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Richmond Community Services Directory

A to Z Directory

The following is a full list of all the services found in the Richmond Community Services Directory.

Last updated: Sep 18, 2014

If you can't find what you are looking for, don't forget to visit the Richmond Low-Income Resource Directory for a listing of programs and services for those in need or contact Volunteer Richmond Information Services.

Access Pro Bono
300-845 Cambie St.
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 4Z9   (Map)
Web site: www.accessprobono.ca
Phone:  604-482-3195
Fax:  604-893-8934
Toll Free:  1-877-762-6664
E-mail: help@accessprobono.ca

All services are provided free of charge by volunteer lawyers. Aims to provide quality pro bono legal assistance to those who cannot afford a lawyer or obtain Legal Aid through pro bono clinics throughout BC. Provides 30 minute appointments for legal advice. Lawyers do not represent in court. Richmond clinics are at Chimo Community Services (120 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard; 604-279-7077). Call to make an appointment.

Roster Program
Provides pro bono legal representation services to individuals and non-profit organizations of limited means. Lawyers receive opportunities by e-mail on a "no obligation to respond" basis, according to their location and areas of practice. Responding lawyers choose the scope of their services and qualify for disbursement funding of up to $2500 per case. Provides excellent opportunities for barristers and solicitors to gain more involvement with compelling cases.
Summary Advice Clinic
Lawyers at the legal advice clinics volunteer for two hours each month as they advise people in up to four half-hour appointments. Lawyers receive advance information for each appointment, including the clients name and a description of their legal issue, to ensure time for conflict checks and any preparation that may be necessary. Legal matters are matched according to each lawyers' areas of practice.
Vancouver Civil Chambers Duty Counsel Project
Operates the Civil Chambers Duty Counsel Project twice per week in Vancouver. On a yearly or twice yearly basis, lawyers provide legal assistance and representation to unrepresented low and modest income litigants appearing in civil chambers at both Supreme Court and Court of Appeal levels. Lawyers receive advance information for each appointment, including the clients name and a description of their legal issue, to ensure time for conflict checks and any preparation that may be necessary.

Adult Children of Alcoholics and/or Dysfunctional Families (ACOA)
Web site: www.adultchildren.org
Phone:  604-878-8500
E-mail: acoa.vancouver@gmail.com

Offers support groups for adult children of alcoholic, addictive, or dysfunctional families based on the Twelve Step program. Meetings take place at the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre (4255 Laurel Street, Conference Room) on Saturdays at 10:30am. Women's only meetings are every Tuesday at 7:30pm at the Avalon Women's Centre in Kerrisdale (5957 West Boulevard, Vancouver). North Vancouver meetings are on Mondays at 7:00pm at the Lynn Valley United Church (3201 Mountain Highway). For more information, call or visit the website.

Aircare - Richmond Inspection Centre
11115 Silversmith Place
Richmond,  BC    V7A 5E4   (Map)
Web site: www.aircare.ca
Phone:  604-930-5633

Inspects light-duty vehicles to ensure their emissions fall within allowable Canadian standards. Centres are open Monday to Saturday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. The current test fee for 1992 and newer vehicles is $28 and for 1991 and older vehicles it is $19 (as of May 2014). Eligible 1998 and newer vehicles receive an On-Board Diagnostic system test for $28. All vehicles are charged $19 for an re-inspection. This program will be cancelled by the Provincial government on December 31, 2014. The test fees will decrease by $1-2 every month. Current wait times, description of tests, and inspection standards are available online. Call for more information.

Al-Anon Alateen Family Group, Area #81 (BC & Yukon)
101 - 3680 East Hastings Street
Vancouver,  BC    V5K 2A9   (Map)
Web site: www.bcyukon-al-anon.org
Phone:  604-688-1716
Fax:  604-688-1716
E-mail: afgcentraloffice@shaw.ca

Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. There are no dues for membership. Call for meeting times, locations, and more information.

Alcoholics Anonymous (Vancouver District and Surrounding Areas BC)
3457 Kingsway
Vancouver,  BC    V5R 5L5   (Map)
Web site: www.vancouveraa.ca
Phone:  604-434-3933
Fax:  604-434-2553
E-mail: staff@vancouveraa.ca

A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they may solve their problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Allergy/Asthma Information Association - BC / Yukon Region
4730 Redridge Road
Kelowna,  BC    V1W 3A6   (Map)
Web site: www.aaia.ca
Phone:  250-764-7507
Fax:  250-764-7587
Toll Free:  1-800-611-7011
E-mail: bc@aaia.ca

Provides information and advocacy for individuals and their families who are living with anaphylaxis, allergy, and asthma. Also provides telephone support, pamphlets on food allergy and asthma, and sells allergy cookbooks and other products. Members receive newsletters three to four times a year. Visit website for more information.

ALS Society of BC
1233 - 13351 Commerce Parkway
Richmond,  BC    V6V 2X7   (Map)
Web site: www.alsbc.ca
Phone:  604-278-2257
Fax:  604-278-4257
Toll Free:  1-800-708-3228
E-mail: info@alsbc.ca

The ALS Society of BC is dedicated to providing direct support to ALS patients, along with their families and caregivers, to ensure the best quality of life possible while living with this disease. Through assisting research, we are committed to finding the cause and cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

ALS Research
Through this program, the Society is able to provide annual funding of $30,000 to ALS Centre to host clinical trials, funding of $5,000 to genetic testing and over $200,000 contribution to ALS Canada to fund various ALS research initiatives.
ALS Symposium
An annual event that provides ALS research updates and new information on services provided by ALS BC to enhance the quality of life of ALS patients and their families.
Camp Alohi Lani
A support camp for children affected by ALS where a parent or grandparent in a significant role is living with ALS. Through friendships made, a circle of support is created.
Caregivers' Day
E-mail: patientservices2@alsbc.ca
Held every Fall in BC Communities, Caregivers' Day provides an opportunity for primary caregivers, family members, and friends of ALS patients to come together, meet other caregivers of ALS patients, exchange information, and enjoy the day in an open and supportive environment.
Equipment Loans
E-mail: equipmentloan@alsbc.ca
Through this program, the Society is able to provide equipment (ie: mobility equipment such as walkers and wheelchairs; communication equipment such as speech communication devices and head mouse) at no cost to people living with ALS throughout BC and the Yukon.
Mobile Clinics
In partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health and ALS Centre at GF Strong Rehab Centre, the ALS Society of BC provides mobile clinics to outlying communities, to provide follow-up appointments to patients who can no longer travel to the ALS Centre in Vancouver.
Outreach & Public Awareness
Through this program, the Society is able to release a Believe BC feature in the Vancouver Sun and the Province newspapers 3 times a year, an ALS BC newsletter 3 times a year, maintenance of ALS Society of BC website and printing of ALS BC brochures and awareness banners.
Patient Priority Survey
Annual confidential survey forms are released to patients and caregivers to ensure quality control and to determine the strategic goals and objectives of the Society.
Psychological Support Program
E-mail: patientservices2@alsbc.ca
Services are available pro-bono at locations across BC. Registered psychologists and clinical counsellors provide much needed therapy and counselling to ALS patients, their families, and caregivers at any stage of the illness.
Support Groups
E-mail: patientservices2@alsbc.ca
Provides support programs to patients & their families through monthly support group meetings facilitated by trained volunteers and staff. Also supports the on-line Care Connection program.
Support to ALS Centre
Provides financial support to ALS Centre in order to increase clinic hours of the neurologist at the Centre to ensure appointments can be made in a timely manner.
Transportation Support Program
E-mail: patientservices2@alsbc.ca
Provides transportation support to people living with ALS to attend medical appointments, support groups and ALS Society events.
Volunteer Program
Provides volunteer opportunities and training for patients, their families and friends to support the cause of the ALS Society of BC through fundraising events, patient services programs and office support.

Alzheimer Society of BC
305 - 6411 Buswell Street
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 2G5   (Map)
Web site: www.alzheimerbc.org
Phone:  604-238-7390
Fax:  604-238-7392
Toll Free:  1-800-667-3742
E-mail: kfrazee@alzheimerbc.org

Exists to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer disease and related dementias, promote public awareness, and search for the causes and the cures. Services include dementia education, support groups, individual support, a toll-free information line, free literature, and telephone, and online workshops. Programs are available in Chinese at the Richmond Chinese Resource Centre (290 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond).

Caregiver Support Group
For family and friends of people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. For times and locations of English groups in Richmond and South Delta, call 604-238-7390. For times and locations of Cantonese and Mandarin groups, call 604-279-7120.
Chinese Caregiver Support Group
290 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC   V6Y 3Z5   (Map)
Phone:  604-279-7120
Fax:  604-279-7124
E-mail: vlam@alzheimerbc.org
Please contact Vivian Lam at the Richmond Chinese Resource Centre for more information.
Dementia Helpline
Phone:  604-681-8651
Toll Free:  1-800-936-6033
The Dementia Helpline is a province-wide service for people with dementia, their caregivers, family and friends. The Helpline assists individuals in building the confidence to maintain quality of life when facing dementia.
Early Stage Support Group
For persons experiencing early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. For times and locations of English groups in Richmond and South Delta, call 604-238-7390. For times and locations of Cantonese and Mandarin groups, call 604-279-7120.
Family Caregiver Education Series
A five-session series for family members or friends who are caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. Learn about dementia and practical coping strategies.
First Link®
Web site: http://www.alzheimerbc.org/We-Can-Help/First-Link.aspx
Phone:  604-238-7393
E-mail: lfeldman@alzheimerbc.org
First Link® is an early intervention service designed to connect individuals and families affected by Alzheimer's disease or another dementia with services and support as soon as possible after diagnosis. Formal referral from physicians and health professionals allows for proactive contact with individuals and families. Families can be referred at any stage of the disease and receive regular follow-ups to provide them with information, links to resources and support. For information call (604) 238 7393 or e-mail lfeldman@alzheimerbc.org.
Minds in Motion
Phone:  604-238-7393
A fitness and social program for people with early symptoms of dementia or memory loss and a family member or friend. Enjoy gentle exercise, activities and social time in a relaxed environment.
Shaping the Journey
Phone:  604-238-7393
A five-session education series for people with early symptoms of dementia or memory loss and a family member or friend. Explore the journey ahead in a positive, supportive environment.
Learn from home with one of the Society's free one-hour telephone/online workshops.

Ambassadors For Christ (AFC) Student Centre
2120 - 8888 Odlin Crescent
Richmond,  BC    V6X 3Z8   (Map)
Web site: www.afccanada.org/vancouver
Phone:  604-278-0642
E-mail: vancouver@afccanada.org

Ambassadors For Christ in Canada is a nation-wide, non-profit organization that empowers young people to be followers of Christ since 1972. We are committed to serve local Chinese students, whether it is in their academic pursuit, family and personal relationship, or spiritual growth because we love every youth as our Lord Jesus loves them. We are committed to assist them, to walk with them, and lead them to a healthy maturity.

Amnesty International
430 - 319 West Pender Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 1T3   (Map)
Web site: www.amnesty.ca
Phone:  604-294-5160
Fax:  604-294-5130
E-mail: vancouver@amnesty.ca

A worldwide, voluntary activist movement that protects human rights as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international laws.

Group 92 - Richmond
Web site: www.amnesty.ca
E-mail: cosmic02@hotmail.com
If you want to be involved in Human Rights activities in Richmond, please contact Javier Romero by email.

101 - 631 Columbia Street
New Westminster,  BC    V3M 1A7   (Map)
Web site: www.anxietybc.com
Phone:  604-525-7566
Fax:  604-525-7586
E-mail: info@anxietybc.com

Seeks to increase awareness of anxiety disorders, educate the general public, affected persons and health care providers, and promote access to evidence-based resources and treatments.

Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans #284
105 - 11900 No. 1 Road
Richmond,  BC    V7E 1S9   (Map)
Web site: www.anaf284.bravesites.com
Phone:  604-277-7530
Fax:  604-277-5446
E-mail: anaf284b@telus.net

A veterans group that provides social activities for its members, sponsors numerous community activities, and raises funds for various charities. Live entertainment is available on weekends. Call Dave for information on reservations or fundraising.

Arthritis Society - BC & Yukon Division Office
895 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V5Z 1L7   (Map)
Web site: www.arthritis.ca
Phone:  604-714-5550
Fax:  604-714-5555
Toll Free:  1-866-414-7766
E-mail: info@bc.arthritis.ca

Committed to excellence and leadership in research, care, education, and advocacy for people with arthritis. Education services include the Arthritis Self-Management Program, an exercise outreach program, and community support groups. Volunteers are available by request to provide informational presentations to groups. The Vancouver regional office is located at 895 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver.

Arthritis Answers Line/The Learning Centre
Phone:  604-875-5051
Fax:  604-875-5048
Toll Free:  1-800-321-1433
Provides general information, emotional support, assistance to locate community resources, guidance to access the health care system, and literature mail-outs. Operated by trained volunteers in English, French, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Punjabi. The line is open from 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday.
Arthritis Self-Management Program
Toll Free:  1-800-321-1433
Available in communities across BC. Facilitated by trained volunteers, the program is offered in six-sessions, two hours once a week for six weeks, and provides people with the knowledge and skills to help them manage arthritis.
Joint Works and Water Works
A community-based land and pool exercise programs for people with arthritis.

Assisted Living Registrar (formerly Office of the Assisted Living Registrar)
1515 Blanshard Street
Victoria,  BC    V8W 3C8   (Map)
Web site: www.health.gov.bc.ca/assisted/
Phone:  250-952-1369
Fax:  250-952-1119
Toll Free:  1-866-714-3378
E-mail: info@alregistrar.bc.ca

The Registrar is appointed by the Minister of Health to protect the health and safety of those who live in assisted living residences. All assisted living residences must be registered with the Office of the Assisted Living Registrar and must meet and maintain provincial health and safety standards.

Association Francophone De Richmond
8680 Francis Road
Richmond,  BC   
Phone:  604-277-3086
Fax:  604-277-3086
E-mail: demorestmc@hotmail.com

Promotes the French language while raising funds for the French speaking community centre. Holds weekly breakfast at the Dining Terrace in Richmond Centre Mall at 10:00am and monthly suppers in a local restaurant to facilitate information exchanges on the Francophonie. Also produces a monthly newsletter.

Association of Richmond Mixed Softball (ARMS)
Web site: www.leaguelineup.com/armsleague
Phone:  778-241-3372
E-mail: armsresults@shaw.ca

An adult mixed orthodox softball league that plays at a mid-level with regards to competitiveness.

Austria Vancouver Club
5851 Westminster Highway
Richmond,  BC    V7C 1C3   (Map)
Web site: www.austriavancouverclub.ca
Phone:  604-273-4725

Celebrates Austrian and German culture through song, dance, and social gatherings. Hosts events such as bazaars, family nights, and summer garden festivals. Closes in the summer except for events in July and August. Check the calendar online for more information.

Autism Society of British Columbia
303 - 3701 East Hastings Street
Burnaby,  BC    V5C 2H6   (Map)
Web site: www.autismbc.ca
Phone:  604-434-0880
Fax:  604-434-0801
Toll Free:  1-888-437-0880
E-mail: info@autismbc.ca

A parent-based and directed society providing advocacy, information, and support to individuals with autism and their families in BC and the Yukon.

Community Parent Groups
E-mail: shui@autismbc.ca
Parent volunteers who meet at regular intervals to assist parents in their respective communities. An opportunity to meet and network with other parents. Guest speakers sometimes available to speak on a wide range of topics to help educate interested parents.
Event Tickets
E-mail: eberaldin@autismbc.ca
Provides tickets to events such as sporting events and theater shows. Must be a member to access this service.
Information and Referral
E-mail: info@autismbc.ca
General information about autism and Asperger's and information on resources available in BC.
E-mail: shui@autismbc.ca
A resource library of over 1500 items, including books, videos, audiotapes, and autism-related journals. Will send requested materials to any member of the Society free of charge with return postage paid. Must be a member to access this service.
Online Discussion Forum
E-mail: eberaldin@autismbc.ca
An opportunity for parents and professionals in the community to have discussions regarding treatment issues, adult issues, school issues, and provincial issues. Provides a section for classified ads and help wanted. Service is accessible from the home page by clicking on the Discussion Forum & Classified Ads link. Must be a member to access this service.
Summer Reimbursement Program
E-mail: eberaldin@autismbc.ca
Helps pay for summer activities that some families may not be able to provide. Child must be autistic to be eligible. Must be a member to access this service.

Baha'i Community of Richmond
PO Box 26116 Central Richmond Post Office
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 3V3   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondbahais.org
Phone:  778-233-7731
E-mail: lsa@richmondbahais.org

A religious community that gathers for regular meetings for devotions, consultation, and social time in members' homes. Regular devotional gatherings, children and youth development classes, and study circles are held for Baha'is and others interested in spiritual and moral education through the Baha'i Faith. Members of the community are active in charitable and service activities.

English Corner
English Corner is a volunteer-run activity that aims to empower these newcomers to become enthusiastic and confident members of the Canadian family. It seeks to engender in every participant the willingness and ability to contribute their own unique gifts to the greater Richmond community in building a better society based on friendship, unity and cooperation. We welcome volunteers who have a genuine love of people and a desire to work with others in building a better world. All that is required is a good grasp of English and a willingness to share that knowledge with others. Please contact us for more information and opportunities to serve in this capacity.

Bakerview Gospel Chapel
8991 Francis Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1A8   (Map)
Web site: www.bakerviewchapel.org
Phone:  604-274-2124

A non-denominational Christian church with the Lord's Supper (Communion) each Sunday at 9:00am. Sunday School and Family Bible Hour at 10:30am and Weekly Bible Studies on various nights.

Daily Vacation Bible School
Takes place August for children aged 5 to 12 years old. There is no cost and children register on arrival (whether for one day or all three days). Bible stories, games, crafts, and other activities are tied together by a theme that changes from year to year.
ESL Classes
Conversational classes for adults. Courses follow materials from Vancouver Community College. There is a nominal cost. Classes are divided into levels that range from beginner to advanced. Offered October through May on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00am to noon. Registration begins in September.
Friday Night Children and Youth Activities
A drop-in night of activities involving singing, Bible lessons, crafts, games, and a snack. Offered from October through May from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.

Bankruptcy, Office of the Superintendent of (Industry Canada)
2000 - 300 West Georgia Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 6E1   (Map)
Web site: www.osb-bsf.gc.ca
Fax:  604-666-4610
TDD:  1-866-694-8389
Toll Free:  1-877-376-9902

The Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy contributes to a fair and efficient marketplace by protecting the integrity of the bankruptcy and insolvency system for the benefit of investors, lenders, consumers and the public.

Basketball BC
210 - 7888 200th Street
Langley,  BC    V2Y 3J4   (Map)
Web site: www.basketball.bc.ca
Phone:  604-888-8088
Fax:  604-888-8323
E-mail: info@basketball.bc.ca

Creates opportunities throughout BC for the participation and development of players, coaches, and officials at all levels in the great game of basketball.

Club Teams and Registration
Web site: www.basketball.bc.ca/register-your-club-team-2014-15
Phone:  604-455-2810
E-mail: rtomlinson@basketball.bc.ca
Register your basketball team with Basketball BC to get insurance coverage and more.
Web site: www.coachesclipboard.ca
Phone:  604-455-4815
E-mail: smcguiness@basketball.bc.ca
Basketball BC offers a variety of National Coaching Certification Programs (NCCP) and deliver various coaching clinics such as the Super Conference and Youth Summit, which are designed to help coaches of all levels.
Sport Performance Programs
Phone:  604-455-2810
E-mail: rtomlinson@basketball.bc.ca
Basketball BC offers Development Camps, Regional and Provincial Teams, and Regional Training Centres at various locations across BC as well as the Centre for Performance held in Greater Vancouver. Programming is offered for participants from ages 12 to 18.
The Steve Nash Youth Basketball League
Web site: www.snyb.ca
Phone:  604-455-2813
E-mail: srudnisky@basketball.bc.ca
Teaches boys and girls, grades 1 to 12, the fundamentals of basketball in a fun, competitive, and positive environment. Younger and older players can participate depending on the needs of each community.

Batons West Twirling Club
Web site: www.batonswesttwirling.ca
Phone:  604-722-1595
E-mail: batonswest@gmail.com

Offers quality programs for people of all ages and genders. Programs combine dance and baton instruction with certified coaches and include the recreation and pre-competitive program for the beginner twirlers, the competitive program for intermediate twirlers, and the elite program based on National and World Baton Federation requirements for competition. Please email for more information.

Battered Women's Support Services
PO Box 21503, 1424 Commercial Drive
Vancouver,  BC    V5L 5G2   (Map)
Web site: www.bwss.org
Phone:  604-687-1867
Fax:  604-687-1864
TDD:  604-686-6732
Toll Free:  1-855-687-1868
E-mail: information@bwss.org

Provides information, referrals, advocacy, counseling, and support for women who have experienced abuse in an intimate relationship, adult sexual assault, and/or childhood sexual abuse. Also provides education and training related to violence against women and offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. For programs and services, please visit the website. For more information, please call the business line at 604-687-1868 or the Crisis and Intake Line at 604-687-1867.

BC Art Therapy Association
101 - 1001 West Broadway, Suite 123
Vancouver,  BC    V6H 4E4   (Map)
Web site: www.bcarttherapy.com
Phone:  604-878-6393
E-mail: info@bcarttherapy.com

Fosters the professional development of art therapy in BC. Acts as a provincial voice governing the standards and practice of the profession and its practitioners. Provides professional registration for art therapists in BC which entitles them to use BCATR. Also upholds the BCATA Code of Ethics and encourages research with respect to art therapy.

BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
14 - 2544 Dunlevy Street
Victoria,  BC    V8R 5Z2   (Map)
Web site: www.bc-counsellors.org
Phone:  250-595-4448
Fax:  250-595-2926
Toll Free:  1-800-909-6303
E-mail: hoffice@bc-counsellors.org

Professional association which regulates and promotes the professional practice of Registered Clinical Counsellors in British Columbia. Provides counsellor referrals to people seeking counselling.

BC Association of Optometrists (BCAO)
610 - 2525 Willow Street
Vancouver,  BC    V5Z 3N8   (Map)
Web site: www.optometrists.bc.ca
Phone:  604-737-9907
Fax:  604-737-9967
Toll Free:  1-888-393-2226
E-mail: info@optometrists.bc.ca

Represents Doctors of Optometry in BC. Disseminates information about the role of optometry in primary health care and offers a professional eye safety program.

BC Bereavement Helpline
Box 53530, 984 West Broadway
Vancouver,  BC    V5Z 1K7   (Map)
Web site: www.bcbereavementhelpline.com
Phone:  604-738-9950
Toll Free:  1-877-779-2223
E-mail: bcbh@telus.net

Dedicated to the healthy and wholesome recovery of individuals experiencing grief. Provides immediate telephone support to the bereaved and refers them to a support group or agency that will meet their needs. Also offers information and resources for caregivers.

BC Blind Sports & Recreation Association
330 - 5055 Joyce Street
Vancouver,  BC    V5R 6B2   (Map)
Web site: www.bcblindsports.bc.ca
Phone:  604-325-8638
Fax:  604-325-1638
Toll Free:  1-877-604-8638
E-mail: info@bcblindsports.bc.ca

British Columbians who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind, or are blind/visually impaired and have additional disabilities will experience the enjoyment of achieving a healthy active lifestyle through participation in physical activity, physical education, recreation, outdoor pursuits, and sport at their chosen level.

BC Cancer Agency
600 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V5Z 4E6   (Map)
Web site: www.bccancer.bc.ca
Phone:  604-877-6000
Toll Free:  1-800-663-3333

Provides a province-wide cancer control program for residents of BC and the Yukon. Includes provincial standards for prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, and palliative cancer care. Committed to providing all patients in BC with access to a full range of cancer services. Has six regional cancer centres for Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, the North and the Southern Interior, as well as community cancer clinics and a network of oncology professionals, to ensure that the same standards of cancer care and treatment are provided to patients throughout BC.

BC Centre for Ability - Richmond Office
158 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.bc-cfa.org
Phone:  604-451-5511
Fax:  604-451-5611
E-mail: info@bc-cfa.org

Provides therapy, rehabilitation, and vocational services to children, youth, and adults with physical, neurological, and developmental challenges. Offers community-based services that enhance the quality of life for children, youth, and adults with disabilities and their families in ways that facilitate and build competencies and foster inclusion. The head office is located at 2805 Kingsway Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5R 5H9.

Abilities in Mind (AIM)
AIM is a program created in consultation with employers to build workplace inclusion with persons with disabilities. The focus is on creating capacity within organizations to provisions of training, consultation and resources.
Community Brain Injury Program for Children and Youth
Fax:  604-451-5651
A provincial program that provides short-term acute rehabilitation services to children and youth with recently acquired brain injuries who do not have third-party funding.
Daily Endeavours
Provides individualized person centred services to 26 residents in Vancouver and Burnaby with complex, multiple disabilities that require personalized supports to actively pursue full and meaningful lives in their community.
Early Intervention Therapy Program
Fax:  604-451-5651
Provides home and community-based physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, and social work services for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers from birth to school-entry age who have additional physical and/or cognitive developmental needs and reside in Vancouver, Richmond, North and West Vancouver, and Burnaby.
FASD and Key Workers Support Services
This program works with children and youth and their families with a variety of neural-developmental conditions and who exhibit challenging behaviours that greatly affect their day to day life.
Social Emotional Enhancement and Development Project (SEED)
The project is established to provide training and resources to assist parents, caregivers, and professionals to nurture the social and emotional competence of children and youth with special needs.
Stepping Stones
Provides groups programs to children with disabilities up to 12 years old to develop and strengthen their social and emotional skills, funded by the United Way.
Supported Child Development Program - Vancouver and Burnaby
Assists families with children from 0 to 19 years old with extra support needs to access inclusive child care that meets individual needs. Also supports child care, preschool, and out-of-school programs to implement and develop inclusive principles and practices to enhance all children's experiences.
The Opportunities Fund
Provides funding for training, wage subsidy, and disability supports to assist individuals with a permanent disability or a medical condition to secure employment or establish self employment. Individuals must have been ineligible for Employment Insurance in the past 3 years.

BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support (BC CEAS)
380 - 1199 West Pender Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6E 2R1   (Map)
Web site: www.bcceas.ca
TDD:  604-428-3359
E-mail: info@bcceas.ca

Works to raise awareness, and to prevent and respond to elder abuse and neglect. Provides information, support, advocacy and legal representation for older adults age 55+; and victim services for people age 50+. Offers free financial literacy and elder abuse prevention workshops and training for community groups.

Education and Workshops
Web site: http://bcceas.ca/programs/education-outreach/workshops-presentations/workshop-request/
Phone:  604-622-1927
E-mail: lchen@bcceas.ca
Offer free training and workshops on financial literacy and elder abuse prevention to community groups. Funded by the Province of BC - Community Gaming Grant.
Legal Programs (Elder Law Clinic and Legal Advocacy Program)
Provide free legal advice, advocacy and representation to people aged 55+ who are not able to access legal help due to low income or other barriers on legal issues involving housing, debt, government benefits, financial exploitation, guardianship/capacity, abuse/neglect, and discrimination. Funded by the Law Foundation of BC. Call the Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL).
Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL)
Phone:  604-437-1940
Toll Free:  1-866-437-1940
SAIL is a safe place for older adults, and those who care about them, to talk to someone about situations where they feel they are being abused or mistreated, or to receive information about elder abuse prevention. Funded by the Province of BC - Provincial Health Services Authority, Ministry of Justice - Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division, and Community Gaming Grant.
Victim Services Program
Web site: www.victimlinkbc.ca
Phone:  604-437-1940
Toll Free:  1-866-437-1940
Provides information, support and referrals to people aged 50+ who are victims of abuse, including family and sexual violence. Funded by the Province of BC - Ministry of Justice, Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division. Call the Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL). Call 604-437-1940 or 1-866-437-1940 8am to 8pm daily (except holidays). Language interpretation is available 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).

BC Civil Liberties Association
900 Helmcken Street, 2nd floor
Vancouver,  BC    V6Z 1B3   (Map)
Web site: www.bccla.org
Phone:  604-630-9754
Fax:  604-687-3045
E-mail: alyssa@bccla.org

The BC Civil Liberties Association provides some assistance to members of the public who are dealing with civil liberties issues. While we do our best to do what we can to assist all callers, we are only able to take an active advocacy role in a small percentage of these cases. We do not investigate complaints ourselves, but can offer information and support to individuals filing privacy complaints, policy complaints, human rights complaints, ombudsperson complaints or freedom of information requests. Please note that the BCCLA does not provide legal advice or legal assistance.

BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD)
204 - 456 West Broadway
Vancouver,  BC    V5Y 1R3   (Map)
Web site: www.bccpd.bc.ca
Phone:  604-875-0188
Fax:  604-875-9227
TDD:  604-875-8835
E-mail: feedback@bccpd.bc.ca

A non-profit organization that represents people of all disabilities and champions disability issues through direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research, and publications. Supports people with all disabilities to live with dignity, independence, and as equal and full participants in society.

Advocacy Access Program
Phone:  604-872-1278
Toll Free:  1-800-663-1278
Assists people with disabilities to apply for and appeal the denial of provincial and federal (CPPD) disability benefits, including income support and medical goods and services. Helps people to apply for BC Housing and provides information and referrals. Provides workshops for community advocates and clients.
AIDS & Disability Action Program (ADAP)/Wellness & Disability Initiative (WDI)/Health Literacy Network (HLN)
Toll Free:  1-877-232-7400
E-mail: wdi@bccpd.bc.ca
Educational programs serving people with all types of disabilities, as well as families, caregivers, and service providers. ADAP publishes and distributes HIV prevention information in plain language and audio and Braille formats. WDI provides consumer health information and customized research services. HLN promotes awareness of health literacy and the importance of accessible health information and services.
Community and Residents Mentors Association Project (CARMA)
E-mail: carma@bccpd.bc.ca
A peer support program that works with residents of George Pearson Centre, an extended care facility in Vancouver. CARMA's peer mentors assist residents to make and realize life goals, including transitions to the community. Facilitates building bridges between residents and the community.
Transition Magazine
An informative publication covering a broad range of issues of interest to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers, and professionals in the field. Yearly subscription costs $15.00 (4 issues).

BC College of Social Workers
1430 - 1200 West 73rd Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V6P 6G5   (Map)
Web site: www.bccollegeofsocialworkers.ca
Phone:  604-737-4916
Fax:  604-737-6809
Toll Free:  1-877-576-6740
E-mail: info@bccsw.ca

The regulatory body established by the provincial legislature under the Social Workers Act. The mandate of the College is to protect the public interest by regulating the practice of social work.

BC Council for Families
208 - 1600 West 6th Ave
Vancouver,  BC    V6J 1R3   (Map)
Web site: www.bccf.ca
Phone:  604-678-8884
Fax:  604-678-8886
E-mail: bccf@bccf.ca

Supports, trains and provides resources to professionals throughout the province working directly with families. The Council coordinates the following programs: Alliance of Professionals Serving Young Parents, Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, Nobody's Perfect Parenting Program, Home Visitor Training Initiative and My Tween & Me Parenting Program.

Alliance of Professionals Serving Young Parents
E-mail: kerryw@bccf.ca
Provides support and advocacy for young parents programs in BC. Holds an annual conference for people working with teen parent families.
E-mail: Kerryw@bccf.ca
Happily involved father figures make a big difference in the strength of families and the development of children. But sadly, fathers don’t always feel welcome, confident or encouraged when it comes to participation in family services and support. Especially younger dads. That’s where our professional development training and resources can help.
Home Visitor Training Initiative
E-mail: kerryw@bccf.ca
Helps workers and supervisors develop the skills and strategies to bring a higher level of service to the families they work with.
Kids in the Middle
E-mail: coparenting@bccf.ca
Helping children adjust -- ensuring families thrive. Separation and divorce bring many changes to families. But when families have the tools, strategies, and support to help them through these transitions, they can build happy, healthy futures.
My Tween & Me Parenting Program
E-mail: rubyb@bccf.ca
Training and support for facilitators to deliver this program for parents of children 7 to 12. Strengthens parent tween relationships.
Nobody's Perfect Parenting Program
E-mail: rubyb@bccf.ca
Provides training, support, and resources to facilitators of Nobody's Perfect, a parenting program for parents of children from birth to 5.
Parent-Child Mother Goose Program
E-mail: mgoosebc@bccf.ca
Training and support for teachers to deliver this acclaimed child-parent program. Helps parents and their young children experience the pleasure and power of songs, rhymes, and stories.
QT* Resources for Professionals and Families
E-mail: joelk@bccf.ca
Welcoming LGBTQ people and families into programs and services can mean taking practical steps such as re-designing intake forms, putting up posters, or incorporating books that reflect diversity. It can also mean deepening your understanding of how assumptions about gender, sexuality, and family composition shape your everyday practice. From learning more about preferred terminology, to finding out which resources are available for LGBTQ families in your community – this is your starting point for making your program more inclusive. Training for professionals is offered periodically to support this initiative.

BC Dental Association
400 - 1765 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V6J 5C6   (Map)
Web site: www.yourdentalhealth.ca
Phone:  604-736-7202
Fax:  604-736-7588
Toll Free:  1-888-396-9888
E-mail: info@yourdentalhealth.ca

Provides information on dentists and dental issues to the public in BC.

Find a Dentist
Web site: www.bcdental.org/yourdentalhealth/findadentist.aspx
Use the website to find a dentist who is taking new patients. Also includes dentists who offer discounts for seniors or students and dentists who have payment plans.

BC Epilepsy Society
2500 - 900 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V5Z 1E5   (Map)
Web site: www.bcepilepsy.com
Phone:  604-875-6704
Fax:  604-875-0617
E-mail: info@bcepilepsy.com

Provides education, advocacy, and support for those affected by epilepsy. Offers educational events, support groups, hospital outreach, as well as a newsletter, resource library, and website. Also provides seizure awareness training, funds children to attend accessible camps, awards post-secondary scholarships, and distributes information materials in various languages.

BC Family Child Care Association
100 - 6846 King George Boulevard
Surrey,  BC    V3W 4Z9   (Map)
Web site: www.bcfcca.ca
Phone:  604-590-1497
Fax:  604-590-1427
Toll Free:  1-800-686-6685
E-mail: office@bcfcca.ca

A professional organization of family childcare providers in BC. Dedicated to providing a vital link for Family Child Care providers on a provincial level to secure funding and support for education and training. Strives to ensure the highest quality child care and early learning opportunities for children and families in BC.

BC Federation of Foster Parent Association
3rd Floor, 131 Eight Street
New Westminster,  BC    V3M 3P6   (Map)
Web site: www.bcfosterparents.ca
Phone:  604-544-1110
Fax:  604-544-2223
Toll Free:  1-800-663-9999
E-mail: office@bcfosterparents.ca

A non-profit, provincial organization for foster parents, run by foster parents. Brings together foster parents, social workers, and other interested parties to improve the standard of care for children in BC. Represents foster parents to provide quality foster care and supports children and youth to reach their full potential.

Camps for Kids
A program where foster parents can apply for funding and send their foster children, adoptive children, or birth children to any camp they choose. Any foster parent member in good standing who requires assistance to send their foster, adopted, or birth child/youth between the ages of 6 to 19 to camp can apply on the website.
Insurance Rider Program for Foster Parents
Available to all foster parents in BC. Individuals who foster for the ministry or a delegated aboriginal agency are not required to purchase the rider as they are covered automatically. Those individuals who foster for community agencies or bands may purchase the rider for a fee of $250.00/year, provided they are a member of BCFFPA. The Rider mirrors your primary policy, if it is covered there, it is also covered by the Rider.
Natural Child Bursary
Founded in 1991 by Region ‘K’ for the birth or adopted child of a BCFFPA foster parent member in BC who has completed Grade 12 and wishes to continue his/her education.
William Curtis Bursary
Awarded annually for youth currently and formerly in care who wish to continue their education.

BC Genealogical Society
PO Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall
Richmond,  BC    V6X 3T6   (Map)
Web site: www.bcgs.ca
Phone:  604-502-9119
Fax:  604-502-9119
E-mail: bcgs@bcgs.ca

Committed to the perpetuation of BC's heritage. Welcomes people interested in genealogy and the related fields of local history, biography, and other aspects of historical research.

BCGS Walter Draycott Library & Resource Center
211 - 12837 76th Avenue
Surrey,  BC   V3W 2V3   (Map)
Has over 14,000 publication titles and numerous census records on fiche, tape, and CD-ROM. Library catalogues can be searched on the website. Facilities are available for free to members and for a small daily fee to non-members.

BC Housing
101 - 4555 Kingsway
Burnaby,  BC    V5H 4V8   (Map)
Web site: www.bchousing.org
Phone:  604-433-1711
Fax:  604-439-4722
Toll Free:  1-866-465-6873
E-mail: webeditor@bchousing.org

A government agency that develops, manages, and administers a wide range of housing options across BC.

Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI)
Web site: www.bchousing.org/Options/Home_Renovations
Phone:  604-433-2218
Toll Free:  1-800-257-7756
The Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program provides financial assistance to help eligible low-income seniors and people with disabilities in BC to continue to live in the comfort of their home. Visit website for Application Guide.
Rental Assistance Program
Web site: www.bchousing.org/Options/Rental_market/RAP
Phone:  604-433-2218
Fax:  604-439-4729
Toll Free:  1-800-257-7756
E-mail: webeditor@bchousing.org
Provides direct cash assistance to eligible low-income working families with at least one dependent child and a household income less than $35,000 per year. Paid directly to eligible households to assist these families with monthly rent payments in the private market.
Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER)
Web site: www.bchousing.org/Options/Rental_market/SAFER
Phone:  604-433-2218
Fax:  604-439-4729
Toll Free:  1-800-257-7756
E-mail: webeditor@bchousing.org
Helps make rent affordable for BC seniors with low to moderate incomes. Provides monthly cash payments to subsidize rents for eligible BC residents who are age 60 or over and pay rent for their homes.
Subsidized Housing
Web site: www.bchousing.org/Options/Subsidized_Housing
Phone:  604-433-2218
Fax:  604-439-4729
Toll Free:  1-800-257-7756
E-mail: webeditor@bchousing.org
Available for people with low to moderate incomes, including seniors, individuals with disabilities, and low-income families. Subsidized housing includes public housing managed by BC Housing and buildings operated by non-profit societies and housing co-operatives. For more information on eligibility, applications, and the different types of subsidized housing available, visit the website.
Tenant Services
Web site: www.bchousing.org/tenants/services
Phone:  604-433-1711
Fax:  604-439-4729
Toll Free:  1-800-257-7756
E-mail: tenantinquiries@bchousing.org
Services include a gardening program, post secondary education grants, a Student Tenant Employment Program, Tenant Activity Grants for special events in the community, and health services. Also provides a Tenant Handbook for information on the rights and responsibilities of a tenant.
The Housing Registry
Web site: www.bchousing.org/Partners/H_S_Op/Tenant/Housing_Registry
Phone:  604-439-4159
Fax:  604-439-4729
Toll Free:  1-800-257-7756
E-mail: thehousingregistry@bchousing.org
A centralized database for housing providers that contains current applicant information. Housing providers can use this information to find tenants when housing units become available. Helps individuals and families find affordable housing in BC. Download the form on the website or pick one up from the office. BC Housing can help to complete the form.

