About Us


The Society supports socially marginalized men to heal, grow, learn, build self-esteem, develop resilience and adopt values that will enable them to thrive in the wider community. It does this by providing transitional housing at its two Community Residential Facilities (CRF) for high-need men on conditional release from prison, by monitoring their compliance with Parole Board of Canada release terms and by supporting them to make changes that will help them live successfully in the community. This includes operation of the only residential program in Canada for conditionally released men with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The Society also operates transitional housing beds for chronically homeless men some of whom have had involvement with the criminal justice system and supports them to make changes that will help them live successfully in the community.


The Westcoast Genesis Society employs staff who practice a personal commitment to:

Staff need to be properly qualified through education and/or experience. The Society provides ongoing, relevant training and support so that staff can better achieve the Agency’s mission.


Westcoast Genesis Society, a non-profit charitable organization established and incorporated in 2000, is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors. Robert Chesterman is the Executive Director.

Gordon Thomson is House Manager for Genesis House and Pamela Sesk is House Manager for Maria Keary Cottage. Each has House Supervisors and a Cook reporting to them. Pamela also has a Case Manager at Maria Keary Cottage primarily for the FASD Program. Both House Managers report directly to Robert Chesterman along with professional program staff.

Andrew Boyd was the founder of the Westcoast Genesis Society and served as its first Executive Director. He had extensive experience as an Alcohol and Drug Counsellor with the Salvation Armyís Harbour Light Centre in the Downtown Eastside and later worked for the Correctional Service Canada as a Program Delivery Officer. As Executive Director of the Westcoast Genesis Society, Andrew strove always to maintain positive relations with local neighbours, the broader community, elected officials and senior City staff. He was a founding director of the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition, served as a director of the New Westminster Downtown Residents Association and also as a member of the New Westminster Inter-Agency Council. He passed away due to lung cancer on January14, 2015.

Westcoast Genesis Society
Genesis House

219 Carnarvon Street
New Westminster, BC,  V3L 1B7

Telephone:  604-636-3580
Toll Free:  1-866-515-2950
Facsimile: 604-515-1310

Maria Keary Cottage

305 Carnarvon Street
New Westminster, BC,  V3L 1B9

Telephone:  604-636-3590
Toll Free:  1-866-515-2950
Facsimile: 604-636-0317

(Main entry at rear off Dickenson Street, one block north of Carnarvon)