Division Administration

Nancy Mathias, Executive Director

Nancy joined the White Rock-South Surrey Division in July 2012. She comes to us from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research where as vice president of programs and business planning she was responsible for overseeing the strategy and operational aspects of the foundation’s various awards programs and funding opportunities. Nancy has several years of experience as a consultant facilitating community engagement and program development, and leadership experience with the non-profit sector, mostly in the area of health research funding.

Nancy has lived in the South Surrey area for 23 years, and loves the community atmosphere it has offered her family. She has been very involved as a volunteer with the Crescent Beach Swim Club for the past 12 years. She is looking forward to working close to home, and helping to make a difference in her own community.

Nancy can be reached at nmathias@wrssdivision.ca.

Helen Torrance, Administrative Assistant

Helen is a skilled administrator with many years' experience in the non-profit sector.  Prior to joining the Division in November 2010, she worked for Fraser Health, the BCSCPCA and The Nature Trust of BC.  Helen has also operated her own business providing administrative assistance to a variety of clients, mostly in the health care sector.

Helen helps support Division programs and working groups including the Collaborative Services Committee, the Residential Care Program, and the Physician Information Technology Office (PITO) Community of Practice.  In this capacity, she draws on her past work with boards, committees, volunteers, public sector and government agencies.  Outside of work, Helen enjoys cooking and travel and is a music enthusiast - both as a listener and as a choral singer.

Helen can be reached at htorrance@wrssdivision.ca.


Kay Abelson, Program Coordinator

Kay’s background is as a registered nurse, registered psychiatric nurse and community health nurse.  Kay came to the Division in 2012 with extensive experience working as an RPN and as an employee assistance program consultant as well as in her previous role as executive director of a seniors' network.  Away from work, Kay is kept busy with her family, enjoying the outdoors, reading and spending time with friends having interesting conversations. 

Kay can be reached at kabelson@wrssdivision.ca.