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  • Kiwanis Towers Accept Tenant Applications – Sept. 4, 2014
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    News Release
    6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC V6Y 2C1

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    September 4, 2014 (For Immediate Release)

    Kiwanis Towers now accepting tenant applications

    Richmond, BC – New tenants interested in applying for housing in the new Kiwanis Towers can begin submitting their applications on Friday, September 5th by visiting www.richmondkiwanis.ca. This marks the next step in helping seniors obtain affordable housing in Richmond, with occupancy starting as early as the beginning of March. Applications will be available online.

    The development, located at 7388 and 7378 Gollner Avenue (formerly 6291 Minoru Boulevard), will provide 294 new rental apartment units for seniors 60 years and older with a maximum annual household income for an individual of $38,000 or maximum annual household income of $44,000 for a couple.  Tower 1 tenants will be able to move in on March 1, 2015. The second tower will be ready for occupancy next summer on August 1, 2015. Both towers will not be allowing pets in the units.

    The Kiwanis Towers project is the result of partnerships between governments, Richmond Kiwanis Senior Citizens Housing Society, and Polygon Homes Ltd. The City of Richmond contributed a total of $20.8 million in capital funding from the City’s Affordable Housing Capital Reserves.

    The City is also currently involved with the Kiwanis Placemaking Research Study, along with the Richmond Kiwanis Senior Citizens Housing Society, SFU Gerontology, AWM-Alliance Real Estate Group, Polygon Homes Ltd., and area service providers. One of the primary purposes of this study is to support successful transition of the Kiwanis tenants into the new development, support collaborative development of tenant amenity space and program planning, and to generate a sustainability plan for Kiwanis with respect to resident management and tenant amenity services.

    For more information on the tenant intake process and the application process, please visit www.richmondkiwanis.ca or contact AWM-Alliance Real Estate Group at richmondkiwanistowers@awmalliance.com or 604-278-7772.


  • Changes to PWD “Medical Services Only” – Mar. 3, 2014
  • Changes to Medical Services Only (MSO) coverage for people receiving the Persons with Disabilities benefit (PWD)

    On March 3rd 2014, the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI) announced an amendment to the regulations governing eligibility for Medical Services Only (MSO) coverage. The change means that more PWD recipients will be able to keep their MSDI funded medical coverage. Prior to the March 3rd amendment, PWD recipients who stopped receiving benefits could only keep their MSDI funded medical coverage in certain situations; the three major being: when individuals turned 65; started receiving Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) benefits; or returned to work. Individuals who received a lump-sum family maintenance payment and were no longer eligible to receive PWD would lose their medical coverage.

    Effective March 3rd, PWD recipients who receive a lump-sum family maintenance payment will continue to be eligible for MSDI funded medical coverage. People with MSO coverage have their Medical Services Plan (MSP), Pharmacare, and Schedule C (MSDI funded medical goods and services – with the exception of diet supplements) covered by the Ministry.

     

     

     

  • Richmond News Reporting on Frances’ PMVA Celebration – Mar. 21, 2014
  • Rollover of RESP Investment Income to RDSP
  • Neil Squire Society’s Working Together Program – A Wage Subsidy Employment Program
  • Neil Squire Society’s Financial Transaction Survey – Chance to win$300 Gift Cert.
  • The Neil Squire Society would like to gain a greater understanding of the way people with disabilities handle their everyday banking and payment needs. As part of this project they are seeking people with different disabilities who are willing to complete a short survey about the barriers they face when doing their banking and paying for items and services. 

    For more information about the Neil Squire Society survey please visit

    http://www.neilsquire.ca/financial-transaction-survey/

    Anyone that fills out their contact information in the survey will be entered in a draw. One participant will be chosen at random to receive a gift certificate for $300 to a store of their choice.

     

     

 

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Past Events in 2014

  • 2014 Fundraising Gala - Aloha Hawaii - Oct 4, 2014
  • The theme of this year’s fundraising gala is Aloha Hawaii. Around 200 guests in Hawaiian clothing joined us at the River Rock Casino Whistler Ballroom. The evening began with the fun photo booth and a silent auction filled with a variety of items. Next was a deluxe buffet with live band music and Hula dance entertainment. It featured “Elvis” in Hawaii and “Don Ho”, which were the highlights of the dinner. We wrapped up the night by the most anticipated WestJet Raffle draw and 50/50 draw.
    Next year will be RCD 30th Anniversary. Stay tuned for more exciting events!
    Thank you for your participation and support.

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  • RCD Community Hotdog Day August 21, 2014
  • Yesterday, more than 140 guests from the community gathered at the front parking lot of Richmond Centre for Disability and enjoyed their free hot dog and coffee. Gourmet cupcakes, homemade lemonade and cookies prepared by RCD youth council was another highlight of the event.
    A big THANK YOU to all incredible volunteers, event sponsors and your generous donation!

