Message from RSCL Board President – Shannon Crofton Appointed CEO for Richmond Society for Community Living

Shannon Crofton Appointed CEO for Richmond Society for Community Living

For many who receive support from RSCL, Shannon has been there every step of the way. Shannon started with the organization in 1991 working at Pendleton House which at that time provided respite for children. Since then Shannon has worked in programs supporting individuals from childhood through every stage of adulthood, and has been instrumental in the growth of programs and supports offered by RSCL.

Prior to assuming the Acting Executive Director role, Shannon oversaw RSCL’s community inclusion programs for adults – LIFE Day Services, Employment Services, and Outreach – as well as the Family Respite and Family Resource Programs.  Shannon has developed strong relationships with individuals served, their family members as well as stakeholders in the community living sector. She is committed to supporting people to live rich, fulfilled lives.

“Over the past 9 months as Acting Executive Director, Shannon has demonstrated unwavering leadership,” says Board President Eve Minuk. “She has not only led the organization through an unprecedented health crisis, she has also continued to focus on delivering services that make RSCL a leader in the community living sector. I wish to extend my thanks to our hiring committee which included Board members and RSCL staff, and the executive recruiting firm contracted to assist with our search. After a comprehensive search, I am confident that under Shannon’s direction RSCL will continue to deliver the innovative services that make the organization exceptional.”

October is Community Living Month

We’re going virtual this year to share all the reasons why community living improves everyday life for everyone in Richmond. Throughout the month we’ll be profiling talented artists, employers who have embraced diversity in the workplace, and share some highlights from our programs. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay connected.

CRA Persons with Disabilities Webinar Information Session

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is hosting a Persons with Disabilities webinar information session. Find out what benefits and credits available to you! If you live with a disability or have a dependent with a disability, there are benefits and tax credits available to you and the people who support you. Some of the benefits and credits to which you may be eligible for are the Disability tax credit, medical expenses, Canada caregiver credit, and the Child disability benefit.

Date: July 28, 2020
Time: 1:30PM to 2:30PM PST

Please register here.

Help Us Tell the Story of Inclusive Education

RSCL’s Inclusive Education Committee is creating a video, documenting the history of inclusive education in the Richmond School District. We are asking members of the Richmond community for any photos, stories, documentation, or artifacts that tells about your/your child’s journey of inclusive education in Richmond, past or present.

See Richmond News article here.

For more information, or to share your story, please contact the RSCL Inclusive Education Committee at before March 31, 2020.

New Offices for IDP and SCDP

Please note that RSCL’s Infant Development Program (IDP) and Supported Child Development Program (SCDP) are no longer located at Richmond Caring Place.

The NEW address is:
#202 – 5811 Cooney Rd
Richmond, BC
V6X 3M1

Fax   604 821 3360
Elaine Kwok IDP Manager 604 821 3338
Rebecca Wilson (Wong) IDP Consultant 604 821 3341
Bergen Mair (Rosebush) IDP Consultant 604 821 3357
Michelle Bulthuis IDP Consultant 604 821 3354
Rabinder Sandhu IDP Consultant 604 821 3355
Jillian D’hont IDP Consultant 604 821 3342
Stella Wong IDP Consultant 604 821 3343
Karen Jensen SCDP Manager 604 821 3320
Agnes Lee SCDP Consultant 604 821 3329
Amy Chernaske SCDP Consultant 604 821 3335
Susan Garcia-Wong SCDP Consultant 604 821 3321
Melita Pecotic SCDP Consultant 604 821 3324
Fonda Chau SCDP Consultant 604 821 3327
Virginia Chiu SCDP Consultant 604 821 3337
Nancy Frappier SCDP Consultant 604 821 3328
Amanda Pang SCDP Administrator 604 821 3359

Leadership Change at RSCL

On behalf of Richmond Society for Community Living Board of Directors and our dedicated staff team, I am announcing the resignation of our Executive Director Janice Barr. For more than two decades, Janice has worked tirelessly on behalf of our organization to lead a team to deliver programs and services that are responsive to the needs of the individuals supported and to their families.

