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



Balwant Sanghera


Balwant Sanghera has been associated with the RMCS for a long time and has served on the Board in various positions. Balwant Sanghera is a well-respected educator, community activist and bridge builder between various communities and groups. He is one of the founders and chairperson of the South Asian Community Coalition Against Youth Violence He retired as a school psychologist in 2004 after serving in the BC Public School system for 36 years. His selfless service has earned Balwant various awards. These include the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, Order of British Columbia, Solicitor General’s Lifetime Community Achievement Award for Crime Prevention and Community Safety and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.  In 2010 he was voted as one of Top 25 Canadian Immigrants. He was voted twice as Richmond Review’s Top Ten Citizens of Richmond in 2007 and 2011. In 2011, he was also awarded the Defender of Heritage Award by prominent South Asian Magazine Darpan. Balwant was selected as UBC’s One of Education 100 –Year of Alumni Outstanding Contributors in 2015. Balwant is a regular writer for the local community newspapers and frequently appears as a guest on various radio and TV programs. Currently, in addition to heading the RMCS, he is also serving as president of the East Richmond Community Association, Punjabi Language Education Association of Canada, as an Executive member of the India Cultural Centre of Canada Gurdwara Nanak Niwas in Richmond. He is also one of the founders and chairperson of Richmond’s popular Highway to Heaven Association.
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 British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC).  During her spare time, she loves to travel, read, go for walks and spend time with family and friends.
Vanessa Yu


Vanessa Yu serves as the current Secretary for the RMCS Board.  Vanessa has been a member of RMCS since 2009, first as a “Youth Now Leadership” candidate and later serving as Secretary from 2010-2016. Vanessa has returned after a year absence.
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 and technology with interests in green sustainable healthcare and personalized medicine. In her spare time, she is an avid traveler, live music fan, and enjoys all things “Star Wars.”
Being 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 looking forward to helping the community achieve inter-cultural harmony, awareness, and pluralism.
-“Harmony through diversity.”
Tyler Pronyk


Eren Ozbag


Diane Tijman


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 contribute to making this possible.  

Jonathan Tam


Sukhvir Bains


Roy Sakata


Harandra Sull


Maria Mowlavi


Dianne Sing