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our board

At Yarrow, our Board of Directors is made up primarily of youth. Together, the Board is responsible for providing organizational leadership and upholding Yarrow's mission and values. If you would like to learn more about our Board or potentially become a member, please contact

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Sally zhao

      Sally is a second-generation settler. Her mother and extended family settled in the Chinatown area where she was born and raised. Sally grew up wandering the lively streets of Chinatown where she would regularly run in and out of Hon's Wonton House on Keefer Street where her mother worked. She attended Strathcona Elementary School and the nearby Chinese Public School Society. Professionally Sally holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Juris Doctor. She has deep roots in the community and is passionate in making a meaningful change. 

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Katherine cheng

Katherine is a Mandarin and Hokkien speaker born and raised in Taiwan, currently residing on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She worked at Yarrow as a Chinese Seniors Hub Assistant in 2022 and is now a Community-Based Research Coordinator at the UBC Learning Exchange.

Jialynn Shi

Jialynn was born and raised in “Vancouver”, on Coast Salish lands. As a child, her parents brought her to Chinatown to build ties to her cultural roots. She is privileged to engage in Chinatown’s community throughout her years here—as a student during her schooling years, she was enrolled in St. Francis Xavier School at the original Chinatown location, as an employee of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. during her university years to pay for tuition, and as a small-/grassroots-business supporter now. 

Jialynn has a BA from UBC, with a double major in Economics and Sociology. She has worked in the non-profit sector for a decade, with a focus on supporting youth and students (S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and UBC Sauder), marginalized groups (Rick Hansen Foundation), and healthcare. She has extensive experience in fundraising, copywriting, budgeting, and event coordination. She currently works at St. Paul’s Foundation as the Annual Giving Officer.

galina lee

Galina is a queer Chinese-Canadian settler on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. They have a long family history in Canada - going as far back as to roots in Barkerville and familial ties to the founding of Vancouver’s Sun Yat Sen Gardens. Through their family’s history and past activism, Galina aims to continue the tradition of contributing to the neighbourhood. They currently work with the Chinatown community in their anti-gentrification activism with goals to revitalize Chinatown, keeping in mind community care and harm-reduction. They will be bringing their on-the-ground experience to the board and add to the already diverse voices within Yarrow Society. Galina joins the board with the motivation to further contribute to Chinatown’s community while continuously learning the needs and priorities that arise for elders both in Chinatown and the DTES. It is important to them that they can further contribute to Chinatown in a larger capacity. 

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