BC Human Rights Coalition
1202 - 510 West Hastings Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 1L8   (Map)
Web site: www.bchrcoalition.org
Phone:  604-689-8474
Fax:  604-689-7511
Toll Free:  1-877-689-8474
E-mail: info@bchrcoalition.org

Dedicated to promoting strengthened human rights throughout BC and Canada. Runs an advocacy program that protects existing rights, an education program that prevents discrimination, and engages in law reform work to expand human rights protection. In addition, the Coalition also forms part of Human Rights Clinic.

Human Rights Clinic
In partnership with the Community Legal Assistance Society, the Clinic offers services and public legal education. Provides information and advice about human rights issues, offers assistance in pursuing a complaint under the BC Human Rights Code, and represents complainants before the BC Human Rights Tribunal. Services are free. Apply to the clinic for representation. Personal help can be obtained on Mondays at the Tribunal from a Clinic Advocate.

BC Human Rights Tribunal
1170 - 605 Robson Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 5J3   (Map)
Web site: www.bchrt.bc.ca
Phone:  604-775-2000
Fax:  604-775-2020
TDD:  604-775-2021
Toll Free:  1-888-440-8844
E-mail: BCHumanRightsTribunal@gov.bc.ca

An independent, quasi-judicial body created by the BC Human Rights Code responsible for accepting, screening, mediating, and adjudicating human rights complaints. Offers the parties to a complaint the opportunity to try to resolve the complaint through mediation. If the parties don't resolve the complaint, the Tribunal holds a hearing.

BC Lung Association
2675 Oak Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6H 2K2   (Map)
Web site: www.bc.lung.ca
Phone:  604-731-5864
Fax:  604-731-5810
Toll Free:  1-800-665-5864
E-mail: info@bc.lung.ca

Offers educational and community programs about respiratory diseases including asthma, COPD (including emphysema and chronic bronchitis), lung cancer, indoor and outdoor air quality, pulmonary fibrosis, sleep apnea, and other lung related conditions. Print materials are available online. See website for more details.

QuitNow Services
Web site: www.quitnow.ca
Toll Free:  1-877-455-2233
E-mail: quitnow@bc.lung.ca
A free resource for all British Columbians wanting help to quit using tobacco. QuitNow includes 1) QuitNow By Phone: a confidential, free helpline that is available 24/7 and staffed by trained counsellors to help with quitting and provide support and 2) Quitnow.ca: an online quit smoking program that greatly increases odds of quitting by connecting individuals with others trying to quit and providing helpful tips and support tools. QuitNow Services does not operate out of the BC Lung Association's offices.

BC Lupus Society
210 - 888 W 8th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V5Z 3Y1   (Map)
Web site: www.bclupus.org
Phone:  604-714-5564
Fax:  604-714-5555
Toll Free:  1-866-585-8787
E-mail: info@bclupus.org

Offers education to and support for lupus patients and their families. Call for information on support groups in the Lower Mainland. An annual education symposium is held in the fall to offer information to lupus patients, family, and friends. Publishes a quarterly newsletter.

Maple Ridge Support Group Meeting
Meetings held on the third Thursday of every month except July, August and December at 1pm at Fraserview Community Hall, 22610 116th Avenue, Maple Ridge. Please contact Diana at 604-465-4466 for more information.
Surrey Lupus Support Group Meeting
E-mail: surreylupus@yahoo.ca
Meetings held on the last Tuesday of every month except July, August and December at 7pm at Ricky’s All Day Grill, Evergreen Mall, 8958 152nd Street, Surrey.

BC Mental Health Information Line
Web site: www.bcmhas.ca
Phone:  604-669-7600
Toll Free:  1-800-661-2121

An agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority. Provides a range of mental health services to people across BC, including specialized tertiary mental health treatment services for adults and children, forensic psychiatric services, research and knowledge exchange, and mental health promotion.

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
Toll Free:  1-800-784-2433
If you are in distress or worried about someone else call this number. It is free and available 24 hours a day.
Web site: www.heretohelp.bc.ca
Phone:  604-310-6789
Offers the Distress Line Network for individuals who wish to speak to a trained volunteer specialist or require support or referrals related to mental health. This is a free call and no area code is needed. Service is available 24 hours a day. Call 310-6789.

BC Muslim Association
12300 Blundell Road
Richmond,  BC    V6W 1B3   (Map)
Web site: www.thebcma.com
Phone:  604-270-2522
Fax:  604-244-9750
E-mail: bcma@shawcable.com

A Sunni Muslim organization that provides services and information to the local Muslim community. For prayer times, local mosques, and burial information, see the website.

BC Muslim School
12300 Blundell Road
Richmond,  BC   V6W 1B3   (Map)
Web site: www.bcmuslimschool.ca
Phone:  604-270-2511
Fax:  604-270-2679
E-mail: admin@bcmuslimschool.ca
A full-time school, offering education for kindergarten to grade 7. Teaches the Koran, Arabic, and Islamic studies, as well as the BC curriculum.

BC Pets and Friends
60 Semisch Avenue
North Vancouver,  BC    V7M 3H8   (Map)
Web site: www.petsandfriends.org
Phone:  604-688-1766
E-mail: info@petsandfriends.org

Pets and Friends is a highly effective pet visitation program that brings together volunteers and their dogs, cats or rabbits to interact with people who require facility care in the Lower Mainland. These weekly pet visits to care facilities improve the quality of life, reduce stress, and bring love, comfort, and companionship to the patients and residents. Pets and Friends also screens the dogs, cats, and rabbits to ensure they have the right temperament and provides volunteers with on orientation session for interacting with the disabled, elderly, chronically ill, and mentally ill in an institutional setting.

BC Podiatric Medical Association
220 - 445 Mountain Highway
c/o CongressWorld Conferences Inc.
North Vancouver,  BC    V7J 2L1   (Map)
Web site: www.bcpodiatrists.ca
Phone:  604-985-3338
Fax:  604-682-2766
E-mail: info@bcpodiatrists.ca

Provides information on podiatry and acts as a fraternal membership for Podiatrists. See the website for a list of podiatrists in the area and information on podiatry in BC.

BC Psychological Association (BCPA)
402 - 1177 West Broadway
Vancouver,  BC    V6H 1G3   (Map)
Web site: www.psychologists.bc.ca
Phone:  604-730-0501
Fax:  604-730-0502
Toll Free:  1-800-730-0522
E-mail: info@psychologists.bc.ca

Represents psychologists in BC as a body committed to advancing psychology and the psychological well-being of all British Columbians. Sponsors professional development and networking activities for members, publishes the BC Psychologist, and operates a province-wide referral service. Maintains relationships with government with the goal of expanding the role of Registered Psychologists in BC’s health care system and contributing to public policy. Promotes the value of psychological health and wellness in every aspect of life.

Psychologist Referral Service
Phone:  604-730-0522
Toll Free:  1-800-730-0522
A referral service to find a registered psychologist in BC. Call or visit the website.

BC Registered Music Teachers Association - Richmond Branch
PO Box 39502, Broadmoor Post Office
Richmond,  BC    V7A 5G9   (Map)
Web site: www.bcrmta.com
Phone:  604-268-9559
E-mail: info@bcrmta.com

A provincially recognized non-profit association of qualified professional members composed of teachers who hold a required music degree and are nationally affiliated with the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers. Offers students monthly performance opportunities, private and group music lessons, secondary accreditation, and more.

BC Schizophrenia Society
201 - 6011 Westminster Highway
Richmond,  BC    V7C 4V4   (Map)
Web site: www.bcss.org
Phone:  604-270-7841
Fax:  604-270-9861
Toll Free:  1-888-888-0029
E-mail: bcss.prov@telus.net

Dedicated to supporting families of people with serious mental illnesses, educating the public, raising funds for research, and advocating for better services for people with schizophrenia and other serious and persistent mental illnesses.

A 15-week course based on the belief that those with a mental illness can and do recover to gain a new and valued sense of self and purpose in accepting and overcoming the challenges of a disability that has affected every aspect of their lives.
Family Education and Support Group
Provides information and support for families of individuals with a mental illness. Meets on the third Wednesday evening of each month in Vancouver. There are plans to have a group available in the fall of 2014 in Richmond.
Family Education Program
A free 8-10 weeks course in collaboration with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority for families of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Focuses on schizophrenia as well as other major psychiatric illnesses. Through the course, family members gain knowledge and skills to cope with their mentally ill relative. Co-sponsored with the Canadian Mental Health Association Richmond Branch.
Family Respite Services
Offers approximately 80 hours of service per year, or the equivalent in funding, to caregivers in need of respite. The program is open to people of all ages suffering from a mental illness as well as to children of a parent with a mental illness.
Kids in Control Support Group
Program designed to provide information, education, and support to children 8 to 13 years of age who have a parent with a serious mental illness.
Partnership Education
A Partnership presentation consists of a panel of three guest speakers - a person with a psychiatric diagnosis, a family member, and a mental health professional. Each describes their experience with mental illness.
Partnership Puppeteer Program
"Brother Where Are You" puppet shown to students to give accurate information and dispel myths and misunderstandings about mental illness.

BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) - Vancouver Branch
1205 East 7th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V5T 1R1   (Map)
Web site: www.spca.bc.ca/vancouver
Phone:  604-879-7721
Fax:  604-879-1498
Toll Free:  1-855-622-7722
E-mail: vancouver@spca.bc.ca

Provides shelter, education, investigation into animal cruelty, and emergency services for animals. Adoption services are also available. Please call the Animal Cruelty Hotline at 1-855-622-7722 to report an act of animal cruelty or an animal in distress (including wildlife).

Richmond Education & Adoption Centre
7791 Steveston Highway
Richmond,  BC   V7A 1L9   (Map)
Web site: www.spca.bc.ca/branches/richmond-centre/
Phone:  604-277-3100
E-mail: richmond@spca.bc.ca
This location offers education, youth birthday parties, summer camps, pet first aid, and adoption of animals in need of shelter and care.

BC Technology for Learning Society (Reuse Tech BC) (formerly known as Computers for Schools)
206 - 6741 Cariboo Road
Burnaby,  BC    V3N 4A3   (Map)
Web site: www.reusetechbc.ca
Phone:  604-294-6886
Toll Free:  1-877-250-9936
E-mail: mwaddington@cfsbc.ca

Collects surplus computers from government and private sector sources and distributes them to schools, libraries, and non-profits throughout Canada. Computer workshops are staffed by volunteers who clean, refurbish, and prepare computers for delivery.

BC Teen Challenge
PO Box 2095 STN A
Abbotsford,  BC    V2T 3X8   (Map)
Web site: www.bcteenchallenge.com
Phone:  604-575-3930
Fax:  604-575-3903
Toll Free:  1-888-575-3930
E-mail: info@bcteenchallenge.com

BC Teen Challenge exists to see men and women set free from life-controlling addictions. They offer a 12-month faith-based residential program and have four locations in British Columbia. The organization of Teen Challenge began over 50 years ago by helping youth on the streets of New York City. Today in Canada, the program is designed for men and women 19 and up, as the organization continues follow the original program model with tremendous success. The program is holistic in nature and includes life skill development, practical work experience, community/church outreach, mentoring and biblical teaching. BC Teen Challenge has centres located in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Okanagan and Vancouver Island. Visit website for more information.

BC Vital Statistics Agency
605 Robson Street, Room 250
PO Box 9657, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC, V8W 9P3
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 5J3   (Map)
Web site: www.vs.gov.bc.ca
Phone:  604-660-2937
Toll Free:  1-888-876-1633

Provides information to help register and order certificates for birth, death, or marriage. Website provides information on services such as legal change of name, adoptions, genealogical services, and search of wills and registry. Certificates can be ordered online or by calling the toll-free number.

BC Wheelchair Sports (BCWSA)
780 South West Marine Drive
Vancouver,  BC    V6P 5Y7   (Map)
Web site: www.bcwheelchairsports.com
Phone:  604-333-3520
Fax:  604-326-1229
Toll Free:  1-877-737-3090
E-mail: info@bcwheelchairsports.com

Devoted to providing opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities. In partnership with other provincial wheelchair sports societies across Canada, BCWSA is dedicated to promoting wheelchair sport and increasing community awareness.

Programs, Services, and Resources
Assist wheelchair sport development through programs, services and resources, including Junior Sport Camps & Junior Programs, the Bridging the Gap Recruitment Program, the Wheelchair Loan Program, Developmental Sport Programs, the Demonstration Team, Coaching & Officiating, Awards & Recognition, Major Tournaments & International Event Hosting, and the Resource Library Loan Program.

BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre
4500 Oak Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6H 3N1   (Map)
Web site: www.bcwomens.ca
Phone:  604-875-2424
Fax:  604-875-2871
Toll Free:  1-888-300-3088
E-mail: comm@cw.bc.ca

An agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) operating as the only facility in BC devoted primarily to the health of women, newborns, and families. Provides a range of specialized, tertiary, and primary and secondary health services that address the needs of women and girls. To access services/clinics, a referral from a family doctor is required. Clinics are not open on statutory holidays. The toll-free number is toll-free in BC only.

Breastfeeding Service
Web site: http://www.bcwomens.ca/Services/PregnancyBirthNewborns/HospitalCare/Breastfeeding.htm
E-mail: fjones@cw.bc.ca
Provides consultation and information about breastfeeding to mothers, breastfeeding outpatient clinics, prenatal multiples breastfeeding classes, and professional education and support for healthcare providers throughout BC. Patient services and clinics are offered on various days Monday to Friday. A referral is not necessary. Also operates the BC Women's Milk Bank which provides pasteurized donor milk, upon a doctor's or midwife's prescription, to high risk and ill children when their mothers are not able to provide enough breast milk. Outpatient clinics are not open on statutory holidays.
Pregnancy Options Service
Phone:  604-875-3163
Toll Free:  1-888-875-3163
E-mail: pos@cw.bc.ca
A toll-free telephone service that helps women with unintended pregnancies from around British Columbia find support, information, and services as close to home as possible. Staffed by unbiased counsellors who help a woman make an informed choice based on various options. Call 1-888-875-3163 or (604) 875-3163 within the Lower Mainland. Calls are confidential and anonymous.

330 - 111 West Hastings Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 1H4   (Map)
Web site: www.bc211.ca
Fax:  604-660-9415
TDD:  604-875-0885
Toll Free:  211
E-mail: help@bc211.ca

A fully accredited provider of information and referral services. An information and referral specialist will listen to concerns, help assess needs, and provide information on and referral to resources that can help. Offers training in information and referral skills, and data management services to non profit organizations.

Web site: www.bc211.ca
Toll Free:  211
E-mail: help@bc211.ca
Comprehensive information and referral service for the Lower Mainland. Provides information on and referral to community and social services, including counseling, health, financial assistance, housing, employment, education, recreation, cultural, legal services, and more. Service is funded by the United Way. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is multilingual.
Alcohol and Drug Information & Referral Service
Phone:  604-660-9382
Toll Free:  1-800-663-1441
E-mail: help@bc211.ca
For people needing help with any kind of substance abuse. Referrals include treatment services for adults and youth, education/prevention resources, self-help group contacts for fetal alcohol syndrome, and other addiction concerns. Funded by HealthLINK BC. Available 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Problem Gambling Helpline
Web site: www.bcresponsiblegambling.ca
Toll Free:  1-888-795-6111
E-mail: PGHelpline@bc211.ca
For people wanting help and information about problem gambling. Referrals include counselling services for adults and youth, prevention resources, self-help groups, and other community services. Funded by the Ministry of Finance. Available 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Web site: www.victimlinkbc.ca
Toll Free:  1-800-563-0808
E-mail: help@bc211.ca
For victims of family and sexual violence and all other crimes. Victim service workers provide crisis support and referrals. Provides information on justice and government resources, including victim services, transition houses, and counselling services. Also offers information on the justice system, relevant federal and provincial legislation and programs, crime prevention, safety planning, and the Protection Orders Registry. Funded by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Youth Against Violence Line
Web site: www.youthagainstviolenceline.com
Toll Free:  1-800-680-4264
E-mail: info@youthagainstviolenceline.com
Young people in BC can call to prevent or report incidents of youth violence or crime, or to seek assistance from local police. Parents, teachers, caregivers, service providers, and others can call for information about youth-related issues such as bullying and gangs. Funded by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Beauty Council
201-3091 West Broadway
Vancouver,  BC    V6K 2G9   (Map)
Web site: www.beautycouncil.ca
Phone:  604-871-0222
Fax:  604-871-0299
Toll Free:  1-800-663-9283
E-mail: info@beautycouncil.ca

Represents and advocates for Canada’s beauty professionals and dedicated to their success. This association includes barbers, hairstylists, estheticians, nail technicians, beauty school owners, salon/spa owners, educators, and more. Responsible for encouraging and maintaining the professionalism of the industry in Canada through training, education, examinations, and certification. Continues to administer what was the accepted Provincial Cosmetology Exam prior to deregulation. Provides Cosmetology students with essentials for success, including industry-standard textbooks for school, practice mannequins, and a Cosmetology Resource Centre/Library.

Benevolent Relief Senior Care Society
250-11800 Voyageur Way
Richmond,  BC   
Phone:  604-270-4670
E-mail: info@brscs.org

Founded by a group of businessmen/women to promote benevolence, relief, and care for people, the community, and the future. Organizes an annual Walk for Health to benefit the Richmond Hospital Foundation and carries out charitable endeavours.

Beth Tikvah Congregation
9711 Geal Road
Richmond,  BC    V7E  1R4   (Map)
Web site: www.btikvah.ca
Phone:  604-271-6262
Fax:  604-271-6270
E-mail: bethtikvah@btikvah.ca

A conservative Synagogue affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Wellness Clinics
Phone:  604-271-6262
Retired volunteer nurses are available to take your blood pressure and to discuss medications and any other health concerns you may have, all at no cost. Therapeutic touch, reflexology and Reiki sessions are available for a minimum donation of $10.00. These sessions stimulate the flow of energy throughout the body so that healing can take place naturally and the body can relax. For more details please call 604-271-6262.

Better Business Bureau of Mainland BC
404 - 788 Beatty Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 2M1   (Map)
Web site: www.bbb.org/mbc
Phone:  604-682-2711
Fax:  604-681-1544
Toll Free:  1-888-803-1222
E-mail: contactus@mbc.bbb.org

BBB serving Mainland BC is a non-profit organization that serves businesses and consumers to foster a healthy and ethical marketplace. Through more than four million public business reviews, BBB helps consumers make better decisions by reporting unbiased information on businesses. BBB is dedicated to be the undisputed leader in advancing ethical behaviour in the marketplace.

Speakers' Bureau
Phone:  604-681-0312
E-mail: communications@mbc.bbb.org
Speaks to the general public, businesses, and local organizations on a variety of topics, including a general overview of the BBB’s role and services, fraud prevention, such as scams that target seniors and identity theft, and business development, such as sales and marketing and customer service excellence.

Bible Baptist Church
Pioneer Chapel, 11051 No. 3 Road
Richmond,  BC    V7A 1X3   (Map)
Web site: http://richmondbiblebaptist.com
Phone:  604-644-5073

Sunday Bible classes are at 10:00am and Sunday service is at 11:00am.

Big Brothers Clothing Donation
221 - 15 Braid Street
New Westminster,  BC    V3L 5N7   (Map)
Web site: www.BIGclothingdonation.com
Phone:  604-526-2447
Fax:  604-876-2446
E-mail: pickup@renewcrew.com

Book a date for free pickup of reusable clothes and household items online. Proceeds from donations help children in the community through the Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver programs.

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver
102 - 1193 Kingsway
Vancouver,  BC    V5V 3C9   (Map)
Web site: www.bigbrothersvancouver.com
Phone:  604-876-2447
Fax:  604-876-2446
E-mail: mail@bigbrothersvancouver.com

Committed to the healthy development of boys, girls, and youth by providing them with one-on-one mentoring and friendships with caring adult male and female role models. Volunteers are needed in all programs. Ongoing training and support is provided to volunteers in all programs.

Big Brothers Program
E-mail: rose.baraty@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca
Matches boys aged 7 to 14, who would benefit from the presence of a responsible and caring adult male, with a Big Brother. Big and Little Brothers get together once a week and do a wide variety of fun activities including biking, hiking, playing video games, watching movies, or just hanging out.
Game On Program
E-mail: rose.baraty@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca
Adult male volunteers who live healthy, active lifestyles lead a group of boys through a series of discussions throughout an 8-week program for 75 minutes each week. Each session is based on providing information and skills that encourage the pursuit of life-long healthy lifestyles. Sessions mentors lead include discussions on nutrition and sports, as well as exercises to encourage team building and communication skill development.
In-School Mentoring Program
E-mail: rose.baraty@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca
Adult male and female volunteers provide fun and friendship one hour a week to boys and girls in grades 1 to 7. Big and Little Buddies play games and sports, do arts and crafts, or just hang out and have fun. Program is non-academic, with no tutoring involved.
Volunteer Interpreters
E-mail: annie.pham@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca
We are seeking volunteer interpreters to work with Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver to provide verbal translation in our community program. You will act as the interpreter for the families seeking a Big Brother for their son. You are fluent in English and are verbally proficient in one of the following languages: Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese. You will be available for all in-person meetings and phone calls with the family during their child’s match experience. You may also be asked to assist with written translations. The position is primarily in the Vancouver area but may require work in the other areas BBGV serves. Volunteers must have strong interpersonal, active listening and relationship skills, along with an ability to work cooperatively with staff, families and volunteers. Flexibility will be required for the position, with some evening and weekend work required.

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland
34 East 12th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V5T  2G5   (Map)
Web site: www.bigsisters.bc.ca
Phone:  604-873-4525
Fax:  604-873-2122
E-mail: info@bigsisters.bc.ca

Provides mentoring programs to girls in the Lower Mainland. Programs provide girls, ages 7 to 17, with positive, adult female role models who help the girls build their self-esteem through friendships. Many of the Little Sisters are experiencing family and social issues or other life challenges. All of them benefit from the consistent, positive support of an adult role model. An accredited member agency of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, with commitments to mentoring and child safety.

Big & Little Sister Program
In the Big Sisters Mentoring program, girls ages 7 to 17 are matched with Big Sister volunteers, ages 19+, in one-to-one friendships where they spend time together doing free or low-cost activities. Matches meet for 2 to 4 hours once a week for a minimum of one year.
Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Program
A group mentoring program that encourages physical activity, healthy eating, and the development of a positive self-image among girls ages 11 to 14. This 8-week, after-school program is led by female volunteer mentors aged 19 to 25 in partner schools in Coquitlam and Burnaby.
Study Buddy Program
A tutoring program that matches girls, ages 7 to 17, with female volunteers, ages 19 and up, who offer them educational guidance and support outside of school. Study Buddies meet for one hour a week for a minimum of 6 months to help the Little Sister reach her academic goals.

Brighouse Park Meeting Rooms
7840 Granville Avenue
Richmond,  BC    V6P 4Z2   (Map)
Phone:  604-233-3304
Fax:  604-247-4464
E-mail: rentals@richmond.ca

Located south of City Hall, Brighouse Park is available for meetings. There are two rooms that hold up to 17 people and one that holds up to 27 people. A great place to hold a meeting away from work.

Brighouse United Church
8151 Bennett Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y  1N4   (Map)
Web site: www.brighouseunitedchurch.org
Phone:  604-278-7188
Fax:  604-278-7188
E-mail: brighousechurch@gmail.com

Service is at 10:00am on Sundays. Children's programs are available.

Brighouse Nursery Preschool
Web site: www.brighouseunitedchurch.org/preschool/index.html
Phone:  604-272-2480
Affordable, high quality Traditional Preschool program offered for children aged 2 1/2 to 5 years. Available Monday to Thursday, morning or afternoon. For more information, please call the Head Teacher, Mrs. English.
Brighouse United Church Daycare
Web site: www.brighouseunitedchurch.org/brighousedaycare/
Phone:  604-278-8469
Quality, affordable daycare for children aged 2 1/2 to 5 years, one block from General Currie Elementary School. Available Monday to Friday from 8am to 6 pm.

Britannia Heritage Shipyards, National Historic Site of Canada (see Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site of Canada)

Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site of Canada (formerly Britannia Heritage Shipyards, National Historic Site of Canada)
5180 Westwater Drive
Richmond,  BC    V7E 6P3   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/britannia
Phone:  604-718-8050
Fax:  604-718-8040
E-mail: britannia@richmond.ca

Located at the south foot of Railway Avenue, this national historic site is an example of the once-thriving fishing industry with its mix of cultures, canneries, boatyards, stores, and homes. Offers a glimpse into the lives of the multi-ethnic residents and workers in the canneries and shipyards along cannery row. Also offers guided tours and educational programs for learners of all ages. Admission is free, visitors are welcome. Hours of operation are: May 1 - September 30: Daily 10:00am to 5:00pm, October 1 - April 30: Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm- 5:00pm.

Birthday Parties
Phone:  604-718-8037
Offers themed birthday parties for children between the ages of 6 and 12.
Britannia Boatbuilders Workshop
Phone:  604-718-8037
Take a tour of the oldest shipyard buildings in BC and learn about what happened in 1912 and 1942 that changed life in Steveston forever. Explore the working life of past shipyard employees, see boat restoration projects, and then build your own model wooden fishing boat to take home. Fee is $4 per student, minimum $80 charge with a maximum of 30 students.

British Old Time Dancing
9671 Odlin Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X 1E1   (Map)
Phone:  604-594-6807
Fax:  604-594-6812
E-mail: alexruthjappy@dccnet.com

Meets every Wednesday evening from 7:30pm to 10:00pm at Tomsett Elementary School.

Broadmoor Baptist Church
8140 Saunders Road
Richmond,  BC    V7A  2A5   (Map)
Web site: www.bbchurch.ca
Phone:  604-277-8012
Fax:  604-277-8016
E-mail: office@bbchurch.ca

Sunday service at 10:30am.

English as a Second Language
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30am to 11:30am. Three terms offered per year to help people improve their English, with several different levels of classes to meet students' needs. Please contact the church office for more information.
Sonshine Summer Day Camp
Summer camps run for six weeks each summer and offer games, crafts, field trips, sports, Bible study, friends, worship, and skits. Runs as a series of one week camps and is open to children in elementary school. Please contact the church office for more information.

Bus Pass Program
PO Box 9985 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC    V8W 9R6   (Map)
Web site: http://www.mhr.gov.bc.ca/programs/bus-pass.html
Toll Free:  1-866-866-0800
E-mail: HSDBUSPA@gov.bc.ca

An annual pass for public transit systems available to eligible persons. Applicants must apply every year and the cost is $45 annually. Individuals may purchase the pass if they are: (1) Receiving Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement, or the Federal Allowance, or the Allowance for the Survivor, (2) Ineligible for the benefits listed above because they have not lived in Canada for 10 years, (3) Age 60 - 64 and receiving Income Assistance, or (4) Age 18 - 64 and receiving Persons with Disability assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, (5) Age 18 - 64, living on a First Nations reserve and receiving disability assistance from the band office, or (6) Age 60 - 64, living on a First Nations reserve and receiving assistance from the band office. This is a program of the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation. Call or email for more information.

Business Development Bank of Canada
505 Burrard Street, Suite 2100 P.O. Box 6
Vancouver,  BC    V7X 1M6   (Map)
Web site: www.bdc.ca
Fax:  604-666-1068
Toll Free:  1-888-463-6232

Delivers flexible financing, venture capital, and financial and consulting services to Canadian small and medium sized businesses with special focus on manufacturing, exporting, innovation, and knowledge-based industries.

Cadets Canada
Web site: www.cadets.ca
E-mail: cadet-info@forces.gc.ca

A national program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the sea, army and air activities of the Canadian Forces. Cadets are not members of the military, nor are they expected to join. Cadets are encouraged to become active, responsible members of their communities. Learn life and work skills like teamwork, leadership, and citizenship. Encourages cadets to improve physical fitness, work harder at academic studies, and to give back to their communities through volunteerism.

195 Bicknell Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps
7411 River Road
Richmond,  BC   V6Y 1K3   (Map)
Web site: www.195bicknell.ca
Phone:  604-270-3231
E-mail: 195sea@cadets.gc.ca
Parades every Wednesday night from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
2381 Irish Fusiliers Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps
5500 No. 4 Road
Richmond,  BC   V6X 3L5   (Map)
Web site: www.facebook.com/pages/2381-BCR-Irish-Fusiliers-Army-Cadet-Corps/38404620748
Phone:  778-869-2381
E-mail: ronald.kwan@cadets.gc.ca
Parades every Tuesday night from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
2947 12 Service Battalion Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps
5500 No. 4 Road
Richmond,  BC   V6X 3L5   (Map)
Web site: www.2947armycadets.ca
Phone:  604-762-0143
E-mail: 2947cadetsinfo@gmail.com
Parades every Thursday night from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
609 Steveston Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron
9491 Ash Street
Walter Lee Elementary School Richmond,  BC   V7A 2T7   (Map)
Web site: www.609steveston.ca
Phone:  604-940-9732
E-mail: 609air@cadets.gc.ca
Parades every Wednesday night from 6:00pm to 9:30pm.
655 Richmond Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron
5500 No. 4 Road
Richmond,  BC   V6X 3L5   (Map)
Web site: www.655richmondaircadets.ca
Phone:  604-273-1059
Fax:  604-273-1089
E-mail: 655air@cadets.gc.ca
Parades every Monday night from 6:00pm to 9:30pm.
692 BCIT Aerospace Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron
3800 Cessna Drive
Richmond,  BC   V7B 0A1   (Map)
Web site: www.692aircadets.ca
Phone:  778-833-0038
E-mail: 692air@cadets.gc.ca
Parades every Thursday night from 6:00pm to 9:30pm.

Calvary Chapel Richmond
5240 Woodwards Road
Richmond,  BC    V7E 1H1   (Map)
Web site: www.calvaryrichmond.com
Phone:  604-288-7993
E-mail: pastor@calvaryrichmond.com

Sunday service is at 10:30am. Mailing address is 9 - 11631 7th Avenue, Richmond, BC, V7E 5V6.

Cambie Community Centre
12800 Cambie Road
Richmond,  BC    V6V 0A9   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/parksrec/centres/cambiecentre/cambie.htm
Phone:  604-233-8399
Fax:  604-278-2609
E-mail: cambie@richmond.ca

The Community Centre has access to three gymnasiums, fitness centre , dance/group fitness studio, games room and meeting rooms. Offers a wide variety of recreational and sports programs. The Centre is adjacent to King George Community Park.

Multipurpose rooms, board room, and the off-site East Richmond Community Hall (12360 Cambie Road, Richmond) are available for rent.
Seniors' Wellness Clinic
12360 Cambie Road
Richmond,  BC   Phone:  604-233-8399
Held on the second Wednesday of every month from 9:30am to 12:00pm at the East Richmond Community Hall (12360 Cambie Road). Retired nurse volunteers are available to discuss medications and health concerns. Free blood pressure testing is available. Holistic services available with appointment. Please call for appointment times.

Canada Asia Pacific Business Association (CAPBA)
204 - 11240 Bridgeport Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X 1T2   (Map)
Web site: www.capba.ca
Phone:  604-710-8820
E-mail: info@capba.ca

Canada Asia Pacific Business Association (CAPBA) strives to promote and encourage trade and commerce between Canada and the Asia Pacific region; Foster unity, team-work, and community spirit through involvements in various activities and participation of community events. CAPBA also organizes business conferences, specific seminars, trade exhibitions, and social events to broaden member’s social circle and business network. CAPBA focuses in encouraging members to liaise with various levels of government to express opinions and concerns regarding trade and commerce and provide continuous mentorship for future generation of entrepreneurs and business professionals.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Web site: www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca
TDD:  1-866-335-3237
Toll Free:  1-800-461-9999
E-mail: Contact@cbsa.gc.ca

Provides integrated border services that support national security and public safety, and facilitates the free flow of goods that meet all requirements under the program legislation. Ensures the security and prosperity of Canada by managing the access of goods, people, animals, and plants to and from Canada.

Metro Vancouver CBSA Mail Centre and Casual Refund Centre
5940 Fergurson Road
Richmond,  BC   V7B 0B4   (Map)
Processes non-commercial refund claims for duties and taxes on postal/courier and traveller importations. Also the office for the customs processing and examination of international mail.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) - BC & Yukon
200 - 1111 West Georgia Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6E 4S4   (Map)
Web site: www.cmhc.ca
Phone:  604-731-5733
Fax:  604-737-4139
TDD:  1-800-309-3388
Toll Free:  1-800-668-2642

Canada's national housing agency committed to helping Canadians access quality, affordable homes, while making vibrant communities and cities a reality across the country. Works to enhance Canada's housing finance options, assists Canadians who cannot afford housing in the private market, improves building standards and housing construction, and provides policymakers with the information and analysis they need to sustain a housing market in Canada.

Canada Revenue Agency
Web site: www.cra-arc.gc.ca
TDD:  1-800-665-0354
Toll Free:  1-800-267-6999

Administers tax laws for the Government of Canada and for most provinces and territories. Looks after social and economic benefit and incentive programs delivered through the tax system. See website for information on programs offered specifically to aboriginal people, people with disabilities, families, and individuals.

Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB)
Web site: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/cctb/menu-eng.html
Toll Free:  1-800-387-1193
A tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under age 18. May include the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS) or the Child Disability Benefit (CDB). Contact Canada Revenue Agency to see if you qualify. Automated telephone service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Telephone agents are available Monday to Friday 8:15am to 5:00pm
Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) Credit
Web site: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/gsthst/menu-eng.html
Toll Free:  1-800-959-1953
A tax-free quarterly payment that helps individuals and families with low or modest incomes offset all or part of the GST or HST that they pay.
Individual Income Tax Enquiries
Toll Free:  1-800-959-8281
Automated service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Telephone agents are available Monday to Friday from 8:15am to 5:00pm. Provides tax information on individuals and trusts, including personal income tax returns, installments, RRSPs, and the Working Income Tax Benefit
My Account
Web site: http://
A secure online service that allows one to track refunds, view or change returns, check benefits, credit payments and RRSP limits, set up direct deposit, and more.
Small Businesses and Self-Employed Individuals
Web site: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/sm/menu-eng.html
Toll Free:  1-800-959-5525
Automated service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Telephone agents are available Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 8:15am to 8:00pm. Discuss business and GST/HST registration, payroll, GST/HST (including rebates such as the new housing rebates), excise taxes and other levies, excise duties, corporations, sole proprietorships, and partnerships.
Surrey Tax Services Office
9755 King George Boulevard
Surrey,  BC   V3T 5E1   (Map)
Web site: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/cntct/prv/tstc/brnby-eng.html
Fax:  604-587-2010
Toll Free:  1-800-959-8281
Provides general tax information, and assistance with filing personal tax returns. Office hours are Mondays to Fridays, 8:15am to 5:00pm. Call for an appointment.

Canada Vancouver Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
8440 Williams Road
Richmond,  BC    V7A  1G6   (Map)
Web site: Mormon.org; LDS.org
Phone:  604-271-3585
E-mail: 2014106@ldschurch.org

First meeting time is 9:00am. Sacrament start time is 9:00 am. Sunday school is at 10:20am. The Priesthood and Relief Society meets at 11:05 am.

Canadian Aviation Historical Society (Vancouver Chapter)
3489 Lakedale Avenue
Burnaby,  BC    V5A 3E2   (Map)
Web site: www.cahs.ca/chapters/vancouver.html
Phone:  604-420-6065
E-mail: cahsyvr@cahs.ca

Meets on the second Tuesday of the month (except July, August, and statutory holidays) in the Board Room on the first floor of the Richmond Cultural Centre at 7:00pm. Visitors are welcome.

Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
10th Floor, 845 Cambie Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 5T3   (Map)

The Canadian Bar Association offers the following programs to the public.

10th Floor, 845 Cambie Street
Vancouver,  BC   V6B 5T3   (Map)
Web site: www.dialalaw.org
Phone:  604-687-4680
Fax:  604-669-9601
Toll Free:  1-800-565-5297
E-mail: dialalaw@bccba.org
Dial-A-Law is a library of free legal information in BC, prepared by lawyers. It has practical information on over 130 legal topics in BC. Learn about legal rights and responsibilities and the legal system. Dial-A-Law transcripts are offered in English, Chinese and Punjabi. Scripts are also available online in digital audio format.
Lawyer Referral Service
10th Floor, 845 Cambie Street
Vancouver,  BC   V6B 5T3   (Map)
Web site: www.lrsbc.org
Phone:  604-687-3221
Fax:  604-669-9601
Toll Free:  1-800-663-1919
E-mail: lawyerreferral@bccba.org
This service is designed to assist the general public in finding the appropriate lawyer. The lawyer will provide up to a half hour consultation for $25 (plus tax). This interview is to find out whether or not the caller has a legal problem. If both parties agree to proceed with services, then they may do so at the lawyer’s regular fee. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Canadian Cancer Society
565 W 10th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V5Z 4J4   (Map)
Web site: www.cancer.ca or www.cancervolunteer.ca
Phone:  604-215-5217
Fax:  604-253-8403
Toll Free:  1-888-229-8288
E-mail: volunteer@bc.cancer.ca

A national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and to enhance the quality of life for people living with cancer. Invests in cancer research, provides reliable information on all cancers, delivers community-based support programs, and leads cancer prevention initiatives.

Cancer Information Service
Toll Free:  1-888-939-3333
E-mail: info@cis.cancer.ca
A national, toll-free service offering current, accurate, and confidential information about cancer, treatments, community services/programs, and prevention strategies. Services are available 9:00am to 6:00pm on Monday through Friday. Also available in Cantonese and Mandarin, 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Support Programs
The volunteer-led Support Programs enhance the quality of life of British Columbians living with cancer. The Volunteer Driver Program provides safe and efficient rides to and from primary cancer treatment. The Breast Prosthesis & Wig Banks provide personalized fitting consultations for patients and follow-up resources as needed. To find out more about all Practical and Financial Support please call the Cancer Information Service.

Canadian Celiac Association, Vancouver Chapter
360-1385 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V6H 3V9   (Map)
Web site: www.vancouverceliac.ca
Phone:  604-736-2229
Toll Free:  1-877-736-2240
E-mail: info@vancouverceliac.ca

The Canadian Celiac Association, Vancouver Chapter is a registered charity that supports members and the public with Celiac Disease (CD) and gluten sensitivity. Aims to increase awareness as only 10% of those with CD are currently diagnosed (average of 12 years to be diagnosed). Support groups are available throughout the Lower Mainland, as well as an information line, email help line and Facebook pages. Members receive a bi-monthly newsletter. Donations support research into Celiac Disease and support for those with the disease.

