experience in strategic planning and strategic campaigns.  On the international level, he has collaborated with labour, women’s and community organizations on four continents and have overseen Decent Work projects in Mexico, Central and South America, and Africa.  On the local community level, Duncan has been President of two strata councils and organized and led a neighbourhood watch group. He has served as an alumni representative on the Capilano University Board of Governors since 2017 and is currently Board Chair.

Liliana Vargas

Board Member

Liliana learned to play tennis on red clay at an early age, and quickly realized that tennis is a life lesson of discipline, determination, and camaraderie. Liliana knows that tennis opens doors to new friendships wherever she goes. Liliana is an active member in the community and a firm believer that education, physical activity and, community programming make for a resilient, caring and strong society. As such, she volunteers as a board director with non-for-profit and organized sports organizations. If Liliana is not playing tennis, or working out, she can be found working as an engineer on public transportation projects and driving her teenage boys to soccer and hockey.