Meet our Board of Directors!

The Board of Directors acts as governing trustees of Richmond Multicultural Community Services (RMCS) on behalf of the community at large and contributors while carrying out the organization’s mission and goals. To fully meet this goal, the Board of Directors must actively participate in the planning process. If you’d like more information please email yoshimi@rmcs.bc.ca

Vanessa Yu

President

Vanessa Yu has been a member of RMCS since 2009, first as a “Youth Now Leadership” candidate and later serving as Secretary from 2010-2016.  Vanessa is a long-time resident of Richmond and has observed its’ tremendous growth over the decades.  She is an active member of the community and has volunteered for local sporting, fundraising, and multiculturalism events. Vanessa works as a medical laboratory professional, specializing in cytopathology with interests in sustainable healthcare and personalized medicine. In her spare time, she is an avid traveler, live music fan, and enjoys all things “Star Wars.”As first generation Chinese-Canadian, she is acutely aware of the difficulties encountered by new Canadians and is passionate about the vision, mission, and services offered by RMCS. She is committed to helping the community achieve inter-cultural harmony, awareness, and pluralism.

-“Harmony through diversity.”

Randi Bains

Vice President

Randi Bains is a first time Board member for RMCS.  Randi has made Richmond her home for the past 26 years where she now lives with her husband and four children. She immigrated to Canada in 1976 and has firsthand experience regarding the challenges and rewards of living in a multi-cultural community. In addition to juggling a full-time job and a busy household, she is committed to giving back to her community.  Her past volunteer experience includes being on the Childcare Development Board for the City of Richmond and being part of the fundraising committee for the Richmond Society for Community Living.   For the past 25 years, she has worked for the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC).  During her spare time, she loves to travel, read, go for walks and spend time with family and friends.
Diane Tijman

Secretary

Diane Tijman has been involved in second language education her whole life. She grew up in Vancouver and moved to Richmond in 1979 where she taught ESL, French, Spanish and English and Worked as Modern Languages Coordinator and District Curriculum Coordinator of ELL and Multiculturalism for the Richmond School District. Being multilingual has opened many doors for Diane. She has written curriculum for the Ministry of Education, led an ESL curriculum advisory team to Cuba, presented at provincial and national conferences and participated in many advisory committees. Diane continues to work at UBC with student teachers.

Collaboration and volunteerism are important to Diane as they foster her desire to learn and collaborate with others. Her vehicle has been through volunteerism, having served six years on the Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee for the City of Richmond and two years as a Director of RMCS, as well as several other boards previously. She retired from the Richmond School District in 2016 after having interviewed thousands of newcomer families and their children as they entered the school system. Very much aware of the challenges often experienced by newcomers, Diane is passionate about meeting those needs and making Richmond a harmonious place to live, work and learn. She is grateful for her loving supportive family who contributes to making this possible.  

Andrew Young

Treasurer

Andrew Young has returned after a year absence. He first came to RMCS Board through the YOUTH NOW Program.  Andrew has spent several years volunteering at CHIMO Crisis lines. He worked as a host at the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Andrew hopes to bring a fresh perspective and ideas to help RMCS in a new direction.
Sukhvir Bains

Director

Maria Mowlavi

Director

Jonathan Tam

Director

Johnathan Tam was born in Richmond, BC and has been living there his whole life. His parents are first-generation immigrants who came to Canada from Hong Kong in the 1900s. Johnathan attended both elementary and secondary school in Richmond, BC before going off to the University of British Columbia, attaining a Bachelor’s of Science degree. Currently, he works full-time as a Research Coordinator at Arthritis Research Canada, and part-time as a Pharmacist Assistant at Super Grocer and Pharmacy and as a Lifeguard/Swim Instructor for the City of Richmond. Throughout the years, Johnathan has devoted many hours to volunteering in his community, being the head coach of his old high school basketball team for five years, a member of the Steveston Special Events Committee, and the president of World Vision UBC, to name a few. In his spare time, Johnathan enjoys playing basketball and reading manga (Japanese comics).