Canadian Diabetes Association - Pacific Area
360 - 1385 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V6H 3V9   (Map)
Web site: www.diabetes.ca
Phone:  604-732-1331
Fax:  604-732-8444
Toll Free:  1-800-665-6526
E-mail: infobc@diabetes.ca

Leads the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while they work to find a cure. Professional staff and volunteers provide information and services to help people in their daily fight against the disease, advocate on behalf of people with diabetes for the opportunity to achieve their highest quality of life, and break ground towards a cure.

302 - 1515 Broadway Street
Port Coquitlam,  BC   V3C 6M2   (Map)
Web site: www.diabetes.ca/clothesline
Toll Free:  1-800-505-5525
Collects used clothing, household items, and small electronics. The money raised helps lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while the Association works to find a cure. Items are collected through telephone solicitation of the general public or donors are welcome to drop their donations in the drop bins located in high traffic areas or schedule a free pick-up online.
Diabetes Resource Centre
Web site: www.diabetes.ca
Toll Free:  1-800-226-8464
E-mail: infobc@diabetes.ca
Offers free literature regarding the prevention and management of diabetes. Cookbooks and meal planning books are available for sale, as well as a book and DVD lending library. Open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. A toll-free information line (1-800-BANTING) gives access to personnel who can answer questions about diabetes, give references to community resources, and provide an information package. For information and referral in Cantonese or Mandarin, contact the Chinese Information Line at 604-732-8187 or 1-888-666-8586.
Insurance for People Living With Diabetes
Web site: www.inglegroups.com/cda/
Toll Free:  1-866-266-0166
The Association believes people living with diabetes should have access to reasonable and adequate insurance. Works with Ingle International to provide access to a wide range of insurance products and information.
Summer Camps
Web site: dcamps.ca
Phone:  604-732-1331
Toll Free:  1-800-226-8464
E-mail: camps@diabetes.ca
Organizes summer camps in every province designed to give young people with Type 1 diabetes the opportunity to experience camp. Medical staff and trained volunteers interact with campers in a non-clinical setting and help campers learn how to live well with diabetes. Also holds a family camp for the whole family (parents, siblings, and children with diabetes).

Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) - Richmond (University Women’s Club of Richmond)
PO Box 88006, 5300 No. 3 Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X 3T6   (Map)
Web site: www.cfuw-richmond.org
Phone:  604-946-8037
E-mail: patrobertson1@telus.net

Meets monthly on the fourth Monday at 7:30pm in the Pavilion at the Richmond Nature Park. Each meeting features a Program presenter followed by a short business meeting. In addition, the club has a variety of interest groups and committees which meet weekly or monthly in members' homes or in the community. CFUW works to advance the status of women, human rights, justice and peace. Membership is open to all women who support the goals of CFUW (www.cfuw.org). In addition, a Student Membership category is available for women attending a Canadian post-secondary institution.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind (CGDB)
RPO Ctrl Richmond, PO Box 26074
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 2B0   (Map)
Web site: www.guidedogs.ca
Phone:  604-270-2432
E-mail: info@guidedogs.ca

Aims to assist visually-impaired Canadians with their mobility by providing and training them in the use of professionally trained Guide Dogs.

Canadian Hemochromatosis Society
285 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y  3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.toomuchiron.ca
Phone:  604-279-7135
Toll Free:  1-877-223-4766
E-mail: office@toomuchiron.ca

Because the complications of Hemochromatosis are preventable through early diagnosis and treatment, the activities of the Society are directed towards creating awareness amongst the general public and medical communities, providing information, and supporting those who are affected. The national and local office of the Canadian Hemochromatosis Society is located in Richmond with volunteer contacts located throughout the country.

Community Outreach
Aims to raise awareness and provide information about hemochromatosis amongst the public. Individuals and families will recognize their risk for iron overload and ask their doctors for proper testing, thereby leading to early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the potential complications, disease and early death when hemochromatosis is otherwise unrecognized and untreated.
Medical Referral Network
Helps clients find knowledgeable physicians or other health care professionals who can help them receive the best route of care for testing, diagnosis and treatment for their hemochromatosis. Medical professionals include general medical practitioners, medical specialists, dieticians, naturopathic doctors, therapists and genetic counsellors from across Canada.
Patient Support
Aims to address questions and concerns of clients who have symptoms that can be attributed to hemochromatosis, suspect a diagnosis of hemochromatosis, have been undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, effectively diagnosed, have family members who have recently been diagnosed, or who have been managing their hemochromatosis for a while and have new issues.
Volunteer/Chapter Development
Offers training for volunteer opportunities such as raising awareness throughout the community and providing office support. Also aims to maintain, establish and grow Volunteer Regional Chapters throughout the country to enable the Society to operate its programs and activities within every community.

Canadian Human Rights Commission
344 Slater Street, 8th Floor
Ottawa,  ON    K1A 1E1   (Map)
Web site: www.chrc-ccdp.ca
Fax:  613-996-9661
TDD:  1-888-643-3304
Toll Free:  1-888-214-1090

As a legislative mandate, the Canadian Human Rights Act protects and promotes human rights and equality. Under the Act, the commission will mediate and investigate complaints of discrimination or harassment based on a prohibited ground in employment or services within federal jurisdiction such as: federal departments, agencies and Crown corporations, chartered banks, airlines, television and radio stations, interprovincial communications and telephone companies, buses and railways that travel between provinces, First Nations, and other federally regulated industries.

Canadian Lifeboat Institution (CLI)
PO Box 30066, 12051 No.1 Road
Richmond,  BC    V7E 1T5   (Map)
Web site: www.canadianlifeboatinstitution.org
Phone:  604-270-6387
E-mail: info@canadianlifeboatinstitution.org

A volunteer marine Search and Rescue organization dedicated to saving lives and property at sea. Relies on personal donation, corporate sponsorship, and community grants. Provides vessels and trained crews to assist local, provincial, and national agencies to save those in peril on the waters of Canada. Volunteers to be crew members on our lifeboats are welcome regardless of previous experience with boats. Training in all aspects of on-board duties is provided for crew members, including seamanship, navigation, first-aid etc. Crews meet for training on Thursday evenings 7PM to 9PM, and on some weekends for at-sea exercises. Call or email ahead of time if you would like to come along one evening and see if our organization would suit you.

Canadian Liver Foundation - BC/Yukon Region
109 - 828 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V5Z 1E2   (Map)
Web site: www.liver.ca
Phone:  604-707-6430
Fax:  604-681-6067
Toll Free:  1-800-856-7266

Committed to promoting liver health and to reducing the incidence and impact of all liver disease through research, education, and patient support programs.

Help Line Information and Referral Service
Phone:  604-707-6433
Fax:  604-681-6067
Toll Free:  1-800-856-7266
A confidential and anonymous telephone service providing accurate and timely information, as well as appropriate referrals regarding viral hepatitis and all forms of liver disease. Aims to be accessible and enables callers to make informed decisions regarding their health.
Living with Liver Disease Programs and Workshops
Web site: www.liver.ca/clf-chapters/locations/british-columbia/special-events.aspx
E-mail: mmansfield@liver.ca
Offered several times a year in communities across BC and the Yukon, these programs provide patients and their family members with the opportunity to learn about liver disease and its management. Seminars are conducted by speakers in local communities that cover topics such as liver and liver disease, viral hepatitis, healthy eating, psychology and coping with illness, transplantation, and alternative therapies.
The Library
Carries books, videos, and pamphlets on all forms of liver disease. Provides internet access to people looking for information about liver disease. All persons, whether they have a liver disease or are a health care provider, can access the library by becoming a library member. Printed information from the library is also available.

Canadian MedicAlert Foundation
800 - 2005 Sheppard Avenue East
Toronto,  ON    M2J 5B4   (Map)
Web site: www.medicalert.ca
Phone:  416-696-0267
Fax:  800-392-8422
Toll Free:  1-800-668-1507
E-mail: medinfo@medicalert.ca

The only ID that's backed by a 24-hr Emergency Hotline. The 24-hr Emergency Hotline saves lives by providing EMS with access to the member's complete medical information in five seconds. Loved ones will be notified when the hotline is called. Founded by doctors and recommended by doctors, pharmacists, and health professionals for Canadians with a medical condition, taking medication, or have implants and devices that should be known in a medical emergency.

Canadian Mental Health Association - Richmond Branch
7351 Elmbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 1B8   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.cmha.bc.ca
Phone:  604-276-8834
Fax:  604-276-0342
E-mail: info.richmond@cmha.bc.ca

Mentally healthy people in a healthy society.

Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health
Phone:  604-929-2199
Fax:  604-980-0336
E-mail: vicki.yan@cmha.bc.ca
Offers mental health support to individuals experiencing mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety. A DVD video offers practical tips on managing mood and healthy living. A guided self-help program with telephone support teaches skills to overcome unhelpful thinking, reduced activities, low socialization, sleep problems, and strategies for problem solving, through the help of a Bounce Back community coach. Access to the community coach requires a doctor's referral. For more information in Cantonese, please call 1-877-318-3098.
Pathways Clubhouse
A Clubhouse Model program, accredited by the Clubhouse International. Offers hope, encouragement and opportunities to people whose lives have been shattered by mental illness. Helps members recover from mental illness and reclaim their lives through a supportive environment that focuses on the person’s strengths and talents, rather than illness. Creates opportunities for members to return to school, gain employment, have a place to live, connect with their families, make new friends, and create multiple successes. Also provides mental health public education to increase awareness and understanding of issues and concerns about mental illness and mental health.

Canadian Parents for French (CPF) - British Columbia & Yukon
227 - 1555 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V6J 1S1   (Map)
Web site: www.cpf.bc.ca
Phone:  778-329-9115
Fax:  888-678-1780
Toll Free:  1-800-665-1222
E-mail: cpfrichmond.secretary@gmail.com; info@cpf.bc.ca

A national network of volunteers, composed of individuals and families that value French as an integral part of Canada and is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French Second Language (FSL) learning opportunities for young Canadians. Has an active Chapter in Richmond. Members should first contact to their local Chapter at cpfrichmond.secretary@gmail.com, and then the Branch for additional information.

Canadian Red Cross - B.C. Lower Mainland Region
3400 Lake City Way
Burnaby,  BC    V5A 4Y2   (Map)
Web site: www.redcross.ca
Phone:  604-709-6600
Fax:  604-709-6675
Toll Free:  1-800-565-8000

An international humanitarian movement working to improve the situations of the most vulnerable. Responds to disasters, both in Canada and abroad, and provides education and training to children, youth, and adults on everything from abuse and injury prevention to global education and life-saving skills.

Disaster Management
Responds to large and small scale disasters. During the relief phase, Red Cross works with municipalities, governments and other relief organizations. When the media spotlight has often shifted, Red Cross remains on the scene, helping those affected to rebuild their lives.
Family Support Program
Offers emotional and practical support to families from across BC and the Yukon whose children have been admitted to BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver. Assists with transportation, provision of emergency supplies such as clothing and toiletries, and helps families find the services they need in Vancouver.
First Aid Programs
Teaches Canadians how to save lives and prevent injury. Programs are designed for all ages and skill levels, and include: CPR, Emergency First Aid, Wilderness & Remote First Aid, and Babysitting and ChildSafe courses.
First Contact Program
Many refugees arrive in Vancouver with minimal resources and face the reality of being homeless. With little knowledge of the services that can provide help, refugees are vulnerable when settling into a new country. This program aims to provide refugees with the tools that will help prevent further marginalization, distress, and exploitation.
Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) Help Plus
101-3850 Jacombs Rd.
Richmond,  BC   V6V 1Y6   (Map)
Phone:  604-270-4224
Fax:  604-270-8543
Provides short-term loans (up to 6 months) of advanced medical equipment, by donation, to those recovering from surgery or injury, or living with mobility limitations. Available equipment includes hospital beds, pressure redistribution mattresses, patient lifts, specialty cushions and amputee boards. All referrals must be made through an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist from the hospital or Community Health Centre.

Canadian Red Cross - Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP)
101-3850 Jacombs Road
Richmond,  BC    V6V 1Y6   (Map)
Web site: www.redcross.ca
Phone:  604-270-4224
Fax:  604-270-6781

Provides short-term loans of basic medical equipment, on a donation basis, to people of all ages recovering from surgery, illness, or injury. Available equipment includes wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and bathroom aids. A referral from a health care professional is required for all items. Call ahead to confirm equipment availability. Office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30am to noon and Saturdays from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Closed on long weekends. Visit http://www.redcross.ca/where-we-work/in-canada/british-columbia-and-yukon/bc-specific-programs/health-equipment-loan-program for more information.

Cathay Photographic Society
100 - 7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1R8   (Map)
Phone:  604-439-9018
E-mail: cathayphotoclubca@yahoo.com

Meets the second and third Friday of each month at 7:00pm in the Painting Room on the second floor of the Richmond Brighouse Library. Annual membership fee is $35.

Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia (CPABC)
330 - 409 Granville Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6C 1T2   (Map)
Web site: www.bccerebralpalsy.com
Phone:  604-408-9484
Fax:  604-408-9489
Toll Free:  1-800-663-0004
E-mail: info@bccerebralpalsy.com

Raises awareness of cerebral palsy (CP) in the community, assists those living with CP to reach their maximum potential, and works to see those living with CP realize their place as equals within a diverse society.

Camp Subsidy Program
Camp subsidies are available each year for members with CP who want to attend summer camp. The funds can be used to cover the cost of camp fees, assistance, and/or transportation.
Community Connection Series
Four times a year per year CPABC hosts educational and/or social events covering a variety of topics effecting members.
Dance Without Limits
A modified dance program that enables children ages 5 to 15 with CP to challenge themselves in their mobility and movement, while allowing them to participate in a group setting and enjoy artistic expression by dancing in their own unique way.
We aim to educate anyone looking to learn more about CP through our lending library, publications, and through our speakers bureau. The speakers bureau is available for talks or workshops by request for school, clubs, businesses, organizations, and other community groups.
Education Bursaries
Education bursaries are available for students living with CP who wish to pursue a post-secondary education.
Contact to learn about services, programs, and resources available to those living with or affected by CP. Publications on current topics related to CP are available. Runs a lending library containing books and videos on all aspects of CP for members. A quarterly newsletter, The Roundtable, provides information about CP, the Association's activities, and news from the larger disabled community.
Advocacy as well as family and individual support are available. Information and referral specialists connect people with CP with programs and services.
Yoga Therapy Program
Enables youth ages 13 to 24 with CP to work directly with an experienced yoga instructor to develop exercises that increase flexibility and promote healthy lifestyles. This vital project will help build long term habits in the critical transition between childhood and adulthood.

CHADD Canada (Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) - Vancouver Chapter
PO Box 74670
Vancouver,  BC    V6K 4P4   (Map)
Web site: www.vcn.bc.ca/chaddvan
Phone:  604-222-4043

Maintains an information & support group for families of those with ADD, provides a forum for continuing education of both parents of children & adults with ADD. Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm, from September to June (except Mar. & Dec.), at the Raven Song Community Health Centre (2450 Ontario Street, Vancouver). The Vancouver Adult ADD group meets on the first Tuesday at the same time and location. Call or check the website for detailed meeting times and topics.

Child Care Resource & Referral Centre - Richmond
151 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.volunteerrichmond.ca
Phone:  604-279-7020
Fax:  604-279-7038
E-mail: childcare@volunteerrichmond.ca

Offers a free, bilingual referral service for families seeking child care in Richmond, as well as information on the types of child care available and what to look for when choosing a child care provider. Parents can pick up Child Care Subsidy application packages and get instructions on how to complete them. Supports licensed and registered license-not-required family child care providers by providing free access to a resource library and a start-up equipment lending service. License-not-required child care providers registered with the Centre receive regular support visits, while support visits to licensed family child care facilities can be arranged upon request. Topical workshops, short courses, and family child care training are available for parents and child care providers.

Children of the Street Society (COS)
208 - 1130 Austin Avenue
Coquitlam,  BC    V3K 3P5   (Map)
Web site: www.childrenofthestreet.com
Phone:  604-777-7510
Fax:  604-525-0024
Toll Free:  1-877-551-6611
E-mail: info@childrenofthestreet.com

Concerned with the growing numbers of children being coerced into and exploited within the sex trade. Aims to increase public awareness by providing education and prevention strategies for youth, their families, educators, and service providers. Makes presentations to youth, parents, and professionals about recruitment into prostitution, internet luring tactics, the street lifestyle, and the grim realities of youth sexual exploitation. Provides parent/family support.

Chimo Community Services (formerly CHIMO Community Services)
120 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.chimoservices.com
Phone:  604-279-7077
Fax:  604-279-7075
E-mail: chimo@chimoservices.com

A non-profit organization specializing in community development and social services supporting residents, newcomers, and refugees. Provides assistance to newcomers, community education to elementary and high school students, crisis intervention, counselling, support groups, and volunteer training. All services are free and confidential.

Adult Crisis & Suicide Intervention Counselling
Short-term crisis counselling with qualified professionals for adults who are experiencing crises in daily living. Professional consultations, and public and employer education seminars are also available.
Children's Counselling
Art and play therapy groups and individual counselling with qualified professionals support children and youth aged 4 to 18 who have witnessed violence at home. Includes counselling for parents.
Community Engagement
Phone:  604-270-4435
In-class presentations/workshops for high school students on stress management, suicide prevention, and preventing dating violence. The direct number for this program is 604-270-4435 ext. 4.
Crisis Line
Phone:  604-279-7070
Provides telephone support for people in emotional distress. Available 8:00am to 12:00am, seven days a week. Provides triage to clients of Richmond Mental Health Emergency Services.
Neighbourhood Pro Bono Law Clinics
Practicing professionals provide legal advice to people unable to afford a lawyer. Clinics cover family, immigration, criminal, civil, and personal injury law.
Nova Transition House
Phone:  604-270-4911
Provides safe shelter, information, emotional support, practical assistance, education, and advocacy for women and their children who are fleeing violence at home.
Outreach and Advocacy Service
A free and confidential advocacy service that supports people in areas of employment, housing, income assistance and other government benefits, family violence, pensions, disabilities, and taxes.
Parent Education Series
Education workshops for parents who want to maintain communication and strengthen relationships during challenging times with youth in their families.
Stepping Out
Phone:  604-270-4435
Multi-session educational program designed to build skills and emotional resiliency among pre-adolescents. Topics include diversity, assertiveness, stress and coping, peer pressure and bullying, social problem solving, friendships and role models, and accessing community resources. High school students are trained to deliver this program in local elementary schools. Call 604-270-4435 ext. 4 for more information.
Suicide Bereavement Support Groups
Bi-weekly support groups, facilitated by a professional counsellor, for people of any age who have lost a family member or friend to suicide.
Volunteer Program
Phone:  604-270-4435
An extensive, professional training program for qualified applicants interested in volunteering for the Crisis Line, Community Engagement, and Outreach & Advocacy program. Offers special benefits to young adults needing on-the-job experience and support in building their resumé. The direct number for this program is 604-270-4435 ext. 5.
Women's Counsellor
Phone:  604-279-7077
Individual counselling with qualified professionals and psycho-educational support groups for women who have experienced violence in intimate relationships, including sexual assault and childhood abuse.
Youth Counselling
Offers short-term crisis counselling with qualified professionals for youths aged 13 to 19 who are in crisis, experiencing depression, at risk of suicide, concerned about a friend or family member who is depressed, or bereaved by suicide. In-class workshops and professional consultations available.

CHIMO Community Services (see Chimo Community Services)

Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver - Richmond Office
860 - 4400 Hazelbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 3R8   (Map)
Web site: www.cccvan.com
Phone:  604-658-8875
Fax:  604-658-8854
E-mail: hq@cccvan.com

Offers different classes and clubs for people with different interests. Provides services to the community and aims to promote the Chinese culture through various events. Services are available in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Membership is open to all.

Cantonese / Mandarin Program for Youth
Heritage language programs designed for youth ages 4 and up. Offers preschool to senior high levels equivalent to those in Hong Kong.
Income Tax Clinic
50 East Pender Street
Vancouver,  BC   V6A 3V6   (Map)
Phone:  604-658-8850
Fax:  604-687-6260
For seniors and low-income individuals. Held every year during tax season in March and April. Sign up for the clinic in early February. Service in Chinese and English. There is no fee for this service, but donations are accepted. Service is only available at the Chinatown location, please call for dates and times.
Interest Classes
Offers a wide variety of classes for people of all ages, including Chinese calligraphy, painting, dance, and flower arrangement.

Chinese Federation of Commerce of Canada
218 - 2688 Shell Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X 4E1   (Map)
Web site: www.cfccanada.org
Phone:  604-273-1655
Fax:  604-248-2388
E-mail: info@cfccanada.org

A organization formed by a group of business immigrants to encourage and assist members to establish businesses or investment programs in Canada. Promotes business development and assimilation into Canadian society.

Chinese Mental Wellness Association of Canada
250 - 5726 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2A9   (Map)
Web site: www.cmwac.ca
Phone:  604-273-1791
Fax:  604-273-1751
E-mail: info@cmwac.ca

Supports the recovery and self-reliance of those with mental challenges and aims to reduce the social stigma against mental illness. Provides mental health support services in Mandarin and Cantonese to mental health consumers and their families. Promotes mental wellness through monthly education workshops, outreach visits, counselling, training for volunteers, advocacy, family support groups, festival gatherings, and a telephone support line. Offers referral services and networks with communities to raise public awareness of mental illness.

Depression Recovery Program
Offers free monthly presentations, basic computer classes, basic English conversation classes, intensive and practical English classes, Chinese calligraphy classes, senior karaoke activities, counselling services, Yijing classes, and choir classes.

Choice School (see Choice School for Gifted Children)

Choice School for Gifted Children (formerly Choice School)
20451 Westminster Highway North
Richmond,  BC    V6V 1B3   (Map)
Web site: www.choiceschool.org
Phone:  604-273-2418
Fax:  604-273-2419
E-mail: info@choiceschool.org

Provides an educational experience that is challenging and enriched for every student. Offers small classes, customized teaching and programming for each child. Enables students to advance beyond their chronological age in areas where they are particularly strong while remaining in chronologically appropriate classes in other academic areas. Students are taught in compacted BC curriculum in the morning so that they are free to participate in enrichment opportunities.

Christ-Centered Christian Church
8151 Bennett Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1N4   (Map)
Phone:  604-271-6491

A Filipino congregation with Sunday service at 12:20pm and Sunday school at 2:00pm.

Christian Advocacy Society of Greater Vancouver
7416 Edmonds Street
Burnaby,  BC    V3N 1A8   (Map)
Web site: www.christianadvocacy.ca
Phone:  604-525-0999
Fax:  604-525-2634
E-mail: info@christianadvocacy.ca

Offers help to women and teens facing crisis pregnancies, grief after a past abortion, sexual assaults, and domestic abuse. All peer counselling services are free and confidential. The board of directors, staff, and counselling volunteers are representatives of various Christian denominations and community churches.

Burnaby Safe House
Web site: www.safeshelter.ca
Phone:  778-886-7001
E-mail: info@safeshelter.ca
Second-stage accommodation in a safe, confidential residence for abused women and their children, and for vulnerable pregnant women. Directed by live-in house coordinators.
Crisis Pregnancy Centres
101 - 5701 Granville Street
Vancouver,  BC   V6M 4J7   (Map)
Web site: www.optionscentre.ca
Phone:  604-731-1122
E-mail: vancouver@optionscentre.ca
Helps women and teen girls experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Offers pregnancy tests, information on pregnancy, abortion procedures and risks, and alternatives to abortion. Also offers prenatal instruction, parenting support, donated maternity and baby clothes, and friendship. Sexual Integrity presentations are made available in high schools. The Burnaby phone number and email are 604-525-0999 and burnaby@optionscentre.ca. The Vancouver phone number and email are 604-731-1122 and vancouver@optionscentre.ca.
Post Abortion Community Services
Web site: www.pacscanada.org
E-mail: info@pacscanada.org
Individual counselling, support groups, and abortion recovery weekends are offered to those grieving from a past abortion. Workshops, comprehensive training programs, and consultation to health care professionals, clergy, and counsellors are also available.
Rape Victims Support Network
Web site: www.assaultcare.ca
Phone:  778-886-7001
E-mail: info@assaultcare.ca
A consortium of professional and lay counselling outreaches that offers peer counselling services and practical help to those victimized by rape, including sexual assault recovery counselling, advocacy, and referrals.

Cinevolution Media Arts Society
Media Lab - 7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1R9   (Map)
Web site: www.cinevolutionmedia.com
Phone:  604-719-7380
E-mail: info@cinevolutionmedia.com

Connecting cultures. Challenging convention. Cultivating creativity. Cinevolution is a creative hub for artists, filmmakers, and community organizers who share a passion for film, media arts, critical discourse and intercultural exchange. Founded in 2007 by a group of new immigrants who wanted to challenge conventional ways of understanding cultural difference through film, the organization is now an incubator for hybrid art forms and new thinking on interconnectedness. Cinevolution is the organizer of the annual Your Kontinent: Film and Media Arts Festival. This 9-day celebration of arts and culture is presented in partnership with the City of Richmond, featuring over 100 artists, more than 40 films, and dozens of special events and hands-on workshops. Cinevolution also offers a number of affordable and accessible media workshops in the Media Lab year-round, including: Animation, Digital Storytelling, Documentary Filmmaking, Build Your Own Website, and more.

Your Kontinent
Web site: www.ykfestival.ca
Cinevolution is the organizer of the annual Your Kontinent: Film and Media Arts Festival. This 9-day celebration of arts and culture is presented in partnership with the City of Richmond, featuring over 100 artists, more than 40 films, and dozens of special events and hands-on workshops.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Web site: www.cic.gc.ca
TDD:  1-888-576-8502
Toll Free:  1-888-242-2100

Responsible for immigration, settlement, resettlement, citizenship, and multiculturalism programs and services. Screens and approves for admission, immigrants, foreign students, visitors and temporary workers who help Canada's social and economic growth, resettles, protects and provides a safe haven for refugees, helps newcomers adapt to Canadian society and become Canadian citizens, manages access to Canada to protect the security and health of Canadians and the integrity of Canadian laws, and helps Canadians and newcomers to participate fully in the economic, political, social and cultural life of the country.

City Centre Community Centre - Lang Centre
140 - 8279 Saba Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 4B6   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/citycentre
Phone:  604-233-8910
Fax:  604-233-8916
E-mail: citycentre@richmond.ca

Offers a wide variety of programs and services.

Phone:  604-233-8910
Two multipurpose rooms with a maximum capacity of 40 people are available for rental based on availability. Kitchen facilities are not available. Call to book.

City of Richmond
6911 No. 3 Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 2C1   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca
Phone:  604-276-4000
Fax:  604-276-4029
E-mail: infocentre@richmond.ca

Carries out Richmond's emergency programs, archives, garbage and recycling programs, compost demonstration garden, leisure services, special needs services, and economic development programs.

7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC   V6Y 1R9   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/archives
Phone:  604-247-8305
E-mail: archives@richmond.ca
Official repository for records of the City of Richmond's municipal government. Acquires records through donations from individuals, families, organizations, and private companies. Textual records, photographs, maps, plans and some audio are available. Open Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. An appointment is required for records retrieval and research assistance. Call for a scheduled time to consult original materials.
Business Liaison
Web site: www.businessinrichmond.ca
Phone:  604-276-4923
Fax:  604-276-4157
E-mail: economicdev@richmond.ca
A function of the City’s Economic Development Office, the Business Liaison is a key point of contact for Richmond’s business clientele. Liaises with business leaders to facilitate the growth of existing businesses and the establishment of new ones. Responds to concerns raised by local businesses.
Chief Administrator's Office
Web site: www.richmond.ca/cityhall/admin/cao.htm
Phone:  604-276-4336
Fax:  604-276-4222
E-mail: administratorsoffice@richmond.ca
The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is appointed by and reports to City Council. Oversees the overall administration of the City, its officers and employees. Charged with keeping Council up to date on corporate matters and ensuring that Council policy is implemented and bylaws are enforced. Leads the senior executive team and sets the strategic direction to ensure achievement of Council's Term Goals. Richmond's CAO is George Duncan.
City Clerk's Office
Web site: www.richmond.ca/cityhall/council/clerks.htm
Phone:  604-276-4007
Fax:  604-278-5139
E-mail: cityclerk@richmond.ca
Provides a secretariat for City Council and its Committees including includes agenda preparation, the recording of official minutes, the administration and certification of City bylaws, and the execution of all legal documents on behalf of the City. Responsible for the administration of civic and school district elections and for the conducting of public referenda. Manages and preserves all Council, Committee, and corporate records through a records management and archives program.
City Council
Web site: www.richmond.ca/contact/departments/council.htm
Phone:  604-276-4134
Fax:  604-276-4222
E-mail: mayorandcouncillors@richmond.ca
Richmond's City Council Members: Mayor Malcolm Brodie , Councillor Linda Barnes, Councillor Bill McNulty, Councillor Linda McPhail, Councillor Harold Steves, Councillor Chak Au, Councillor Derek Dang, Councillor Evelina Halsey-Brandt, and Councillor Ken Johnston.
Compost Demonstration Garden
2631 Westminster Highway
Richmond,  BC   V7C 1A8   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/services/recycling/food-yard/Composting.htm#CompostDemonstrationGarden
Phone:  604-276-4010
E-mail: garbageandrecycling@richmond.ca
Located in the Terra Nova Rural Park, located inside the Community Garden. Composting demonstration units are open for viewing year-round from dawn to dusk. Also includes a Waterwise Demonstration Garden which contains various sizes and styles of gardening beds each featuring landscaping ideas to help in water conservation.
Diversity Services
Web site: www.richmond.ca/parksrec/about/access/about.htm
Phone:  604-276-4390
Fax:  604-276-4029
E-mail: diversityservices@richmond.ca
Works with other community agencies to eliminate barriers and ensure appealing, livable, and well-managed recreation and cultural services for all Richmond residents. By working with community groups, they develop opportunities for persons with disabilities, in financial need, or from ethno-cultural groups.
Diversity Services Recreation Access Card
Web site: www.richmond.ca/parksrec/about/access/card.htm
Phone:  604-247-4909
Fax:  604-276-4029
For Richmond residents living with a permanent disability. Card holders receive a 50% discount for drop-in activities at City recreation facilities, some restrictions apply.
Economic Development
Web site: www.businessinrichmond.ca
Phone:  604-247-4934
Fax:  604-276-4132
E-mail: economicdev@richmond.ca
Encourages and facilitates economic expansion within the City of Richmond. Provides employment opportunities for Richmond residents by facilitating development of a strong economy and business community.
Emergency Programs Section
5599 Lynas Lane
Richmond,  BC   V7E 5B2   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/cityhall/departments/safety/emergency.htm
Phone:  604-233-3333
Fax:  604-233-3331
E-mail: emergencyprograms@richmond.ca
Provides services to ensure the protection of life, public infrastructure, private property and the environment in the event of an emergency or disaster situation. Works with Richmond's protective service agencies and other departments to develop plans and programs which outline the City's preparedness, response and recovery measures. Key initiatives include: Emergency Management, Community Awareness, Emergency Social Services, Resource and Communications Program, Departmental Emergency Planning, and Business Continuity Planning.
Engineering & Public Works Division
Web site: www.richmond.ca/cityhall/departments/epw/overview.htm
Phone:  604-276-4150
Fax:  604-276-4222
E-mail: robert.gonzalez@richmond.ca
Responsible for the engineering design, and construction of the City's infrastructure and all City owned buildings; the delivery and maintenance of the local water supply; the maintenance of the sewer and drainage, dykes and irrigation system; the maintenance and development of current and long range engineering planning, the Geographic Information System and drafting; the coordination of garbage, recycling collection, litter collection and environmental protection services on behalf of residents; the maintenance of the City’s road network; and providing, managing and operating fleet of vehicles, heavy equipment and an assortment of work units for the City operations.
Facility Rentals
5599 Lynas Lane
Richmond,  BC   V7C 5B2   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/rentals
Phone:  604-233-3304
Fax:  604-233-3340
E-mail: rentals@richmond.ca
A number of City facilities are available for rental use by the general public. For further information and booking, see website.
Web site: www.richmond.ca/cityhall/departments/busfin/finance.htm
Phone:  604-276-4064
Fax:  604-276-4162
E-mail: finance@richmond.ca
Responsible for the financial well-being of the City, through the provision of financial advice, services and information to Council, staff and the public. Over $347 million is collected annually from various sources including property taxes, utility payments, service charges, and senior government grants. Oversees the expenditure of these funds through the annual budget process. Responsible for collecting taxes for other authorities, including school taxes on behalf of the Richmond School District, B.C. Assessment, Municipal Finance Authority, Translink, and Metro Vancouver.
Fire - Rescue
6960 Gilbert Road
Richmond,  BC   V7C 3V4   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/cityhall/departments/safety/fire.htm
Phone:  604-278-5131
Fax:  604-278-0547
Toll Free:  911
E-mail: fire@richmond.ca
Provides Emergency Fire and Rescue Services; Fire and Life Safety Education; and Fire Inspection Services. Works in partnership with other primary emergency 9-1-1 service providers. Believes in delivering services through an approach that balances prevention, education and emergency response.
Inspection Request by Phone (IVR)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/plandev/building/ivrguide.htm
Phone:  604-276-4111
An automated phone system that allows people to schedule/cancel/reschedule inspections, leave a voicemail message with an inspection request, get inspection results and messages from inspectors, obtain inspection history, and obtain permit application status. Available 24 hours a day, visit website for a user guide.
Mayor's Office
Web site: www.richmond.ca/contact/departments/council.htm
Phone:  604-276-4123
Fax:  604-276-4332
E-mail: mayorandcouncillors@richmond.ca
Richmond's mayor is Malcolm Brodie.
Parks Operations
Web site: www.richmond.ca/cityhall/departments/prcs/parks.htm
Phone:  604-244-1208
Fax:  604-244-1242
E-mail: parks@richmond.ca
Responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of City parks, trails and green spaces including maintenance on medians for section line roads, subdivision/cul-de-sac, walkways & boulevards. Coordinates sports programming and special events in the City's parks, and is involved in civic beautification initiatives. Manages 6 community parks, 68 neighbourhood parks, 8 city wide parks, 7 special purpose parks, 50 km of trails, and several natural areas. Makes recommendations for land acquisition for park, trail, and beautification purposes.
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Web site: www.richmond.ca/parksrec/about/guide.htm
Phone:  604-276-4300
E-mail: leisure@richmond.ca
Features a wide variety of excellent programs and services, events and drop-in activities offered by the City of Richmond and community partners. See the Parks, Recreation and Culture Guide for information in the guide is categorized by age and subject.
Planning and Development
Web site: http://www.richmond.ca/plandev/planning2/about.htm
Phone:  604-276-4000
Fax:  604-276-4052
E-mail: planningdevelopment@richmond.ca
Responsible the physical form of the City, including building permitting and review services; Tree Protection Bylaw administration; reviewing all development applications; coordinating the design and installation of infrastructure improvements and assessing and collecting Development Cost Charges and other fees; establishing the planning and design policies that help shape the transportation system of the City; carrying out key functions including the planning and functional design of the City's transportation infrastructure of roads and traffic operation controls; preparing the Official Community Plan and Area Plans; preparing the long range land use, urban design and environmental policies; and supporting City Advisory Committees.
Real Estate Services
Web site: www.richmond.ca/cityhall/departments/busfin/land.htm
Phone:  604-276-4212
Fax:  604-276-4162
E-mail: Kirk.Taylor@richmond.ca
Responsible for handling the acquisition and disposition of real property for the City, as required for parks, planning, engineering, trails, roads, dyking, affordable housing and other community projects. Negotiates rights of way required for various purposes and provides advice on all these matters to staff and information to other agencies and the public. Leads and manages the portfolio of strategic assets and leases held by the City.
Recreation Fee Subsidy
Web site: www.richmond.ca/parksrec/about/access/roar.htm
Phone:  604-247-4909
Fax:  604-276-4132
The City of Richmond's Parks and Recreation and Community Services Departments provide a Recreation Fee Subsidy Program to Richmond residents who are in financial need. Enhances access to recreation and is available for admissions and program registration in Richmond's Community Centres, Cultural Centres, Aquatic Centres, and Arenas. A proof of income is required to determine eligibility for the program.
Recycling Depot
5555 Lynas Lane
Richmond,  BC   V7C 5B2   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/services/recycling/recyclingdepot.htm?PageMode=HTML
Phone:  604-276-4010
E-mail: garbageandrecycling@richmond.ca
Accepts newspapers, magazines, mixed paper products, cardboard, plastics food and beverage containers with code 1, 2, 4 or 5, tin and aluminum cans, glass food and beverage containers, yard and garden trimmings (fees may apply), large appliances, large metal items, paints, solvents and pesticides. Curbside blue boxes and blue and yellow bags can be picked up at the Depot free of charge. Visit website for collection day map and schedule.
Richmond Opportunities for Affordable Recreation (ROAR)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/parksrec/about/access/roar.htm
Phone:  604-276-4300
The Low Cost No Cost Brochure is put out by the City each season containing options in the community for programs, activities, and special events that are free or less than $10.
Sewerage & Drainage Department
5599 Lynas Lane
Richmond,  BC   V7E 5B2   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/cityhall/departments/epw/sewer.htm
Phone:  604-244-1262
Fax:  604-244-1248
E-mail: romeo.bicego@richmond.ca
Responsible for the draining of ground water and the conveyance of sanitary sewage for the City of Richmond. It is divided into three sections: Drainage/Storm Sewer, Sanitary Sewer, and Pump Stations. See website for more information.
Walk Richmond
7191 Granville Avenue
Richmond,  BC   V6Y 1N9   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/walk
Phone:  604-276-4300
Fax:  604-718-8007
E-mail: walking@richmond.ca
The Walk Richmond program offers free guided walks year-round for people of all ages and fitness levels. Come connect with other walkers in Richmond.
Water Services Section
5599 Lynas Lane
Richmond,  BC   V7C 5B2   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/cityhall/departments/epw/water.htm
Phone:  604-244-1262
Fax:  604-244-1248
E-mail: bryan.shepherd@richmond.ca
Provides, operates and maintains services that are necessary to supply good quality drinking water to the public. Also maintains volume and pressure levels to meet the demand fire flow situations, while continually maintaining and improving the water distribution network. Responsibilities of this section are maintenance of Watermains, Water Connections, Water Meters, Fire Hydrants, Valves, Pressure Reducing Stations, and Customer Service.

City of Richmond - Committees
6911 No. 3 Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 2C1   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/cityhall/council/boards/advisory.htm
Phone:  604-276-4007
Fax:  604-278-5139
E-mail: mjansson@richmond.ca

The City of Richmond has several committees that serve the interests of the residents of Richmond.

