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Board

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 as well as her CFP and FCSI designation . She recently retired
after 39 years in the banking business. Louise has been on the Board since 2009. 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 Substance Use Family Advisory Committee; Community Engagement
Advisory Network, Patient Voice Network and, the BC Children’s Hospital Annual Telethon.

Jennifer Chin

Jennifer Chin

Jennifer joined the Board of Directors in 2018, and became the Vice Chair in 2019. 

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.

Sherry Sinclair

With 24 years engaging in community development, Sherry still marvels at the good things that happen when possibility-minded people gather together. Sherry is a Certified Health and Life Coach, empowering clients to find lasting transformation in their lives. As the Director of Programs and Services for the Federation of Community Social Services of BC, the team engages and supports leaders to serve families of all ages across BC.
In her previous role as Executive Director at the Family Resource Programs of BC, Sherry shared a Statement of Reconciliation, spoke on Reconciliation, developed and instructed curriculum including for Reconciliation in Action. “Reconciliation is here now and stands with outstretched hands to you and to me.

Find someone today and have a conversation about reconciliation” Sherry Sinclair TEDx Chilliwack, 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfsvLgaYz-Y

 Sherry holds a Master’s of Education Curriculum and Instruction, Health and Active Living and a Family Resource Program Certificate.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherry-sinclair-a8087851/ 

Richmond Family Place

Grace Tsang

Grace Tsang is a Former Richmond School Trustee from 2005-2014 and has served as the Vice Board Chair. She is excited to be a board member of the Richmond Family Place to ensure that all children will be given the opportunity to develop into their full potentials.

Grace has lived in Richmond with her husband since 1993. She is a Certified Financial Planner and a Paul Harris Fellow of The Rotary Foundation. Grace obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UBC, majoring in Economics and a Diploma of Marketing Management Technology from BCIT.  Her community involvement includes: Richmond Sunset Rotary Club, Game of Apps and Richmond Arts Coalition. In addition, Grace is also a Steveston-London Secondary Interact Club Youth Coordinator, as well as a news commentator for Fairchild Radio AM1470 and Radio CHMB AM1320

Erica Chow

Erica joined the Board of Directors in 2020. She grew up in the Okanagan, where her parents had immigrated in the 1980s. She moved to Vancouver to pursue her law degree at the University of British Columbia and fell in the love with the lower mainland.  Erica is a lawyer at PLLR Lawyers, which has served the Richmond community for over 40 years.

Erica strongly believes in the Board’s mission to support young families and ensure children have equal advantages so that they are set up to succeed. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, playing badminton, and spending time with her family and friends.

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.

Jessica Chung

Jessica joined the Board of Directors in 2020. She is a lawyer at Pryke Lambert Leathley Russell LLP, a full-service law firm in the heart of Richmond. While in law school, Jessica co-founded the family law club, represented the University of Ottawa in the Walsh Family Law Moot, and volunteered as a workshop facilitator for various non-profit organizations.  

Born and raised in Richmond, Jessica is no stranger to this beautiful city, and is excited to give back to her community. Having worked with children in the past and studying developmental psychology during undergrad, Jessica firmly believes that every child deserves equal opportunities for growth and fulfilment. RFP’s dedication toward supporting families and children aligns with her own values and goals, which include strengthening family ties and building stronger communities.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys trying out the ever-growing number of restaurants in Richmond, dancing, and playing piano. She holds two Associate Diplomas under the Royal Conservatory of Music, one in Piano Performance and the other in Piano Pedagogy.

Richmond Family Place

Masud Khawaja

Masud became a resident of BC in 2017 after moving from Winnipeg, MB. He is presently a faculty member at the University of the Fraser Valley. He has a doctorate in Organizational Behaviour and a masters in Human Resources and Labour Relations. Dr. Khawaja is also a certified Executive Coach and Motivational Interviewer. He has always maintained a passion for education and for helping young people to be their best. He has also served as a Director of the Manitoba Tobacco Reduction Alliance for several years and is interested in investing his expertise in our community.

Dr. Khawaja’s guiding light has been an abiding belief in the potential of every child. He is interested in further developing systems which would help in meeting the educational and nutritional needs of underprivileged children. He is therefore especially supportive of Richmond Family Place’s School Readiness and Family Program initiatives which help create a nurturing environment for children in our community.

Richmond Family Place

Grace Luo

Grace has been a Richmond resident since 2000. She is completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of British Columbia. She is currently working at the Richmond Society for Community Living as a Recreation Counselor and is a Data Management Student Assistant for the BC Children’s Hospital Research Insititute. She also volunteers at various community organizations working with individuals who live with disabilities. 

 

Grace believes that every child should have opportunities in reaching and recognizing their full potential, and she is excited to be joining the Board. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, skiing, and spending time with her family. 

Jeff Hsiao

Jeff has been a Richmond resident since 2005.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia, and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia.

Jeff is an Associate Director, Student Financial Support at the University of British Columbia.
He has attended various programs at Richmond Family Place with his 2 children since 2012, and enjoyed the friendly staff and safe atmosphere Richmond Family Place provides.
He believes the principles and values of Richmond Family Place, and through various programs offered, all parents would feel supported as a community, and children would achieve their full potentials.
Jeff has recently joined as Board member in 2021, and looks forward to serving Richmond Family Place.

The Board of Directors can be contacted at

boardofdirectors@richmondfamilyplace.ca.