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RCD News...

  • Sept. to Dec. Activity Calendars Available Now
  • RCD is Hosting Annual Fundraising Gala – Aloha Hawaii – Oct 4, 2014
  • 2014 Wheelchair Curling Bonspiel Starts Registration - Jun 15, 2014
  • 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.




  • Congratulations to Polygon Homes Ltd. Receiving PMVA Business Leader for BC & North – Feb. 27, 2014
  • The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards’ Business Leader nominees are businesses that demonstrate social responsibility and support the well-being of their communities.

    Polygon Homes Ltd. is devoted to building strong, positive communities, not only through active contribution to the programs and services of Union Gospel Mission (an urban relief organization based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside), but also through encouraging its own employees, clients and suppliers to get involved with the Mission’s life-changing programs. Polygon Homes Ltd. has been actively helping the Union Gospel Mission with their fundraising, sponsorship and volunteer efforts for the past 12 years. It has raised $1.18 million dollars which has helped to establish a fleet of 14 vehicles, including a customized truck that allows delivery of warm clothing and over 700 meals each day. Polygon’s fundraising efforts also fully fund the Eastsiders, an after-school program for at-risk youth.

    The RCD congratulates Polygon Homes Ltd. for receiving the Business Leader Award for BC & North. They are a long-time supporter of the RCD as well as playing a significant role in the real estate development of Richmond. They are very deserving of this wonderful award.

    Click here for more info about the 2nd PMVA and its recipients. 





Don't Miss ...

  • 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
  • Adapted Synchronized Swimming Children Summer Program – Aug. 17-23 & Aug. 24-30
  • 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


    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 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.

    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, 50-50 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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