Advisory Committee on the Environment
Phone:  604-276-4193
Fax:  604-276-4052
E-mail: David Johnson djohnson@richmond.ca
Advises Richmond City Council on environmental issues concerning the community and to promote public participation in the process. In addition to the fifteen citizens appointed to the Committee for a two year term, all citizens are encouraged to bring any community environmental concerns to the attention of the Committee.
Child Care Development Advisory Committee
Phone:  604-204-8621
Fax:  604-276-4132
E-mail: Coralys Cuthbert ccuthbert@richmond.ca
Twelve citizen appointees for two-year terms who focus on the development of quality, affordable, and accessible child care in the City.
Parking Advisory Committee
Phone:  604-276-4035
Fax:  604-276-4132
E-mail: Joan Caravan jcaravan@richmond.ca
Provides input and advice to the City on parking-related issues throughout the City, including the identification of parking-related issues and development of possible strategies which are aimed to contribute towards sustaining the City's long-term community livability and business viability as a major regional centre.
Richmond Agricultural Advisory Committee
Phone:  604-247-4279
Fax:  604-276-4052
E-mail: John Hopkins jhopkins@richmond.ca
Provides information, options and recommendations to Council on agricultural issues referred by Council to review development proposals which are in or adjacent to agricultural areas, to assist Council and City staff in implementing the Agricultural Viability Strategy, to enhance education and awareness of agricultural issues, and to liaise with other levels of government to address agricultural issues.
Richmond Community Services Advisory Committee (RCSAC)
Web site: rcsac.ca
Phone:  604-276-4220
Fax:  604-276-4132
E-mail: Lesley Sherlock lsherlock@richmond.ca
Encourages and promotes social policies and community services which contribute to the general health, welfare, and quality of life of Richmond residents.
Richmond Family Court and Youth Justice Committee
Phone:  604-276-4272
Fax:  604-278-5139
E-mail: Heather Howey hhowey@richmond.ca
Established by Council as a mandatory requirement under the Provincial Court Act to monitor legislation and court administrative practices as a means to assist in the development of services for the community. Makes recommendations to Council and the Attorney General.
Richmond Gateway Theatre Society Board
Web site: www.gatewaytheatre.com
Phone:  604-247-4971
Fax:  604-247-4995
E-mail: Suzanne Haines shaines@gatewaytheatre.com
Operates the theatre with the focus on serving the community's performing arts groups and providing performing arts to the community.
Richmond Heritage Commission
Phone:  604-247-4626
Fax:  604-276-4052
E-mail: Kevin Eng keng@richmond.ca
Advises the Council on heritage conservation and promotion, and initiate or support activities that benefit heritage in Richmond.
Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee
Phone:  604-276-4391
Fax:  604-276-4132
E-mail: Alan Hill ahill@richmond.ca
Enhances intercultural harmony and strengthens intercultural co-operation in Richmond. Specific functions include advising City Council on intercultural issues and opportunities, responding to intercultural issues referred by Council or the community, reviewing City policies and procedures regarding intercultural issues, encouraging public participation in identifying solutions, and enhancing public awareness of intercultural issues.
Richmond Museum Society Board
Web site: www.richmondmuseum.ca
Phone:  604-247-8330
Fax:  604-247-8301
E-mail: Connie Baxter cbaxter@richmond.ca
Provides advice, expertise, and community input and to make recommendations to City Council on the operation and policy planning of the Richmond Museum.
Richmond Public Art Advisory Committee
Phone:  604-247-4612
Fax:  604-276-4132
E-mail: Eric Fiss efiss@richmond.ca
Provides direction and advise City Council on the management and implementation of the Richmond Public Art Program.
Richmond Seniors Advisory Committee (RSAC)
Phone:  604-276-4390
Fax:  604-276-4132
E-mail: Sean Davies sdavies@richmond.ca
Considers and evaluates issues referred by City Council, initiates studies on matters of concern to seniors, and makes recommendations to the Council. Acts as a resource and provide advice on short-term and long-term planning issues for Richmond seniors. Operates as a clearing house by receiving input and making recommendations to the appropriate body.

City of Richmond - Sports Field Bookings
Web site: www.richmond.ca/parksrec/sports/field/fields.htm
Phone:  604-233-3304
Fax:  604-247-4464
E-mail: rentals@richmond.ca

Organized sports groups, recreational groups, and individuals can rent/book sports field space throughout Richmond. Sports fields available for bookings include artificial turf fields, sand fields, and clay/grass fields. Contact the City of Richmond's rental office or visit the website for more information.

City of Richmond - Waterfront Amenities
6911 No. 3 Road
c/o City of Richmond - Parks Services
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 2C1   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/parks/waterfront2/aboutwaterfront.htm
Phone:  604-244-1208
Fax:  604-244-1242
E-mail: parks@richmond.ca

Waterfront Amenities oversees the public fishing piers, Imperial Landing, and the McDonald Beach Boat Launch. See the City of Richmond website for details.

Imperial Landing
4000 Bayview
Richmond,  BC   Located between the south foot of No. 1 Road and Railway Avenue, this historic waterfront area has become one of the most popular waterfront destinations in Richmond. Extensive redevelopment of the historic area includes townhouses, single family and condominium residences and a developing retail/commercial area. Additional site features include piers, docks, historic from BC Packers Cannery, an extensive interpretation signage program detailing the area's historic significance and serves as an important link between Britannia Shipyards and Steveston Village.
Imperial Landing Transient Moorage - Pilot Program
Phone:  604-244-1208
A pilot program that gauges the interest and viability in transient boat moorage at Imperial Landing. 500 feet of dock space is available for daily moorage. Rates are posted on-site and payment can be made at the parking meter on the Imperial Landing Pier. Maximum stay is three nights and no services are provided on site. Please contact the Parks Department for additional information.
London's Landing/No. 2 Road Fishing Pier
A historic area at the start of the South Dyke Trail with views of Steveston Island (aka Shady Island) and the historic Cannery Channel. Area highlights include close proximity to historic London Farm, a Bike Terrain Park, fishing float anchored to the pier, picnic tables, washrooms, interpretation signage, and parking.
McDonald Beach Boat Launch Ramp
3500 McDonald Road
Richmond,  BC   V7B 1W3   (Map)
Phone:  604-244-1208
Located on the north bank of Sea Island at the end of McDonald Road. Facilities include two ramps, public washrooms, picnic tables, and a small concession.
Middle Arm Waterfront Park Piers
Located on River Road at Cambie Road and Hollybridge Way. The park features two new piers, an amphitheatre, multiple accessible play areas for children of all ages, public art installations, lush native plantings, waterfront benches and access to UBC Lecky Boathouse and the Richmond Olympic Oval.
Mitchell Island Pier
Located along the northwest edge of Mitchell Island, this unique pier, once part of an old rail bridge between Vancouver and Richmond, provides views of the working river from as far west as Vancouver's Marpole area to east of the Knight Street Bridge. The pier has a small picnic area in the pocket park at the entrance of the site and features a small group of benches on the pier deck itself.
No. 3 Road Sports Fishing Pier
This fishing pier is located at the south foot of No. 3 Road along the South Dyke, adjacent to the Dogs Off-Leash Park. The pier has panoramic views of the South Arm of the Fraser River, Ladner, Mt. Baker, and river traffic. Parking and washrooms are available.
Public Fishing Piers
Richmond has four public piers: the Sport Fishing Pier at the south foot of No. 3 Road, London's Landing at the south foot of No. 2 Road, the restored CN Barge Pier at the north foot of No. 7 Road and a recently added pier on Mitchell Island at the west end of Twigg Place. Each of these piers offers a unique view of the Fraser River. There are picnic tables at each location. An excellent view of the Fraser River can also be enjoyed from the wharf at the Britannia Heritage Shipyard located at the south foot of Railway Avenue. Fishing licenses are required to fish off any pier, dock, float or from the Fraser River's edge at all times.

City of Richmond Program Registration Line
Web site: www.richmond.ca/register
Phone:  604-276-4300

To register for programs, a Client and PIN # is required, including a Visa, MasterCard or American Express number with expiry date and the Course Number(s) from the Parks, Recreation and Culture Guide. For a complete listing of courses including dates, times, and prices, check the Recreation and Culture Guide link.

CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind)
200 - 5055 Joyce Street
Vancouver,  BC    V5R 6B2   (Map)
Web site: www.cnib.ca
Phone:  604-431-2121
Fax:  604-431-2099
Toll Free:  1-800-563-2642
E-mail: jaishree.narsih@cnib.ca

Provides community-based support, knowledge, and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills, and opportunities to fully participate in life.

Adaptive Technology
Provides training and support for accessible computer technology for people who are blind or partially sighted.
CNIB Library
Toll Free:  1-800-268-8818
One of the world’s largest specialized libraries for people with print disabilities, including titles in Braille, print-Braille, talking books, descriptive videos, newspapers, and magazines.
One-on-one or group counselling and support to help overcome the emotional and practical challenges of vision loss.
Independent Living Skills
Offers people who are blind and partially sighted training to help manage the essentials of daily living, including cooking, cleaning, and communications. The emphasis is on maintaining independence.
Low Vision Services
Provides professional assessments and instruction on how to maximize vision using everything from magnifiers and lighting to contrasting colours and textures.
Orientation and Mobility
Helps people who are blind or partially sighted learn to travel independently, focusing on how to move safely around the home, community, workplace, or at school.
Phone:  604-431-2112
From talking calculators and large-print cookbooks, to magnifiers and adapted games, these products can be ordered online or via telephone to facilitate activities of daily living and recreation for people who are blind or partially sighted.

Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC
2772 East Broadway
Vancouver,  BC    V5M 1Y8   (Map)
Web site: www.cccabc.bc.ca
Phone:  604-515-5439
Fax:  604-709-5662
Toll Free:  1-866-965-8550
E-mail: info@cccabc.bc.ca

A voluntary organization of parents, child care providers, community organizations, unions, and interested citizens working together for the $10/day Early Care and Learning Plan; a community based, publicly-funded child care system that is of high quality, affordable, accessible, and accountable.

Cocaine Anonymous - BC Area
Web site: www.ca-bc.org
Phone:  604-662-8500
Toll Free:  1-866-662-8300
E-mail: outreach@ca-bc.org

A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances. Uses the 12-Step Recovery Program. Meetings are held throughout the Lower Mainland.

Co-dependents Anonymous (CoDA)
PO Box 306
Surrey,  BC    V3T 5B6   (Map)
Web site: www.codavancouver.com; www.cdrs.ca
Phone:  604-515-5585
Toll Free:  1-888-675-8325
E-mail: codabc@hotmail.com

A twelve step fellowship for men and women whose common purpose is to build healthy relationships.

Avalon Women's CoDA
101-1548 Johnson Road
White Rock,  BC   V4B 3Z8   (Map)
Meets Thursdays at 6:15pm at the Avalon Women's Centre. This is a women's only meeting. Contact Cristull at 604-531-7817.
BYOB Friday Night
1 Athletes Way
Vancouver,  BC   Bring your own CoDA book on Friday at 7:00pm at the Creekside Community Recreation Centre. Contact Suzanne at 604-318-1277.
Chilliwack CoDA
46035 Victoria Avenue
Chilliwack,  BC   V2P 2T9   (Map)
Phone:  604-793-9961
Meets Thursdays 7:00pm at Alano Club upstairs meeting room. No meeting on third Thursday of the month.
Freedom Group
330 East Columbia Street
New Westminster,  BC   Phone:  604-541-8221
Meets Mondays 7:30pm at the Royal Columbian Hospital on the third floor of Columbia Tower in the Neil Russell Room. Contact Richard at 604-541-8221.
Kerrisdale CoDA Group
1550 West 33rd Avenue
Vancouver,  BC   V6M 1A7   (Map)
Meets Wednesdays 7:30pm at Shaughnessy Heights United Church on the second floor.
Safe to Seek Serenity
3425 Crowley Drive
Vancouver,  BC   Meets Thursdays at 7:00pm at the Evergreen Community Health Centre. Contact Marlo at 778-317-1055.
Saturday Morning North Shore
195 Windsor Road East
North Vancouver,  BC   Meets Saturdays 10:00am at St. Martin Church. Please contact Don at 604-984-7430 or Rod at 604-836-1217.
Sechelt CoDA Group
5838 Barnacle Street
Sechelt,  BC   V0N 3A0   (Map)
Phone:  604-883-9558
E-mail: hansandpat@dccnet.com
Meets Tuesdays at 5:30pm at St. Hilda's Anglican Church in the Gathering Room (down the stairs to the right of the main doors). Contact Pat at 604-883-9558 or hansandpat@dccnet.com.
Soar Like an Eagle - Langley CoDA
5673 200th Street
Langley,  BC   Phone:  604-581-3865
Meets Tuesdays 7:30pm at Langley United Church. Use the side door of the north side of the building. Contact Dorothy at 604-581-3865.
Tsawwassen CoDA Group
5061 12th Ave
Tsawwassen,  BC   V4M 2A7   (Map)
Phone:  604-948-0224
Meets Sundays at 5:00pm at the South Delta Little House. Contact Sharon at 604-948-0224.
West End CoDA Group
1170 Bute Street
Vancouver,  BC   Meets Mondays 7:30pm at Qmunity in Room #2. Doors are locked after 7:45pm. Contact Nicholas at 778-837-2140 or Katrina at 778-866-1245.
White Rock/Surrey CoDA
15385 Semiahmoo Boulevard
White Rock,  BC   Meets Wednesday 7:30pm at First United Church. Use the lower entrance by the parking lot when entering. Contact Warren at 604-785-9300 or Cristull at 604-531-7817.

College of Chiropractors of BC
125 - 3751 Shell Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2W2   (Map)
Web site: www.bcchiro.com
Phone:  604-270-1332
Fax:  604-278-0093
Toll Free:  1-866-256-1474
E-mail: info@bcchiro.com

The College of Chiropractors of British Columbia or CCBC is the regulatory body that licenses chiropractors in our province and sets standards of practice to protect the public. In order to maintain a license to practice, all chiropractors must meet a strict set of guidelines including graduation from an accredited chiropractic college, criminal record check clearance and ongoing education requirements.

British Columbia Chiropractic Association
The British Columbia Chiropractic Association or BCCA is a professional organization that works to promote back health and chiropractic care. The BCCA supports the patients of BC and Chiropractic Doctors by educating the public about their spines and how to keep them healthy.

College of Dental Surgeons of BC
500 - 1765 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V6J 5C6   (Map)
Web site: www.cdsbc.org
Phone:  604-736-3621
Fax:  604-734-9448
Toll Free:  1-800-663-9169
E-mail: info@cdsbc.org

Regulates dentists, dental therapists, and certified dental assistants (CDAs) in the public interest.

College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC
260 - 3480 Gilmore Way
Burnaby,  BC    V5G 4Y1   (Map)
Web site: www.clpnbc.org
Phone:  778-373-3100
Fax:  778-373-3102
Toll Free:  1-877-373-2201
E-mail: info@clpnbc.org

Provincial licensing and regulatory body for qualified Licensed Practical Nurses in BC.

College of Massage Therapists of BC
304 - 1212 West Broadway
Vancouver,  BC    V6H 3V1   (Map)
Web site: www.cmtbc.ca
Phone:  604-736-3404
Fax:  604-736-6500
Toll Free:  1-877-321-3404
E-mail: info@cmtbc.ca

Provincial body responsible for registering massage therapists. Superintends the practice of the profession and governs registrants according to the Health Professions Act, the Massage Therapist Regulations, and the Bylaws of the College.

College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC
840 - 605 Robson Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 5J3   (Map)
Web site: www.cnpbc.bc.ca
Phone:  604-688-8236
Fax:  604-688-8476
Toll Free:  1-877-611-8236
E-mail: office@cnpbc.bc.ca

The licensing and regulating college of the naturopathic physicians in BC. Provides information and investigates complaints.

College of Pharmacists of BC
200 - 1765 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V6J 5C6   (Map)
Web site: www.bcpharmacists.org
Phone:  604-733-2440
Fax:  604-733-2493
Toll Free:  1-800-663-1940
E-mail: info@bcpharmacists.org

Provincial licensing and regulatory body for qualified pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
300 - 669 Howe Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6C 0B4   (Map)
Web site: www.cpsbc.ca
Phone:  604-733-7758
Fax:  604-733-3503
Toll Free:  1-800-461-3008

A provincial licensing body for physicians. Established a number of programs including the maintenance of educational standards and licensure requirements, peer review of physicians and their practices, accreditation of diagnostic and non-hospital surgical facilities, review of prescribing practices, and other quality improvement activities. Also established protocols for managing public concerns, evaluating ethical issues, and developing and maintaining standards for physician conduct and performance. The daily operations are administered by the registrar and other medical and professional staff.

College of Psychologists of BC
404 - 1755 West Broadway
Vancouver,  BC    V6J 4S5   (Map)
Web site: www.collegeofpsychologists.bc.ca
Phone:  604-736-6164
Fax:  604-736-6133
Toll Free:  1-800-665-0979

The regulatory body for the profession of psychology in BC. Protects the public interest by regulating the practice of psychology and monitoring the practice of psychology practitioners. Sets the standards for the practice of psychology. Represents the joint participation of the public and the profession in striving to ensure that the public receives competent and ethical psychological services from qualified providers.

College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC)
2855 Arbutus Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6J 3Y8   (Map)
Web site: www.crnbc.ca
Phone:  604-736-7331
Fax:  604-738-2272
Toll Free:  1-800-565-6505
E-mail: info@crnbc.ca

The regulatory body for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and licensed graduate nurses in BC. Protects the public by effectively regulating registered nurses and nurse practitioners.

College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC)
307 - 2502 St. Johns Street
Port Moody,  BC    V3H 2B4   (Map)
Web site: www.crpnbc.ca
Phone:  604-931-5200
Fax:  604-931-5277
Toll Free:  1-800-565-2505
E-mail: crpnbc@crpnbc.ca

The provincial regulatory body for registered psychiatric nurses. Responsible for registration, continuing competence, and disciplinary matters in the public interest.

Community Gardens
Web site: www.richmond.ca/parks/parks/community.htm
Phone:  604-244-7377

Provides a place to enjoy organic gardening, learn gardening techniques from others, and socialize with other gardeners. There are eight community gardens: Terra Nova Rural Park, the south end of Gilbert Road, the north side of King George Park, Garratt Wellness Centre, the intersection of Railway and Moncton, Paulik Neighbourhood Park, Brighouse School, and Richmond High School. To become a community gardener, register by calling or visiting the Richmond Food Security Society website at www.richmondfoodsecurity.org/community-gardens.

Terra Nova Rural Park
2631 Westminster Highway
Richmond,  BC   Home to the Waterwise Demonstration Garden, which demonstrates a variety of water-wise plants that require little water throughout the year as well as water conservation techniques, and Compost Demonstration, which demonstrates different composting bins and systems.

Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)
300 - 1140 West Pender Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6E 4G1   (Map)
Web site: www.clasbc.net
Phone:  604-685-3425
Fax:  604-685-7611
Toll Free:  1-888-685-6222

Provides legal advice and assistance. Uses and develops the law for the benefit of people who are physically, mentally, socially, economically, or otherwise disadvantaged or whose human rights need protection.

BC Human Rights Clinic
Web site: www.clasbc.net/human_rights_clinic.php
Provides free legal representation for people throughout the province who have an upcoming human rights hearing before the BC Human Rights Tribunal. Offers free weekly informational clinics for those who do not qualify for representation or who want to represent themselves at hearing.
Community & Disability Law
Web site: www.clasbc.net/community_and_disability_law_program.php
Provides legal advice and representation in a range of areas including housing, income security, WCB, EI, and accessibility for people with disabilities. Supervises legal advocacy groups, provide legal education, and engage in law reform.
Community Advocate Support Line (CASL)
Web site: www.clasbc.net/programs.php
A dedicated telephone support line exclusively for advocates and community workers in BC. It is staffed by a lawyer who can give advocates brief legal information and legal advice about family law and poverty law topics to support advocates' work on behalf of clients. Help is offered primarily for matters involving income assistance, residential tenancy and housing issues (including foreclosure), family law, employment insurance, the Canada Pension Plan (including disability benefits), debt collection and bankruptcy, consumer contracts and judicial reviews.
Mental Health Law Program (MHLP)
Web site: www.clasbc.net/mental_health_law_program.php
Provides legal services to people with a mental disorder receiving regulated secured treatment in BC. Offers services in three areas: representation at BC Review Board Hearings for people found by the courts to be not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder or to be unfit to stand trial due to a mental disorder, representation at Review Panel hearings for people who have been involuntarily detained under the BC Mental Health Act, and providing independent legal information on detention issues to people detained under the BC Mental Health Act at Riverview Hospital and the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital.

Community Leisure Transportation
7660 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y  1R9   (Map)
Phone:  604-238-8456
Fax:  604-718-8462
E-mail: egoroztieta@richmond.ca

The Community Leisure Transportation (CLT) program provides an affordable transportation option for community organizations. Offering a fleet of buses accommodating 16 to 22 passengers, the service ensures access to seniors, youth, persons with disabilities and all other Richmond residents to programs, services and special events offered in the community. For community groups bookings only.

Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) - Richmond
230 - 5611 Cooney Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X 3J6   (Map)
Web site: www.communitylivingbc.ca
Phone:  604-660-2100
Fax:  604-660-3113
Toll Free:  1-877-592-1903
E-mail: richmond@communitylivingbc.ca

A crown agency that engages organizations, companies, and individuals across BC to strengthen employment, and create safe and welcoming communities for adults with developmental disabilities.

Comp-Talk Toastmasters
6951 Westminister Highway
Richmond,  BC    V7C 1C6   (Map)
Phone:  604-214-6954
E-mail: jim.horne@worksafebc.com

Gives its members the opportunity to develop and improve their public speaking abilities and leadership through local club meetings, training seminars, and speech contests. Meets on Wednesday at 5:00pm at WorkSafe BC.

Computers for Schools (see BC Technology for Learning Society (Reuse Tech BC))

Connaught Skating Club
PO Box 704, 186 - 8120 No. 2 Road
Richmond,  BC    V7C 5J8   (Map)
Web site: www.connaughtsc.com
E-mail: skate@connaughtsc.com

Programs include Learn-to-Skate or Power Skating for children and adults and StarSkate/Competitive for those who want to go further with their skating.

Co-operative Housing Federation of BC
220 - 1651 Commercial Drive
Vancouver,  BC    V5L 3Y3   (Map)
Web site: www.chf.bc.ca
Phone:  604-879-5111
Fax:  604-879-4611
Toll Free:  1-866-879-5111
E-mail: info@chf.bc.ca

A co-operative association whose members are housing co-ops and related organizations in BC. Visit the website or call for a list of housing co-ops that are currently accepting applications. To apply to live in co-op housing, apply directly to the individual housing co-op.

Co-op Housing Disability Trust
Web site: http://www.chf.bc.ca/about/related-organizations
E-mail: dferguson@chf.bc.ca
People with permanent disabilities can apply for an interest-free loan to help pay the shares when they join a housing co-op.
Domestic Violence Relief Fund
Web site: http://www.chf.bc.ca/about/related-organizations
E-mail: dferguson@chf.bc.ca
Women escaping abusive relationships can apply for an interest-free loan to help pay the shares when they join a housing co-op.

Courthouse Libraries BC
800 Smithe Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6Z 2E1   (Map)
Web site: www.courthouselibrary.ca
Phone:  604-660-2841
Fax:  604-660-2821
Toll Free:  1-800-665-2570
E-mail: librarian@courthouselibrary.ca

Works to enhance access to legal information for the legal community and the public in BC. Libraries are in 30 courthouses across BC, with in-depth law books, free use of legal databases on public access computers, and legal information assistance from law librarians. Librarians cannot provide legal advice. Check the website for hours and locations.

Web site: www.clicklaw.bc.ca
E-mail: editor@clicklaw.bc.ca
Features legal information and education for the public in BC. Presents information in plain language about legal rights and options to solve problems, as well as starting points for common legal questions. There is also HelpMap, a search tool to find someone in your community who can help with legal problems.
Helps public libraries provide current legal information.

Courtyard Gardens - Assisted Living Apartments and Complex Care (24 Hour Nursing Care) Residence
7051 Moffatt Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 3W2   (Map)
Web site: www.courtyardgardens.ca
Phone:  604-273-1225
Fax:  604-273-9253
E-mail: info.cyg@diversicare.ca

Assisted Living Apartments include 107 apartments, 66 of which are subsidized program by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. For more information about the subsidized apartments and eligibility, please contact Richmond Health Services at 604-278-3361. The Assisted Living Residence offers a furnished Respite/Vacation Suite for private pay. Please contact the residence for more information. The Enhanced Assisted Living Residence offers 31 Complex Care private pay suites, including 24-hour nursing care. Please contact the Residence for more information or to arrange a tour.

Craigslist - Vancouver
Web site: http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/

Craigslist - Vancouver is part of www.craigslist.org which lists local classifieds and forums. The "for sale" section includes ads for free and low-cost items. Postings can be found for Richmond as well.

Creative Jewellers Guild of BC (CJG)
c/o 7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1R9   (Map)
Web site: www.creativejewellersguild.com
Phone:  604-614-7266
E-mail: info@creativejewellersguild.com

A non-profit organization made up of people involved in creating traditional and contemporary jewelry. Acts as a member of the Lapidary Society of BC and is affiliated with the Gem and Mineral Federation of Canada (GMFC). Helps members exchange ideas, improve skills, learn new techniques, and keep abreast of current products and trends, through programs and affordable educational opportunities to help keep members active, creative, stimulated, and challenged.

Credit Counselling Society
440-88 Sixth Street
New Westminster,  BC    V3L 5B3   (Map)
Web site: www.nomoredebts.org or www.mymoneycoach.ca
Phone:  604-527-8999
Fax:  604-527-8008
Toll Free:  1-888-527-8999
E-mail: info@nomoredebts.org

Teaches people about money management and using credit carefully. Shows people what to do if they have debt and offers assistance in the office or over the phone. Appointments focus on managing individual situations and are free. Provides workshops, lunch and learn sessions, and repayment programs and alternatives.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada
11198 84th Avenue, Nordel Mall
Delta,  BC    V4C 8E6   (Map)
Web site: www.crohnsandcolitis.ca
Phone:  604-230-6650
Toll Free:  1-800-513-8202
E-mail: britishcolumbia@ccfc.ca

Provides free education events and materials to people with Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis. Raises funds for research to find a cure for Crohn's and Colitis.

Cystic Fibrosis Canada - Vancouver/Lower Mainland Chapter
119 - 1600 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V6J 1R3   (Map)
Web site: www.CFVancouver.ca
Phone:  604-436-1158
Fax:  604-436-1154
E-mail: info@cfvancouver.ca

Funds research towards the goal of a cure or control for cystic fibrosis (CF). Supports high quality CF care, promotes public awareness of CF, and raises and allocates funds for these purposes.

DCYBA (Basketball Program for Youth with Developmental Challenges)
Web site: www.dcyba.org
Phone:  604-228-9527
E-mail: playball@dcyba.org

Promotes and supports the development of basketball programs for youth with developmental challenges in BC. Programs are open to males from 13 to 25 years. The Richmond District program operates out of the West Richmond Community Centre (9180 No. 1 Road, Richmond) on Mondays from 7:30pm to 9:15pm.

Deafblind Services Society of BC
227 Sixth Street
New Westminster,  BC    V3L 3A5   (Map)
Web site: www.deafblindservices.com
Phone:  604-553-1355
Fax:  604-553-1350
TDD:  778-371-4326
E-mail: admin@deafblindservices.com

Provides intervention, community living, and other support services to persons who are deafblind and their families. Offers access to high-quality consistent intervention, community living resources, advocacy, and other support services to facilitate the rights of deafblind people to have meaningful participation and interaction with their community.

Richmond Residential Homes
There are two residential programs in Richmond, along with 2 Community Integration programs. We have other programs throughout BC. Call for more information.

Deployment Support Coordination Cell (DSCC) (formerly Deployment Support Group)
Web site: www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/family-support-western/index.page
Toll Free:  1-888-711-5533

Offers effective, helpful, and personalized support to members and their families during the extended absence of military and civilian members of the Department. Provides quality local support services to families of military members deployed on missions, taskings, field exercises, restricted postings, courses and other absences on temporary duty of 28 days or more. Also offers referrals to military and civil services, helpful information, periodic reunions and free mail service during deployment.

Deployment Support Group (see Deployment Support Coordination Cell (DSCC))

Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA)
100 - 3851 Shell Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2W2   (Map)
Web site: www.develop.bc.ca
Phone:  604-273-9778
Fax:  604-273-9770
E-mail: info@develop.bc.ca

The DDA is a community living agency that provides over 50 community-based programs and services to children, adults, and their families with developmental disabilities in Vancouver and Richmond. Their mission is to enable people with developmental disabilities achieve their full potential.

Adult Residential Services
Web site: www.develop.bc.ca
Phone:  604-273-9778
Fax:  604-273-9770
E-mail: dwhite@develop.bc.ca
Offers group homes, supported living, and a community apartment program. Please contact 604-273-9778 for group home information, 604-233-5486 for supported living, and 604-233-5450 for the community apartment program.
Clothing and Household Items Donations
100-3851 Shell Road
Richmond,  BC   V6X 2W2   (Map)
Web site: www.develop.bc.ca/contribute/donate-clothes.html
Phone:  604-273-4332
Fax:  604-273-9770
E-mail: dbarlow@develop.bc.ca
To donate reusable clothing and small household items, call 604-273-4332 for complimentary home pick-up, or use our white donation bins. Locations for our white donation bins can be found on our website using your postal code.
Daycares and After School Care
100 - 3851 Shell Road
Richmond,  BC   V6X 2W2   (Map)
Web site: www.develop.bc.ca
Phone:  604-233-5466
Fax:  604-273-9770
E-mail: kmoncalieri@develop.bc.ca.
The DDA offers ten child care centres and after-school programs in Vancouver and Richmond to provide social and educational opportunities for typical children and children with special needs from infancy to elementary school years.
Family Support and Advocacy
Web site: www.develop.bc.ca
Phone:  604-233-5433
E-mail: tschenkel@develop.bc.ca
The Family Support worker provides information and support to individuals with a developmental disability and their families. Services include parent support groups, resources, and workshops. Family Support and Information Groups meet monthly in Vancouver and Richmond and also offers a Respitality Program for parents and caregivers.
Holiday Options
2083 East 37th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC   V5P 1G3   (Map)
Web site: www.develop.bc.ca
Phone:  604-321-4745
Fax:  604-323-8363
E-mail: holidayoptions@develop.bc.ca
Provides an opportunity for adults with developmental disabilities to participate in summer activities. Offers day trips and out-of-town experiences. The program runs from June to August.
Infant Development Program
3455 Kaslo Street
Vancouver,  BC   V5M 3H4   (Map)
Web site: www.develop.bc.ca
Phone:  604-435-8166
Fax:  604-709-4553
E-mail: bbarnes@develop.bc.ca
In this family-centered, home-based program, infant development consultants work in partnership with parents and community professionals to assist in developing skills and approaches that enable families to enhance their child's development.
Jobs West
411 - 2150 West Broadway
Vancouver,  BC   V6K 4L9   (Map)
Web site: www.jobswestdda.ca
Phone:  604-732-7776
Fax:  604-732-7841
E-mail: dmeinhardt@develop.bc.ca
An employment service for adults with developmental disabilities. It helps employers match, train, and keep qualified staff. Participants must be eligible for services through Community Living BC.
Main Street Drop-In
7208 Main Street
Vancouver,  BC   V5X 3J4   (Map)
Web site: www.develop.bc.ca
Phone:  604-322-0052
Fax:  604-322-0477
E-mail: lschwartz@develop.bc.ca
Offers support groups including the Diabetes Support Group, the Wellness Group, a Hot Lunch Program, the Healthy Living and Weight Loss Group, and Volunteer Work. Hours of operation vary according to the activity schedule, call for more information.
Respite Services
100 - 3851 Shell Road
Richmond,  BC   V6X 2W2   (Map)
Web site: www.develop.bc.ca
E-mail: respite@develop.bc.ca
Provides temporary relief to families caring for someone with a disability. Referrals must be made by Community Living BC.
Starworks - Packing and Assembly
276 SW Marine Drive
Vancouver,  BC   V5X 2R5   (Map)
Web site: www.starworks.ca
Phone:  604-879-8457
Fax:  604-879-7441
E-mail: starworks@develop.bc.ca
Starworks is a social enterprise created to hire individuals with barriers to employment to perform light labour, knitting, packaging, and assembly work. Employs over 50 casual workers in a 5000 square foot warehouse with the capacity to handle all types of work that require high volumes of manual labour.

Dog Off-Leash Areas
5599 Lynas Lane
Richmond,  BC    V7C 5B2   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/parks/parks/dogsinparks.htm?PageMode=HTML
Phone:  604-244-1208
Fax:  604-244-1242
E-mail: parks@richmond.ca

Areas include McDonald Beach, Dyke Trail at the south end of No. 3 Road, the old Cambie school field, Shell Road and Horsehoe Slough Trails, the City owned vacant lot in Hamilton Area, and Steveston Park.

Dress for Success Vancouver
675 West Hastings Street, Mezzanine
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 1N9   (Map)
Web site: www.dressforsuccess.org/vancouver
Phone:  604-408-7923
Fax:  604-677-6618
E-mail: vancouver@dressforsuccess.org

Helps and empowers women to dress for the workforce and continually shape their own destiny - transforming themselves, their families, and their communities. Clients are a diverse group of women who have faced a variety of life challenges and are seeking employment and self sufficiency. Supporters include corporations, foundations and individuals, men and women, who are committed to empowering women so they can achieve economic independence.

Phone:  604-408-4923
Donations of current, clean office attire are needed for clients and can be dropped off on Thursdays between 12-7pm and on Saturdays between 10-12:00 noon only. All items must be business attire appropriate for interviews and new jobs. Due to a high volume of donations, we are unable to accept casual clothing, or clothing that is soiled or damaged. Clothing should be laundered or dry cleaned and on hangers.

Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC)
2774 East Broadway
Vancouver,  BC    V5M 1Y8   (Map)
Web site: www.ecebc.ca
Phone:  604-709-6063
Fax:  604-709-6077
Toll Free:  1-800-797-5602
E-mail: membership@ecebc.ca

Enhances early childhood educators' ability to be a strong voice for the profession. Influences society to value children and childhood and to respect the professionals who care for and educate children. Advances early childhood education and educators in BC while providing professional development opportunities, training, and resources for early childhood educators across the province. Supports early childhood educators to inform the community and is dedicated to building respect for early childhood education and educators.

Eastern Catholic Church, Richmond (formerly Holy Dormition of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church)
8700 Railway Avenue
Richmond,  BC    V7C 3K3   (Map)
Web site: www.easternchurch.wordpress.com
Phone:  604-447-1731
E-mail: see website

Sunday services are held at 11:00am. Services are in English and everyone is welcome.

Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver
402 East Columbia Street
New Westminster,  BC    V3L 3X1   (Map)
Web site: www.elizabethfry.com
Phone:  604-520-1166
Fax:  604-520-1169
Toll Free:  1-888-879-9593
E-mail: info@elizabethfry.com

Works with women and youth involved with the Criminal and Social Justice Systems. Provides housing, support, and lay counselling for women, children, and youth to help them improve their lives. Programs and services help build healthy and safe communities for all.

Community Justice Programs
Programs include: Crime and Consequences Seminar (Metrotown, Downtown Community Court) and Shoplifters Anonymous (weekly in New West and (for women only) Downtown Community Court).
Women At Risk Programs
Women’s transitional residences include: Elizabeth Gurney House (New Westminster women and children's shelter), Sheena's Place (Surrey women and children's chelter), Cynthia's Place (Surrey women's shelter), Ellendale (Surrey recovery treatment), and Transition to New Beginnings (recovery treatment residence for pregnant women or recent mothers).
Youth at Risk Services
Programs include the Burnaby Youth Custody Centre for female youth prison advocacy.

Elizabeth Johnston School of Highland Dance Society
3360 Bentinck Place
Richmond,  BC    V7C 4H4   (Map)
Phone:  604-274-9829
E-mail: pwjohnston2@shaw.ca

Aims to foster and preserve Scottish Culture with highland dancing.

5th Floor, 605 Robson Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6G 5J3   (Map)
Web site: www.embracebc.ca
Phone:  604-775-0673
Fax:  604-775-0670
E-mail: embracebc@gov.bc.ca

Supports the prevention and elimination of racism by enhancing community understanding of multiculturalism and cultural diversity in BC. Provides funding opportunities for community-based projects through six program elements: arts engagement, interfaith bridging, public education, organizing against racism and hate, community engagement and dialogue, and inclusive leadership development and mentorship.

Emmanuel Christian Community
10351 No. 1 Road
Richmond,  BC    V7E 1S1   (Map)
Web site: www.myecc.ca
Phone:  604-270-4685
E-mail: info@myecc.ca

Sunday morning service at 10:00am. Preteen and Teen Groups are available.

Emotions Anonymous (EA)
PO Box 4784, Main Post Office
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 4A4   (Map)
Web site: www.emotionsanonymous.org
Phone:  604-696-1020

A support group based on the Twelve-Step philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous for people wanting to strengthen and maintain emotional health, including depression and/or anxiety. Publishes a Big Book that is available at Vancouver, New Westminster and Burnaby Public Libraries. Meetings are held at several Vancouver locations, call for updated information. Membership is not required and meetings are free of charge.

Environmental Youth Corp (EYC)
Web site: www.eco.ca/hr-services/wage-subsidy-internships/
Phone:  403-233-0748
Fax:  403-269-9544
Toll Free:  1-800-890-1924
E-mail: eyc@eco.ca

This youth employment initiative is designed to help new graduates transition into permanent, full-time employment in the environmental sector. ECO Canada offers a wage subsidy (33% up to a maximum of $12,000) to help offset any risk associated with hiring a new-graduate. For more information on the program or to apply to become an intern, visit the website.

Eureka Camp Society
22151 Wilson Avenue
Richmond,  BC    V6V 2P6   (Map)
Web site: www.eurekacamp.ca
Phone:  604-520-1155
Fax:  604-521-4313
E-mail: info@eurekacamp.ca

Offers a summer camp for children with invisible disabilities such as learning disabilities, ADD and ADHD, Tourette's syndrome, and Asperger syndrome.

Family Caregivers' Network Society
#6-3318 Oak Street
Victoria,  BC    V8X 1R1   (Map)
Web site: www.familycaregiversnetwork.org
Phone:  250-384-0408
Fax:  250-361-2660
Toll Free:  1-877-520-3267
E-mail: caregiversupport@fcns.ca

Provides support, education, and information to individuals who provide unpaid care and support to adult family members or friends who live either at home or in a facility and are frail, elderly, disabled, or chronically ill. Services include: one-to-one emotional support by telephone, in-person, or on-line, help navigating the healthcare system, referral and information on community resources, caregiver support groups, resource lending library, handouts, educational workshops, tele-workshops, webinars and community presentations, bi-monthly newsletter, comprehensive and informative website, Tyze Personal Networks to share the care, Resource Guide for Family Caregivers, 2nd edition, Toolkit for Employers - Resources for Supporting Family Caregivers in the Workplace, collaborating with community, health authority and government partners to improve policy and practice.

