Staff & Board of Directors
Florence Yau, Executive Director
Phone: (604) 279-7062
May Wang, Admin Assistant
Phone: (604) 279-7060
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2016 – 2017
Marielle has been active in women’s issues since 1970. She is the co-founder of the Richmond Women’s Centre and has continued as a Board member since its inception in 1976. Marielle currently participates in a variety of community committees and is winner of the 2002 Volunteer Richmond’s Community Service Award.
I migrated to Canada August 23rd 1969 and lived in Toronto for nine years. I then moved to Richmond May 8th 1978 and have been living in this same area since that time.
My fist job in Canada, I worked at the Toronto Credit Bureau for four years and then started with the Royal Bank of Canada Sept 18th 1974 until 2007. Although I am retired, I still work part-time for the bank.
My main focus is in helping women of different cultures and seniors. I have volunteered for the Richmond Gateway Theatre for 15 years 1991 – 2006, the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 and the RBC Canadian Golf PGA 2011. I am presently and active member and President of the Trinidad Chinese Club.
I am an avid reader and gardener and enjoy helping others especially seniors.
Chris joined the Board of Directors when the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre decided to adopt the Remember Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) online community project. She is the initiator and moderator of ROSE, a web project to spread the practice of women’s memorial-making and prevent violence against women. She is blessed to continue to work collaboratively on ROSE with many of the same women who created the Women’s Monument Project. And is happily working with some wonderful new women too!
She has been a feminist for over 30 years, working in many grassroots capacities, at times as a filmmaker. Perhaps most notably Chris is a co-founder of the WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre, and Committee member and founder of the Women’s Monument Project which culminated in the creation of Marker of Change in Vancouver. Her day job is a college media production technician and trainer, allowing her to bring a few technical skills to the struggle against violence against women.
In 2006, I retired, after 25 years of service, as a nurse, from the BC Cancer Agency. Since that time I have been volunteering with Richmond’s Seniors Wellness Clinics and as an Information and Referral Volunteer for Seniors at Volunteer Richmond. Women’s rights and issues, specifically as related to Seniors, are areas that I am interested in. My being on the Board of the Women’s Resource Centre, will give me the opportunity to serve this community more fully.
On a personal note: Originally from Montreal, I have lived in Richmond for twenty plus years. I am a hiker, quilter, sewer and knitter. I am the mother of three adult children and grandmother of six.
Iveta joined the Board in 2008. She brings 27 years of office/secretarial experience, having worked for an insurance company and in a variety of jobs, including planning and coordinating events and social functions. Currently Iveta works for the Richmond School District as a senior secretary at McMath Secondary. She was Union Secretary for CUPE Local 716 for four years.
“I believe that I have a lot to offer to the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre. I left home at sixteen and was lucky to be helped by a women’s shelter in Ontario. I raised my daughter, who is now 24 years old, as a single parent, so I am aware of the many struggles that face women. I have been helped in many ways during my life and now I would like to get involved with a worthy organization to return something back to the community.”