RSCL is well recognized in the Richmond community for our innovative programs and services that celebrate the unique gifts of the people that we serve and support their inclusion as valued members of the community. The organization, under Janice’s stewardship, is also recognized across the community living sector as a leader. She has led an exemplary organization that provides excellent services and supports not only to individuals and families served, but also to our employees. Her commitment to excellence extends far beyond the organization that she leads.

I know you will join me in wishing Janice well as she takes on new professional challenges as the CEO of Community Living Society (CLS) which has been providing supports for people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries since the early 1970s. CLS delivers services broadly across Metro Vancouver and we look forward to working with Janice in her new role on many important projects which will benefit the sector as a whole.

During her time at RSCL, Janice has demonstrated her commitment to developing leaders of tomorrow within the organization. We are grateful to Janice for her many contributions to RSCL, particularly the strong leadership team that she has developed. I am confident that Janice leaves a legacy that is strong, vibrant and well positioned to continue to deliver the innovative services that make RSCL exceptional.

RSCL will begin a search for a new Executive Director immediately. Our Director of Community Supports, Shannon Crofton, will assume the role of interim Executive Director beginning on January 6, 2020. In the coming months, our leadership team will develop a transition plan to ensure the continuation of quality service delivery and management for all programs.

Melanie Arnis, RSCL Board President

Home Share Provider Wanted

Home Share matches a skilled caregiver with an individual with a developmental disability to share living space and help facilitate as much independence as possible. It is an opportunity for an individual to develop skills within the home and build relationships in their community.

The Home Share Provider supports an adult with developmental disabilities to pursue activities independently from their family, much like most adults in the community. The goal is to create and develop social networks for the individual they are supporting and build awareness and inclusion in the community.

Currently, we’re looking for an experienced caregiver who can support a very energetic young man living with Autism.  This individual requires full-time support including personal care in the home.  He attends a full-time day program Monday thru Friday and also receives respite hours. He occasionally communicates his needs using 1 to 3 word phrases and may need verbal/visual cues.  A communication tool is currently being developed. This individual’s day to day experiences vary.  He is sensitive to environmental stimulation. He works well when able to go at his own pace and is given choice and clear expectations.  Once a relationship of trust is established, this individual can be quite endearing.  This contract is to commence August 22, 2019.

Caregiver Screening Process:

NOTE:  Home Share Providers are not employees of RSCL.  They are independent contractors providing a service. RSCL staff and their spouses cannot apply to be a Home Share Provider.

  • Potential caregivers will be assessed based on their philosophy of community inclusion; practical caregiving skills; flexibility in meeting specific needs; physical appropriateness of their home; family dynamics; availability to provide serve; and ability to meet the conditions of the contract.

Conditions of Contract:

  • Legal age 19 years +
  • Richmond resident
  • Resume, and application
  • Written and personal interviews
  • Safety visit
  • 3 references ( 1 employer and 2 character)
  • Physician’s reference form
  • Clear Criminal Record Check (in addition, any other persons living in the home over age 18 are also required)
  • Current First Aid and CPR Certificate
  • ICBC Record Search, and copy of driver’s licence
  • Vehicle and home insurance
  • Worksafe coverage
  • Home study

When a caregiver has been screened and approved, the caregiver will have an orientation and the matching process can commence. If you are interested in becoming a Home Share provider please contact the Home Share Manager:  Shawna Takahashi 604 279 8470 or email


Recruiting Respite Caregivers

Do you have a desire to support adults or children with a disability?
Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life?
Do you want to earn some extra money?
Respite contractors give parents and caregivers a much-needed break by spending quality time with an individual with developmental disabilities. Respite contractors assist individuals in accessing their community and participating in something they enjoy. We are looking for hourly and overnight contractors to support individuals in the Richmond community.
For more information and to view the Respite Job Description, click here.

RSCL named Association of the Year!

On Thursday, November 23rd, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce hosted their 40th Business Excellence Awards. The event as a sell-out with more than 400 guests in attendance to recognize local businesses and organizations in a range of categories including New Business of the Year, Innovator of the Year, and Small, Medium and Large Business of the Year.

In the category of Association of the Year, RSCL was recognized as a finalist alongside Regional Animal Protection Society (RAPS) and Richmond Youth Services Agency. We are so honoured to be recognized among this outstanding group of business and community leaders.