Board of Directors

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

 

Diane Tijman

President

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.
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.
Nes (Honesimo) Gatus

Director

Nes (Homesimo) Gatus completed a Master's in Business Administration, majoring in Computer Science. He was also actively involved in furthering his artistic skills when he joined the Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company. In 1983-84, Nes traveled around the world for 9 months promoting the country’s cultural heritage. Succeeding years (from 1984-86) saw Nes participating in several goodwill tours (in Asia and Europe).
He worked in Saudi Arabia as a contract worker for 10 years in various computer-related capacities before migrating to Canada in 1997 with his family of 3 children. In 2000, Nes and his wife co-founded PhilCAS of BC (Philippine Cultural Arts Society of British Columbia in Canada) to educate, inform and enrich people residing in North America in the traditions and culture of the Philippines, in particular those people of Filipino birth, ancestry, or affiliation. He held the position of President for PhilCAS of BC (philcas.ca) from 2000 until 2018. Apart from annual local productions and Inter-province cultural exchanges within Canada, PhilCAS reached out abroad by participating in International Folk Festivals in the Netherlands (2006), Italy (2008), Turkey (2012), Spain (2015), and Portugal (2019). He organized and directed 4 of these international trips.
In addition to PhilCAS, Nes has been active in other community activities such as President at FCI BC (Folklore Canada International, British Columbia Chapter, and Western Canada) 2010.
Some notable awards received were the ‘Richmond highest honors in the Field of Cultural Leadership’ (2010) and ’10 most outstanding Filipino Canadians’ at the University of Toronto (2011).
A veteran Toastmaster, Nes has achieved the highest TM designation - DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster). He is a Data Storage Consultant for PHSA (Provincial Health Services Authority) in British Columbia.
Kalvin Liu

Director

Stacey Lee Reyes

Director

Stacey Reyes has called Richmond home for the last decade after relocating with her husband and three boys from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is the Manager, People, and Safety for a Richmond-based organization, and is an active member of her church, serving on several ministries. As a first-generation Canadian, Stacey witnessed several of the obstacles new immigrants are faced with, along with the lack of resources and career opportunities available to them. Her personal life experiences coupled with her professional career have driven her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Prior to her relocation, she was employed with Manitoba Start, an organization that welcomes and empowers newcomers as they build their Canadian careers, where she facilitated employment preparation workshops and aided newcomers in securing meaningful career opportunities for which they may have otherwise been overlooked. Stacey is excited to be serving as a first-time board member with the Richmond Multicultural Community Services, where she can continue to support, advocate and promote multiculturalism and equality within her community.
Johnathan 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).
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.
Andrew Young

Director

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.