Senator Yonah Martin is a Senator of British Columbia who was appointed by The Right Honourable Stephen Harper in January 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. Currently, she holds the position of Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Senator Martin immigrated to Canada in 1972 and has lived in Vancouver, BC ever since. Graduate of the University of British Columbia in 1987, she spent 21 years as an educator; and earned a Master's of Education in 1996. With the desire to “bridge communities,” she co-founded the C3 Society in 2003, and currently serves as Honorary Patron. Since her appointment, she has become a champion of the Veterans of the Korean War. Her Bill (Korean War Veterans Day Act) which received Royal Assent in June 2013 enacts July 27th annually as a day of remembrance for all those who served in the Korean War.