Family Duty Counsel
7577 Elmbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 4J2   (Map)
Web site: www.lss.bc.ca
Phone:  604-273-9311

Consists of lawyers paid by the Legal Services Society to help people with lower incomes with their family law problems. For a family law issue, individuals may qualify for help from family duty counsel in Provincial Court even if they do not qualify for a legal aid lawyer. This is a drop-in service and people are helped on a first come, first served basis. Drop-ins are on Thursday, with legal assistance offered from 9:00am to 12:00PM, and family advice from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

Family Services of Greater Vancouver - Richmond Office
250 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.fsgv.ca
Phone:  604-279-7100
Fax:  604-279-7108
E-mail: receptionrfs@fsgv.ca

Offers affordable counselling, education, mediation and training to help families, couples, individuals, and youth solve problems.

Community Education and Development Services
E-mail: lchan@fsgv.ca or chinese@fsgv.ca
Offers affordable workshops on marriage, parenting, relationships, and personal development. Provides parenting and personal growth courses, see the website for current listings. Parenting workshops are available in Cantonese and Mandarin.
Community Kitchens
Phone:  778-885-5165
E-mail: mjavadi@fsgv.ca
Cook with others, meet new friends, learn new recipes, and save money by shopping wisely. Participants make a small contribution for food and/or babysitting. Call to register and for more information.
Counselling Program
Phone:  604-874-2938
Provides professional counselling to families, couples, and individuals. Fees are based on a sliding scale according to your household income and services are offered in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
Family Life Education
Offers parenting and life skills groups and workshops for women, men, and couples. Services offered at an affordable cost with some subsidies available. Workshops and groups are designed to meet specific requests from the community.
Residential Historical Abuse Program (RHAP)
Toll Free:  1-800-563-0808
Individuals who believe they were sexually abused as a child while living in a foster home, group, or any other residential facility operated or funded by the government of BC may be eligible for counselling under RHAP. Must currently be living in BC and the abuse must have occurred while under the age of 19.
Richmond Family Friend Program
Matches volunteers with immigrant families who are feeling isolated and experiencing stress related to raising a child under 5 years of age. Volunteers act as companions and support people for the family, providing friendship, mentorship, and practical and emotional support. Helps participants connect with other services offered in the community.
TASA (Richmond's Trauma and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre)
Provides services including crisis intervention and long-term counselling for sexually abused children and their families, as well as counselling for women who have experienced sexual and/or physical abuse. Serves as an information and referral service to community resources for victims of childhood sexual abuse. A program of Family Services of Greater Vancouver. Trauma counselling available through Ministry of Children and Family Development referrals.
The Colt Program
7171 Minoru Blvd.
Richmond,  BC   V6Y 1Z3   (Map)
Phone:  604-668-6400
Fax:  604-668-6405
Located at Richmond Secondary School. Program open to all students in Richmond who are pregnant. Provides education, support services, and day care. Call 604-668-6400, ext 251.
Transitions to Independence
Phone:  604-660-1044
Offers life skills support to youth involved with Ministry of Children and Family Development transitioning into adulthood. Provides support, counselling, and referrals in a wide variety of life skills areas, including housing, education and employment, personal health, homemaking, and advocacy.
Victim Services Program - Community Based
Provides support and guidance to people who reside in Richmond or are involved with the Richmond RCMP and who have been abused in intimate relationships, sexually/physically assaulted, or stalked. Service is available to non-offending family members. Services offered include emotional support, information about the Criminal Justice System, court information, orientation and accompaniment, assistance with Crime Victim Assistance forms, and Victim Impact Statements.

Family Support & Resource Centre
Room K2-126, 2nd floor of Ambulatory Care, 4480 Oak Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6H 3V4   (Map)
Web site: www.bcchildrens.ca/fsrc
Phone:  604-453-8335
Toll Free:  1-800-331-1533
E-mail: fsrc@cw.bc.ca

The Family Support & Resource Centre is a lending library and a bookstore, located at BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospitals & Health Centre. Our library collection consists of over 5,000 books, CDs and DVDs on a wide variety of health topics. All BC residents are welcome to borrow from our library. We even ship for free anywhere in British Columbia! Our online catalogue can be found at http://catalogue.cw.bc.ca Our bookstore sells items created by, or highly recommended by, health professionals at our hospitals. Online sales can be made at http://bookstore.cw.bc.ca.

Financial Assistance for Seniors (Government Programs)
Web site: www.canadabenefits.gc.ca
TDD:  1-800-926-9105
Toll Free:  1-800-622-6232

There are a number of financial assistance programs and benefits for seniors from the governments of Canada and BC. The website provides access to this information and many of the related application forms.

Assisted Living
2-2, 1515 Blanshard Street
Victoria,  BC   V8W 3C8   (Map)
Web site: www.health.gov.bc.ca/assisted/
Phone:  250-952-1369
Toll Free:  1-866-714-3378
E-mail: info@alregistrar.bc.ca
Provide housing, hospitality services, and assistance services for adults who can live independently but require regular assistance with daily activities, usually because of age, illness or disabilities.
Shelter Aid For Elderly Renters (SAFER)
101 - 4555 Kingsway
Burnaby,  BC   V5H 4V8   (Map)
Web site: www.bchousing.org/Initiatives/Providing/SAFER
Phone:  604-433-2218
Toll Free:  1-800-257-7756
Helps make rents affordable for BC seniors with low to moderate incomes. Provides monthly cash payments to subsidize rents for eligible BC residents who are age 60 or over and who pay rent for their homes. Provides subsidies to more than 16,000 senior households renting apartments in the private market, including singles, couples and people sharing a unit.
PO Box 1177, Station CSC
Victoria,  BC   V8W 2V2   (Map)
Web site: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/oas/allowance.shtml
Toll Free:  1-800-277-9914
A monthly benefit for low-income seniors (aged 60 to 64) whose spouse or common-law partner is eligible for, or currently receiving, the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). Delivered by Service Canada on behalf of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). See website for eligibility and how to apply.
Allowance for the Survivor
PO Box 1177, Station CSC
Victoria,  BC   V8W 2V2   (Map)
Web site: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/oas/allowance-survivor.shtml
Toll Free:  1-800-277-9914
Provides a monthly non-taxable benefit to low-income widowed spouses who are not yet eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension. Delivered by Service Canada on behalf of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). See website for eligibility and how to apply.
Bus Pass Program
PO Box 9985, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC   V8W 9R6   (Map)
Web site: www.sd.gov.bc.ca/programs/bus-pass.html
Toll Free:  1-866-866-0800
E-mail: HSDBUSPA@gov.bc.ca
Offers a low cost, annual bus pass providing access on BC Transit or Translink routes. Available to low-income seniors and provincial persons with disabilities clients. To be eligible for a bus pass, individuals must be: receiving Federal Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement or receiving Spouse’s Allowance to Old Age Security, over 65 years of age (would qualify for OAS and GIS except having less than 10 years residency in Canada), receiving Income Assistance (60 to 64 years of age), or receiving Income Assistance for persons with disabilities (18 to 64 years of age). Provided for a fee of $45 per year and is valid for one calendar year, expiring on December 31.
Canada Pension Plan - CPP
PO Box 1177 Station CSC
Victoria,  BC   V8W 2V2   (Map)
Web site: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/cpp/
Toll Free:  1-800-277-9914
Provides a monthly taxable benefit to retired contributors. Delivered by Service Canada on behalf of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). Visit website for information on eligibility and how to apply.
Canadian Government Annuities (CGA)
Canadian Government Annuities Branch, PO Box 12,000
Bathurst,  NB   E2A 4T6   (Map)
Web site: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/cs/ga/010.shtml
Phone:  506-548-7972
Fax:  506-548-7428
Toll Free:  1-800-561-7922
Administers contracts on behalf of individuals who have contributed towards the purchase of an annuity either on their own or through their employers as part of a pension plan.
Fair Pharmacare
Fair Pharma Care Administration, PO Box 9655 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC   V8W 9P2   (Map)
Web site: www.health.gov.bc.ca/pharmacare/plani/planiindex.html
Phone:  604-683-7151
Toll Free:  1-800-663-7100
Provides financial assistance to BC residents for eligible prescription drugs and medical supplies based on their net income. There is no charge to register and there are no premiums to pay. Coverage begins immediately if registration is done by phone or online.
Guaranteed Income Supplement - GIS
PO Box 1177, Station CSC
Victoria,  BC   V8W 2V2   (Map)
Web site: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/oas/gis/
Toll Free:  1-800-277-9914
Provides a monthly non-taxable benefit to low-income Old Age Security (OAS) recipients living in Canada. Delivered by Service Canada on behalf of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).
Independent Living BC
1701 - 4555 Kingsway
Burnaby,  BC   V5H 4V8   (Map)
Web site: www.bchousing.org/Initiatives/Creating/ILBC
Phone:  604-433-1711
Toll Free:  1-866-465-6873
E-mail: webeditor@bchousing.org
Helps seniors and persons with disabilities live independently in affordable, self-contained housing, through the Independent Living BC program. Offers a middle option to bridge the gap between home care and residential care for those who need some assistance, but do not want or need 24-hour professional nursing care. Offers accommodation, hospitality services such as meals, housekeeping, laundry, recreational opportunities and 24-hour response, and personal care services such as assistance with grooming, mobility and medications.
International Benefits
Service Canada
Ottawa,  ON   K1A 0L4   (Map)
Web site: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/international/index.shtml
Fax:  613-952-8901
Toll Free:  1-800-454-8731
Provides retirement, disability or survivor benefits to eligible individuals who have lived or worked in another country, or the surviving spouse, common-law partner, or children of eligible individuals who have lived or worked in another country.
Medical Services Plan (MSP) Premium Assistance
Medical Services Plan, PO Box 9677 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC   V8W 9P7   (Map)
Web site: www.hibc.gov.bc.ca
Phone:  604-683-7151
Toll Free:  1-800-663-7100
Provides low-income persons with subsidies that cover the full or partial cost of BC's Medical Services Plan (MSP). Help with the payment of premiums is available to Canadian citizens or holders of permanent resident status who have held that status and been resident in Canada for the past 12 consecutive months. There are two premium assistance programs: regular premium assistance and temporary premium assistance.
Old Age Security - OAS
PO Box 1177 Station CSC
Victoria,  BC   V8W 2V2   (Map)
Web site: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/oas/
Toll Free:  1-800-277-9914
A monthly benefit available to most Canadians 65 years of age who meet the Canadian legal status and residence requirements. Delivered by Service Canada on behalf of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). Please apply to receive benefits.
Property Tax Deferment Program
PO Box 9475, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC   V8W 9W6   (Map)
Web site: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/topic.page?id=C328CC97B41F441BBB63E2D54299C04F
Phone:  604-660-2421
Fax:  250-356-5347
Toll Free:  1-800-663-7867
E-mail: TaxDeferment@gov.bc.ca
A low-interest loan program that assists homeowners in BC in paying the annual property taxes on their principal residences. The two tax deferment programs are: the Regular Program which is for property owners who are 55 years or older, a surviving spouse or a person with disabilities as defined by regulation, and the Family with Children Program which is for property owners who are financially supporting, at the time of application, a dependent child who is under the age of 18.
Senior's Supplement (Province of BC)
PO Box 9950 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC   V8W 9R3   (Map)
Toll Free:  1-866-866-0800
A monthly payment that ensures a conditionally guaranteed income level for BC residents receiving federal Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income supplement or federal Allowances. If the income level of an eligible senior's total income falls below the level guaranteed , the supplement makes up the difference. The maximum monthly supplement will be $49.30 for single seniors and $120.50 for senior couples and is paid automatically.

Finn Slough Heritage and Wetland Society
Web site: www.finnslough.com
E-mail: tidetables@hotmail.com or Tr0wse@hotmail.com

Dedicated to preserving the history of Finn Slough and protecting the natural environment and habitat of the Slough and surrounding area from development.

First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
810 - 815 W Hastings St
Vancouver,  BC    V6C 1B4   (Map)
Web site: www.firstcallbc.org
Phone:  604-709-6962
Toll Free:  1-800-307-1212
E-mail: info@firstcallbc.org

A non-partisan, province-wide coalition of over 95 organizations who come together to mobilize British Columbians to work together to ensure our children and youth have the rights, opportunities and resources required to achieve their full potential. Believes all children and youth in BC should have first call on society’s resources. Supports BC's children and youth through three strategies: Public Education, Community Mobilization and Public Policy Advocacy.

Francis House
8640 Cruickshank Drive
Richmond,  BC    V6Y  2X6   (Map)
Phone:  604-241-0972
Fax:  604-241-0976

Provides community residential services for clients with mental health illnesses. Addresses three areas: life skills, vocational training, and recreation, with an emphasis on individual life planning. The Frances House is provided by the Katherine Sanford Housing Society.

Fraser Power & Sail Squadron
Web site: www.frasersquadron.ca
Phone:  604-786-5678
E-mail: goldenmeantraining@telus.net

Offers boating safety courses, Canadian Coast Guard accredited boating courses leading to the Boating Basics for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), and the Boating Essentials course beginning in September 2014 and again in January 2015. Also offers the VHF Marine Radio course. The VHF course includes the Digital Selective Calling endorsement (DSC and GMDSS).

Fraser River Estuarium & Education Society
324 - 3411 Springfield Drive
Richmond,  BC    V7E 3Z1   (Map)
Phone:  604-274-8641
E-mail: north_star_mariner@shaw.ca

Committed to working towards a sustainable future for the coastal communities of the Lower Fraser and the fisheries that support them. Involved in a spectrum of interests in the fishing industry and communities, aiming for a cooperative approach in addressing matters related to the fishery and the future of fishing communities. Promotes the establishment of an estuarium to be located in the Steveston area. Volunteers are welcome.

Fraser River Fiddlers
55 - 3031 Williams Road
Richmond,  BC    V7E 1H9   (Map)
Web site: www.fraserriverfiddlers.wordpress.com
Phone:  604-277-3030
E-mail: lggv@telus.net

Directed by Lorraine Grescoe, the Fraser River Fiddlers are a group of fiddlers with a love for the toe-tapping music that has been handed down from early pioneers, including jigs, reels, waltzes, and great train music. An honorarium of $75 - $100 is suggested for a 45 minute show.

Fraserview Intermediate Care Lodge
9580 Williams Road
Richmond,  BC    V7A  1H2   (Map)
Phone:  604-274-3510
Fax:  604-277-1844
E-mail: recreation@fraserviewcare.com

Provides 24-hour daily care and supervision by health care professionals for adults who are unable to care for themselves. There are regular outings and an active Resident Family Council. To live in this care home, apply directly to Fraserview or be referred by Richmond Health Services Home Health (604-278-3361). Volunteers can contact the Care Lodge at 604-274-3510, ext.223 or recreation@fraserviewcare.com. Businesses can contact the Care Lodge at businessoffice@fraserviewcare.com.

Fraserview Mennonite Brethren Church
11295 Mellis Drive
Richmond,  BC    V6X  1L8   (Map)
Web site: www.fraserviewchurch.com
Phone:  604-270-4211
Fax:  604-270-7671
E-mail: admin@fraserviewchurch.com

A Christian worship and community centre. Sunday morning service at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome.

The Fridge Neighbourhood Centre
Web site: www.thefridge.ca
E-mail: ken@thefridge.ca
A Friday night drop-in program for preteens and teens aged 12 to 17, from 7:00pm to 10:30pm. Runs September to June. Cost is $1.

Freecycle Richmond
Web site: www.freecycle.org

A grassroots and entirely non-profit movement of people who are giving and receiving items for free in their own communities. Encourages reuse and helps to keep good things out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. Membership is free.

Freemasons Volunteer Driver Program
2576 Ash Street
Vancouver,  BC    V5Z 2Z4   (Map)
Phone:  604-872-2034

This free transportation service, operated by the Freemasons of BC and Yukon, is available only to people diagnosed with cancer. Transportation is available to and from treatments only. Call 24 hours in advance to arrange for transportation. Hours are 7:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. This service is available in Richmond, Vancouver, Burnaby, and New Westminster.

Friends of the Richmond Archives
7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1R9   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/cityhall/archives/about/friends.htm
Phone:  604-247-8305
E-mail: archives@richmond.ca

Supports the development and use of the City of Richmond Archives. The annual membership fee is $5.

Friends of the Richmond Public Library
100 - 7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1R9   (Map)
Web site: www.yourlibrary.ca/content.cfm?lev1=134
Phone:  604-244-8569

Dedicated to supporting and promoting the library in the community. Holds book sales in October and April each year with profits going to special projects in the Richmond Public Library.

FSNA - Vancouver
4445 Norfolk Street
Burnaby,  BC    V5G 0A7   (Map)
Phone:  604-681-4742
E-mail: fsnavan@shaw.ca

An organization of retired members of the Federal Public Service, the RCMP, the Canadian Armed Forces and Federal Judges and their spouses formed for the purpose of providing a voice to the Federal Government on issues of concern. Office hours are normally 10:00am to 2:00pm, Monday to Friday, excluding holidays.

Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi™
588 East 15th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V5T 2R5   (Map)
Web site: www.taoist.org
Phone:  604-681-6609
Fax:  604-681-6692
Toll Free:  18881
E-mail: vancouver@taoist.org

Change the description to: The Taoist Tai Chi™ arts provide a way of transforming and returning the body to health through a form of exercise and personal development that both promotes health and relieves stress.

Garratt Wellness Centre
7504 Chelsea Place
Richmond,  BC    V7C 3S9   (Map)
Web site: www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca
Phone:  604-204-2007
Fax:  604-204-2017
E-mail: garrattwellnesscentre@vch.ca

Offers specialized programs, education, and resources to help Richmond residents manage and improve the quality of their lives. Examples include exercise programs for people with chronic conditions, counseling groups, nutrition education, community kitchens, and health support groups.

Garry Point Park
12011 7th Avenue (Southwest corner of Richmond between Chatham and Moncton Street on 7th Avenue)
Richmond,  BC   
Web site: www.richmond.ca/parks/parks/SigParks/parkinfo/park.aspx?ID=17

A 75-acre waterfront park at the mouth of the Fraser River and close to Steveston Village with spectacular views and beaches. Points of interest in the park are the Japanese Garden, Fisherman's Memorial sculpture and Scotch Pond Historic Moorage site. Parking, picnic tables, washrooms, and a food concession stand are available.

Gateway Academy for Performing Arts
6500 Gilbert Road
Richmond,  BC    V7C 3V4   (Map)
Web site: www.gatewaytheatre.com/academy.html
Phone:  604-247-4975
Fax:  604-247-4995
E-mail: academy@gatewaytheatre.com

Offers year-round acting, musical theatre, speech, singing, playwriting classes and more for youth ages 6 to 18. We are introducing adult classes this fall 2013! All classes are instructed by professional actors, directors, and choreographers to give students practical and real world skills.

Gateway Theatre
6500 Gilbert Road
Richmond,  BC    V7C 3V4   (Map)
Web site: www.gatewaytheatre.com
Phone:  604-270-6500
Fax:  604-247-4995
E-mail: gtinfo@gatewaytheatre.com

Owned by the City of Richmond and operated by the Richmond Gateway Theatre Society, their mission is to be a welcoming, inclusive, and culturally diverse regional theatre for Richmond and its surrounding communities.

Facility Rentals
Phone:  604-247-4976
E-mail: events@gatewaytheatre.com
Rent the 540-seat Main Stage or 100-seat Studio B for your show, presentation, or meeting. Main Stage and Studio B include a stage, dressing room, and lobbies with full bar facilities. Tours are available.
Gateway Theatre Productions
Phone:  604-270-1812
E-mail: boxoffice@gatewaytheatre.com
Six plays are presented each season, including musicals, comedies, dramas, and new works in either the 540-seat Main Stage or 100-seat Studio B in addition to SceneFirst, a play reading series.
Volunteer Program
Phone:  604-247-4977
E-mail: volunteers@gatewaytheatre.com
Supports the theatre in a variety of ways throughout the year: helping patrons find their seats, taking tickets, coat check, assisting at the bar, helping with administrative work, and acting as ambassadors in the community. Anyone interested in the volunteer program should visit the Gateway website for an application form.

Gilmore Park United Church
8060 No. 1 Road (at Blundell)
Richmond,  BC    V7C  1T9   (Map)
Web site: www.gilmoreparkunited.ca
Phone:  604-277-5377
Fax:  604-277-5398
E-mail: gilmorepark@telus.net

Service every Sunday at 10:30am.

Community Meal
Community Meal every Thursday at 5:30pm from January to November. This is a free dinner offered to anyone regardless of means, social situation, or religious affiliation. Everyone is welcomed.

Gingerbread House Parent Participation Preschool Society
10451 Lassam Street
Richmond,  BC    V7E 2C2   (Map)
Web site: www.gingerbreadhousepreschool.org
Phone:  604-204-1008
E-mail: info@gingerbreadhousepreschool.org

A place where children and parents play and learn together. As the only Parent Participation Preschool (PPP) in Richmond, Gingerbread House provides a unique early childhood learning experience for children and their families.

Girl Guides of Canada - West Coast Area
4780 Blundell Road
Richmond,  BC    V7C 1G9   (Map)
Web site: www.bc-girlguides.org
Phone:  604-272-0459
Toll Free:  1-800-565-8111
E-mail: fdaguidehouse@hotmail.com

A movement for girls led by women. Challenges girls to reach their potential and empowers them to give leadership and service as responsible citizens of the world. Offers programs for girls 5 to 18 years old and women 19 years and up.

Go Volunteer
Web site: www.govolunteer.ca
E-mail: info@govolunteer.ca

Go Volunteer, powered by Vantage Point, is an online volunteer listing service connecting not-for-profit organizations and engaging volunteers across Richmond and the Lower Mainland.

Goan Overseas Association - Vancouver
PO Box 97064 Main Post Office
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 4H4   (Map)
Web site: www.goavancouver.com
E-mail: president@goavancouver.com

Strives to assist and develop community spirit, promote Goan heritage, help new immigrants, and provide assistance wherever it is required for its members and the Goan community, particularly for youth and seniors, in accordance with its Constitution.

Government of Canada - Information
Service Canada
Ottawa,  ON    K1A 0J9   (Map)
Web site: www.canada.ca
Fax:  613-941-1827
TDD:  1-800-926-9105
Toll Free:  1-800-622-6232

Provides the primary telephone access point for information on the Government of Canada, its programs, services, new initiatives, products, and information on Canada. Bilingual information officers answer questions and direct callers to experts in government departments. Officers will be available in person Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 8:00pm, EST.

Granville House
7315 No. 4 Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y  2T4   (Map)
Phone:  604-276-0602
Fax:  604-276-0603

A residential psychiatric facility offering 10 beds. Offers a community residential program for people with severe and persistent mental illnesses who require a stress-free, quiet, and structured environment to function in the community and to prevent re-hospitalization. Encourages life skills with the aim of having residents move on to semi-independent/independent living situations. The House is provided by the Katherine Sanford Housing Society.

Pre-Independent Living Program
Prepares residences to move on to semi-independent or independent living situations.

Greater Vancouver Community Services Society
500 - 1212 West Broadway
Vancouver,  BC    V6H 3V1   (Map)
Web site: www.gvcss.bc.ca
Phone:  604-737-4900
Fax:  604-737-2922
E-mail: info@gvcss.bc.ca

Delivers care and services in the community to support the independence and well-being of the elderly, people with disabilities, and others who require support to retain or regain health and autonomy.

Community Living
Phone:  604-714-3507
E-mail: mmendonca@gvcss.bc.ca
Operates six group homes for individuals with profound physical and developmental disabilities. Experienced Community Living Workers provide a variety of services for residents, enabling them to exercise their independence and participate actively in the community.
Home Support
Phone:  604-714-3502
E-mail: dhill@gvcss.bc.ca
Established, specialized teams meet the home support needs of clients and families, including teams for Mental Health, Palliative Care, and Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) speaking clients. Services include personal care, medication management assistance, assistance with mobilization, tube feedings, blood glucose monitoring, and cleaning/laundry. Tracheotomy, palliative, respite and dementia care is also available.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
12138 4th Avenue
Richmond,  BC    V7E  3J1   (Map)
Web site: www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com
Phone:  604-664-9009
Fax:  604-664-9008
E-mail: gog.info@pc.gc.ca

A museum commemorating the West Coast fishing industry, past and present. Owned by Parks Canada and operated by a local non-profit community group, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society. Multimedia exhibits and displays, artifacts, machine demonstrations, and films give visitors a sense of how the Cannery looked and sounded during its operations. Provides guided tours of the Cannery to the public, school groups, ESL students, and special interest groups. Senior, family, and group rates are available. Programs include school programs for kindergarten to grade 6, social history tours for grades 7 to 12, and special events throughout season. Small theatre and museum space available for rental. Open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Habitat for Humanity - Greater Vancouver
69 West 69th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V5X 2W6   (Map)
Web site: www.habitatgv.ca
Phone:  604-681-5618
E-mail: admin@habitatgv.ca

Mobilizes volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Vancouver's ReStore
69 W 69th Ave
Vancouver,  BC   V5X 2W6   (Map)
Phone:  604-326-3055
Owns three ReStores in Vancouver, Burnaby, and North Vancouver. Receives new and used building materials as well as home décor items generously donated by homeowners, contractors, retailers, and manufactures in the community and sells them to the public at reduced prices. Money raised through sales covers 100% of the cost of operations, ensuring that every dollar donated goes directly towards building homes for families in need.

Hamilton Community Centre
5140 Smith Drive
Richmond,  BC    V6V 2W5   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/parksrec/centres/hamiltonctr/hamiltoncentre.htm
Phone:  604-718-8055
Fax:  604-718-8053
E-mail: hamilton@richmond.ca

Attached to the Hamilton Elementary School. Facilities include a kitchen, three multipurpose rooms, two meeting rooms and a fitness centre. Shares gym use with the Hamilton Elementary School. Offers programs for tots, children, youth, and adults of all ages.

Out-of-School Care
Phone:  604-204-8655
E-mail: dbloomfield@richmond.ca
Quality licensed school-age care for children 5 to 12 years old. Registration is ongoing. Provides care for school Pro-D days, Regular Early Dismissal Days, and seasonal breaks. Must pre-register and space is limited.
Preteen and Youth
A variety of programs and activities are available for preteen and youth.
Rainbows and Unicorns Preschool
Phone:  604-718-8436
E-mail: dbloomfield@richmond.ca
Designed to develop the child intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally, and cognitively. Term is from September to June with a Winter and Spring Break vacation. For all licensed preschools, children must turn appropriate age by December 31.
Wellness Clinics
Phone:  604-718-8055
Retired volunteer nurses are available to take your blood pressure and to discuss medications and any other health concerns you may have, all at no cost. Therapeutic touch, reflexology and Reiki sessions are available for a minimum donation of $10.00. These sessions stimulate the flow of energy throughout the body so that healing can take place naturally and the body can relax. For more details please call 604-718-8055.

Health & Home Care Society of BC
204 - 3077 Granville Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6H 3J9   (Map)
Web site: www.carebc.ca
Phone:  604-733-6614
Fax:  604-733-6698
Toll Free:  1-888-677-6614
E-mail: info@carebc.ca

Works to build healthy communities through health, wellness, and community support services. Programs include Meals on Wheels, Chinese Meals on Wheels, the Family Respite Centre, the Community Integration Project, and Health Promotion Services such as flu shots and health education.

Community Integration Project (CIP)
St. George's Place
West 14th Ave & Laurel Street Vancouver,  BC   Helps people with physical disabilities adapt to their housing and daily living needs while maintaining their quality of life within their home and community. Includes a resident mix of tenants both with and without physical disabilities. Located near Vancouver Hospital and GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre.
Family Respite Centre
2711 East 49th Street
Vancouver,  BC   V6J 1S1   (Map)
Phone:  604-327-9525
Offers a home-like environment where seniors with mental or physical frailties receive temporary care, benefiting from the care of dedicated nursing staff, advanced recreational and therapeutic programs, and the opportunity to socialize with other guests, staff and volunteers.
Health Promotion Services
204-3077 Granville Street
Vancouver,  BC   V6H 3J9   (Map)
Offers customized workplace, home and community health programs to enhance the well-being of British Columbians. Registered Nurses deliver a variety of services such as immunizations, health education, occupational health nursing and other services.
Meals on Wheels
Phone:  604-732-7638
Fax:  604-733-6698
Volunteers deliver meals every weekday throughout Vancouver and Richmond. In addition to the hot, nutritious food, meal recipients benefit from a visit from friendly volunteers and an informal check on their safety. Meals are delivered Monday to Friday between 11:00am and 1:00pm. For Western Meals on Wheels call 604-732-7638. For Chinese Meals on Wheels call 604-733-6615. To volunteer with Meals on Wheels, please call 604-733-9177 ext. 107.

Web site: www.healthlinkbc.ca
TDD:  711
Toll Free:  811
E-mail: HealthLinkBC@gov.bc.ca

Provides 24/7 access to non-emergency health information and advice in BC via telephone, a website, a wireless app, and a collection of print resources, including the BC HealthGuide Handbook. Website provides information on health topics, symptoms, and over-the-counter and prescription drugs and offers tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Offers a search and mapping function to health services to help BC residents find services in their communities. Call to speak to a registered nurse 24/7/365, dietitian (Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm), pharmacist (9:00am to 5:00pm daily), or to find a health resource in their area. Translation services are available upon request.

BC HealthGuide Handbook
Web site: www.healthlinkbc.ca/servicesresources/bchealthGuidehandbook/
A self-care manual that provides information on health topics including disease prevention, home treatment, emergencies, healthy lifestyle choices, and advice on when to seek a higher level of care. The BC HealthGuide in French, Chinese, and Punjabi can be ordered free of charge to residents of BC using the online order form. Please note that the English BC HealthGuide Handbooks are not currently available on our online order form, but it may still be available from local pharmacies or Service BC Centres while their supplies last.
Dietitian Services
Web site: www.healthlinkbc.ca/dietitian
Available online and by telephone to answer diet and nutrition-related questions. Call free-of-charge to speak to a registered dietitian from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, or email Dietitian Services with questions 24/7/365. Translation services are available upon request.
HealthLinkBC Files
Web site: www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/index.stm
Easy-to-read fact sheets on public health and safety issues which are updated regularly to include the latest health advice. Available on the HealthLink BC website as downloadable PDF documents in English, with most topics translated into French, Chinese, Punjabi, Farsi, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada: Richmond Area Office
260 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.heartandstroke.ca
Phone:  778-372-8052
Fax:  604-279-7134
Toll Free:  1-888-473-4636

Engaged in advocacy, public awareness, and funding research for improved understanding, prevention, and treatment of cardio/cerebrovascular disease. Visit the local office for information and free brochures.

Heart Smart Kids
A ministry approved educational program for children in kindergarten to grade 3 and grades 4 to 6. Workshops are held for teachers to enable them to deliver this program. All materials and workshop are free to teachers. For groups of 5 or more teachers in one school, workshop can be brought to your school.
Hearts in Motion Walking Club
A program designed to encourage people to participate in regular physical activity by walking.
Patient Family Resource Centre
Located at the Richmond Hospital, the Resource Centre is a place for families and patients to get healthy heart information.
Richmond Centre Wellness Club
A joint program between the Heart & Stroke Foundation and the Richmond Centre Mall providing daily early morning exercise in the form of Tai Chi exercise.
Yuan Jyi Dance Group
A joint program between the Heart & Stroke Foundation and Lansdowne Centre providing daily early morning fitness in the form of Yuan Jyi dance.

Holy Dormition of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church (see Eastern Catholic Church, Richmond)

Immanuel Christian Reformed Church
7600 No. 4 Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y  2T5   (Map)
Web site: www.icrc.ca
Phone:  604-276-8250
E-mail: office@icrc.ca

Offers programs for youth ages 3 to 18 on Fridays at 8:00pm and Sundays from 9:00am to 12:30pm. Bible study and other programs for young adults, ladies, seniors, and married couples. Sunday school for youth ages 3 to 12 and adults. Sunday service times are: Minnan/English at 8:45am, Mandarin/English at 10:15am, and English at 11:30am. Visit the website for a full list of ministries.

Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)
110 - 5751 Cedarbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2A8   (Map)
Web site: www.issbc.org
Phone:  604-637-1307
E-mail: elsa.richmond@issbc.org

The largest, multicultural, immigrant-serving agency in western Canada. Provides a variety of employment and settlement services to Lower Mainland immigrant and refugee communities, and works with over 23,000 clients per year. An additional location is at 150 - 8400 Alexandra Road, Richmond, BC, V6X 3L4.

Language and Career College
150 - 8400 Alexandra Road
Richmond,  BC   V6X 3L4   (Map)
Phone:  604-233-7077
Extra classes and/or tutorials for a low fee help newcomers reach Canadian Language. Benchmark Level 4, improve oral skills and prepare for the Citizenship Exam or Provincial Exams. Available at Alexandra location only.
LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Provides English language training for adult newcomers in speaking, listening, reading,and writing based on the nationally recognized Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB). Students learn English through relevant settlement language topics such as housing, banking, transportation and community resources, and make important connections to the community through field trips and guest speakers in the classroom. Available at both locations. The Alexandra location has a licensed childminding centre for children ages 1 to 5. This service is a free to students while they are studying English.
MAP (Moving Ahead Program)
Phone:  604-637-1307
E-mail: movingahead@issbc.org
A new initiative that provides support to immigrant and refugee youth and young adults ages 16 to 28 who face multiple, complex barriers in their settlement and integration journey in Canada. Participants receive individualised case management and attend group workshops. The program is free and transportation support is provided. Available at Cedarbridge location.
Settlement Services
Phone:  604-637-1307
Settlement services can help you learn about Canada, Canadian social systems and ways to better cope with the stress of adapting and settling in Canada. Settlement workers provide information and support to access community and government services; assistance completing government forms; and free workshops on settlement related topics. There is also support to accessing volunteer opportunities and help exploring careers, training and job options. Available at Cedarbridge location.
Skills Connect for Immigrants
Phone:  604-637-1307
E-mail: skillsconnect@issbc.org
Newly-arrived skilled immigrants can get one-on-one counseling to help upgrade their existing credentials through skills training at educational institutes. Newcomers are provided job search assistance, English training, and workshops like Soft Skills for the Canadian Workplace. Available at Cedarbridge location.

800 - 1281 West Georgia Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6E 3J7   (Map)
Web site: www.impactbc.ca
Phone:  604-742-1772
Fax:  604-742-1773
Toll Free:  1-888-742-1772
E-mail: info@impactbc.ca

ImpactBC is a Vancouver-based not-for-profit organization that provides coaching and collaboration with health care partners related to quality improvement and public and patient engagement. It advances health care improvement by engaging public, health care, and government to work as partners in building a sustainable health care system in British Columbia.

Patients as Partners | Patient Voices Network
Web site: www.patientsaspartners.ca/network
E-mail: connect@patientvoices.ca
An initiative that supports patients, families, and caregivers to work together with health care partners for positive health care system change. Our vision is to have a health care system that reflects the needs and priorities of those it serves - the patients.

Incentive Program at MacNeill
6611 No.4 Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 2T2   (Map)
Web site: http://public.sd38.bc.ca/~incentiveweb/
Phone:  604-668-6212
E-mail: melliott@sd38.bc.ca

Incentive offers an enriched curriculum in the core academic subjects of English, French, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. A variety of strategies are employed in the classroom that emphasize independent thinking within cooperative groups, including the development of group and individual projects, and group and individual oral presentations. Students are expected to take an active role in their learning.

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) - Richmond
151 West Esplanade
North Vancouver,  BC    V7M 3H9   (Map)
Web site: www.icbc.com
Phone:  604-661-2800
Toll Free:  1-800-663-3051

A provincial Crown corporation established in 1973 to provide universal auto insurance for motorists in BC. Responsible for driver licensing, and vehicle licensing and registration.

Disability Discount
Web site: www.icbc.com/autoplan/costs/Pages/Discounts-and-savings.aspx
Phone:  604-661-2800
Toll Free:  1-800-663-3051
Persons with disabilities may qualify for a 25% discount on their Basic Autoplan. To apply for a disability discount on your insurance, you must first qualify for the BC government Fuel Tax Refund Program for Persons with Disabilities.
Driver Services Centre - (Lansdowne Centre mall by Toys R Us)
502 - 5300 No. 3 Road
Richmond,  BC   V6X 2X9   (Map)
Phone:  604-661-2255
A driver's licence can be obtained here. This location offers a telephone translation service for help with licensing transactions with over 170 languages offered (cannot be used for testing). Open from 8:00 am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday. For knowledge tests, arrive at least one hour before closing.
Richmond (Elmbridge) Claim Centre
7200 Elmbridge Way
Richmond,  BC   V6X 2Y1   (Map)
Phone:  604-273-9242
Fax:  604-273-4569
Hours of operation are 7:00am to 7:30pm, Monday to Tuesday, 7:00am-5:30pm, Wednesday to Thursday, and 7:00am to 4:30pm on Friday
Seniors' Discount
Web site: http://www.icbc.com/autoplan/costs/Pages/Discounts-and-savings.aspx
Phone:  604-661-2800
Toll Free:  1-800-663-3051
Individuals who are 65 or older and drive your vehicle for pleasure use only, you may be eligible for a 25% discount on Basic Autoplan. Both the vehicle owner and the principal operator must be 65 or older to qualify and the rate class may need to be changed in order to receive this discount. Speak to an Autoplan broker for more information.

Integration Youth Services Society
3105 - 8888 Odlin Crescent
Richmond,  BC    V6X 3Z8   (Map)
Web site: www.iyss.org
Phone:  604-805-8833
E-mail: info@iyss.org

Serves young people and their families in Richmond and Greater Vancouver. Facilitates self-help through integrated and holistic services in education, personal growth, community outreach, and cultural and recreational activities. Aims to help young people learn about themselves, improve communication, and discover and maximize their potential. Works closely with parents, knowing that a lot of the challenges young people face are related to intergenerational relations.

Various Programs
Include: Children Summer Camp, Mustard Seed Children Theatres, Youth Research Project, Multimedia Production Team, Scouts Groups, and Personal Growth Youth Pilgrimage to Yunnan, China.

International Buddhist Society
9160 Steveston Highway
Richmond,  BC    V7A  1M5   (Map)
Web site: www.buddhisttemple.ca
Phone:  604-274-2822
Fax:  604-271-2338
E-mail: temple@buddhisttemple.ca

A Buddhist temple that is open to the public. Introduces Buddhism through Chinese art, sculpture, architecture, gardening, painting, calligraphy, chanting, embroidery, and traditional Buddhist ceremonies and customs. Offers guided tours for group of 15 people or more. Visit the website for an activity schedule.