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  • RCD provided a training course and demo to Luxury Transport Inc. on Aug. 13, 2014.
  • RCD Joined the Salmon Festival Canada Day Parade - Jul 1, 2014
  • RCD Community Hotdog Day June 25, 2014
  • Today the Richmond Centre for Disabilities hosted our first hotdog day of the summer. Thanks to the volunteers for all your help, and the sponsorship to help us provide this fun activity for the community (we truly couldn’t have done it without you). Our Singing Club started the morning off at 10:00 am and sang a selection of their favorite songs, out in the sunny front parking lot. By 11:00 am the barbeque had already been cooking hotdogs, and about 11:15 the participants were ready to enjoy hotdogs, water, coffee, chips, and soft drinks, while listening to some favorite songs from the 70’s 80’s and 90’s. At about 12:30-1:00 pm Nish led the group in a session of Laughter Yoga. The participants all enjoyed themselves. More music played for the next half hour or so, and then we packed everything up until our next hotdog day on August 21, 2014. We hope many of you, our participants will be able to join us then…

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  • Richmond Chinatown Lions Club Supported the RCD Summer Camp Again – Jun. 14, 2014
  • RCD Chinese Support Group Cooking Contest - May 24, 2014
  • RCD Board Chair Vince Won Richmond Sports Award – May 22, 2014
  • RCD Hosted Movie Screening for Invisible Disability Awareness – May 7, 2014
  • On May 7, 2014 over 50 attendees came to the movie screening, hosted by the RCD to heighten the awareness for “invisible disabilities”, at the Richmond Cultural Centre. It was a fun event with hustle and bustle, especially before the movie. A number of organizations such as Volunteer Richmond Information Services-Caregiver Support Program, Pain BC, Chronic Illness Management, etc. displayed their material and informed the public of useful resources and their services. Dave of RCD announced the movie started on time at 7 p.m. after showing a letter from the Director of the movie “Love Simple” to illustrate the purpose of the movie. 

    The movie was portraying a reality of life, with inspiring conversation and humour. Its easy-going style and poignant messages gave the film different shades and nuances, leading to many facets of reflection and emotional association amongst the audiences. At the end of the movie, one audience said that she was deeply moved by the phrase “I’m angry at being angry all the time”, which totally reflects her feeling honestly. The event concluded successfully at 9 p.m. 

    The RCD thanks the Richmond Cultural Centre for allowing us to use the Performance Hall, and City of Richmond for their continuous support. We are also thankful to all of you who came and supported our event.

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  • RCD hosted a Press Conference - Apr 23, 2014
  • RCD hosted a Press Conference announcing the Federal Funding for the RCD's Resources for Career Development project on April 23, 1 p.m. by the honourable Mrs. Alice Wong, Minister of States for Seniors and MP of Richmond, representing Jason Kenney, Minister of ESDC. The funding is from the Opportunities Funds for Persons with Disabilities Program.

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  • Happy Retirement to Kathy Butler – Apr. 1, 2014
  • The Richmond Centre for Disability Staff and Board enjoyed a great time wishing our long time front desk receptionist, a happy retirement. Many of the staff and Board members joined Kathy Butler, and her husband Darryl at the Cactus Club Restaurant in Richmond to celebrate her retirement. Kathy is the first employee ever to retire from work with us, and we will all miss her as she has worked at the RCD for over 11 years, and has as Frances said become her “adopted daughter” as she has worked with Frances for many years before starting at the RCD. We all would like to extend best wishes and an enjoyable holiday to Kathy and her family.

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  • RCD celebrated Frances Clark’s Prime Minister’s Volunteer Lifelong Achievement Award – Mar. 21, 2014
  • Click here to view an account of the Mar. 21 Celebration Event. 

    Click here for more info on Frances Clark’s work for receiving the award. 

    Click here to view a brief biography of Frances Clark in relation to her volunteer work.

    Click here to view Photo Gallery of Mar. 21 Celebration. 

     

     

  • RCD Volunteer Training - Feb 28, 2014
  • Thirteen people came to attend the training. It lasted from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

    The training had 2 sections:

    • Sensitivity Training &
    • Volunteer Duties and Confidentiality

    Some good questions were raised such as:

    • Should we give our personal contact info to participants? NO.
    • Should we answer sensitive questions when we have been asked by emergency workers? YES

    The training ended with positive feedback from volunteers who said that they learned a great deal that today.

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  • Vince & Ella went to Toronto to receive PMVA for Frances Clark – Feb. 27, 2014
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  • RCD Chinese Support Group Spring Dinner was a Huge Success – Feb. 15, 2014
  • The RCD Chinese Support Group Spring Dinner was held at the Shiang Garden Seafood Restaurant on Feb. 15, 2014. Over 90 guests attended this annual must-go event, which meant good food, good entertainment and wonderful networking. Some guests arrived early for Mah-jong, others enjoyed Karaoke. Our wonderful MCs for the night, Dora and Peggy led the entire CSG committee with a New Year Song, followed by welcome remark from Committee Chair Katy and Vice Chair Sarah. After delicious banquet, there was game for the whole family, 50-50 raffle and luck draw for door prizes. It was again another successful event, and all members shared many good moments together.

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  • RCD participated in the Disability White Paper Consultation – Feb. 11, 2014
  • The RCD was well represented at the BC Government’s Disability White Paper Consultation in Richmond on Feb. 11, 2014. RCD Board Chair Vince Miele, Executive Director Ella Huang and City Staff Liaison Alan Hill were all invited to man a discussion table as “Community Champions”. Moreover, Tom Parker and Ravinder Dhillon also joined in the discussion representing the RCD. 

    The events was well attended by more than 60 participants. The discussion was keen, but everyone said that there was inadequate time to cover all the topics. 

    The consultation has been closed on March 11, 2014, and no more comments and submissions will be received. Comments and ideas received will informed the development of a White Paper – a document that will reflect the voice of British Columbians. This White Paper will form the foundation of a Summit to be held in June 2014 on the issues facing people with disabilities in British Columbia. The Summit will bring together leaders in the disability community, government and the business community to discuss how ideas and actions in the White Paper can be developed and implemented in communities, workplaces and across government.

     

     

     

  • RCD Youth Council Bowling & Dinner Outing – Jan. 17, 2014

 

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