our staff

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Rachel lau
programs manager
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Rachel is queer non-binary Cantonese settler born and raised on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Having grown up in Vancouver's Chinatown, they have maintained their relationship with the neighbourhood and community through volunteering with Yarrow and now working as a staff member. Rachel often dreams of a world where intergenerational relationships flourish, police and prisons are abolished, and all marginalized peoples are liberated. Off the clock, they are a maker of many things including zines, cakes, photos, sound art, pickles, and poetry.

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Beverly Ho
OPERATIONS MANAGER
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Beverly is a 2nd generation Han Chinese settler who grew up on Coast Salish lands. Her parents are from Guangzhou and Shanghai, with ancestral roots nearby. Her dad’s family first settled in the Chinatown community in the early ‘70s, running Fung’s Grocery on the corner of Georgia and Jackson. She has a background in the arts and community organizing against gentrification and the ongoing poisoned drug supply crisis in Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside. Beverly enjoys crocheting and most hands-on activities, and is excited to continue to bring together different and intersecting marginalized communities like elders, sex workers, QTBIPOC, and people who use drugs together through her new role at Yarrow.

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Ho Ming ng
youth & volunteer coordinator
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Ho Ming is a 1.5 Generation Chinese settler from Hong Kong and currently resides on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh Nations. Ho Ming holds a BA in Psychology and a minor in Gender Race Social Justice from UBC. She enjoys community building, drawing, video games, volleyball, and film, especially animation.

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celyne asnani
GROCERY PROGRAM Coordinator
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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.
 

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CARVEn Li
OUTREACH WORKER
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Carven is Han Chinese Cantonese: his po-po's paternal roots west of the mouth of the Pearl River and his paternal roots directly the Pearl River Delta. He brings to Yarrow 15 years of customer service experience and close to a decade of grassroots mutual aid community-building experience, primarily in the 2SQTBIPOC community (Two Spirit, Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour). He enjoys Chinese and IBPOC creations of storytelling that explore themes of unconventional and single parenthood, patriarchy and citizenship, poverty, capitalism and freedom, migration and indigenous solidarity, motherhood, climate change, sex work and other stigmatized work as survival and more-than-survival strategies, sex positivity, queerness in old age and at the margins, food sovereignty and ancestral law. He loves an ocean beach!

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Jancis Wong
OUTREACH Assistant
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Jancis (pronounced like Francis but Jancis); is a Cantonese speaker who is 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.

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sunny chiu
Disability Justice, Aging & Access CoordinatoR
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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.

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katherine cheng
Disability Justice, Aging & Access CoordinatoR
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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.