International Society of the Handicapped of Greater Vancouver
125 - 8880 No. 1 Road
Richmond,  BC    V7C 4C3   (Map)
Web site: www.vcn.bc.ca/ishbc
Phone:  604-271-8387
Fax:  604-271-8343

A consumer advocacy group that helps its members by providing information, services, advocacy, and more.

IODE - Richmond
Web site: www.iode.ca
Phone:  604-271-5326
E-mail: jallanis@shaw.ca

A women's charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals through education support, community service, and citizenship programs. Welcomes new members. Visit www3.telus.net/iodeinbc for local information.

Iona Beach Regional Park
Web site: www.metrovancouver.org/services/parks_lscr/regionalparks/Pages/IonaBeach.aspx
Phone:  604-224-5739

Located on the end Ferguson Road. Offers 13 km of walking/hiking trails, 3 km of horseback riding trails, and 4 km of cycling paths. Features include wildlife viewing, beach activities, and picnic tables. Dogs must be on-leash throughout the park.

Jack Bell Foundation
700 West 57th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V6P 1S1   (Map)
Web site: www.thejackbellfoundation.org
Phone:  604-879-7433
Fax:  604-301-3831
Toll Free:  1-888-380-7433
E-mail: info@thejackbellfoundation.org

Runs Canada's only large-scale public ride-sharing program. Operates over 100 vehicles in its public fleet and facilitates ride-sharing among the public using an online database.

Ride-Share Program
Web site: www.ride-share.com
E-mail: info@ride-share.com
Find or offer a ride for work or play using the website and online database. Pay a monthly fee to ride in an available Jack Bell Ride-Share fleet vehicle for door-to-door service between home and work.

Japanese Community Volunteers Association (Tonari Gumi)
101 - 42 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V5Y 1M7   (Map)
Web site: www.tonarigumi.ca
Phone:  604-687-2172
Fax:  604-687-2168
E-mail: info@tonarigumi.ca

Staff and volunteers provide culturally sensitive services and programs in Japanese and English to assist seniors and other generations in need in the Japanese Canadian community. Provides senior assistance, information and referral service, applications and forms assistance, medical interpretation and accompaniment, problem solving assistance, and senior housing information. Also offers fitness, recreational, and educational activities, primarily for seniors. Outreach programs for seniors include congregate meals, telephone buddies, and friendly visitation. Also offers workshops as well as a support group for families with members who have dementia.

Meals on Wheels
Tonari Gumi volunteer drivers deliver Japanese-style lunch boxes specially provided by Izumiya Japanese food market to the residents of Richmond who have become homebound as a result of physical or mental disabilities. Delivers every Tuesday. Assessments required.
Telephone Buddy & Friendly Visitation
Tonari Gumi volunteers regularly call or visit seniors who have become isolated due to physical or mental disabilities as well as language barriers.

JDRF - Vancouver (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Vancouver)
150 - 6450 Roberts Street
Burnaby,  BC    V5G 4E1   (Map)
Web site: www.jdrf.ca
Phone:  604-320-1937
Fax:  604-320-1938
Toll Free:  1-877-320-1933
E-mail: vancouver@jdrf.ca

Dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

Jewish Family Service Agency
305 - 1985 West Broadway
Vancouver,  BC    V6J 4Y3   (Map)
Web site: www.jfsa.ca
Phone:  604-257-5151
Fax:  604-257-5148
E-mail: info@jfsa.ca

JFSA delivers a continuum of social services to individuals and families of all ages and stages of life, supporting them to live healthy and productive lives.

Basic Resources
Phone:  604-637-3309
The Basic Resources Department offers clinical case management, supports clients through a variety of governmental systems, provides poverty relief, helps to build networks of support, provides information and resources, assists with food security, and provides advocacy for referral concerns. Sessions with our professional case managers are made by appointment. Please contact Alan Stamp at 604-637-3309 for more information.
Counselling Services
Phone:  604-637-3309
West Coast Wellness Group provides counselling services on a fee for service basis. Registered Clinical Counsellors support clients that are experiencing issues with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, loss, personal growth, enhancing or increasing their wellness, child/youth issues and parenting. Therapy services are by appointment and a range of hours are available, including early evening appointments. For more information or to arrange a free Clinical Intake meeting, please call Alan Stamp at 604-637-3309.
Employment Services
Assists clients in their job search through various programs, including career exploration & coaching, planning, and employment workshops. Establishes relationships with employers and provides them with customized recruitment solutions that meet their business needs. For more information on the employment workshops, please contact Employment Counsellors Mary Irvine at 604-637-3314 and mirvine@jfsa.ca or Naz Gurbuz at 604-257-5151 and ngurbuz@jfsa.ca.
JHub Richmond
212 - 8171 Cook Road
Richmond,  BC   Phone:  604-447-8808
E-mail: support@jhubrichmond.org
JFSA is seeing clients at JHub Richmond and is now able to offer services such as: -Seniors counselling, information and referral services -Clinical counselling for individuals, couples and families -Resettlement counselling and referral for newcomers -Financial aid assessment For more information, please visit or contact Jhub. JFSA Seniors staff office hours are normally Tuesdays 1 to 4 pm and Thursdays 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Jhub is made possible through the generosity of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver
Seniors Services
Phone:  604-637-3310
Seniors Outreach Counsellors work with seniors throughout the city to provide information and referral, assess and determine eligibility for financial aid for food vouchers, medical/dental requirements or housing emergencies. They collaborate with programs and agencies such as the West End Seniors Network, who refer seniors with complex issues. They advocate for seniors with government agencies, for better housing, and better care. They refer clients to JFSA home support, congregate meals and community programs. They pair with synagogues to coordinate and deliver food for the Jewish holidays. They accompany seniors to appointments, and to visit assisted living and long term care facilities. They work with adult children who are the primary caregivers for their aging parents. They act as a resource to other programs and services. Kosher Meal Delivery delivers frozen kosher meals to people who are unable to prepare food for themselves. The cost of the meal is $11.50; subsidy may be available. Catchment area is Vancouver, and Richmond. Seniors Lunch serves a hot kosher luncheon at 12 noon on Tuesdays for Jewish seniors at Temple Sholom (57th and Cambie) for a $10 fee; clients are driven to lunch by volunteers or HandyDART. For more information, please contact Joanne Haramia at 604-637-3310.
Settlement and Integration
Settlement and Integration Services help newcomers to become successfully integrated, active participants in the Greater Vancouver Jewish community, and in Canadian society. Services include: pre and post-arrival settlement-related information to newcomers; individual and family settlement counselling as well as outreach in the Tri-cities area; and, referrals to assist newcomers in securing , housing and access to educational, social, and cultural resources. Please contact Miri Tal at 604 637 3313 for more information.

Job's Daughters International
6790 No.3 Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 2C4   (Map)
Web site: www.jobsdaughtersinternational.org
Phone:  604-814-2808
E-mail: BCJD.GrSec@gmail.com

A service club for young women between the ages of 10 and 20 who would like to learn about community speaking and provide public service. Members meet new people and provide service projects to benefit the community.

Johrei Fellowship
10380 Odlin Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X  1E2   (Map)
Web site: www.johrei.com
Phone:  604-273-0212
Fax:  604-273-0212
E-mail: johrei@telus.net

Johrei is a spiritual healing practice originating in Japan meaning to 'purify spirit.' Universal energy is channeled to individuals to restore spiritual, mental and physical health. Johrei activities also include flower arranging and nature farming to produce foods free of chemicals. These practices are ways to promote health and harmony in individuals and communities. All are welcome.

Junior Achievement of British Columbia
110 - 475 West Georgia Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 4M9   (Map)
Web site: www.jabc.org
Phone:  604-688-3887
Fax:  604-689-5299
E-mail: info@jabc.org

Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. Junior Achievement of British Columbia (JABC) partners with educators, donors and volunteers to bring a real world experience into the classroom. Programs focus on Workplace Readiness, Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy, giving students in grades 5-12 the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Vancouver (see JDRF - Vancouver)

Kehila Society of Richmond
130-10691 Shellbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2W8   (Map)
Web site: www.kehilasociety.org
Phone:  604-241-9270
Fax:  604-270-3644
E-mail: Kehila@uniserve.com

The Kehila Society supports four synagogues in the Richmond community, a day school, social and educational opportunities, and a wide range of programs and services, including wellness clinics and a Kosher Meals on Wheels program. Hosts a weekly Senior’s program, inter-generational programs that bring children and seniors together, outreach, fund-raising for local needs, an annual Community Seder, etc. The Kehila Society also partners with the Jewish Seniors Alliance of Greater Vancouver, the Richmond Jewish day School, and the Vancouver Jewish Film Society.

Seniors' Wellness Clinic
Held on the third Monday of every month from September to June at Kehila Society of Richmond. Retired nurse volunteers are available to discuss medications and health concerns. Free blood pressure testing is available. Holistic services available with appointment. Please call for appointment times.

Kidney Foundation of Canada (KFOC) - BC Branch
200 - 4940 Canada Way
Burnaby,  BC    V5G 4K6   (Map)
Web site: www.kidney.bc.ca
Phone:  604-736-9775
Fax:  604-736-9703
Toll Free:  1-800-567-8112
E-mail: info@kidney.bc.ca

Committed to improving the health and quality of life of people affected by kidney disease through funding innovative research, providing education and support, promoting access to quality healthcare, and increasing public awareness and commitment to advancing kidney health and organ donation. Programs include Camp for Kidney Kids, Kidney Suites (for out-of- town kidney patients needing a longer stay in Vancouver), the Living Organ Donor Expense Reimbursement Program, Targeted Screening for those at risk for kidney disease, Kidney Connect (a peer support program), and the Short Term Financial Assistance Program.

Kidney Connect (Peer Support Program)
Phone:  604-408-2277
Toll Free:  1-866-390-7337
Anyone touched by kidney disease and in need of someone to talk to is invited to call. People who have been diagnosed with kidney disease or whose kidneys have failed, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones can all use the service. Also there for those who are considering donating one of their kidneys. To talk by phone to someone who has experienced these situations and can provide information, telephone or visit the website.
The Kidney Car Program
Web site: www.kidneycarbc.ca
Toll Free:  1-800-585-4479
If individuals or businesses have old unwanted vehicles such as cars, trucks, trailers, or even farm equipment, consider the benefits of donating to Kidney Car. Benefits the environment, vehicle owners, and people living with kidney disease. Receive a free vehicle towing and tax receipt. All vehicles are picked up within 24 to 48 hours.

Kids Help Phone
Web site: www.kidshelpphone.ca
Phone:  604-267-7057
Fax:  604-267-7057
Toll Free:  1-800-668-6868

Canada’s only free, anonymous, confidential, professional phone and web counselling and resource service for children and youth from 5 through 20. Young people can call 24 hours a day and speak one on one with a counsellor or post a question or concern through our website. Our professional counsellors answer calls about school problems, substance abuse, suicide, sexuality, relationships, health issues, running away, loneliness, and more. No problem is too big or small for our counsellors are to provide the help and hope you may need.

British Columbia/Yukon Regional Office
1100 - 1200 West 73rd Avenue
Vancouver,  BC   V6P 6G5   (Map)
Web site: www.kidshelpphone.ca
Phone:  604-267-7057
Fax:  604-267-7058
Toll Free:  1-877-267-7057
E-mail: bc@kidshelpphone.ca

KidSport Richmond
PO Box 162, 185 - 9040 Blundell Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1K3   (Map)
Web site: www.kidsportcanada.ca/british-columbia/richmond/
Phone:  604-812-4042
E-mail: bajackson43@gmail.com

Believes the primary goal of any children's sport program is for children to have the opportunity to participate in a safe and fun environment, to learn the sport of their choice, and to benefit from their participation and the positive experience of sport. Provides grants to community sports organizations for children up to 18 years of age to participate in a sport season of their choice each year. Eliminates the financial barriers for sport participation. The application package can be accessed at www.kidsportcanada.ca/site/assets/files/7325/2014_kidsport_application_form_guidelines.pdf.

Kinsmen Foundation of BC and the Yukon
3 - 33361 Wren Crescent
Abbotsford,  BC    V2S 5V9   (Map)
Web site: www.kinsmenfoundationofbc.ca
Phone:  604-852-4501
Fax:  604-852-4501
Toll Free:  1-866-335-1234
E-mail: kinsmenfoundationofbc@shaw.ca

Provides funding for assistive devices to adults with physical disabilities and teaches disability awareness.

Kinsmen Nature Park Pavilion
11851 Westminster Highway
Richmond,  BC    V6X 1B4   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/parks/parks/naturepark/rentals.htm
Phone:  604-718-6188
Fax:  604-718-6189
E-mail: nature@richmond.ca

Available for rental by the public. Maximum capacity is 80. Kitchen (no cooking), tables, and chairs are available. Parking lot has 35 spaces. No alcohol permitted.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University - Richmond Campus
8771 Lansdowne Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X  3V8   (Map)
Web site: www.kpu.ca
Phone:  604-599-2000
Fax:  604-599-2578
TDD:  604-599-2646
E-mail: facilities@kpu.ca

An undergraduate university providing a comprehensive range of bachelor's degrees and other credentials in the following areas: Arts, Business, Science, Health, Design, Trades and Technology, University Qualifying Studies, Horticulture, and Continuing Studies. Kwantlen Polytechnic University has campuses in Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale, and Langley.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University - Room Bookings
Main C250, 12666 72nd Avenue
Surrey,  BC   V3W 2M8   (Map)
Web site: www.kpu.ca/facilities/bookevents
Fax:  604-599-2440
E-mail: roomrent@kpu.ca
Invites business, educational, community, and non-profit organizations to rent facilities and resources for conferences, meetings, workshops, seminars, social and cultural activities, public forums, and film production. The Richmond Campus facilities include a multi-use conference centre, break out rooms, food services, reception area, meetings rooms, classrooms, foyer, cafeteria, and covered parking.

La Leche League in the Lower Mainland
Richmond Family Place, 8660 Ash Street
Richmond,  BC   
Web site: www.lllc.ca
Phone:  604-520-4623
Toll Free:  1-800-665-4324

Provides phone help and monthly meetings for mothers who wish to breastfeed their babies. All pregnant women, mothers, and babies are welcome. Meeting times are at 10:00am on the fourth Friday of the month in the Living Room of Richmond Family Place. The Richmond website is www.lllc.ca/lllc-south-delta-richmond-meeting.

Labour Relations Board British Columbia
600 - 1066 West Hastings Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6E 3X1   (Map)
Web site: www.lrb.bc.ca
Phone:  604-660-1300
Fax:  604-660-1892
E-mail: information@lrb.bc.ca

An independent, administrative tribunal with the mandate to mediate and adjudicate employment and labour relations matters related to unionized workplaces. Governs all aspects of collective bargaining amongst provincially-regulated employers and employees, including the acquisition of collective bargaining rights, the process of collective bargaining, the settlement and regulation of disputes in public and private sectors, and the regulation of the representation of persons by their bargaining agents.

Lady’s Flight Camp
Web site: www.airfun.org
Phone:  604-357-2083
E-mail: davidblack@airfun.org

A free fun-filled seminar for women. Earn a souvenir co-pilot's license and get a chance to fly a real airplane. Fun, laughter, adventure, and a turbo-boost for your self confidence. Includes one day in 'Ground School' and two flights as a co-pilot.

Law Students' Legal Advice Society - Greater Vancouver
c/o UBC Faculty of Law, 1822 East Mall
Vancouver,  BC    V6T 1Z1   (Map)
Web site: www.lslap.bc.ca
Phone:  604-822-5791
Fax:  604-822-1661
E-mail: pr@lslap.bc.ca

Offers free legal advice and representation to low-income individuals. Clinics throughout the Lower Mainland are run by UBC law students, assisted by supervising lawyers. Provides advice on various areas of the law including criminal law, small claims, Workers Compensation, Employment Insurance, wills, employment issues, immigration, refugee and residential tenancy disputes. Does not provide legal advice over the phone. Call to book an appointment or find a walk-in clinic. Ask about services in other languages, including a clinic for Mandarin and Cantonese speakers.

LSLAP Manual
A detailed, practical guide to many areas of law, with a new edition is published annually. Posted on the website, please call or fax to order a paper copy.

Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver
3292 East Broadway
Vancouver,  BC    V5M 1Z8   (Map)
Web site: www.ldav.ca
Phone:  604-873-8139
Fax:  604-873-8140
E-mail: info@ldav.ca

The Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver (LDAV) is a registered charity that offers affordable and accessible remedial teaching programs to children and youth ages 7 to 17 with suspected or diagnosed Learning Disabilities. Through individualized one-to-one remedial tutoring, children and youth have access to the tools they need to increase self-esteem and achieve academic success. We also offer social skills programs as well as bursary and advocacy support for parents.

Community Satellite School Program
In partnership with Metro Vancouver schools, we offer on-site one-to-one remedial tutoring services to children at their "home school". This program runs cooperatively with school resource teams and is currently available at six schools including Mitchell Elementary in Richmond.
Early Years Literacy
Children aged 4-6 participate in hands-on literacy and math-readiness activities that build self esteem and prepare them for elementary school. Children benefit from a multisensory curriculum led by Orton Gillingham-trained early-childhood educators.
Leadership Education and Employment Program (LEEP)
This program provides youth aged 14-17 with the opportunity to gain leadership skills, training certificates and on-the-job training to ensure a successful transition to the workplace.
Learning Disabilities Information Fairs
Offered several times per year, LD Fairs cover a variety of rotating topics, including how to access bursaries, the disability tax credit and advocating for your child in the school system. LD are free to attend. It is a great chance to tour our facilities and speak to our staff.
One-to-One Tutoring
We match each child with one of our qualified tutors and work with them to identify a set of Individual Learning Goals for the year. Remedial teaching is about helping each child understand his or her unique learning strengths and challenges and building the tools and strategies to learn in the way that they learn best. Individual Learning Support is also available and is recommended for students without at diagnosed Learning Disability who are experiencing learning challenges and require one-to-one support with specific school subjects and homework.
Walk a Mile in My Shoes (WAMMS) Workshops
This workshop uses interactive simulations and exercises to raise awareness about Learning Disabilities. Workshops can be tailored to groups large and small and are appropriate for children and adults. Recommended for professional development days, volunteer training, classrooms and manager training.

Legal Services Society
201-8171 Cook Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 3T8   (Map)
Web site: www.lss.bc.ca
Phone:  604-687-0134
Fax:  604-370-2414
Toll Free:  1-866-577-2525
E-mail: warren.eder@gmail.com

Provides legal aid for people in BC who cannot afford a lawyer and are eligible for legal aid.

Family Law in BC Website
Web site: www.familylaw.lss.bc.ca
Learn what to do about a family law issue, such as child removal, separation, divorce, custody, or access. Topics include: resolving family law disputes, self-help materials, and information about family law subject areas.

London Heritage Farm
6511 Dyke Road
Richmond,  BC    V7E  3R3   (Map)
Web site: www.londonheritagefarm.ca
Phone:  604-271-5220
E-mail: londonhf@telus.net

Attractions include the restored 1890s farmhouse complete with a Tea Room, a Gift Shop, and five display rooms depicting life in Richmond between 1890 and 1929. Attractions include the perennial flower and herb gardens, the Spragg family barn, an interpretive agricultural machinery display, chickens, a pond, community gardens, and bee hives. Open from dawn to dusk. The Tea Room and Gift Shop are open Saturdays and Sundays 12 noon to 5:00pm, from February through June, and and 5 days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, in July and August. Amenities include picnic tables and washrooms. Available weekdays for tea and tours for school groups, picnics and special occasions. Entrance to the house is by donation.

Lower Mainland Baseball Association
Web site: www.ballcharts.com/lmba
Phone:  604-512-7911
E-mail: lmba@shaw.ca

Men's baseball group for ages 18 to 45+.

Men's (18 to 30 years)
11791 Sealord Road
Richmond,  BC   V7A 3K9   (Map)
E-mail: freemanC22@hotmail.com
Contact Craig Di Rocco for more information.
Men's (30+ and 45+)
10560 No. 4 Road
Richmond,  BC   V7A 2Z7   (Map)
E-mail: freemanC22@hotmail.com
Contact Craig Di Rocco for more information.

Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society
2490 West 37th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V6M 1P5   (Map)
Web site: www.lmgr.ca
Phone:  604-696-1060
E-mail: lmgr@lmgr.ca

Grief Support Groups offered three times a year in Downtown; Vancouver West; and North Shore. A safe, confidential environment to help those who are struggling with the loss of a loved one.

MADD Metro Vancouver Chapter
PO Box 95059 Kingsgate
Vancouver,  BC    V5T 4T8   (Map)
Web site: www.maddchapters.ca/vancouver
Phone:  604-515-9212
Toll Free:  1-800-665-6233
E-mail: maddvancouver@gmail.com

Intends to stop impaired driving and to support victims of this violent crime. Offers support services to victims, heightens awareness about the dangers of impaired driving, and saves lives and prevents injuries on Canadian roads and waterways. Efforts are focused on five key areas: Youth Services, Victim Services, Public Awareness and Education, Public Policy, and Anti-Impaired Driving Technology.

Masonic Lodge
1495 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V6H 1C9   (Map)
Web site: www.freemasonry.bcy.ca
Phone:  604-736-8941
Fax:  604-736-5097
E-mail: grand_lodge@freemasonry.bcy.ca

Provides service support for its members. Also provides service to the community.

McDonald Beach Park
3500 McDonald Road
Richmond,  BC    V7B 1M4   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/parks/parks/about/amenities/park.aspx?ID=78

A 26-acre beach-front parkland located at the north end of Sea Island along the North Arm of the Fraser River. Has a dog off-leash area, fountain, washrooms, and boat launch. Offers views of the working river, airport activities, south Vancouver, and a long beach stretch with picnic areas to the west.

MEFM Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia Society of BC
PO Box 462, 916 West Broadway
Vancouver,  BC    V5Z 1K7   (Map)
Web site: www.mefm.bc.ca
Phone:  604-878-7707
Toll Free:  1-888-353-6322
E-mail: info@mefm.bc.ca

Provides information and support for people with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and FM (Fibromyalgia).

Metro Women's Soccer League
6501 Sprott Street
Burnaby,  BC    V5B 3B8   (Map)
Web site: www.mwsl.com
Phone:  604-291-7511
Fax:  604-291-7518
E-mail: admin@mwsl.com

Recreational and competitive soccer for women 17 years and older.

Military Family Services Program - Family Information Line
Web site: www.familyforce.ca/sites/FIL/EN/Pages/default.aspx
Phone:  613-995-5234
Toll Free:  1-800-866-4546
E-mail: FIL@familyforce.ca

A toll-free bilingual telephone service for families of Canadian military personnel, intended to provide information as well as reassurance, support, and referrals to other resources as needed. Counsellors are experienced, caring professionals familiar with Canadian Forces policies and operating procedures. Available to take calls 24/7.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General
PO Box 9044 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC    V8W 9E2   (Map)
Web site: www.gov.bc.ca/justice
Phone:  250-387-1866
Fax:  250-387-6411

Responsible for criminal justice and family law, court administration, legal aid and public legal education, family maintenance and legal services to government. The current Minister of Justice and Attorney General is the Honourable Peter MacKay.

Ministry of Children & Family Development - Richmond Office
130 & 150 - 5840 Cedarbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2A7   (Map)
Web site: www.gov.bc.ca/mcf
Phone:  604-660-9260
Fax:  604-247-1897
Toll Free:  1-877-660-1042

Works to ensure that the province's children and families have the best chances possible to succeed and thrive. General responsibilities include Child Protection and Family Development, Adoption, Foster Care, Early Childhood Development and Child Care, Child and Youth Mental Health, Youth Justice and Youth Services, and Special Needs Children & Youth. Operates two offices, one for Intake & Assessment and one for Family Services & Guardianship.

Helpline for Children
Web site: http://www.safekidsbc.ca/
Phone:  310-1234
Individuals who are concerned about anyone under the age of 19 who is being abused in any way can call the helpline, no area code needed, to speak to a social worker. Abuse can be physical, emotional or sexual. Abuse can be abandonment, desertion, neglect, ill-treatment, or failure to meet the physical, emotional needs or medical needs of a child.
Richmond Family Services and Guardianship
130 - 5840 Cedarbridge Way
Richmond,  BC   V6X 2A7   (Map)
Phone:  604-660-9260
Fax:  604-247-1897
Offers family support services that include parenting support, counselling, child care workers, and homemaker services. Offers adoption services and handles guardianship for children and youth. Delivers and supports families with children with special needs in BC. To be eligible for this service, a child must be under 19 years old and meet one of the three criteria: 1) have a developmental disability; 2) be assessed as eligible for the At Home Program; or 3) have a confirmed diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Richmond Intake and Youth Probation
150 - 5840 Cedarbridge Way
Richmond,  BC   V6X 2A7   (Map)
Phone:  604-660-1044
Fax:  604-278-4972
Call to access child protection and family services in Richmond. Provides some services for youth ages 16 to 19, including youth probation services.

Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
PO Box 9820 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC    V8W 9W3   (Map)
Web site: www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/sport
Phone:  250-356-9005
Fax:  250-356-2842

Provincial government funding for sport is generally targeted to province-wide sport and multi-sport organizations such as BC Hockey, Soccer BC, Special Olympics BC, BC Wheelchair Sports. To find out about Richmond sport clubs, visit the list of Provincial Sport Organization websites at www.sportbc.com. Many sport and recreation organizations also have programs such as KidSport, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities that have free, assistance with or reduced fees for low-income families. Community clubs seeking funding may be eligible for gaming revenues. For more information or to apply, visit www.gaming.gov.bc.ca.

Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners
551 Chatham Street
Victoria,  BC   V8T 1E1   (Map)
Web site: www.aboriginalsportbc.ca
Phone:  250-388-5522
Fax:  250-388-5502
Toll Free:  1-800-990-2432
To contribute to a healthier future for Aboriginal communities, families and individuals by making sport, recreation and physical activity a priority.
1000-510 Burrard Street
Vancouver,  BC   V6C 3A8   (Map)
Web site: www.viasport.ca
Phone:  778-331-8642
Fax:  778-327-5199
Toll Free:  1-800-335-3120
E-mail: info@viaSport.ca
Provides a direct connection to all information and resources related to sport development, technology and leadership. Works to bring added value to the BC sport sector under the vision of creating an active, healthy British Columbia where sport inspires a field of possibilities for all.

Ministry of Finance
PO Box 9417 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC    V8W 9V1   (Map)
Web site: www.gov.bc.ca/fin
Phone:  250-387-3751
Fax:  250-387-5594
Toll Free:  1-877-388-4440

Provides fiscal policies and regulatory frameworks to support a strong provincial economy and the sustainable delivery of services to British Columbians.

Fuel Tax Refund Program for Persons with Disabilities
Ministry of Finance, Refunds Section, PO Box 9628 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC   V8W 9N6   (Map)
Web site: www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/business/Consumer_Taxes/MotorFuelTax_CarbonTax/mft_ct.htm
Fax:  250-387-5882
Toll Free:  1-877-388-4440
E-mail: CTBTaxQuestions@gov.bc.ca
Persons with certain physical disabilities are eligible for a refund of motor fuel tax they pay on fuel used in their motor vehicles. The maximum allowable refund per year is $500. To be eligible, the applicant must be at least 16 years old, is a registered owner or lease of a motor vehicle, and must be a person with disabilities as defined in the Motor Fuel Tax Act.
Home Owner Grants
Home Owner Grant Administration , PO Box 9991 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC   V8W 9R7   (Map)
Web site: www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Home_Owner_Grant/hog.htm
Phone:  250-356-8904
Fax:  250-356-8994
Toll Free:  1-888-355-2700
E-mail: hogadmin@gov.bc.ca
Helps reduce the amount of residential property tax British Columbians pay. Applies to taxes paid by British Columbians to their municipality or to the Surveyor of Taxes for rural areas. Available to Canadian citizens or holder of permanent residency status in Canada, who live in BC, and who occupy the home as his/her principal residence. Also available to some low-income individuals and veterans who may not have qualified for the full grant previously.
Property Tax Deferment Program
Tax Deferment Program, Ministry of Finance, PO Box 9475 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC   V8W 9W6   (Map)
Web site: www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Property_Tax_Deferment/ptd.htm
Phone:  604-660-2421
Fax:  250-356-5347
Toll Free:  1-800-663-7867
E-mail: TaxDeferment@gov.bc.ca
Assists qualifying homeowners in BC in paying the annual property taxes on their principal residences. The two tax deferment programs are the Regular Program and the Family with Children Program.

Ministry of Health
Rm 337, Parliament Buildings
Victoria,  BC    V8W 3C8   (Map)
Web site: www.gov.bc.ca/health
Phone:  604-660-2421
Toll Free:  1-800-663-7867
E-mail: hlth.health@gov.bc.ca

Guides and enhances the province's health services to ensure British Columbians are supported in their efforts to maintain and improve their health.

BC Ambulance Service
302 – 2955 Virtual Way,
Vancouver,  BC   V5M 4X6   (Map)
Web site: www.bcas.ca
Phone:  604-660-6897
Fax:  604-660-6702
Provides emergency ambulance services provincially by air and land. While fees are not an insured benefit under the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) or the Canada Health Act, the fees are heavily subsidized for persons with a valid BC Care Card who are covered by MSP (known as MSP Beneficiaries). For emergencies, call 9-1-1.
Medical Services Plan (MSP)
Medical Services Plan , PO Box 9677 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC   V8W 9P7   (Map)
Web site: www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp/index.html
Phone:  604-683-7151
Fax:  250-356-0998
Toll Free:  1-800-663-7100
E-mail: mspenquiries@hibc.gov.bc.ca
Insures medically-required services provided by physicians and supplementary health care practitioners, laboratory services, and diagnostic procedures.
PharmaCare Plan - Fair PharmaCare
PharmaCare, PO Box 9655 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC   V8W 9P2   (Map)
Web site: www.health.gov.bc.ca/pharmacare/index.html#
Phone:  604-683-7151
Toll Free:  1-800-663-7100
Helps eligible British Columbia residents with the costs of eligible prescription drugs and designated medical supplies. The quality of the program stems from the combination of comprehensive coverage for BC residents and coverage of the drugs patients need to achieve real health benefits. For most PharmaCare plans, individuals must be actively enrolled in the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP).
Travel Assistance Program (TAP BC)
Travel Assistance Program, 3-1, 1515 Blanshard Street
Victoria,  BC   V8W 3C8   (Map)
Web site: www.health.gov.bc.ca/tapbc
Phone:  604-683-7151
Toll Free:  1-800-663-7100
E-mail: HLTH.TAPBC@gov.bc.ca
Helps alleviate some of the transportation costs for BC residents who must travel within the province for non-emergency medical specialist services not available in their own community. Coordinated by the Ministry of Health and the transportation partners who agree to waive or discount their regular fees. Health care services provided by practitioners other than medical physicians and services not insured by MSP are not eligible. Does not provide direct financial assistance for travel costs or make travel arrangements. Meals, accommodation, mileage, fuel and local transportation expenses are not included.

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour
PO Box 9594 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC    V8W 9K4   (Map)
Web site: www.gov.bc.ca/jtst/
Phone:  250-387-3117
Fax:  250-356-5186
Toll Free:  1-800-663-3316
E-mail: labour.ministry@gov.bc.ca

Responsibilities include industrial relations, employment standards, workers compensation, and labour relations.

Employers' Advisers
620 - 8100 Granville Ave.
Richmond,  BC   V6Y 3T6   (Map)
Web site: www.labour.gov.bc.ca/eao/
Phone:  604-713-0303
Fax:  604-713-0345
Toll Free:  1-800-925-2233
E-mail: eao@eao-bc.org
Employers' Advisers provide independent advice, assistance, representation, and training to employers, potential employers, and employer associations concerning workers' compensation issues.
Employment Standards Branch
PO Box 9570 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC   V8W 2B7   (Map)
Web site: www.labour.gov.bc.ca/esb/
Fax:  250-356-1886
Toll Free:  1-800-663-3316
Administers the Employment Standards Act and Regulation, which set minimum standards of wages and working conditions in most workplaces.
Workers' Advisers
500 - 8100 Granville Ave.
Richmond,  BC   V6Y 3T6   (Map)
Web site: www.labour.gov.bc.ca/wab/
Phone:  604-713-0360
Fax:  604-713-0311
Toll Free:  1-800-663-4261
Advisers provide direct assistance in resolving claims problems with the WCB and gather evidence to advance the inquiry system. Clients are provided with representation in cases involving complex legal, medical, or policy issues where there is no alternate representative, and where there is merit.

Ministry of Social Development - Richmond Employment and Assistance Centre
100 - 5760 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2A9   (Map)
Web site: www.gov.bc.ca/hsd
Phone:  604-660-2421
Toll Free:  1-866-866-0800
E-mail: EnquiryBC@gov.bc.ca

Focuses on the customer by transforming the delivery of services, using effective and outcome-based practices, and working in collaboration with ministries, other levels of government and business, community and service organizations to create a province in which British Columbians in need are assisted to achieve their social and economic potential.

BC Employment and Assistance
Web site: www.hsd.gov.bc.ca/bcea.htm
Toll Free:  1-866-866-0800
Assists British Columbians by moving them from income assistance to sustainable employment, and by providing income assistance to those who are unable to fully participate in the workforce. People with disabilities who can work are supported by specialized employment programs that assist them. Assistance is also available to those in need who are not expected to gain independence through employment. Applicants are expected to look for work before they receive assistance and, where able, people receiving income assistance are expected to complete an Employment Plan, seek work, and participate in employment programs.
Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities (EPPD)
Web site: www.gov.bc.ca/meia/online_resource/employment_strategy_for_persons_with_disabilities/
Provides a range of specialized services to help individuals with disabilities participate in their communities, pursue their employment goals, increase their self-reliance, and build skills and experience that may lead to further employment or volunteer opportunities. Assists persons with disabilities to achieve their economic and social potential.
Employment Program of BC
290 - 3631 No. 3 Road
Richmond,  BC   Web site: www.workbc.ca/workbccentres/welcome.htm
Phone:  778-732-0285
Fax:  778-732-0281
Only new BCEA clients with employment obligations that have been identified by the ministry are formally referred to the EPBC. Service providers assess if a person using EPBC services needs more than self-serve services. If needed, service providers can contact the ministry requesting a formal referral to the EPBC to provide them with case management. Ministry staff will complete a new Employment Plan for the client. Makes it easier for people to find work and provide stability for their families through a range of employment services and supports.
Family Maintenance Program
Web site: www.hsd.gov.bc.ca/publicat/bcea/fmp.htm
Toll Free:  1-866-866-0800
The parent who has custody of the child(ren), even shared custody, may be entitled to receive maintenance payments from the other parent. The Child Support Guidelines set out the amount of maintenance to be paid. When maintenance payments are either late or absent, families can turn to BC Employment and Assistance (BCEA) for support. For BCEA clients, the Ministry of Social Development’s Family Maintenance Program will provide assistance to obtain the maintenance order they are entitled to.
Self Serve Assessment and Application Tool
Web site: www.weborientation.gov.bc.ca
Toll Free:  1-866-866-0800
For those who are considering applying for BC Employment and Income Assistance. Learn about the process of applying for income assistance and the eligibility requirements. Offers a rough estimate of how much assistance individuals might be eligible for each month. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Minoru Aquatic Centre
7560 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1R9   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/aquatics
Phone:  604-238-8020
Fax:  604-718-8025
E-mail: aquatics@richmond.ca

Centre offers five pools in total including a 25- and 30-metre pool, a tot pool with hydro jets, two large whirlpools, 1- and 3-metre diving boards, a rope swing, sauna, and an exercise room with a variety of cardio and strength equipment. Call 604-276-4300 for the public swim information and course registration. Massage and physiotherapy services are available. Children's birthday party bookings are also available, call for booking details.

Learn to swim, advanced lifesaving, and instructional programs. Special needs lessons, private swim lessons and drop-in aquasize also available. Register one of three ways: online 24/7; by calling the Registration Call Centre at 604-276-4300, Monday to Friday, from 8:30am - 5:30 pm; in person at recreation and cultural facilities.

Minoru Arenas
7551 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y  1R8   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/arenas
Phone:  604-238-8465
Fax:  604-718-8475
E-mail: arenas@richmond.ca

Has two regulation size rinks and offers ice from September to April and dry floors from April to August. Facility amenities include eight dressing rooms and a girls changing room, a meeting room, the Time Out Cafe concession, skate and helmet rentals, free on-site parking, seating for up to 2,000 spectators, and wheelchair accessibility. Home to the Junior "B" Richmond Sockeyes of the Pacific International Junior Hockey League, the Connaught Skating Club and Richmond Lacrosse Association. Please call 604-276-4300 for skating schedules, information, and skating lessons. Call 604-448-5366 for facility rentals.

Minoru Fitness Centre
Minoru Arenas - 7551 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1R8   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/parksrec/sports/fitness/minoru.htm
Phone:  604-238-8004
Fax:  604-718-8007
E-mail: bclarke@richmond.ca

Operated by the City of Richmond Recreation and Cultural Services Department. Administers the Specialized Physical Activity Programs. Also the office for the Richmond Fitness and Wellness Community Association. Specialized Physical Activity programs include: Healthy Back & Strong Abdominals, Osteofit for Life conducted in English and Cantonese, Strength & Stretch, TaikoFit Drumming, Yoga and Girls-only Yoga, Fit For Duty-Boot Camp, Heart & Diabetes Wellness, Active For Life, Total Body Conditioning, Zumba and (Self Defense) Krav-Jitsu for children ages 8 to 15 and adults age 16+.

Minoru Place Activity Centre
7660 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1R9   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/parksrec/seniors/minoruplace/minoru.htm
Phone:  604-238-8450
Fax:  604-718-8462
E-mail: seniors@richmond.ca

Minoru Place Activity Centre (MPAC) offers an inviting, active and friendly environment for those 55 years and older. Minoru Place has a number of multipurpose rooms, a large hall with a stage, billiards room, cafeteria, computer room and an excellent woodworking shop. Activities include registered programs, out trips, special events and support groups. An annual Facility Pass ($21) provides access to any of the 40 Clubs and Groups. Spouses of members are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun at the Activity Centre even if under the age of 55. For more information, pick up a copy of the Minoru Place Newsletter from the Minoru Place front desk to find out about special events programs, upcoming trips and the latest news.

