our board

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


Lydia is the daughter of immigrants from Hong Kong, currently living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. A policy analyst working in health, she is passionate about Yarrow’s work in food, health care access, and intergenerational relationships in Chinatown. Lydia graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts focused in History and Political Science.


Todd is a second-generation Chinese settler with ancestral roots in Jixi, Anhui and Macheng, Hubei. Todd currently works in health administration and is passionate about relationships, abolition and working toward different worlds. He likes learning his parent's fangyans and histories and makes good cakes and dumplings.

Sydney li

Sydney is a second-generation Chinese settler on the unceded land of the Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. As a daughter of Fijian-Chinese and Hong Kong immigrants, she is curious about the intersection of health and culture. Sydney is excited to continue building intergenerational relationships, community solidarity, and health equity while on Yarrow’s Board of Directors. She enjoys eating baos, staring into the abyss, and dragon boating.

Eleanor Yang

Eleanor is a 1.5 generation Hakka (客家) Chinese settler born in Kingston, Jamaica, but with ancestral roots in Feng Gang, Guangdong. Eleanor is currently residing on traditional Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Huron-Wendat territories but is a guest on all lands, as Hakka people are traditionally nomadic and known as “guest people”. Eleanor is currently a Master’s student at York University, studying the Hakka/Chinese diaspora. She is excited to work alongside and advocate for seniors, deepen intergenerational relationships, and engage in community building and empowerment.

Yao (Sweden) Xiao 蕭堯

I come from rural Cantonese-Hakka families in the karst mountains north of Pearl River, and currently live as an immigrant settler on unceded Coast Salish lands. I am a bilingual writer, researcher, and amateur cook. I value the grassroots wisdom of reciprocal listening, nourishing, and collective transformation alongside seniors in Vancouver’s Chinatown and beyond. I hold a PhD in Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia where I work as a sessional lecturer at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, as well as the Faculty of Education.

Melody Wise 


Melody is a settler of mixed heritage, raised on unceded, occupied and traditional territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. Having previously worked at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, and Health, Environments and Communities research lab, Melody brings a background specifically focused on intersectional feminist research and service provision. Currently, she works with Battered Women’s Support Services as a Research and Policy Analyst, where she supports the creation of community-driven, participatory action research.