Staff

Executive Director – Ian Lai

 

Ian Lai from the Richmond Schoolyard Society has joined forces with the Richmond Food Security Society.  Ian brings with him 14 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 Manager – 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 working on a project with the IUCN. She has tended her personal vegetable and flower garden for many years and is passionate about helping others cultivate their own. She is a qualified Master Gardener, and can be regularly found outside.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education Program Coordinator – Amy Ing

 

 

Amy’s love of growing food comes from an early age being raised on a family-run farm in Uxbridge, Ontario. Upon graduating with a BSc. in Natural Resources Conservation, she has worked in garden education

programs in Pennsylvania, Vancouver, North Vancouver and now in Richmond. She is excited to be connecting children and youth with gardening in schools and in the greater community. When Amy isn’t teaching you can find her running, weight lifting, eating ice cream, reading and painting.

 

 

 

 

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.