Maria Robinson - Chair

Maria Robinson

Maria, the current Board Chair has been a Richmond resident since 2000. She has attended various programs at Richmond Family Place with her two children since 2007. Maria joined the Board on 2008 and sits actively on various committees. Maria believes in Richmond Family Place’s mission of ensuring every child reaches their full potential and continues to spread the great programs and services Richmond Family Place has to offer, most importantly, the positive impact her own kids experienced while attending the programs.
Maria’s background consists of over 20 years experience in the Administrative and Office Managerial field, specializing in special events and client relations. Maria is also actively involved in her children’s school and extracurricular activities. During her spare time, she enjoys singing, cooking, reading and being outdoors with her children.

Louise Yeoh

Louise has been a Richmond resident since 1974.  She has a Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and has been in the banking industry for the past 33 years.  Louise has been on the Board for the past four years. She believes in making sure every child has the opportunity to live life to the fullest, realizing their dreams and aspirations.

Not only has Louise volunteered on the Board of Richmond Family Place, but has volunteered at the BC Karate Annual Tournament; Steveston Karate Club; Steveston/London PACs; RDPA; Richmond Mental Health; Addiction Family Advisory Committee; and, the BC Children’s Hospital Annual Telethon.

Victoria Chan

Victoria has been a Richmond resident since 1989. She has attended various programs at Richmond Family Place with her three children since 2011. Given her positive experiences with Richmond Family Place as a parent, she joined the Board in September 2013. Victoria has a passion for young children and families and is excited to be a part of Richmond Family Place’s mandate of ensuring every child in Richmond reaches their full potential.

She is currently an Early Childhood Educator, operating a childcare facility in Richmond. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder and was previously an Equity Research Associate at an independent brokerage firm in Vancouver.

In her spare time, Victoria enjoys spending time with her husband and their three young children. They enjoy swimming, playing soccer, skating, travelling, and gathering with friends and family.

Tienne Schaub

Tienne has been a Board Member of Richmond Family Place since 2014.  She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia. Currently, Tienne is Director of Finance at Aritzia. Tienne moved back to Vancouver in 2013 with her husband after living abroad for seven years in New York and Hong Kong.

Through involvement on the Board, Tienne hopes to spread awareness about the wonderful programs offered by Richmond Family Place to help every child reach their full potential.  In her spare time, Tienne loves to travel, play volleyball, shop, try new restaurants, and spend time with her family.

Jennifer Chin

Jennifer emigrated to Canada when she was 3 years old and grew up in East Richmond. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management. She highly values the work done by the Richmond Family Place and believes that providing children with a strong foundation will help them build skills and resilience for their futures.

Jennifer’s background includes working in retail management, banking and currently in higher education, where she supports vulnerable student groups. She volunteers on her strata and serves as part of the executive committee that advocates for BC students on matters of student loans policy. She is excited to be joining the board and hopes to continue the wonderful work done by everyone.

Sandra Li-Seller

Sandra became a member of the Board of Directors in 2016.  She is a lawyer at PLLR Lawyers, a full-service firm with a long history in this community.  Sandra was born and raised in Richmond to immigrant parents, and she and her family continue to call Richmond home.

She believes it is important for every family to belong to a village, where members of the community support, accept and celebrate one another.  In her off-work hours, Sandra can usually be found at one of Richmond’s many kid-friendly spots where her rambunctious children can burn off some energy.

Mahvash Derakhshan

Mahvash joined the Board of Directors in August 2019. She has a Master’s in Educational/Counselling Psychology and brings 30 years of experience in social service sector. She has extensive experience in leadership and senior management in sizable nonprofit organizations. She has two decades of experience in mental health and counselling including family therapy . She is a certified Somatic therapist.

As a mother of two, a grandmother to three granddaughters and an immigrant, Mahvash appreciates the programs, services and initiatives that RFP provides and pursues. She is a firm believer in the value of supporting, educating and empowering parents to build a brighter future for their children, those who will build our future prosperous communities.

She strongly supports the organization’s initiative that recognizes and focuses on the important period of child’s development and provides them with experiences that are fundamental to their development.

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