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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

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.

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rain chan

Rain was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples; located within the territory of the Dish with One Spoon Treaty. Rain has spent many years in the theatre and arts community before pursuing their studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Rain is also currently completing a Masters in Social Work. The primary focus of their work is through the lens of trauma-informed approaches, healing justice and restorative justice. When not working or studying, they
enjoy learning about astrology, nature, and watching comedy.


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.

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.


Mandy immigrated from Hong Kong in 1993, with ancestral lineages in Panyu and Ningbo, and currently lives as a settler on the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.  She hopes to leverage her 10-plus years experience with various non-profits and medical institutions, and her Masters of Science in Knowledge Translation, to advocate for the rights, access and well-being of the marginalized, and build inclusive and equitable communities. When Mandy's not working or volunteering, you'll find her running around with her daughter at a playground, travelling the world, or eating some tofu pudding.


Suki is a 1.5 generation Chinese settler on the unceded land of the Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Having grown up with non-English speaking parents who struggled with so-called Vancouver’s healthcare system, Suki believes healthcare should be accessible to all. She is excited to collaborate with everyone at Yarrow and support the Chinatown community and beyond.

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AVRIL hwang

Avril is a descendant of Hakka Chinese settlers in Brunei and is now currently residing on the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She draws from her lived experience as a guest in many spaces to inform her work in intersectional future building. That, combined with her educational background, a Bachelor’s in Media Studies from University of British Columbia, allows her to bring a socially conscious approach to her work. Her favourite way to recharge is by curling up with a  good sci-fi book and a mug of hot tea with soft R&B playing in the background.

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