Maria Robinson - Chair
Maria will be going into her 5th year as a board member and is the Vice Chair this year. She has been on various committees and will continue on the Executive and Golf Committees. Maria believes in Family Place’s mandate to ensure every child in Richmond reaches their full potential. Maria’s background consists of over 15 years experience in the Administrative field, specializing in special events and client relations.
Maria lives in East Richmond with her young children and is also actively involved in their school Parent Advisory Council. During her spare time when she is not busy juggling with her children’s day to day activities, she enjoys cooking, reading and the outdoors with her family.
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 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 a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder and is 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 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 a Senior Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis 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 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 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.
Szascha has a passion to establish fundraisers and community youth activities. She has created fundraisers for orphanage visits, feeding programs and educational programs for kids. In her birthplace, Manila, she spearheaded a charity concert that raised over $50,000 of high school scholarships for teens in-need.
Currently, Szascha is a fourth-year Accounting undergrad in Sauder School of Business and is completing her 8-month Co-op work term with Vancouver Prostate Centre’s accounting department. In her free time, she enjoys hiking to lakes around B.C., learning about social enterprise, and discovering beautiful restaurants to visit with friends and family. Joining the Richmond Family Place team, Szascha plans to apply her experience and educational background in helping build a healthy environment for future generations to come.