Senator Yonah Martin is a Conservative Senator from British Columbia who was appointed by The Right Honourable Stephen Harper in 2009. She is the first Canadian of Korean descent to serve in the Senate of Canada and the first Korean-Canadian Parliamentarian in Canadian history. Born in Seoul, Korea, Senator Martin immigrated to Canada in 1972 where she has lived in Vancouver ever since. Graduate of the University of British Columbia in 1987, she spent 21 years as an educator right up until her appointment to the Senate.
With the desire to “bridge communities,” she became a community activist and co-founded the C3 Society in 2003 and ran as a Conservative candidate in the 2008 election. In her capacity as Senator, she champions the needs of the national Korean Canadian community and the Veterans of the Korean War. She is also passionate about mentoring and empowering youth and young adults, which led to the development of a Parliamentary Internship program for 1.5/2nd generation leaders, now in its second year.