Welcome Jancis, Celyne, Sunny and Katherine!
As Yarrow continues to grow as an organization, so does our staff team. Within the last two months, we have welcomed Jancis Wong, Celyne Asnani, Sunny Chiu and Katherine Cheng to our team. To better serve our community, we have added three new positions to our team, including the Outreach Assistant, Grocery Program Coordinator, and the Disability Justice, Aging & Access Coordinator.
Jancis is our new Outreach Assistant. Working alongside Outreach Worker Carven Li, she is strengthening our crucial casework program. Jancis is a Cantonese speaker who was born and raised in Hong Kong. Engulfed in the migration diaspora, Jancis makes meaning of her identity from Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and is currently an uninvited settler in the beautiful land of the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She holds a BA in Social Work from UBC, and has experience working with the diverse populations in the DTES neighborhood. Jancis has interests in the third culture experience, finding belonging and community organizations from the intersectionalities of various races, ages, sexual identities, and backgrounds in vibrant communities such as our local Chinatown in Strathcona. In her spare time, you will find her bullet journaling, baking and dog watching.
Celyne is our new Grocery Program Coordinator, a part-time position made possible through our partnership with SUCCESS. As the pandemic continues, we have extended our COVID-19 Senior Support program to continue serving our seniors during this precarious time. Celyne is a queer Cantonese settler born on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She moved to Hong Kong with her family at the age of 4 and moved back to Vancouver when she was 10 years old. She continues to carry deep sentiments of these two places and often questions what it means to call a city home. Celyne holds a BA in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies from SFU. Being 3/4 Han Chinese and 1/4 Indian, she understands the complexity of identity and uses this understanding to navigate her queerness through poetry.
Sunny is one of our two new Disability Justice, Aging & Access Coordinators. Sunny is a multiply disabled immigrant-settler from Taiwan. They currently live on the unceded ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Sunny holds a BDes in communication design from Emily Carr University and has a background in textile arts. As a self-identified queercrip, Sunny dreams of access, liberation and the abolition of carceral systems (including the prison- and medical industrial complex). They love huangmei opera, collecting family recipes and making art with their community.
Katherine is one of our new Disability Justice, Aging & Access Coordinators. 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 is a PhD student in Philosophy at UBC, and enjoys community building, project coordination, hiking, photography, and animation.
To learn more about Yarrow's staff team, visit our About page
Thank you to our funders and partners, City of Vancouver, Health Ministry of BC, WorkBC, SUCCESS, and Canada Summer Jobs, and to our community members and donors for supporting the growth of our team.