Community Leisure Transportation
Phone:  604-238-8456
Operates multi-passenger vehicles for use by Richmond non-profit community groups. Makes programs and services accessible to Richmond seniors, youth, person with a disability and all other Richmond residents. For more information or to make a booking contact Erika at 604-238-8456.
Hearing Clinic
Phone:  604-238-8450
Seniors can discuss their hearing concerns or have their hearing level tested in a free 20-minute hearing test. Runs on the third Thursday of each month from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Call to book an appointment.
Income Tax Clinic
Phone:  604-238-8450
Provides free income tax appointments on select days during March and April for those ages 55 or older with an annual income of $30,000 or less. Volunteers who help complete income tax forms are trained through the Revenue Canada volunteer income tax program.
Manicures and Pedicures
This service is provided every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for a fee. Call to make an appointment.
Minoru Place Cafeteria
Phone:  604-238-8461
This centrally located cafeteria, with its friendly staff and patrons, provides hot meals and snacks at affordable prices. Cafeteria open to all ages.
Richmond Wellness Clinic and Holistic Health Services
Phone:  604-238-8450
Blood pressure monitoring by retired nurse volunteers along with a wide variety of health-related information are available the third Wednesday of every month, from 9:00am to 11:30am. Services are free of charge. Holistic health services are also available in conjunction with the clinics for a fee. Call 604-238-8450 to book appointments for Reflexology, Reiki, manicures, pedicures, and more.

Minoru Residence
6111 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1Y4   (Map)
Web site: www.vch.ca/find_locations/find_locations/?&site_id=107
Phone:  604-244-5300
Fax:  604-244-5305
E-mail: feedback@vch.ca

Provides 24-hour professional nursing care, together with regular and ongoing medical supervision for individuals who have a high level of need for care. Houses 250 beds with 239 extended care beds, 10 Transitional Care Unit beds, and 1 respite bed.

MLA for Richmond - Steveston: John Yap
115 - 4011 Bayview Street
Richmond,  BC    V7E 0A4   (Map)
Web site: www.johnyapmla.bc.ca
Phone:  604-241-8452
Fax:  604-241-8493
E-mail: john.yap.mla@leg.bc.ca

MLA for Richmond Centre: Hon. Teresa Wat
300 - 8120 Granville Avenue
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1P3   (Map)
Web site: www.teresawat.ca
Phone:  604-775-0754
Fax:  604-775-0898
E-mail: teresa.wat.mla@leg.bc.ca

Honourable Teresa Wat is also Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism.

MLA for Richmond East: Hon. Linda Reid
130 - 8040 Garden City Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 2N9   (Map)
Web site: www.lindareidmla.bc.ca
Phone:  604-775-0891
Fax:  604-775-0999
E-mail: linda.reid.mla@leg.bc.ca

Monitor King
250 - 2851 Simpson Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2R2   (Map)
Web site: www.monitorking.com
Phone:  604-270-2677
Fax:  604-270-2630
E-mail: info@monitorking.com

Repairs, sells, and recycles old monitors and computer parts at low costs. Provides refurbished computers to seniors or people with disabilities with a discount. Call for proper monitor disposal and more information. Open Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 6:00pm, and Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Shipping is not provided at the moment.

Mood Disorders Association of BC (MDABC)
1450 - 605 Robson Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 5J3   (Map)
Web site: www.mdabc.net
Phone:  604-873-0103
Fax:  604-873-3095
E-mail: info@mdabc.net

Provides support, education, and hope of recovery to individuals, their friends, and families living with a mood disorder or other mental illness. Builds awareness and understanding in communities throughout BC through its education initiatives and the Lowdown Speakers Bureau. Offers family, youth and faith-based support groups, groups for Cantonese and Punjabi speakers, and a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) support group. Produces a newsletter, fact sheets, and manuals on mood disorders. A Psychiatric Urgent Care Program is run through the Provincial Office three days per week, with appointments by referral only.

MOSAIC (Multilingual Orientation Services Association for Immigrant Communities)
2nd Floor, 1720 Grant Street
Vancouver,  BC    V5L 2Y7   (Map)
Web site: www.mosaicbc.com
Phone:  604-254-9626
Fax:  604-254-3932
E-mail: mosaic@mosaicbc.com

Dedicated to addressing issues that affect immigrants and refugees in the course of settlement and integration into Canadian society. Supports immigrant and refugee communities by helping them address issues in their neighborhoods and workplace. Empowers immigrants, refugees, and newcomers through leadership and innovation in service delivery, community building and advocacy. A list of locations is on the website.

MP for Delta & Richmond East: Hon. Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay
202 - 5000 Bridge Street
Delta,  BC    V4K 2K4   (Map)
Web site: www.kerrylynnefindlaymp.ca
Phone:  604-940-8040
Fax:  604-940-8041
E-mail: Kerry-Lynne.Findlay@parl.gc.ca

Contact Ms. Findlay at her local constituency office or write to her, postage free, at: Room 650 La Promenade, House of Commons, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6. For more information on the House of Commons, see www.parl.gc.ca.

MP for Richmond: Hon. Alice Wong
360 - 5951 No.3 Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2E3   (Map)
Web site: www.alicewong.ca
Phone:  604-775-5790
Fax:  604-775-6291
Toll Free:  1-877-775-5790
E-mail: alice.wong@parl.gc.ca

Contact Ms. Wong at her local constituency office or write to her, postage free, at: Room 112 House of Commons, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6. For more information on the House of Commons, see www.parl.gc.ca.

Multicultural Helping House Society
4802 Fraser Street
Vancouver,  BC    V5V 4H4   (Map)
Web site: www.helpinghouse.ca
Phone:  604-879-3277
Fax:  604-879-3327
E-mail: info@helpinghouse.org

Dedicated to helping immigrants integrate into the community. Believes in empowering individuals to become contributing members of Canada. Offers respite housing, newcomer orientation, life skills training, employment networking, income tax return services, social support and form-filling assistance, free workshops on employment standards and Labour Code, mental wellness immigration processes and options, English communication skills, first-aid training, basic financial literacy and computer classes. Services are offered in English, Filipino, and Bangla.

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
1103 - 4720 Kingsway
Burnaby,  BC    V5H 4N2   (Map)
Web site: www.mssociety.ca
Phone:  604-689-3144
Fax:  604-689-0377
Toll Free:  1-800-268-7582
E-mail: info.bc@mssociety.ca

Strives to be a leader in finding a cure for MS and in enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life. Provides information and support, equipment, advocacy, and education to people affected by MS.

Staff provide advocacy for people with MS to improve their access to programs and services.
Education and Information
Gathers and disseminates accurate and up-to-date information on MS and related community resources, as well as offers educational programs. Literature on MS, such as books, videos, and pamphlets, are available as part of the MS Society library, the ASK MS database, through regularly published newsletters, and via the website.
Equipment Provision Program - EPP
Web site: www.mssociety.ca/bc/epp.htm
Phone:  604-689-3144
Fax:  604-689-0377
Toll Free:  1-800-268-7582
E-mail: info.bc@mssociety.ca
Assists people living with MS and in financial need acquire equipment required to maximize their quality of life. Financial criteria apply. Applications can be found on the website via the EPP page.
Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
Offers many self-help groups in the Lower Mainland. Call for times, dates, and locations.
Peer Support Program
Matches volunteers and participants who both have MS to explore issues, experiences, share information, and provide support to cope with the challenges of living with MS.
Support Counselling and Referral
Provided to people with MS, their families, and caregivers to assist with understanding a new or suspected diagnosis, symptom management, therapies, new research, emotional and mental health issues. Referrals can be made to community agencies.
Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program
Provides lawyers and trained volunteers with legal advocacy expertise who work towards meeting the legal and advocacy needs of members. Call and ask to speak with a Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program Coordinator. Financial criteria apply.

Muscular Dystrophy Canada
7th Floor, 1401 West Broadway
Vancouver,  BC    V6H 1H6   (Map)
Web site: www.muscle.ca
Phone:  604-732-8799
Fax:  604-731-6127
Toll Free:  1-800-366-8166
E-mail: infowest@muscle.ca

Supports the independence and full participation of Canadians with neuromuscular disorders. Funds research to find a cure and improve the quality of life of people with neuromuscular disorders. Assists clients to participate in the decisions that affect them and collaborates with others for social change.

Music Encore Concert Society
First United Church, 15385 Semiahmoo Avenue
White Rock,  BC   
Web site: www.encoreconcerts.org
Phone:  604-241-2434
E-mail: info@encoreconcerts.org

Focuses on creating an affordable series of classical concerts performed by renowned international musicians. Offers master classes and lecture-recitals with performances by star local and international guests.

Nanaksar Gurdwara Gursikh Temple
18691 Westminster Highway
Richmond,  BC    V6V  1B1   (Map)
Web site: www.worldgurudwara.com/V4/402078.asp
Phone:  604-270-7369
Fax:  604-273-3357

The Sikh temple is open throughout the week and conducts weekend prayers and services. Call between 9:00am and 6:00pm for information about programs and services.

Nar-Anon Family Groups
Web site: www.nar-anonbcregion.org
Phone:  604-878-8844
E-mail: naranonbc@shaw.ca

Nar-Anon is a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. We offer our help by sharing our experience, strength, and hope at weekly meetings. Nar-Anon is a Twelve Step program. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. Call or check the website for meeting times and locations.

Narcotics Anonymous
RSDASC, 10991 No. 1 Road
Richmond,  BC    V7E 3E6   (Map)
Web site: www.bcrna.ca/main/area_meetings.php?id=76
Phone:  604-873-1018
Toll Free:  1-866-683-6819

A fellowship of men and women for whom drugs have become a major problem. Recovering addicts meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. Call the helpline for meeting times and locations.

Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry
1440 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V6H 1M8   (Map)
Web site: www.nidus.ca
Phone:  604-408-7414
Fax:  604-801-5506
Toll Free:  1-877-267-5552
E-mail: info@nidus.ca

A non-government charitable organization that operates an online resource centre for personal planning and a registry for planning documents. See website for information about making arrangements for assistance with managing finances and/or health and personal care decisions; learn about Representation Agreements, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives, and Living Wills; find free forms for Representation Agreements. Register a copy of any planning document(s) so available when needed.

OASIS (OsteoArthritis Service Integration System)
120 - 6091 Gilbert Road
Richmond,  BC    V7C 5L9   (Map)
Web site: http://oasis.vch.ca/
Phone:  604-675-3944
Fax:  604-675-3943

OASIS is a Vancouver Coastal Health program developed to support people with osteoarthritis at every stage of the disease, from early onset to surgery and after. We enhance people’s self-management skills and help improve their health and quality of life. We work with osteoarthritis of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and foot. Our services are delivered by healthcare professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, registered nurses, and dieticians. We provide both individual consultations (which require a referral) and group education (for which no referral is needed). In addition to our Richmond location, we have clinics located in Vancouver, near the Vancouver General Hospital, and on the North Shore.

Office of the Assisted Living Registrar (see Assisted Living Registrar)

Ombudsperson of BC
PO Box 9039 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC    V8W 9A5   (Map)
Web site: www.bcombudsperson.ca
Phone:  250-387-5855
Fax:  250-387-0198
Toll Free:  1-800-567-3247
E-mail: info@bcombudsperson.ca

Investigates complaints regarding provincial government ministries, Crown agencies, boards or commissions, schools and school boards, hospitals, universities and colleges, professional bodies, and local governments. Has the power to make a full and impartial investigation and to make recommendations to make policies and practices more fair.

OMF International-Canada (Pacific Region)
10455 Finlayson Drive
Richmond,  BC    V6X  1W8   (Map)
Web site: www.omf.ca
Phone:  604-278-1208
Toll Free:  1-866-552-2157
E-mail: ca.bc.rmc@omfmail.com

OMF is a global network of Christians proclaiming the glory of Jesus Christ among East Asia's peoples through fervent prayer, loving service, and personal witness. Aims to see a biblical church movement in each people group of East Asia.

Options for Sexual Health
3550 East Hastings Street
Vancouver,  BC    V5K 2A7   (Map)
Web site: www.optionsforsexualhealth.org
Phone:  604-731-4252
Fax:  604-731-4698
E-mail: info@optbc.org

A non-profit society that supports healthy sexuality. Offers confidential, nonjudgmental clinical services, reliable contraceptive options, and comprehensive education and information provided by well-trained professionals according to the highest standards. Operates 58 clinics across BC, including satellites and service sites.

Sex Sense Line
Phone:  604-731-7803
Toll Free:  1-800-739-7367
E-mail: sexsense@optbc.org
A toll-free, confidential, non-judgmental telephone service providing information and referrals on sex, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy and pregnancy options including parenting, adoption and abortion information, sexual orientation, sexual assault, and anything to do with sexuality. Hours are 9:00am to 9:00pm, Monday to Friday; closed on all Statutory holidays.

Osteoporosis Canada - Vancouver West (Kerrisdale) Branch
104 – 1255 West 14th Ave, r
Vancouve,  BC    V6H 1P8   (Map)
Web site: www.osteoporosis.ca/
Phone:  604-731-4755
Toll Free:  1-800-463-6842
E-mail: anniehess12@hotmail.com

Osteoporosis Canada provides medically accurate information to patients, health care professionals and the public. Services to individuals with osteoporosis and the public include free publications, a bilingual toll-free information line, educational programs and referrals to self-help groups and community resources.

Our Saviour Lutheran Church
6340 No. 4 Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y  2S9   (Map)
Web site: www.oursaviour.ca
Phone:  604-270-0085
Fax:  604-270-0831
E-mail: office@oursaviour.ca

Sunday school at 9:45am and Sunday service at 10:00am.

Adult Education
Web site: http://www.oursaviour.ca/events_education.html
Offers bible study, discussion of Lutheran theology, time for questions, and reflection on personal experiences. For more information on current offerings, visit the Adult Education Page, which also includes other events of interest to the congregation.
Book Readers
Meets twice monthly on Wednesday mornings, from 9:30am to 11:30am, in the Fireside Room to read and discuss contemporary authors and short stories in relation to today's world. Shares thought-provoking, spirited discussions and experiences over coffee and laughter. Offers fellowship and interesting discussions to all.
Evangelical Lutheran Women
Web site: http://www.oursaviour.ca/lcw.html
Meets for bible study and a short business meeting on the second Thursday morning of each month. A quilters group meets often on Tuesday mornings to make quilts for the Canadian Lutheran World Relief. In the fall, warm winter quilts are made for the needy in the community. Visit the ELW page for more information.
Green Parish Committee
A committee dedicated to environmental stewardship in the community and congregation.
Library Corner
Members of the congregation are invited to browse the bookshelves in the fireside room and to borrow Christian reading material for all the family. Selections range from video and audio tapes to books for all age levels. Possesses a wide variety of topics, including grief support, humour, devotional reading, scholarship and fiction, large print books, health issues, parenting, Christian business ethics, church and bible study, Lutheran studies, and many other areas of interest. Interested in providing material for children and youth.
Men's Group
The Men's Group gathers for monthly breakfast meetings with outings and fellowship. All men of the congregation are invited to participate on the first Saturday morning of each month.
Social Ministry
Web site: http://www.oursaviour.ca/events_education.html
The Social Ministry coordinates activities in the area of community needs, feeding the hungry, clothing the needy, ministering to those who need a helping hand and a caring heart, and sponsoring a prayer quilt ministry.
Vacation Bible School
Every summer in the month of July.
Women's Breakfast
A gathering for food, fellowship, and the occasional speaker or presentation on a variety of topics. Meets monthly on a Saturday morning.
Youth Groups
Web site: youth-oslc.blogspot.com/
Check the Youth Page for information and activities for confirmation, junior and senior youth groups, and for related links of interest to youth.

Overeaters Anonymous
Web site: www.oa.org
Phone:  604-878-4575
E-mail: info@oa.org

A fellowship of individuals recovering from compulsive overeating or other food problems, such as bulimia or anorexia, through the Twelve Steps program. Overeaters Anonymous holds meetings regularly throughout the Lower Mainland. Call for a recorded message that lists information regarding meeting times and locations. There are no membership fees or dues, all ages are welcome.

Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS)
210 - 3680 East Hastings Street
Vancouver,  BC    V5K 2A9   (Map)
Web site: www.pirs.bc.ca
Phone:  604-298-5888
Fax:  604-298-7115
E-mail: info@pirs.bc.ca

Provides services for immigrant women and their young children in Vancouver. Offers new Canadian women with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to participate more actively in the community.

Building Bridges Program
Web site: http://pirs.bc.ca/programs-services/womans-development/building-bridges/
Supports immigrant women in developing the skills and confidence needed to act as community leaders and cultural ambassadors. Learn about cross-cultural communication and public speaking, as well as how to develop tools for working with groups, and adult learners. Participants should have an upper-intermediate level of English and some experience or desire to work in a group or community setting.
Children's Programs
Web site: http://pirs.bc.ca/programs-services/childrens-programs/pre-school-program/
Provides childcare for the young children of women attending all our programs. Incorporates activities for children ages 18 months to 6 years old. Staff and families work together to meet the needs of the children as they build a bridge between preschool and home. Activities include circle time, story time, learning rhymes, shapes and colors, and science.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
Web site: http://pirs.bc.ca/programs-services/esl/
Offers English instruction across Metro Vancouver. Most programs are community-based, offered in partnership with School Boards, Community Centers, and Neighborhood Houses in Vancouver, Burnaby, and New Westminster. Schedule is based on the school year and runs in three terms: Fall, Winter and Spring, ending by the end of June. Features continuous intake, so call or email to start a class at any time. Participants may also register by going to the location at the appropriate class time. Most classes cost $20/term, with a subsidy available. Childcare is available and transportation subsidies may also be applied for.
Enhanced Parenting
Web site: http://pirs.bc.ca/programs-services/childrens-programs/enhanced-parenting/
Caregivers set aside one session a week for parents to enjoy different activities alongside their children. Parents learn that without adult guidance, children do not automatically learn complex ideas through play. Also, parents have the opportunity to understand the importance for their children to do art, science, sing songs, and listen to stories.
ESL Parenting
Web site: http://pirs.bc.ca/programs-services/childrens-programs/esl-parenting/
Offers ESL classes for parents with a focus on parenting issues. Children engage in children’s activities with qualified ECE staff and child minders while their mothers learn the English words for love and learning that will help them to understand and adapt to Canadian parenting norms in their new communities. Once in awhile, these two classes join for Parent/Child activities where mothers and children get a chance to practice their new skills in a safe and nurturing environment.
International Women's Networking Table (IWNT)
Web site: http://pirs.bc.ca/programs-services/iwnt/
Aims to help professional-minded women fully engage in Canadian society and economy. Encourages women to be proactive in connecting with others and participating freely in their communities. Through these connections, women will find more opportunities to advance their social and business networking skills, resulting in more meaningful friendships and employment possibilities.
LEAD Program
800 East Broadway
Vancouver,  BC   Web site: http://pirs.bc.ca/programs-services/womans-development/lead/
E-mail: ldbb@pirs.bc.ca
A daytime group support program for immigrant women for women who are comfortable enough with English to participate in group discussions. Improve listening skills and spoken English, gain self-confidence, and make new friends. Learn about Canadian society, its diversity and culture. Topics of discussion include cultural diversity, financial skills, settlement stages, and self-development. Classes start in September, January, and April. Free childminding is available for children 18 months to 6 years of age while their mothers attend the classes. Held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Storytime Program
Web site: http://pirs.bc.ca/programs-services/childrens-programs/story-time/
E-mail: children@pirs.bc.ca
A group program for immigrant women and their young children that focuses on learning rhymes, stories, and songs together as a way to develop language skills, relax, and have fun together. For families with young children (from babies to 5 years old) who want to learn ways to help their children’s language development and to meet and learn with other families. Benefits include learning basic, everyday English, and simple children’s songs stories and rhymes which will encourage growth in language development and social skills. Learn about other resources, meet people, make friends, and have fun.
Volunteer Programs
Web site: http://pirs.bc.ca/programs-services/volunteer-programs/
Volunteers reach out to immigrant women and children to help to ease the transition to living in a new country. Connect with people from different cultures and enhance cross-cultural understanding while supporting them in their accommodation to Canada’s society. Assist ESL teachers, work with children in children’s programs, help out in the office, or take part in special events and fundraising opportunities.

Parent Support Services Society of BC
204 - 5623 Imperial Street
Burnaby,  BC    V5J 1G1   (Map)
Web site: www.parentsupportbc.ca
Phone:  604-669-1616
Fax:  604-669-1636
Toll Free:  1-877-345-9777
E-mail: office@parentsupportbc.ca

An organization that promotes healthy family relationships by supporting children, parents, and others in a parenting role in BC communities. Volunteer opportunities include: facilitators for Parent Support Circles and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Circles, childminders, local steering committee members, office assistants, and provincial board of directors. Contact for more information.

Facilitator Training
Offers group facilitator training free to volunteers and for a cost of $350 to other individuals and professionals. Please call 604-669-1616 ext. 105 for more information.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Line
Phone:  604-558-4740
Toll Free:  1-855-474-9777
E-mail: GRGline@parentsupportbc.ca
Assists grandparents and other relatives raising children to navigate complex service systems such as MCFD, to find the answers, the assistance and the resources needed to prevent or solve problems, and to learn about benefits and services that will support the whole family. The line is staffed by two part-time social workers with training in advocacy, family law, and government services pertaining to kinship care giving. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 11:00am to 3:00pm.
Parent Education Initiatives
Parent Support Services provides coordination, support, and consultation for workshops, seminars, and courses that provide parents with the knowledge, awareness, and skills they need to become the best parents possible.
Parent Support Circles
This province-wide network of about 38 self-help groups provides parents with a safe environment in which to talk about their stress, receive support and nurturing, and learn parenting skills.
Richmond Grandparents Circle
Weekly support and information meeting for grandparents who are looking after their grandchildren while their parents are working or in school. A place for grandparents to meet other grandparents in similar situation, learn from each other, support each other, develop friendships, break isolation, learn of community's resources and programs, and to have fun.
Richmond Support Circle
At circles, parents talk about how they are feeling about their children and themselves. They find understanding, support, and encouragement to be the best parents they want to be. Circles are free, weekly, and confidential. Open to parents with children ages 0 to 12 and teens. On-site child minding is available. Transportation assistance is available if needed.

Parkinson Society BC (PSBC)
600 - 890 West Pender Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6C 1J9   (Map)
Web site: www.parkinson.bc.ca
Phone:  604-662-3240
Fax:  604-687-1327
Toll Free:  1-800-668-3330
E-mail: info@parkinson.bc.ca

Parkinson's disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder affecting approximately 11,000 people in BC. Parkinson Society BC exists to address the personal and social consequences of Parkinson's disease through education, community outreach, scientific research, advocacy, and public awareness. Extends support to all British Columbians who are affected by the disease.

Parkinson Education Events
E-mail: channa@parkinson.bc.ca
Provides education events throughout BC on current topics in Parkinson's including research, treatment, exercise, care for caregivers, fall prevention, and living well with Parkinson's. Expert healthcare professionals are invited to give presentations to the public and to health professionals. In addition, workshops on understanding Parkinson's Disease are presented to healthcare professionals in private facilities, members of seniors' groups, home care agencies, health authorities, and other services.
Parkinson's Support Services
E-mail: channa@parkinson.bc.ca
Provides individual consultation in person or by phone with the person with Parkinson's, caregivers, and family members. Maintains a toll-free number in BC for resource materials and information on Parkinson's disease, community services, health services, home care, care facilities, and many other topics relating to living with a chronic, degenerative condition. Maintains a network of over fifty self-help support groups throughout BC, including specialized caregiver groups and newly diagnosed groups.

Peace Mennonite Church
11571 Daniels Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X  1M7   (Map)
Web site: www.peacemennonite.ca
Phone:  604-278-0111
E-mail: office@peacemennonite.ca

Services every Sunday from 9:30am to 10:45am. Sunday school from 10:00am to 11:30pm. Office hours are 8:30am to 2:30pm, Monday through Friday. Programs include the Richmond Food Bank Tuesday 3pm to 5pm, youth programs, Kids club on Tuesdays 3:30pm to 5pm, and adult recreation.

PeerNet BC
408 - 602 West Hastings Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 1P2   (Map)
Web site: www.peernetbc.com
Phone:  604-733-6186
Fax:  604-730-1015
E-mail: info@peernetbc.com

Provides training, resources, and support to peer-led initiatives across BC, fostering opportunities for people to learn from each other and make connections. Services include information referral, facilitator training workshops, youth engagement and leadership training, peer support and community development projects, and consultations.

PFLAG Vancouver (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Web site: www.pflagvancouver.com
Phone:  604-626-5667
E-mail: info@pflagvancouver.com

A self-help support group for parents, families, and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people. Please visit the website for more information.

Philippine Cultural Arts Society of BC
9451 Auburn Dr.
Richmond,  BC    V7A 4Y6   (Map)
Web site: www.philcas.ca
Phone:  604-572-5231
E-mail: aj.fines12@gmail.com

PhilCAS of BC is a registered non-profit organization primarily dedicated to introducing Philippine culture through music and dance and installing in Filipino children a sense of pride, cultural awareness and identity in their Filipino heritage. In addition, we focus on strengthening the concept of harmoniously existing with the various multicultural sectors in the community.

Philips Lifeline (formerly Providence Lifeline)
Web site: www.lifeline.ca
Phone:  416-445-3387
Toll Free:  1-800-543-3546
E-mail: referral@lifeline.ca

In partnership with Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health, Philips Lifeline is Canada's #1 Medical Alarm. Philips Lifeline is an easy-to-use personal response service that lets you summon help any time of the day or night - even if you can't speak. All you have to do is press your Personal Help Button, worn on a wristband or pendant, and a trained Personal Response Associate will ensure you get help fast. That’s why for over 40 years Philips Lifeline has provided the #1 Medical Alert Service helping individuals maintain their independence offering them and their loved ones something else: peace of mind. To find out about your local Lifeline program call 1-800-LIFELINE (1-800-543-3546) or visit us at www.lifeline.ca. Serves all of Vancouver, Richmond, North Vancouver, and West Vancouver.

Pinegrove Place
11331 Mellis Drive
Richmond,  BC    V6X  1L8   (Map)
Phone:  604-278-1296
Fax:  604-273-0050

Provides residential care with 75 beds, which includes a Special Care Unit. Programs are designed to be recreational and therapeutic to enhance the lives of the residents who live at Pinegrove Place. To live in this care home, a referral is needed by Richmond Home Health Services (604-278-3361).

PLEA Community Services Society of BC
3894 Commercial Street
Vancouver,  BC    V5N 4G2   (Map)
Web site: www.plea.ca
Phone:  604-871-0450
Fax:  604-871-0408
E-mail: info@plea.bc.ca

Dedicated to providing the best possible support and service to children, youth, adults, and families who face significant challenges in their communities. Delivers a wide range of services throughout BC. We develop and deliver programs based on the abiding belief that people's lives improve when provided with the individual attention and opportunities necessary to support their growth. The services we provide include: addiction treatments, residential care, mentoring, school & work, youth justice programs, and youth outreach.

FolkStone Family Care Homes
3589 Commercial Street
Vancouver,  BC   V5N 4E8   (Map)
Web site: www.plea.ca
Phone:  604-736-3601
Fax:  604-873-6114
Provides tailored care, in a family setting, to individuals with a variety of complex personal and health care needs.
KidStart Mentoring Program
2104 Alberta Street
Vancouver,  BC   V5Y 3K3   (Map)
Web site: www.kidstart.ca
Phone:  604-629-3351
E-mail: info@plea.bc.ca
Provides one-on-one support to help children and youth make positive choices. Focuses on building relationships with appropriate adult role models, and provides a variety of recreational and educational community supports. Volunteers are always needed!
PLEA Youth Programs
Web site: www.plea.ca
Phone:  604-871-0450
Fax:  604-871-0408
E-mail: info@plea.bc.ca
Supports children, youth and their families who are at significant risk and are involved in the justice, social service and health systems. Operates creative, safe, community-based programs, using intensive, one-on-one strategies that tailor resources to individual needs and circumstances. Most services require a referral from the Ministry of Children and Families. Youth Detox and recovery services may be accessed through Vancouver Coastal Health.

240 - 4664 Lougheed Highway
Burnaby,  BC    V5C 5T5   (Map)
Web site: www.posabilities.ca
Phone:  604-299-4001
Fax:  604-299-0329
E-mail: info@posabilities.ca

posAbilities is a not-for-profit community living organization supporting individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities. A wide variety of community inclusion, employment, home living, and behavior support services are provided throughout the Lower Mainland and other communities. For more information, please read below and contact the head office or programs directly with any enquiries. Connect with us through social media by searching for posAbilitiesCA on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

Laurel Behaviour Support Services (LBSS)
Web site: www.laurelbc.ca
Phone:  778-945-1430
Fax:  604-299-0329
Toll Free:  1-855-437-7095
E-mail: laurel@posAbilities.ca
Consultants develop educational programs and behaviour supports for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and other evidence-based teaching methods guide the service. Working closely with families and teams, Consultants can develop and monitor therapy programs. Services are delivered in the individual/family’s home, and include: Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention (EIBI) for children up to the age of six; support for school aged children, youth and adults. The Triple P™ Positive Parenting Program is included with the service at no charge. All programs are delivered or overseen by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst/Clinical Director. Services may be funded through the Autism Funding Unit, referral by the Ministry of Children and Family Development or Community Living BC, or privately. To learn more, please visit the website www.laurelbc.ca or contact the LBSS Service Coordinator.
Richmond Life Skills (RLS)
140 - 5711 No 3 Road
Richmond,  BC   V6X 2C9   (Map)
Phone:  604-275-0961
Assists a person with developing the skills needed to become more independent at home and in the community such as learning how to take transit, cook, manage one’s money, or develop social skills. Each person served will have their own specific goals, based on their needs and abilities. Offers services to children and adults, a group life skills program, and an evening educational program for adults. Funding may be available through the Ministry of Children and Family Development for children and youth up to the age of 18, or from Community Living BC, for adults who are 19 years of age or older. One to one support hours can be scheduled for weekdays, weekends or evenings. For more information, please contact RLS.
Shared Living Services
Web site: www.posAbilities.ca
Phone:  604-299-4001
Fax:  604-299-0329
E-mail: lblackwell@posAbilities.ca
A supportive living arrangement where care is provided by a family or roommates in their home. Please call for more information.

Post Polio Awareness & Support Society of BC (PPASS)
102 - 9775 4th Street
Sidney,  BC    V8L 2Z8   (Map)
Web site: www.ppassbc.com
Phone:  250-655-8849
Fax:  250-655-8859
E-mail: ppass@ppassbc.com

Acts as a network for those who have had polio, are affected by post-polio, and all other interested parties. Provides information about post-polio syndrome and assures polio survivors that they are not alone in their struggles.

Problem Gambling Prevention and Counselling Services
PO Box 9311 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC    V8W 9N1   (Map)
Web site: www.bcresponsiblegambling.ca
Phone:  250-387-5311
Fax:  250-356-0794
TDD:  604-875-0885
Toll Free:  1-888-795-6111
E-mail: info@bcresponsiblegambling.ca

Aims to promote awareness on problem gambling for the public and for local social service organizations. Provides individual and family counselling on problem gambling for assessment, treatment, support, aftercare and follow-up. Referrals from self, government offices, employers and other social service agencies are accepted. Program is funded by the Ministry of Social Development and services are free of charge.

Prostate Cancer Foundation BC
4 - 17918 55th Avenue
Surrey,  BC    V3S 6C8   (Map)
Web site: www.prostatecancerbc.ca
Phone:  604-574-4012
Fax:  604-574-8011
E-mail: info@prostatecancerbc.ca

The Foundation was formed in the Lower Mainland by Prostate Cancer support group members dedicated to the fight against Prostate Cancer. A non-profit organization under the Society Act devoted to promoting Prostate Cancer health and awareness, assisting support groups, supporting research on improving treatment, and finding a cure for Prostate Cancer.

Richmond Chinese Prostate Cancer Networking Group
49 - 6600 Lucas Road (mailing only)
Richmond,  BC   V7C 4T1   (Map)
Web site: www.RichmondProstate.Blogspot.ca
Phone:  604-836-6423
E-mail: dleung2000@gmail.com
One of the 29 Prostate Cancer Support Groups in BC. Meets on the second Thursday of every month from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Garratt Wellness Centre (7504 Chelsea Place, Richmond). Please drop in and talk to other men and family members who have been dealing with prostate cancer for weeks, months or even years. Focused on providing help to Chinese-speaking men, but everyone is welcome. Chinese and English interpretation will be provided for professional presentation; Mandarin, Cantonese and English will be spoken in different sharing groups.

Providence Lifeline (see Philips Lifeline)

Provincial Court of BC - Richmond
7577 Elmbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 4J2   (Map)
Web site: www.provincialcourt.bc.ca
Phone:  604-660-6900
Fax:  604-660-7736

Hears matters under a variety of federal and provincial enactments. Cases heard fall into Criminal and Youth Matters, Family Matters, Small Claims Matters, and Traffic and Bylaw Matters. Initial Appearances are held for adults on Tuesdays at 9:00am in the Initial Appearance Room. Arraignment Hearings are Tuesdays at 10:30am. The Judicial Case Manager can be reached Monday to Thursday at 604-660-3471 and Fridays at 604-660-7520.

Provincial Outreach Program for Students with Deafblindness
10300 Seacote Road
Richmond,  BC    V7A 4B2   (Map)
Web site: http://popdb.sd38.bc.ca
Phone:  604-668-7810
Fax:  604-668-7812
E-mail: deafblind@sd38.bc.ca

This is a provincial program supporting students with deafblindness in their home school districts through consultation. Consultants work with parents and professionals to meet the needs of the students.

Public Guardian and Trustee of BC
700 - 808 West Hastings Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6C 3L3   (Map)
Web site: www.trustee.bc.ca
Phone:  604-660-4444
Fax:  604-660-0374
Toll Free:  1-800-663-7867
E-mail: mail@trustee.bc.ca

The Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) is a corporation sole established under the Public Guardian and Trustee Act with a unique statutory role to protect the interests of British Columbians who lack legal capacity to protect their own interests. The mandate of the PGT is to: • Protect the legal and financial interests of children under the age of 19 years; • Protect the legal, financial and in some cases personal and health care interests of adults who require assistance in decision making; and • Administer the estates of deceased and missing persons.

Children and Youth Services
700 - 808 West Hastings Street
Vancouver,  BC   V6C 3L3   (Map)
Web site: http://www.trustee.bc.ca/services/child-and-youth-services/Pages/default.aspx
Phone:  604-775-3480
Fax:  604-775-2429
E-mail: cys@trustee.bc.ca
The PGT protects the legal and financial interests of minors under the authority of a range of provincial statutes. The PGT Child and Youth Services division (CYS) works on behalf of and directly with minor children and youth as well as with their parents or guardians with primary emphasis on its roles as property guardian, trustee and reviewer of proposed settlements and legal notices.
Estate and Personal Trust Services
Web site: http://www.trustee.bc.ca/services/estate-and-personal-trust-services/Pages/default.aspx
Fax:  604-660-4444
E-mail: estates@trustee.bc.ca
The Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) is responsible for administering the estates of deceased and missing persons through its Estate and Personal Trust Services (EPTS) division. The PGT may be named as executor in a will and may also agree to act as trustee for a living person.
Services to Adults
Web site: http://www.trustee.bc.ca/services/services-to-adults/Pages/default.aspx
Phone:  604-775-1001
Fax:  604-660-9479
The PGT Services to Adults division (STA) acts for adult clients when other appropriate substitute decision makers are not available. Most adult clients have diseases of aging that have impaired their mental capability, while others have mental illnesses, developmental disabilities or brain injuries.

Public Service Commission - BC Mainland Office
Sinclair Centre, 210 - 757 West Hastings Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6C 3M2   (Map)
Web site: www.jobs-emplois.gc.ca/index-eng.htm
Toll Free:  1-800-645-5605
E-mail: cfp.emplois-jobs.psc@cfp-psc.gc.ca

Offers job seeking tools and job postings with the government. Business hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)
Provides full-time students with work experience related to their field of study and to provide them with learning opportunities. Also gives full-time secondary school, CEGEP, college, technical institute, and university students employment opportunities that will enrich their academic program and develop skills in preparation for future careers.
Post-Secondary Recruitment Program
Provides entry-level officer positions to university and college graduates. Positions are available across Canada, in a variety of fields and work environments. Individuals may apply to different career opportunities or to the general inventory.

1170 Bute Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6E 1Z6   (Map)
Web site: www.qmunity.ca
Phone:  604-684-5307
Fax:  604-684-5309
Toll Free:  1-800-566-1170
E-mail: reception@qmunity.ca

QMUNITY is BC’s Queer Resource Centre - the hub for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer community programs, training, and advocacy. Its team of skilled professionals reaches 35,000 people annually to deliver programs that enhance the wellbeing of queer people and celebrate queer culture; provide education, training, and resources on queer issues; and to advocate for queer people and our communities through increased visibility, individual support, information, and referrals.

Education and Outreach Services
E-mail: education@qmunity.ca
Education and Outreach Services provides LGBTQ awareness training for service providers, planning for community events around health and well-being, and development of print materials for LGBTQ health promotion. Please call 604-684-5307 ext 112 for more information.
Gab Youth
E-mail: gabyouth@qmunity.ca
Gab Youth provides support, information, and referral to LGTBQ youth, their friends, and family. The goal is to provide a safe place where LGTBQ youth and those who care about them can receive accurate, non-judgmental information about sexual orientation and gender identity. Please call 604-684-5307 ext. 108 for more information.
Phone:  604-684-8449
E-mail: generations@qmunity.ca
Generations was developed in response to the needs of aging and older LGBTQ people who experience multiple barriers in accessing community support and health care because of ageism within the LGBTQ communities, as well as heterosexism, homo/bi and transphobia within the health care system. The project involves the development of programs and services, education within the LGBTQ communities, and sensitivity training with care providers and facilities.
Groups and Counselling
QMUNITY offers groups and free one-on-one counselling to the community in a LGBTQ friendly environment. Counselling is offered by both practicum students and working professionals in the community who volunteer their time. Groups include: coming out groups for both men, women and trans folk, drop-in social/discussion groups for men, women and trans folk, Gab Youth groups, as well as groups run by outside organizations, such as the twelve step recovery groups, Rainbow Refugee Committee, and LEGIT (Lesbian and Gay Immigration Task Force).
Out on the Shelves Library
The Library at QMUNITY is one of the largest LGBTQ community libraries in Canada with almost 5,000 titles. Includes LGBTQ-related books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and audio cassettes. Please call 604-684-5307 ext. 104 for more information.
Volunteer Services
E-mail: volunteers@qmunity.ca
QMUNITY's Volunteer Team consists of 200+ volunteers who participate in a wide variety of programs. Visit the website for application details.

Recycling Council of British Columbia
10 - 119 West Pender Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 1S5   (Map)
Web site: www.rcbc.ca
Phone:  604-683-6009
Fax:  604-683-7255
Toll Free:  1-800-667-4321
E-mail: hotline@rcbc.ca

Promotes the principles of zero waste through information services, exchanging ideas, and research. For general inquiries, call the RCBC Recycling Hotline.

