On March 4, 2013, City of Richmond City Council has approved the request of the RCD to write a support letter to Premier Christy Clark to increase the “Persons with Disabilities (PWD)” benefits from $906 to $1,200 per month for a single individual. This initiative is launched by the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities’ (BCCPD) – Disability Without Poverty Network which released a paper in July 2012 entitled “Overdue: The Case for Increasing the Persons with Disabilities Benefit in BC”, which includes the following key proposals:
Richmond News caught sight of the story and through the liaison of RCD, contacted Ravinder, one of RCD’s staff for an interview about living on PWD benefits.
Click here to view the article on Richmond News for more details.
Click here to view the support letter from the City of Richmond.
In an effort to provide better services to RCD participants, and to introduce a more sophisticated record keeping system within the RCD, we are revising our membership and participation registration framework.
One of the key changes that may involve people with disabilities is the annual renewal for RCD participants. A participant is a person with disabilities who accesses the services of and participates in the activities at the RCD. When an individual wants to join an activity at the RCD, our staff will need to know that the person has registered as a participant for the current year.
Click here to download the 2013 Participant Renewal Form.
Registered Disability Savings Plan – Statement of Entitlement (SoE)
A Statement of Entitlement (SoE) will be sent to all RDSP holders at the beginning of 2013. This annual mail-out was implemented last year. The SoE provides important information about the amount of grants and bonds that an RDSP beneficiary is entitled to receive from the Government of Canada each year. Unused grant and bond entitlements from past years can be claimed as well (going back to 2008, the year that the RDSP became available). Grant and bond entitlements are based on the beneficiary’s family income, as determined through the Canada Child Tax Benefit or Income Tax Returns filed. Grant entitlements also depend on how much money is contributed to the RDSP.
To ensure receipt of the SoE, RDSP holders are encouraged to contact their financial institution as soon as possible, if their mailing address has changed.
Should RDSP holders have questions about their SoE, they may contact RDSP Grant & Bond Outreach Team by telephone at 1-866-204-0357, TTY at 1-866-260-7723 or by e-mail at email@example.com (Callers should have their Social Insurance Number (SIN) available; however, inquiries submitted by e-mail should not include the SIN.)
General information about the RDSP, the grant and the bond continues to be available on web site www.disabilitysavings.gc.ca, or by calling 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232). TTY users may call 1-800-926-9105.
The following summary is extracted from the News Release from the Office of the Premier and Ministry of Social Development on June 11, 2012
Click here to view the complete News Release
* Modest increases to personal assets
* Earnings exemption enhancements for disability assistance clients
* Trust and asset enhancements
Two Chinese students from Southwest University for Nationalities in Sichuan China visited the RCD on May 16, 2013. Sponsored by the Canadian International Education Assistance Foundation (CIEAF), 2 students travelled from Sichuan to Canada to learn the social service system here. The Southwest University for Nationalities is a school of Sociology and Psychology. The 2 students are studying undergraduate majors in social work and applied psychology, and they belong to one of the minority groups living in Sichuan.
Sichuan has more than 15 minority groups living with the Han people. Among these are the Yi, Hui, Tibetan and Miao peoples. Each of these minorities has its own charm, ethnic style and folk custom.
Accompanying the students are two professors from the university Prof. Chen Yong and Prof. Chen Qiuyan, as well as Mr. Chak Au and Ms. Heidi Xiao, both are directors of CIEAF. We had a delightful presentation on the services provided by the RCD and also conducted in-depth discussion on Independent Living Philosophy and various operational topics with not-for-profits social service agencies.
City of Richmond hosted a Move for Health Week from May 6 to 10, 2013. There were many free activities to promote healthy lifestyle by increasing movement. The RCD played a major role in supporting this event because we felt that our busy lifestyles created numerous barriers to exercising on a regular basis, and this was one thing we knew was one of the missing links to healthy lifestyle.
RCD offered different free activities to the general public to have an opportunity to “Move”. On Monday May 6 a Speedminton tournament was held at the front parking lot, and attracted many RCD members and people who walked by. Tuesday was the Walking & Wheeling Club, andWednesday was the Martial Arts class, where the city film crew came and videotaped some footages. Thursday was table tennis who is a popular sport in the RCD; and Friday we had FUN Exercise Class.
All the events were with good attendance and we thank the City of Richmond in organizing this event to mobilize our community to a healthy and active lifestyle.
