Staff & Board of Directors
Florence Yau, Executive Director
Phone: (604) 279-7062
Jessica Liu, Admin Assistant
Phone: (604) 279-7060
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2020 – 2021
Tammi Belfer came to Richmond Women’s Resource Centre in 2015. Since that time, she has been actively involved in International Women’s Day, Brunch at Steveston Seafood House and many other fundraising and community events. She is now President of RWRC. Tammi and her family came to Richmond in 1977 and she has continually been involved with her two children’s schools, swim club and has been on Board of Directors for several different organizations in Richmond. Tammi retired from Coast Capital Insurance after 25 years and continues to work part time. She is also involved with and teaches for a private college in Richmond. Her dedication and commitment to Richmond Women’s Resource Centre follows her own personal value system – help people help themselves. Tammi’s vision for RWRC is that it be the first choice for all women in Richmond – to obtain information, support, help them rise above adversity through peer support, attend programs and have learning opportunities to build their skills.
Born and raised in Richmond, BC, Michelle’s deep roots in the community and her strong belief in supporting and advocating for women brought her to RWRC. Growing up, Michelle’s days were filled with hockey in the winters, softball in the summers with music lessons and summer jobs sprinkled throughout. That variety continued in her life, brought her through both business and music degrees in university and she has continued careers in both.
Michelle’s focus at RWRC will be to develop outreach programs for teens and to mentor young women navigating career paths and social issues through high school and university as well as leading the Governance Committee.
Amanda Low is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she studied International Relations and Asian Language and Culture in the Faculty of Arts. She is currently enrolled in Simon Fraser University’s Professional Development Program to become a secondary school teacher. Amanda is currently working part-time as a behaviour interventionist where she works with young children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Her hobbies include music, dance, and hiking.
Amanda first joined the Richmond Women’s Resources Centre as a board mentee as a part of the 2018-2019 cohort of Leadership Richmond’s Youth Now program. From an early age, Amanda has been passionate about community involvement as she grew up volunteering her time at community centres, residential care homes, and local festivals. Over the past few years, she has worked at various community-based organizations in Metro Vancouver, as she is passionate about serving her community.
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.
Jackson is currently going to UBC, taking philosophy and political science. He also works a full-time job as an LSAT tutor, teaching up to 100 people over Zoom. When he graduates, Jackson plans to attend law school.
In his spare time, Jackson likes to remain active and contribute to the community. His favorite activities include rock climbing, hockey, and tennis. Besides acting as an RWRC board member, Jackson also volunteers at the YMCA, volunteering in the PlusOne youth program.
Jackson’s focus at RWRC is community outreach, analyzing and storing organization data, and grant proposals. He is the first male board member in RWRC history.
Rachel Ling is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner and acupuncturist. She is passionate about helping and connecting people in her community through her practice, TCM teaching and extensive volunteer work.
She enjoys collaborating with other health professionals to promote wellness in the community. She works with a team of physiotherapist, chiropractor, kinesiologist and massage therapists in Richmond to advance mental, physical, and social health.
Rachel currently serves as a board member in two health regulatory authorities: the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners & Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA) and the College of dental technicians of British Columbia (CDTBC). She is also granted to act as a subject matter expert for the Private Training Institutions Branch of BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
Rachel first joined the Richmond Women’s Resources Centre as a board mentee as a part of the 2019-2020 cohort of Leadership Richmond’s Youth Now program. She too grapples with the challenges many women face in finding balance as a professional and a mother of a young son. Her goal is to inspire women so they can realize their potential and achieve amazing things.
Christine McDowell was a technician at Douglas College in a variety of capacities, finishing as an Educational Technology Specialist before retiring. As a volunteer, she initiated the women’s monument in Vancouver, a public art project in memory of the fourteen women murdered at L’Ecole Polytechnique on December 6th, 1989, and dedicated to all women and girls who have been murdered. She co-founded a Vancouver rape crisis centre and has contributed to the creation of films on social justice.
Christine worked with the Women’s Monument Committee to establish and moderate Remember Our Sisters Everywhere, an online platform dedicated to the prevention of violence against women and girls. She also works with the Women Refugees Advocacy Project (WRAP) to support the Yazidi survivors of sexual torture and slavery, now living in Canada. WRAP will soon launch a documentary, The Least We Can Do, about efforts made to obtain trauma care for the survivors.
The Richmond Women’s Resource Centre agreed to adopt Remember Our Sisters Everywhere as a project of the centre on October 11, 2011. It is an honour for me to be associated with the Centre, and a pleasure to participate as a member of the Board of Directors.
Mikaela Nuval is a Human Resources Associate, being a recent graduate from Simon Fraser University with a dual concentration in Human Resources and International Business. She is passionate about creating impact in her community, especially in education and empowerment. Her enthusiasm in education is seen in her consecutive terms as a Teaching Assistant where she taught 168 students to date, and as a mentor to 6 first-year students through their first term in Beedie in the BASS Mentorship program.
As an advocate for female empowerment, she is a proactive board member of the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre, having been heavily involved in Young Women in Business SFU, championing more opportunity for young female professionals. As the previous Development Assistant for Junior Achievement of BC, she combines these themes finding and researching external partners who believe in educating and empowering youth to succeed in the global economy. She is looking forward to working with Richmond Women’s Resource Centre to manifest our vision of gender equality within the Richmond community.
In the day time, Daphne Tse works in Enterprise Technology consulting as a business analyst. She holds a commerce degree from UBC in Business Technology Management. Dedicated to making a positive impact around her, she has been actively involved in community building and empowerment — including leading the largest business undergraduate society in Canada.
At RWRC, she hopes to continue advocating women from all backgrounds and contribute through providing her knowledge and skillset wherever she can. Her previous community experiences include ethnocultural sustainability consulting for the City of Vancouver, engaging global youths with the United Nations, and supporting other women through groups such as Young Women in Business UBC. Outspoken about sexual violence and mental health, she has spoken in spaces from high school classrooms to university workshops.
In her free time, Daphne enjoys reading, music production, and writing.