Staff

Ian Lai

Executive Director – Ian Lai

 

Ian Lai from the Richmond Schoolyard Society has joined forces with the Richmond Food Security Society.  Ian brings with him 12 years of environmental education and programming experience.  Ian will work with Richmond’s children, youth, and wonderfully diverse community, collaborating to bring joy and meaning to food.
Ian is a chef educator, beekeeper, yogi and rock climber.  He lives in Richmond with his wife and daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

Geethu KurianOffice Coordinator – Geethu Kurian

 

Geethu was born in Kochi, a small and very beautiful seaside city of Kerala which is the southernmost state of India. She is a Graduate in Commerce and Tourism and holds a Master’s in International Business from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. She has a passion for numbers, which is why she chose accounting as her career. She has worked with Ernst & Young in the UK. She was also a TV host for a popular Indian Channel, Kairali and a Weddings and Events Planner. Geethu’s professional background is a mix of accounting, guest relations, and hospitality and thus she has developed a diverse skill set. Her other interests include cooking, driving, and painting. She is now a proud member of RFSS.

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator – Sarina Clay-Smith

 

Sarina is a born and raised Vancouverite, growing up in Vancouver and Richmond. She has volunteered in gardens throughout the city and at the Iona Bird Sanctuary. She is a recent Masters of Conservation and Biodiversity graduate from the University of Exeter, UK. She has tended her personal vegetable and flower garden for many years and is passionate about helping others cultivate their own. She is a recent Master Gardener graduate, filling her outreach hours with workshops and clinics.

When she’s not in the office, Sarina can be found walking her dog, doing some yoga, or by the ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education Program Coordinator – Paige Inglis

 

 

From WWOOFing on the East and West coasts of Canada, studying indigenous ecological knowledge in Taiwan, to starting a school garden in Germany, food security work has followed Paige everywhere. She’s happy now to finally set roots in the Greater Vancouver area. While studying international development and environmental issues at the University of Ottawa, Paige focused on global food security.

 

Now, through community development and fostering environmental education in the next generation, Paige hopes to contribute to a healthy and food secure future for her community and beyond.

 

 

 

 

Education Programmer – Ann Metcalfe

 

Ann’s love of gardening and teaching has found a perfect match teaching students to find the joy of growing healthy food. She learned so much during her ten years with the Richmond Schoolyard Society and looks forward to continuing her love

of gardening and connecting with those gifts of the Earth in the veggie patch with the Richmond Food Security Society.

Ann also teaches in the Surrey School District as a Kindergarten-Grade 7 substitute teacher.