FREE Waitlist Registration for Seedlings Child Care Centre

Welcome to Seedlings!
Inclusive, quality child care in central Richmond.

With over 30 years’ experience offering exceptional child care in the City of Richmond, RSCL is excited to open Seedlings Early Childhood Development Hub (Seedlings) in early 2022 in central Richmond.  Seedlings provides families with more than 77 new licensed child care spaces in a newly constructed, state of the art facility owned by the City of Richmond.  Safe and fully accessible, Seedlings is an inclusive daycare facility that welcomes all members of the community.

For families looking for long-term and flexible child care, Seedlings offers part-time and full-time arrangements for:

  • Infants/toddlers
  • 3-5 daycare and preschool
  • Out-of-school care (junior and senior)

Seedlings staff are certified Early Childhood Educators and trained in the Reggio Emilia curriculum. The program is based on principles of inclusion, respect, responsibility, and community and children benefit from play-based learning that is designed around the needs and interests of the individual.

If you are interested in child care at Seedlings, please register today with our FREE waitlist.

Are you interested in joining our team of first-rate early child care educators?  Click here for more information.

Named Association of the Year at the 2017 Business Excellence Awards, RSCL was recognized by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce for our organizational leadership and measurable success in achieving our mandate.

RSCL Community Reflections Survey

Dear RSCL Community,

For almost 40 years, RSCL has been built by our community, and we want to keep that going!

As you may have heard, we have begun an exciting community-led discovery process to learn more about how our organization is valued by those in our community, and if our name (Richmond Society for Community Living) continues to represent the work that we do. We’ll be learning and listening a ton, and are inspired to imagine where these conversations might lead us. The next step in our discovery process is to ask our valued community members for reflections on their past and present experiences with RSCL. That’s where you come in!

This survey is being conducted by our strategic partners at Harc Creative, so please rest assured that your answers will be kept confidential and will not include any personally-identifying remarks when they are shared/discussed. If you have any questions about any of this, please don’t hesitate to reach out to let us know.

Complete the survey here: RSCL Community Reflections Survey. The first 50 responses will be entered in a draw to win a $100 gift certificate to Cactus Club restaurant.

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.

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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 inclusive-ed@rscl.org 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

IDP  
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
SCDP
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