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!
Wilson Liang is a community builder. He connects low income Chinese Seniors with younger generations and advocates community resources for the vulnerable population. He understands the cultural differences and believes in multiculturalism. Raised in China, he has been a settler in Canada’s native land since the late 90s. He is very active in the community and connects with other grass root groups and non-profit organizations in the neighborhood. He believes that diversity is beauty and he enjoys a good variety of roles throughout his life including being a volunteer, board member, coordinator, activity leader, computer teacher, Engineer, hiker, Marathon runner, dancer and musician.
Minnie 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. Minnie 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.
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.
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.
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, her continues to feel young.