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RCD hosted a first ever Book Launch for an Anti-Bullying Story Book created by the RCD Youth Interns – The Beginning, on May 3, 2013.
The 2012-2013 RCD Youth Intern Team Argon, Edmark, Kellen, Shelton, Simon and Vanessa, collectively created a story about a girl named Melody. It is a touching story of how Melody faced the bullying happened at school. The Book Launch was attended by over 40 participants and the event assumed the format of a discussion forum with interactive activities.
After the event was kicked off by City of Richmond’s Mayor Malcolm Brodie with his encouraging and affirming speech, the RCD Board Vice Chair Tom Parker welcomed the crowd. Our MCs Eliana and Carven did an excellent job to move the event onward smoothly and engagingly. The Youth Interns expressed their thoughts of the project and the book, read a short excerpt of the story; the event moved onto some discussion.
We thank all the attendees for their overwhelming participation, as well as thank City of Richmond for their support to help making this event a reality. We all agree that the Youth Interns did an awesome job, and demonstrate fully the essence of Independent Living Philosophy and team work.
On April 29, 2013, over 130 people gathered at the Richmond Minoru Place Activity Centre for the RCD’s All Candidates Meeting for the 2013 Provincial Election. There was good attendance of the candidates including:
Richmond East: Cliff Wei (Independent), Gian Sihota (BC NDP), Linda Reid (BC Liberals), Nathaniel Lim (BC Conservatives), Ping Chan (BC Excaliburs)
Richmond Centre: Chanel Donovan (Unparty), Gary Law (Independent), Michael Wolfe (BC Greens), Richard Lee (Independent)
Richmond Steveston: Mike Donovan (Unparty), Jarome Dickey (BC Greens), Scott Stewart (BC NDP)
Questions from the floor were submitted on Question Form and moderators Frances Clark and Ella Huang sorted the questions and asked the candidates. Tom Parker was the timer. The meeting went very smoothly, many questions asked and responded. The meeting was concluded at 9 p.m.
Thank you to Richmond citizens who joined the meeting, and many thanks to the candidates who took time to share their thoughts, policies and platforms with the general public.
Remember to vote on May 14, 2013.
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Over 20 front line staff of City of Richmond attended a Disability Awareness and Sensitivity Training presented by RCD staff Ella, Viet and Dina. The 3-hour training was packed with information and resources to provide better services to people with disabilities. The session was interactive and the audiences brought many questions for discussion.
The RCD offered a series of financial literacy workshops to our participants and community members, in partnership with Vancity’s Each 1 Teach 1 Program. The instructor Aspi Usted is a financial consultant of Vancity and volunteers his time to deliver the training, which is simple, straightforward and practical. The series was offered from February to May 2013.
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A group of volunteers at the SUCCESS Chinese Help Line visited the RCD on March 20, 2013. Kathie and Tom represented the RCD to welcome them and planned a whole morning of activities for the group. We did a presentation of the centre’s services and activities, as well as information regarding services for people with disabilities in Canada and government resources. It was a productive morning and we thanked the group again for taking time to visit us.
Thank you to member at large of RCD Board of Director Jenny Wong for her innovative way of fundraising for RCD. When celebrating her husband Ivan’s birthday in February 2013, Jenny found a creative way to raise fund for the RCD. When they invited their guests to Ivan’s birthday party, they asked them not to bring any gifts, but to make a donation to the RCD. They raised a total of $2,000 for the RCD.
In the photo, Vince Miele, RCD Board Chair, on behalf of the RCD, thanked Jenny for her wonderful contribution. We greatly commend Jenny for her passion and creativity; she has indeed set an excellent example showing creative way of a successful fundraising endeavour.
RCD thanks the contribution from the Vancity Community Grant to make possible the launch of Job Skills Project, effective January 2013. Ella Huang received the cheque of $10,000 from the Richmond Branch Vancity staff.
Click here to download the Job Skills Project brochure.
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Congratulation to the entire team, especially our very own Vince Miele, chair of RCD Board of Directors.
You're the champions!!!!!!
The info session was well attended. The youth and their parents have expressed great interest in signing up and achieving the award. Many of them have also asked great questions regarding the award and how RCD can help youth with disabilities in the process.
We also handed out RCD Youth Group Newsletter and introduced the different activities held by RCD.
If you are interested in joining the Youth Group or the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, please feel free to contact us for more information.