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, returning in 2018 to serve as Secretary and Board Chair and became President of the Board in 2019 & 2021.  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. She is passionate about the vision, mission, and services offered by RMCS and is committed to helping the community achieve inter-cultural harmony, awareness, and pluralism.
Johnathan Tam

Vice President

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).
Diane Tijman

Secretary

Diane Tijman is a UBC Faculty Advisor working with student teachers across the Lower Mainland. Involved in second language education her whole life, she grew up in Vancouver and became multilingual through her studies here and overseas. She moved to Richmond in 1979 where she taught and worked as a District Curriculum Coordinator of Languages, ELL, and Multiculturalism. In that work, she interviewed and supported thousands of newcomer families and their children as they entered the school system. Very much aware of the challenges often faced by newcomers, Diane is passionate about meeting those needs and making Richmond a harmonious place to live, work, and learn. Being open-minded and curious and supporting the work of RMCS, Diane believes this is possible. She is grateful for her loving supportive family who contributes to making this possible.
Andrew Young

Treasurer

Andrew Young has returned after a year’s 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.
Adrian Fung

Director

Adrian Fung was born in Hong Kong but also spent 9 years studying high school and University in England. Adrian immigrated to Canada in 1987 with his parents and lived in Calgary, Alberta. At that time he was in pursuit of his Master’s degree as well as spending time volunteering for the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youths (youth & family focused hub to promote inclusiveness for immigrants). He moved to live in BC as a result of a job relocation in 1996 and has since then lived and raise his own family here in Richmond. His past volunteer experience involved serving as Board of Director for the CCF Community Care Foundation & as Treasurer for a couple of community sports associations. Adrian works in the Financial Services industry. He is thrilled to be able to support RMCS because of the Organization’s focus on community betterment. Having grown up as well as starting his own family not in his birth country has given him an appreciation of building community bondings and integration infrastructure.
Kalvin Liu

Director

Maria Mowlavi

Director

Michelle Tsai

Director

Michelle Tsai has been involved in the newcomer community ever since she moved to Canada 20 years ago. She has worked extensively with people from diverse backgrounds and is committed in supporting diversity and inclusion.  Her passion for the wellness of the community has led her to serve on the board at RMCS. Michelle is a passionate and driven business professional.  She brings 14 years of financial industry experience and is currently a manager at Royal Bank of Canada leading a dedicated team of advisors. Throughout the years, Michelle was committed to dedicate time back to the community by volunteering for different causes. One of her fondest memories was spending a day cleaning up classrooms, organizing and stocking up the pantry board with her colleagues in an elementary school in East Vancouver. Michelle holds a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Economics from the University of British Columbia and has attained her Personal Financial Planner designation.  She is currently pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration in Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. Michelle lives in Richmond with her husband and daughter and they enjoy spending time together reading, bike riding, and exploring nature.
Hailey Wang

Director

Carolyn Willick

Director

Carolyn Willick is a first time Board member for RMCS.  Carolyn has made Richmond her home for the past 14 years where she now lives with her husband and has two university-aged children. Both benefited immensely from the city’s diversity. She recently retired from a 35-year career as a senior leader in the forest industry and holds a CGA CPA designation. She also acts as a board member and treasurer for the Vietnam Education Society, a Canadian charity that funds schools, lunch programs, and anti-trafficking initiatives in Vietnam. She values community and is eager to help strengthen the mandate of RMCS.  During her spare time, she loves to explore new trails in the lower mainland and plan active adventures farther afield.