BC Electronics Materials Exchange (BC-EMEX)
Web site: www.bcemex.ca
An free online service that lets individuals sell, give away, or trade electronic items that they don't want but that may be useful to others. Helps users find alternative uses for electronics. Post requests for items or browse the listings for items available in the area.
RCBC Materials Exchange Program (MEX)
Web site: vancouver.reuses.com
Find free or low-cost furniture, electronic equipment, household goods, and more. Sponsored by the Recycling Council of BC. Residential and industrial materials exchange is available.
RCBC Recycling Hotline
Phone:  604-732-9253
Toll Free:  1-800-667-4321
A toll-free service providing information on waste reduction, recycling, disposal, and pollution prevention throughout the province.

Representative For Children & Youth
PO Box 9207 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC    V8W 9J1   (Map)
Web site: www.rcybc.ca
Fax:  250-356-0837
Toll Free:  1-800-476-3933
E-mail: rcy@rcybc.ca

Supports children, youth, and families who need help in dealing with the child welfare system and advocates for changes to the system itself. Responsibilities include advocating for children and youth, protecting their rights, and improving the system of supports for vulnerable children and youth. Advocates for vulnerable British Columbians under 19 years of age and is particularly concerned that those in government care - such foster homes, group homes, or youth custody - do well. Acts as an Independent Officer of the Legislature and does not report through a provincial ministry. For more information and to contact the Rep in confidence, see the website.

Lower Mainland Office - Burnaby
150 - 4664 Lougheed Hwy
Burnaby,  BC   V5C 5T5   (Map)
Phone:  604-775-3213
Fax:  604-775-3205

Residential Tenancy Office - Lower Mainland Office North
400 - 5021 Kingsway Avenue
Burnaby,  BC    V5H 4A5   (Map)
Web site: www.rto.gov.bc.ca
Phone:  604-660-1020
Toll Free:  1-800-665-8779
E-mail: hsrto@gov.bc.ca

Provides information to landlords and tenants regarding their rights and responsibilities as established by the Residential Tenancy Act. Aims to improve communication between landlords and tenants and offers various dispute resolution services. Speak to an Information Officer during office hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Burnaby branch or visit the website for information on the two Vancouver branches.

Resonance Church
A. Blair Elementary School, 6551 Lynas Lane
Richmond,  BC   
Web site: www.resonancechurch.org
Phone:  604-341-3737

Sunday service is at 10:30am and coffee is served at 9:45am. Mailing address is 282 - 6362 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC V5W 0A1.

Richmond Addiction Services Society (RASS)
200 - 7900 Alderbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2A5   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondaddictions.ca
Phone:  604-270-9220
Fax:  604-270-9245
E-mail: info@richmondaddictions.ca

Offers counselling services for youth, families, and older adults in Richmond as well as prevention programs for children and youth in Richmond's elementary and secondary schools. Services are confidential and free. Public education and outreach services are available to the community. Supports individuals and families who are affected by their own or someone else's substance use, or other behavioural addictions. Utilizes a holistic approach to enhancing health and wellness and emphasizes collaboration with the client's directions for change.

Aging Well Program
Individual counselling, outreach and community education are available at no cost for Richmond residents. Provides visits and works with families and caregivers. Some of the most common issues are with prescription sedatives, painkillers, and alcohol.
Qualified and experienced staff offer private and confidential counselling to youth, families, and older adults. Goals of harm reduction and abstinence are supported. Requests for clinical services are responded to within 24 hours on weekdays and usually an appointment will be made with the Intake Counsellor for a Planning Session within a few days to develop an immediate plan to address client needs. If ongoing counselling at RASS is part of that plan, the client will be matched with a counsellor whose style is most likely to fit for that client. The approach to counselling will be adjusted based on each client's preferences and in response to the outcome of previous sessions. Inquiries and requests for consultation are welcome.
Prevention Programs
Addiction Specialists provide information, programs, and training opportunities for youth, families, older adults, educators, and other professionals. Develops, delivers, and supports prevention programming in the elementary, secondary and alternate schools in Richmond and throughout the community for adult and older adult populations.
Youth Outreach Counselling
Phone:  604-270-9220
The qualified and experienced staff at RASS offer confidential counselling to youth, parents, and families directly or indirectly affected by substance use, or other behavioural addictions. Youth Outreach Counsellors are available for appointments in a variety of locations throughout the community.

Richmond Adult Mixed Slo-pitch League
Web site: http://www.allprosoftware.net/RAMSL/default.htm
Phone:  604-306-1210
E-mail: richmondadultmixedslopitch@gmail.com

Two levels of slo-pitch are offered to adults ages 18 and up: Division B on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Division C on Mondays and Wednesdays. The league runs from April to July. Call or visit website for more information.

Richmond Adult Soccer Association
Web site: www.richmondseniorsoccer.com
Phone:  778-828-4704
E-mail: svalenzuela@richmondseniorsoccer.com

The largest organizer of adult soccer in Richmond. Develops and promotes the game of soccer in Richmond. A variety of competitive levels are offered, including Masters (ages 35 and up). The operating season is September to April. Visit the website for more information.

Richmond Adventist Church
8711 Cambie Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X 1K2   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondsda.org
Phone:  778-230-9714
E-mail: info@richmondsda.org

Worship service on Saturday at 9:30am and 11:00am. Mailing address is 185 - 9040 Blundell Road, Box 130, Richmond, BC, V6Y 1K3.

Richmond Alliance Church
11371 No. 3 Road
Richmond,  BC    V7A  1X3   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondalliancechurch.com
Phone:  604-277-3613
Fax:  604-277-3619
E-mail: admin@richmondalliancechurch.com

Sunday services are at 10:30am.

Richmond Allotment Garden Association
10711 Palmberg Road
Richmond,  BC   
Phone:  604-277-6191
E-mail: eedelman@telus.net

For those who want to garden but do not have space themselves. Offers 127 garden plots of different sizes for rental. Full plots (20ft by 70 ft) cost $100/year, three-quarter plots cost $75/year, and half plots cost $50/year. Membership fee is $15.00 for the first year, $3.00 for each subsequent year.

Richmond Amateur Radio Club
3531 Richmond Street
Richmond,  BC    V7E 2W2   (Map)
Web site: www.rarclub.ca
Phone:  604-376-3963
E-mail: va7rbw@gmail.com

The club meets formally at 7:00pm on the last Wednesday of the month, from September and May, at the Steveston Community Centre. Meets informally every Saturday morning, from 10:30am and 12:00pm, at the Landsdowne Mall food court. The club also has a regular Tuesday evening net at 7:00pm on VHF 147.140 +600 tone 79.7Hz.

Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS)
12071 No. 5 Road
Richmond,  BC    V7A 4E9   (Map)
Web site: www.rapsociety.com
Phone:  604-275-2036
E-mail: raps.shelter@telus.net

A registered non-profit society that cares for lost and abandoned animals in Richmond. Operates the City of Richmond animal shelter and a large, no-kill cat sanctuary that houses animals rescued from the streets or from euthanasia at municipal shelters, or that have been surrendered by guardians who can no longer care for them. Provides a loving, permanent home to those that are not adoptable, as well as a high standard of veterinary care.

Cat Sanctuary
Phone:  604-279-0024
Shelters hundreds of animals that have been removed from city streets where they faced starvation, injury, disease and a shortened life due to the many hazards in their environment. Provides a safe permanent home to animals. Although most come from the city of Richmond, RAPS has also taken in cats and kittens from throughout the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, in order to save them from euthanasia in their home community. Open to the public every Sunday, visitors are encouraged to bring treats and make their laps available from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Richmond Animal Shelter
Provides animal control services for the City of Richmond and operates a no-kill shelter on behalf of the City to temporarily house stray and surrendered animals. Local animals receive effective training and have time for rehabilitation, or recovery from illnesses, before being offered for adoption to new homes. Hours for Lost & Found Pets are Tuesday to Friday, 10:00am to 6:00pm, and Saturday to Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm. Hours for Adoptions & Viewings are Tuesday to Friday, 12:00pm to 5:30pm, and Saturday to Sunday, 12:00pm to 4:30pm.
Thrift Store
140 - 8260 Granville Avenue
Richmond,  BC   V6Y 1P3   (Map)
Phone:  604-244-7529
Sells goods to raise funds for the operation of Richmond Animal Protection Society. Run by volunteers and is the only thrift store where 100% of profits go toward care of animals. Donations of resalable items, including furniture, welcomed. Call for assistance with pick-up of large donations. Store hours are 10:00am to 5:30pm, Monday to Saturday.

Richmond Arenas Community Association
Web site: www.richmond.ca/arenas
Phone:  604-448-5366
Fax:  604-448-5399
E-mail: arenas@richmond.ca

The Richmond Arenas Community Association in partnership with user groups is committed to the use and development of quality Arena facilities. Respond to present and future needs of the community through Arena programming and opportunities. For more information, call Richmond Ice Centre at 604-448-5366.

Richmond Art Gallery
180 - 7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1R9   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondartgallery.org
Phone:  604-247-8300
Fax:  604-247-8301
E-mail: gallery@richmond.ca

Features international and Canadian artworks that explore ideas relevant to the world today. Presents an innovative and diverse program of exhibitions, workshops, and lectures, as well as outreach programs that focus on contemporary art and art issues. Admission is free.

Web site: www.richmondartgallery.org/art-talk-and-tea-RAG.php
Phone:  604-247-8313
E-mail: ktycholis@richmond.ca
Happens Wednesdays during each exhibition from 10:30am to 11:30am. A space for community members to share ideas about art over tea and baked treats. Come for the snacks, stay for the conversation! Light refreshments provided. Held 5 times per year. Free drop-in. For current schedule, visit the Gallery website.
Drop-in Drawing for Adults
Web site: http://www.richmondartgallery.org/drop-in-drawing-RAG.php
Phone:  604-247-8313
E-mail: ktycholis@richmond.ca
This free drop-in art program happens on the first Thursday of the month from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Suitable for all artistic skill levels, from absolute beginner to professional artist. Some art supplies provided for drawing and collage. Visit website for more information on exact dates of the program. For ages 16+.
Free Family Sunday Program (on-going)
Web site: www.richmondartgallery.org/fs/familysunday.php
Phone:  604-247-8313
E-mail: ktycholis@richmond.ca
Family Sunday is a free drop-in art program that offers families the occasion to explore art making together. Family Sunday is on the fourth Sunday of every month from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. No Family Sunday held in December.

Richmond Artists' Guild
7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y  1R9   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondartistsguild.com
Phone:  604-274-4359
E-mail: marskelart@shaw.ca

Encourages local artists to meet, improve their skills, and increase their general knowledge of art. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm at the Richmond Arts Centre (7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond) in the Painting Studio, except in July and August. Life-drawing sessions are held in the Painting Studio every Wednesday from 6:15pm to 9:15pm, with the exception of the second Wednesday of the month for a meeting. Life Drawing continues throughout the year, including July and August.

Richmond Arts Centre
180 - 7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1R9   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/artscentre
Phone:  604-247-8300
Fax:  604-247-8301
E-mail: artscentre@richmond.ca

Located in the Richmond Cultural Centre, the Arts Centre offers a wide range of visual and performing arts classes. Classes are available for almost every age group and ability, from 6 months to adult. Visit website for details or to register for programs online.

Art Classes for Children and Adults
Web site: http://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/about/guide.htm
Phone:  604-247-8320
E-mail: mburner@richmond.ca
See the Richmond Recreation and Culture Guide for class details and schedules. The guide is available online or at Richmond community centres.
Dance Programs
Web site: http://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/about/guide.htm
See the Richmond Recreation and Culture Guide for class details and schedules. The guide is available online or at Richmond community centres.

Richmond Association for Montessori (RAM)
211 - 8155 Park Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 3C9   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondmontessori.ca
E-mail: info@richmondmontessori.ca

Comprised of Montessori parents who volunteer their time. Aims to support and promote the Montessori Programs in Richmond Public School District through fundraising, purchasing materials, promoting the Montessori alternative program to the Richmond School Board, and supporting teacher education.

Richmond Badminton Club
Web site: www.richmondbadmintonclub.com
Phone:  604-323-8131
E-mail: info@richmondbadmintonclub.com

Promotes badminton and provides an enjoyable and sociable environment for playing badminton. Plays during the school year from October to May on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30pm to 9:45pm at Henry Anderson Elementary School in the gymnasium. Drop-in is $7.00 and member drop-in is $5.00. Annual membership is $130/season for one evening (Tuesdays or Thursdays) or $260/season for both evenings. Open to adults only with the exception of selected juniors in the Junior Development Program. Feather shuttlecocks are provided.

Junior Development Program
9831 Herbert Road
Richmond,  BC   Phone:  604-323-8131
Introduces juniors to badminton and teaches them the basics. For intermediate players, coaches will emphasize on skills and tactics. Each session is limited to ten participants, selected participants will be invited to play at regular club evenings to provide more playing experience. Open to juniors from ages 9 to 17 in the Errington Elementary School gymnasium. There are two sessions: 6:45pm to 8:00pm and 8:00pm to 9:15pm. Please contact Peter Lau for more information.

Richmond Baptist Church
6640 Blundell Road
Richmond,  BC    V7C 1H8   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondbaptist.com
Phone:  604-277-1939
Fax:  604-304-0351
E-mail: office@richmondbaptist.com

Sunday service is at 10:00am.

Richmond Beekeepers Association
Web site: http://richmondbeekeepersca.wordpress.com/
E-mail: president@richmondbeekeepers.com

Meets the second Tuesday of every month, except in June, July and August, at 7:30pm in the Kinsmen Pavilion at Richmond Nature Park (No. 5 Road and Westminster Highway, Richmond). Meet local beekeepers, exchange information about beekeeping, equipment, honey, bee pests, and treatments.

Richmond Bethel Church
10200 No. 5 Road
Richmond,  BC    V7A  4E5   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondbethel.ca
Phone:  604-274-2811
E-mail: office@richmondbethel.ca

Service on Sundays from 10:00am to 11:30am.

Community meal
Community Meal every Wednesday at 6:00pm. This is a free dinner offered to anyone regardless of means, social situation, or religious affiliation. Everyone is welcomed.

Richmond Bicycle Club
Web site: www.richmondbicycleclub.ca

A recreational cycling club that offers on-road adult club rides at medium speeds. Rides either Saturday or Sunday every weekend throughout Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Washington, and Vancouver Island. Come and enjoy the companionship, support, and organization of the Richmond Cycle Club. Wednesday and weekend rides available. Visit website for more details.

Richmond Boys Fastball Association
RBFA c/o 49 - 3900 Moresby Drive
Richmond,  BC    V7C 4G6   (Map)
Web site: www.rbfa.ca
Phone:  604-351-5037
E-mail: registrar@rbfa.ca

Offers fastball (softball) for boys ages 5 to 19. Season starts in early April and runs through mid-June. Provincial tournaments are held in July.

Richmond Carefree Society
East Richmond Community Hall, 12360 Cambie Road
Richmond,  BC    V6V  1G4   (Map)
Phone:  604-279-7044

Volunteers operate the program two mornings a week on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 11:30am. The program runs during the school year and is open to special needs children aged 6 months to 3 years or those who come from a family of special needs. Parents do not attend the playground. A small bus can transport children who are unable to attend Carefree otherwise. Volunteers play with the children, talk to them, read to them, engage them in crafts, musical activities, provide them with a snack and tender love and care. Music therapists come in twice a week to work with the children. Children must be referred by a health care professional to participate in the program.

Richmond Caregivers Drop-In Support Group
6260 Blundell Road
Richmond,  BC    V7C 5C4   (Map)
Phone:  604-271-3646
E-mail: gzradicka@shaw.ca

For caregivers providing short or long-term care to a loved one or friend. Meetings every Friday at 1:00pm in the Sunshine Room at the Rosewood Manor to exchange ideas and experiences. Complimentary tea and cookies are served. Call Gwen at 604-271-3646 or Hilda at 604-231-1945 for more information. There is no cost to attend, new members are welcomed.

Richmond Caring Place Society
140 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y  3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondcaringplace.ca
Phone:  604-279-7000
Fax:  604-279-7008
E-mail: admin.caringplace@shaw.ca

Richmond Caring Place Society houses several non-profit community service agencies, offering the community of Richmond a central, convenient facility for a variety of services. Community service agencies coordinate and achieve synergistic benefits from sharing a common location. Advantages for member agencies include collaborative programming, access to shared meeting rooms, and affordable, predictable operating costs.

Richmond Centre for Disability (RCD)
100 - 5671 No. 3 Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2C7   (Map)
Web site: www.rcdrichmond.org
Phone:  604-232-2404
Fax:  604-232-2415
E-mail: rcd@rcdrichmond.org

A not-for-profit, multi-service, community-based organization. Offers a variety of specialized information, resources, projects, and activities that assist people with disabilities to achieve greater control over the decisions that affect their lives and to achieve the goal of living more independently.

Access Richmond
Web site: www.accessrichmond.ca
E-mail: rich@rcdrichmond.org
Provides information on the accessibility of Richmond businesses and tourist attractions for people with disabilities. Also recognizes destinations that already offer outstanding accessibility through an easy-to-use online database. See website for more information.
After School Connection
E-mail: tom@rcdrichmond.org
An after school activity for children with special needs to enjoy social life and improve through music therapy. One-to-one buddy available. Fee subsidy is available for families with financial hardship.
Children and Youth Summer Camp
E-mail: ella@rcdrichmond.org
Specialized summer camp activities for children and youth with special needs for July and August.
Computer Access and Support Site
E-mail: viet@rcdrichmond.org
Provides barrier-free access to computer and assistive technology to people with disabilities and general public. Free Internet access.
Information & Networking
E-mail: kathie@rcdrichmond.org
Provides information to participants and the general public about services, programs, products, and support pertaining to disability issues. Also offers information events such as open forums, fairs, and training workshops.
Parking Permit for Persons with Disabilities
E-mail: rcd@rcdrichmond.org
The RCD is an authorized issuer of parking permits for individuals with disabilities to use accessible parking spots.
Peer Support & Social Interaction
E-mail: rich@rcdrichmond.org
Provides a forum for participants to exchange ideas, experiences, and concerns in a comfortable atmosphere to create solutions that will overcome barriers in their personal lives, as well as foster socialization skills. Activities include recreational and social events.
Public Education Series
E-mail: dave@rcdrichmond.org
Provides a regular schedule of workshops for a variety of topics pertaining to disability issues and some community interests to members and the general public to stay better informed.
Skills Development
E-mail: rcd@rcdrichmond.org
Provides supportive learning opportunities for participants in different areas of skills development such as employment, computer skills, English course, office skills, life skills, and other initiatives as responding to the needs of the community.
Youth Engagement Project
E-mail: rcd@rcdrichmond.org
A specialized project to provide opportunity for youth with disabilities to engage and socialize in the community. Guided by a Youth Council to promote peer support and sharing of experience among youth.

Richmond Chamber of Commerce
202 North Tower - 5811 Cooney Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X 3M1   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondchamber.ca
Phone:  604-278-2822
Fax:  604-278-2972
E-mail: rcc@richmondchamber.ca

Main contact in the City of Richmond for potential and existing business people to obtain up-to-date business information and statistics. Seeks to support and represent the interests of businesses in Richmond and to promote the value of cultural interdependence in business.

Richmond Children First
c/o Richmond Family Place, 8660 Ash Street
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 2S3   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondchildrenfirst.ca
Phone:  604-241-4035
E-mail: richmondchildrenfirst@shaw.ca

A community initiative that brings together people and organizations in the community to build a child-friendly community where all children thrive. Richmond Children First promotes early and middle childhood development by connecting research, people, ideas, and resources. This initiative is one of 90 across the province, funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. For more information, contact Helen Davidson, Community Coordinator, at 604-241-4035 or visit the website.

Richmond Chinatown Lions Club
120 - 8877 Odlin Crescent
Richmond,  BC    V6X 3Z7   (Map)
Phone:  778-883-2819
Fax:  604-214-8933
E-mail: aliew50@hotmail.com

Meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from September to June at 7:00pm at the Viva City Restaurant (8351 Alexandra Road, Richmond). New members are welcome.

Richmond Chinese Alliance Church
10100 No. 1 Road
Richmond,  BC    V7E  1S2   (Map)
Web site: www.rcac.ca
Phone:  604-271-9333
Fax:  604-271-9323
E-mail: rcac@rcac.ca

Cantonese worship services are on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am (Mandarin translation available on Sundays only). English worship services are on Sundays at 9:00am. Programs available for all ages, including children, youth, and adults. Offers a family summer camp.

Richmond Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Club
Richmond,  BC    Phone:  604-844-8636
E-mail: rhdccpclub@gmail.com

Promotes Chinese arts and crafts within the community. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 7:00pm to 9:15pm at the Richmond Arts Centre (7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond) in the Painting Studio. Demonstrations and guest speakers are regularly brought in to inspire imagination and creativity. Please contact Jimmy Choi at rhdccpclub@gmail.com for more information.

Richmond Chinese Community Society
208 - 8171 Park Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y  1S9   (Map)
Web site: www.rccs.ca
Phone:  604-270-7222
Fax:  604-270-7252
E-mail: info@rccs.ca

Promotes the spirit of community service amongst those with a Chinese ethnic background. Provides a variety of services and programs to the community, such as Fitness Dance, Ballroom Dance, Tai Chi, Yuanji Dance, Karaoke Singing, Zumba Dance, Yoga, Mandarin Conversation, Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy, Chinese Opera, Belly Dance, and more. Services are available in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. Also organizes annual special events such as Chinese New Year Celebrations, Community Dinner, Seniors Health Fair, Seniors Lunch Party, Mid-Autumn Festival, Children Drawing Contest, Annual Fundraising Dinner Gala, and more. Please visit the website for more information.

Richmond Chinese Evangelical Free Church
8040 No. 5 Road
Richmond,  BC   
Web site: www.rcefc.org
Phone:  604-231-0511
Fax:  604-231-0512
E-mail: rcefc@hotmail.com

English service is from 9:30am to 10:45am and Cantonese service is from 11:10am to 12:30pm. Chinese prayer meeting groups are held Wednesdays at 8pm There are also ministries for children and youth, as well as small groups for men and women.

Richmond Chinese Mennonite Brethren Church
10200 No. 5 Road
Richmond,  BC    V7A  4E5   (Map)
Web site: www.rcmbc.ca
Phone:  604-275-1893

English Sunday service is at 9:00am to 10:15am. Cantonese Sunday service is at 10:30am to noon. Mandarin Sunday service is at 9:00am to 10:30am.

Richmond Christian Fellowship
140 - 11300 No. 5 Road
Richmond,  BC    V7A 5J7   (Map)
Web site: www.rcfonline.com
Phone:  604-270-6594
E-mail: office@rcfonline.com

Sunday service at 10:30am at MacNeill Secondary School (6611 No. 4 Road, Richmond).

Richmond Christian School
5240 Woodwards Road
Richmond,  BC    V7E  1H1   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondchristian.ca
Phone:  604-272-5720
Fax:  604-272-7370
E-mail: info@richmondchristian.ca

A biblically-based Christian school offering preschool to grade 12 classes.

Elementary Campus
E-mail: info@richmondchristian.ca
A biblically-based Christian school offering class for preschool to grade 5.
Middle School Campus
10200 No.5 Road
Richmond,  BC   V7A 4E5   (Map)
Phone:  604-274-1122
Fax:  604-274-1192
E-mail: mc@richmondchristian.ca
A Christian school offering the BC curriculum for grades 6 to grades 8.
Secondary Campus
10260 No.5 Road
Richmond,  BC   V7A 4E5   (Map)
Phone:  604-274-1122
Fax:  604-274-1128
E-mail: sc@richmondchristian.ca
A Christian school offering the BC curriculum for grades 9 to grades 12.

Richmond Christmas Fund
190 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.volunteerrichmond.ca
Phone:  604-279-7035
Fax:  604-279-7038
E-mail: christmasfund@volunteerrichmond.ca

Provides grocery vouchers to registered low-income Richmond residents. Also provides new toys to low-income families with children ages 12 and under, and gift certificates to teens 13 to 15. The sponsorship program matches registered families with individuals and groups who prepare a customized Christmas hamper for their family. Donations from the community, both financial and of new, unwrapped gifts, are the basis of this program.

Richmond City Baseball Association
Box 26513 Blundell Post Office
Richmond,  BC    V7C 5M9   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondcitybaseball.ca
Phone:  604-307-7504
E-mail: president@richmondcitybaseball.ca

Richmond City Baseball offers recreational and competitive baseball programs for youth ages 5-25. The Spring Season is from April 1 to June 30. Summer All-Star Season is July 1 to mid-August. Fallball for ages 9-18 is from September through Thanksgiving. Off-Season training available throughout winter. Early Bird Registration starts January and the final deadline is March 15 of every year.

Richmond Community Concert Band (formerly Richmond Legion Community Band)
10555 Yarmish Drive
Richmond,  BC    V7E 5E6   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondconcertband.ca
Phone:  604-272-3009
E-mail: moosie@telus.net

Sponsored for many years by what was then Legion Branch No. 5. When the branch closed, the band was incorporated as the Richmond Community Concert Band but still operates as the Richmond Legion Community Band in recognition of the Legion’s support. Promotes the development and performance of live music at the community level. Rehearses weekly and provides music at civic functions including the Salmon Festival Parade and the Remembrance Day Ceremony, at concerts, various public locations in the City of Richmond, and at senior’s centres and residences. New members are welcomed.

Richmond Community Corrections
210 - 7577 Elmbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 4J3   (Map)
Web site: www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/corrections/index.htm
Phone:  604-660-3577
Fax:  604-660-6555

An evidence-based organization committed to reducing re-offending and protecting communities through adult offender management and control.

Core Programs
Programs include Respectful Relationship, Violence Prevention Program, and Substance Abuse Management for sentenced offenders.

Richmond Community Foundation
190-7000 Minoru Blvd.
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondfoundation.org
Phone:  604-270-4483
Fax:  604-279-7038
E-mail: info@richmondfoundation.org

Established in 1990, the Richmond Community Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization that manages nearly 50 permanent endowment funds, together valued at over $3 million. Each year, these funds earn investment income, which we distribute in the form of grants and scholarships totalling more than $905,000 so far to community organizations and students. In short, we provide the financial resources so that others may enhance the quality of life in Richmond. Whether you’re looking to contribute to an endowment fund, start one of your own, or apply for a grant or scholarship, all the information you need can be found online at richmondfoundation.org.

Richmond Cosom Floor Hockey Association
7531 Greenlees Road
Richmond,  BC    V7A 1T8   (Map)
Web site: www.rcfha.org
E-mail: info@rcfha.org

Weekly games and practices from October until spring break. Takes place in Richmond gyms with no travelling. Separate boys and girls leagues. Please contact by phone or email for more information.

Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1R9   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/culturalcentre
Phone:  604-247-8300
Fax:  604-247-8301
E-mail: culturalcentre@richmond.ca

Houses the City of Richmond Archives, Richmond Arts Centre, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond Museum, and the Richmond Media Lab. It is adjacent to the Brighouse branch of the Public Library. Offers free public events such as concerts and lectures. Rooms are available for rental. Visit the website for a schedule of events.

Richmond Curling Club
5540 Hollybridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V7C 4N3   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondcurling.com
Phone:  604-278-1722
Fax:  604-278-3869
E-mail: office@richmondcurling.com

A modern facility complete with a restaurant, lounge, proshop, and meeting rooms. There are a variety of leagues available for all ages, and experience levels from beginner to advanced. Ice rentals and facility rentals are available to the public. It is the perfect option for fundraisers, parties, seminars, team building events, or any celebration.

Richmond Dance Society
c/o 7860 River Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X 1X7   (Map)
E-mail: richmonddancesociety@hotmail.com

Assists, supports, and encourages participation of youth from all over who pursue training in all dance mediums, voice, and acting through the Richmond Academy of Dance, by providing scholarships, training seminars, guest teachers, and performance costume cost-relief. Email for more information.

Richmond Devils Hockey Club
6731 Shawnigan Place
Richmond,  BC    V7E 4W9   (Map)
Web site: www.richmonddevilshockey.com
Phone:  604-275-1968
E-mail: korenic@shaw.ca

Independent association incorporated under BC Society Act and member of BC Hockey & South Coast Female Amateur Hockey League. Our mandate is to provide a competitive rep hockey team for female players 18 years of age and older to play while achieving their potential and having a positive experience. The Club also provides a venue for our players to give back to the community and develop lifelong friendships.

Richmond Diabetic Support Group
7660 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1R9   (Map)
Phone:  604-244-7401

Meets the first and third Tuesday every month at Minoru Place Activity Centre, from 10:00am to 11:30am.

Richmond District Parents Association
c/o 7811 Granville Avenue
Richmond,  BC    V6Y  3E3   (Map)
Web site: http://dpac.sd38.bc.ca/
E-mail: rdpa@sd38.bc.ca

The RDPA supports parental involvement in education, including increasing awareness, understanding and support for the public school system, advising the School Board on parental views, and supporting individual school Parent Advisory Councils. We also advocate for parents, children, and youth and improvements in communication and information sharing. Meetings' dates are posted on our website and are held at 7:00 pm at the School Board Office unless otherwise posted. Please visit our website for up-to-date information including our Social Media accounts. Each school schould have a representative in the Association. All parents are welcome.

Richmond Emmanuel Church (Anglican)
7451 Elmbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 1B8   (Map)
Web site: www.emmanuelvoice.org
Phone:  604-214-0321
Fax:  604-214-0320
E-mail: emvoice@telus.net

Services are in Cantonese. Fellowship groups and discipleship training available.

Richmond Family Justice Centre
215 - 7577 Elmbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 4J3   (Map)
Web site: www.justicebc.ca/en/fam/index.html
Phone:  604-660-3511
Fax:  604-660-3640
Toll Free:  1-800-663-7867

Provides assistance to families undergoing separation or divorce with issues relating to child custody, access, guardianship, and child or spousal support. Family Justice Counsellors are trained to help separated families to try to resolve these issues out of court. A program of the BC Ministry of Justice, family justice centres offer services at no cost. Priority is given to people of modest means.

Richmond Family Place Society
8660 Ash Street
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 2S3   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondfamilyplace.ca
Phone:  604-278-4336
Fax:  604-278-4433
E-mail: info@richmondfamilyplace.ca

Richmond Family Place provides programs for parents and their children birth to 6, with the addition of siblings up to the age of 12, throughout Richmond. Offers "Learning through Play" activities in a welcoming and informative environment for parents with newborn babies to children of kindergarten age. Both drop-in and registration programs are available at the main site on Ash Street and at several satellite locations. Please call for more details.

Dad and Child Breakfast
A weekly breakfast program for dads/male caregivers and their children 0 to 6 years of age. A nutritious breakfast will be served followed by playtime. On Saturdays, 9:00am to 10:30am.
Family Fun Cafe
100-5800 Cedarbridge Way
Richmond,  BC   V6X 2A7   (Map)
Phone:  604-271-5609
When: Thursday, 4:30—7:00 pm What: Families attending the food bank enjoy an evening play and learn drop in program, with a light dinner together, with activities and discussions that include cooking on a budget, food preservation, and gardening in small spaces. Note: For Food Bank families only.
Food Bank Play, Learn, Get Ready for School Drop-in
100-5800 Cedarbridge Way
Richmond,  BC   V6X 2A7   (Map)
Phone:  604-271-5609
When: Wednesday and Thursday, 10:00 am–1:00pm What: Families attending the food bank can play in a rich learning environment; enjoying singing, music and stories, and receive parenting support and information. Note: For Food Bank families only.
Play & Learn Drop-In Program
This informal drop-in for parents with children 0 to 6 years old offers open art activities in an early literacy environment with free play and daily circle time. Children can enjoy a closed-in backyard with sand and water play, as well as a children's garden. Drop-in hours are 9:15am to 11:15am from Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1:00pm to 2:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30pm to 7:30pm on Wednesday (dinner program is for families with children 0 to 12), and 10:30am to 12:30pm on Saturday. There are a variety of other Play & Learn Drop-In Programs throughout Richmond. Call or visit the website for more information.
Richmond Family Place Thrift Store
Sells used clothing, footwear, toys, books, and small household items. Please contact for hours.

Richmond Field Hockey Club (RFHC)
Web site: www.rfhc.ca
E-mail: rfhc@outlook.com

Founded in 1970, the RFHC has evolved from a club of adults and junior boys to one of adult women and junior girls. The club promotes girls field hockey in the local schools and many players have advanced to play high performance at provincial and national levels. There are three women's teams and eleven junior girl's teams. Visit website for more information.

Richmond Fire - Rescue
6960 Gilbert Road (No. 1 Fire Hall - Headquarters)
Richmond,  BC    V7C 3V4   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/fire
Phone:  604-278-5131
Fax:  604-278-0547
E-mail: fire@richmond.ca

Provides Emergency Fire and Rescue Services; Fire and Life Safety Education; and Fire Investigation and Inspection Services. Works in partnership with other primary emergency 9-1-1 service providers. Believes in delivering services through an approach that balances prevention, education and emergency response.

Child Car Seat Inspections
Provides help to those transporting infants and young children by ensuring car seats are correctly installed. Inspections are held every 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 3:30-5:30 or 6:30-8:30. Please call ahead to book an appointment.
Community Events
Web site: http://www.richmond.ca/event-hosting/services/eventapp.htm
Offers free public fire and life safety education at many Richmond events. The staff, mascot Blaze, and trucks are often in attendance. Please call or email, a minimum of two weeks in advance to discuss, and provide information about your event. They provide guidance through the event application and consideration process - called "REACT", and available through the City of Richmond website: http://www.richmond.ca/event-hosting/services/eventapp.htm.
Fire Extinguisher Training
Offers fire extinguisher training (for a low per person fee) to Richmond non-profit organizations. Call or email to book an appointment a minimum of two weeks in advance, for the approval process to proceed.
Fire Hall Tours & Educational Visits
The fire hall crews are on-duty safety ambassadors and offer free (by appointment) fire hall tours or crew visits to your venue, with the trucks when not called away to an emergency. We also offer age-appropriate safety messaging. Please call or email to book.
Get Ready Richmond
We also offer monthly "Get Ready Richmond" Fire & Life Safety workshops at local community centres. Please go to www.richmond.ca/register to register for our "Fire Prevention Technician", "Fire Chemistry" or "Fire Extinguishing" programs.
Home Safety Check
This is a program where Richmond Fire-Rescue will come to your home to do a Fire & Life Safety evaluation survey. They will inspect for proper smoke alarm installation and function, as well as other safety features in your home. This is a non-fee visit.
Safety Concerns Reporting
Web site: http://www.richmond.ca/contact/customerfeedback/overview.aspx
To report a safety concern to be looked at, please contact us by phone, or by email. You can also go to the City of Richmond website at, http://www.richmond.ca/contact/customerfeedback/overview.aspx and click on the Customer Feedback Form option pertaining to your concern. Call 9-1-1 for an emergency.
Safety Talks
Web site: http://www.richmond.ca/register
Offers fire and life safety talks to groups (community groups, strata councils, business', schools, etc.) interested in preparing themselves for an emergency. The talks are free and tailored to the group’s interests and needs. We also offer monthly "Get Ready Richmond" Fire & Life Safety workshops at local community centres. Please go to http://www.richmond.ca/register to register for our "Fire Prevention Technician", "Fire Chemistry" or "Fire Extinguishing" programs.

Richmond Food Bank
100 - 5800 Cedarbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2A7   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondfoodbank.org
Phone:  604-271-5609
E-mail: info@richmondfoodbank.org

Dedicated to providing food assistance, advocacy, and related support to low-income people in Richmond. Does not solicit door-to-door or by telephone.

Ageless Volunteerism
Seniors and students engage in purposeful volunteer work in a supported environment.
Grocery Distribution
Provides grocery assistance to low-income families and individuals. On Tuesdays, groceries are distributed in East Richmond at the Peace Church gymnasium (11571 Daniels Road, Richmond) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, groceries are distributed at the Richmond Food Bank from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Evening distributions are every Thursday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at the Richmond Food Bank.
Nutrition and Literacy for Children
"Feed the Body, Feed the Mind" links healthy eating with literacy and development by providing healthy snack packs and story books to children up to 12 years old.
Nutritious Recipe Demonstrations
Demonstrations of delicious, nutritious, and economical recipes based on seasonal vegetables and staple foods that are available at the Food Bank during distribution times.
Play. Learn. Get Ready for School!
Trained child education staff and volunteers from Richmond Family Place provide preschool children with the skills they need to excel in kindergarten.
Special Needs
Other arrangements may be made for people with special needs to receive food from the Food Bank. Please call for more information.

Richmond Football Club
9433 Romaniuk Place
Richmond,  BC    V7E 5G8   (Map)
E-mail: ddtl44@shaw.ca

There are five teams playing in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (including masters division) and 4 teams playing in the Metro Womens Soccer League (including a highly competitive premier division). Call for details on tryouts and registration. For the men's section, please contact Craig Burnham at 604-970-9726 or cburnham@sportstownbc.com. For the women's section, contact Jim Caldwell at 778-835-3970 or jcaldwell@crscranesystems.com.

Richmond Garden Club
7191 Granville Avenue
Richmond,  BC   
Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/myrichmondgardenclub/
Phone:  604-271-8931
E-mail: richmondgardenclub@gmail.com

Promotes better gardens in Richmond by sharing knowledge of gardening and techniques. Aids in the protection of native plants, trees, and wildlife. Meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month, except July, August and December, at the Minoru Sports Pavilion at 7:30pm. Guests are welcome. Membership is $15.00 for families and $12.00 for singles.

Richmond Gem & Mineral Society
7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1R9   (Map)

Web site: www.gemclub.ca
Phone:  604-274-4893
E-mail: Darlene Howe darhowe@telus.net

RGMS is a non-profit society formed to preserve promote the art of lapidary: including silversmithing, lost wax casting for jewellery making; mineral and rock collecting;faceting; micro mounting; carving; and earth sciences for Richmond citizens.Our club usually meets on the 3rd Friday of the month,starting at 6:45pm in the glass room of the Richmond Cultural Center. Please call the contact person to confirm the date. Regular meetings include a business meeting, show and tell, social time (refreshments) and usually a program related to an activity of the club. We offer our members courses in Lapidary, Silversmithing, Lost Wax Casting, Carving, Rock and Mineral Identification, Micro mounting and Faceting when instructors our available. Richmond residents and guests are welcome to attend our meetings and visit our open workshop on Tuesday or Saturday. New members are welcome! Meetings are the first Friday of the month in 2014 and the third Friday of the month in 2015.

Richmond Girls Soccer Association
Suite 314, 186 - 8120 No.2 Road
Richmond,  BC    V7C 5J8   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondgirlssoccer.com
E-mail: admin@richmondgirlssoccer.com

Offers organized soccer development programs for girls ages 4 to 17 and programs for women ages 18 and up.

Richmond Girls Softball Association
Box 241, 185 - 9040 Blundell Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1K3   (Map)
Web site: www.rgsa.ca