our board

At Yarrow, our Board of Directors is made up of youth and seniors. 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.

Katie Chan

Katie was born of East Van Chinese settlers whose parents immigrated from Toisan county. She is excited to join the Board of Directors and looks forward to supporting the growth of Yarrow, focusing on the empowerment of the Chinatown and DTES community to build solidarity and take action against systems of oppression. Katie currently works in environmental regulation and moonlights as someone likely to eat all her kimchi before it’s finished fermenting.


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.

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Athena is second-generation Chinese Canadian with family ties to Shantou and Hong Kong. She grew up frequenting Chinatown with her family and speaks Cantonese and Mandarin. She is passionate about building grassroots communities and services and has contributed to LGBTQ and social justice projects in various cities. Athena graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies. 


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.

Melissa Milne

Melissa is an uninvited guest on the intersecting, unceded, ancestral, and occupied territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, skx̱wú7mesh, Stó:lō, and səlílwətaʔ peoples. She is the daughter of a South Asian immigrant to Canada. Melissa cares deeply about community health, mental, physical, and spiritual wellness, culturally relevant care, and peer support. Melissa graduated from UBC with a BA in Psychology and minor in First Nations & Indigenous Studies. She is energized by the opportunity to help foster deep and abiding connections between youth and Elders, and to honour and uphold the diverse voices and needs of all those living in Chinatown. In her down time, Melissa can be found dancing, reading, feeling small in nature, or, more often than not – eating something delicious.


Matt is a 2nd gen Han Chinese settler currently residing on Dish with One Spoon Territory (Tkaronto) with ancestral roots in Huangpu River area in Shanghai, and Xiang river/Dongting Lake area in Hunan province. Matt is excited to work and serve on Yarrow’s Board of Directors to continue building community and working towards deepening intergenerational relationships in shared spaces. He enjoys language learning and spending time with family, friends, and food.

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Grace Chan

Grace is an immigrant from Hong Kong. Her parents were from Guangdong Province. She speaks Cantonese and writes in Traditional Chinese. She grew up in Hong Kong when it was a British colony and describes herself as having English-phobia. English created barriers for her comprehension and communication, causing anxiety that hindered her learning. When she began working in Canada, she confronted this fear again and can now speak basic English. In her youth, she liked to sing Mandarin songs and can understand some Mandarin. She is a part-time cleaner and an amateur artist. With community support, she began participating in group art exhibitions. She particularly likes painting and photography. She is a member of a seniors' group. As a recipient of community support, now does community work to support others as well as herself. Sometimes she enjoys going out in nature, eating and relaxing, watching movies, and taking an afternoon nap. Though age marches on, she continues to feel young.