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  • Congratulations to 2014 Wheelchair Curling Bonspiel Winners - Nov. 23, 2014

    First Place: Team Russia



    Second Place: Team Scotland


    Third Place: Team Canada


    Fourth Place: Team BC


  • Frances Clark Honored as founder of RTES - May 27, 2014
  • On May 27, Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Society (RTES) was hosting their annual fundraiser at the Army and Navy. They also honoured Frances Clark, founder of RTES, for her lifelong contribution. Councillor Bill McNulty gave a brief intro of Frances' work. Congratulations to Frances, and to a successful and fun fundraiser.

    Click here to view the photos.




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  • PWD Annualized Earnings Exemption Starts - Jan. 2015
  • Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI) Announces Annualized Earnings Exemption (AEE) for People Receiving PWD Will Start January 2015

    People receiving the Persons with Disabilities benefit (PWD) are able to keep $800 a month in earned income without any deductions being made to their monthly cheque.

    The total amount of earned income that PWD recipients can keep will not change, but by calculating earned income annually people will have more flexibility in their employment choices. For example, people with episodic conditions such as mental health disabilities or chronic pain may be able to work for a few months and then need to take a break to manage their health. An annual system means they will be able to keep more than $800 a month for a few months without any deductions.

    MSDSI will let PWD recipients know when they are reaching their annual limit. It is important that PWD recipients keep careful track of their earnings so that they do not exceed the annual amount.  PWD recipients must still declare their earnings by the 5th of the month following receipt of their earned income.

  • PWD Monthly Reporting Changes - Effective Dec. 2014
  • Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation Makes Changes to Monthly Reporting

    People receiving the Persons with Disabilities benefit (PWD) through direct deposit have until now received their cheque stubs or monthly reports in the mail. The cheque stub indicates the amount that PWD recipients are entitled to receive and provides a section that must be completed if the individual has income to report or if there is a change in their circumstances, for example, if they have married.

    Starting December 2014, the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI) will no longer be mailing cheque stubs to clients unless a client specifically tells the Ministry that they want to continue receiving their stubs in the mail.


    People who wish to continue receiving their cheque stubs in the mail must notify the Ministry by phoning 1-866-866-0800.

    Clients who don’t tell the Ministry they want to receive their cheque stubs in the mail must access their cheque information, report income and any other changes online. To do this, clients must register with My Self Serve at myselfserve.gov.bc.ca


    The Ministry’s My Self Serve Registration Instructions: 

    Step 1: If the client doesn’t have one they need to get a basic BCeID. This can be accessed through myselfserve.gov.bc.ca.

    Step 2: The client uses their basic BCeID to log in to the portal and complete their profile.

    Step 3: The client needs to visit their local income assistance office to complete their registration. They must bring their identification to do this.

    If you have any questions contact MSDSI at  1-866-866-0800.


  • New Specialized Intake Process for PWD - Nov. 3, 2014
  • As of Monday, November 3, 2014, the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (Ministry) has a new virtual streamlined approach for Income or Disability Assistance applications for specialized populations.

    The Ministry is realigning service delivery to better meet the needs of people receiving income or disability assistance.
    Specialized Intakes will include:

    • Hospital Applications                                   
    • Corrections Applications (Provincial and Federal)
    • Youth In Transition and Underage Persons With Disabilities Applications
    • Licensed and Registered Supportive Recovery Facilities/Homes

    Further information is available by calling the ministry’s toll free number 1-866-866-0800 and following the prompts to speak with a Specialized Intake representative as outlined below:

    • Select Option 2: …all general inquiries, enter your 10 digit phone number, then press option 3, and then press option 5

    Phone service is available Monday – Friday between 9:00am – 4:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST).

  • CCDS Launches Awards of Excellence in VisitAble Housing - Nov. 2014
  • 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 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


    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.



Current & Coming Events ...


Past Events in 2014

  • RCD Hosted a Successful Wheelchair Curling Bonspiel Canadian Open - Nov. 19 - 23, 2014
  • The RCD co-hosted with the Minoru Seniors Society an All Candidates Meeting - Oct 23, 2014
  • The RCD co–hosted with the Minoru Seniors Society the All Candidates Meeting held on October 23rd. The meeting was a resounding success, with a record turnout of both the public, as well as more than 30 Candidates for Mayor and Council.

    Many topics were discussed, and the public had a good idea of each Candidate’s platform and what they stood for. We trust that by holding this event, it will help you make a more informed decision when voting in November.

    We would like to thank all who participated in making the evening the great success it was.

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  • 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 - Aug 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. - Aug. 13, 2014.
  • RCD Joined the Salmon Festival Canada Day Parade - Jul 1, 2014
  • RCD Community Hotdog Day - Jun 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?: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 Prime Minister 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.

    Click here for some photos of the training.


  • Vince & Ella went to Toronto to receive PMVA for Frances Clark - Feb. 27, 2014


  • 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?0 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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