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1 Summer 2013 RSCL VIEWS Richmond Society for Community Living Staff and participants enjoy the new outdoor space at Youth Connections Seeing beyond disability to ability What s Inside: Inclusion BC Conference Treehouse explorations Thank you to supporters Community raising funds for RSCL Taste of India YC Outdoor space Celebration Outstanding Individuals - Jonathon and Melissa RSCL Quality Improvement RSCL and McDonalds Restaurants Changing the world one child at a time Richmond Society for Community Living Minoru Blvd, Richmond BC V6Y 3Z

2 Inclusion BC conference through the eyes of self advocates Caroline Holat, Mark Downey, Clark Levykh, Jerry Cheng, Carrie Derickson As reported to Denise Abegg This year Inclusion BC (formerly The BC Associa on for Community Living ) held their annual conference and AGM in Vancouver at the Sheraton Wall Center. The four days, which included a pre-conference on Wednesday and closed with the Annual General mee ng on Saturday, were jam packed with interes ng workshops and engaging keynote speakers. The pre-conference contained several focus groups; Clark really appreciated this early forum for discussions. Especially interes ng to Clark were discussions on the societal epidemic of isola on. This topic brought up many ideas for crea ng be er community connec ons through city planning and global partnerships. Thursday started with the Inclusion BC naming ceremony in which Mark par cipated. Mark was excited to be a part of such an important event. The ceremony set a nice tone for the overall theme of the conference - Community Inclusion and Empowerment. Another notable event was the performance given by Canadian poet Shane Koyczan on Friday morning. Koyczan really brought the spirit of inclusion to the conference with several Vancouver High Schools a ending to see him perform. Everyone was posi ve about the workshops and there were a few clear favorites. Story Lab with InCommon.TV was a highly recommended by Clark and Jerry. Both enjoyed the opportunity to share their story and to explore expanding community connec ons through social media. Clark also enjoyed 'The Hunt for Hospitality: Finding and Crea ng Welcoming Places'. This seemed to speak to the theme of the conference as well as the topic of being welcomed into community a topic Clark is passionate about. Carrie really appreciated 'Traveling with a Diversability' and Caroline was excited about the discussions that came about in 'Quality of Life That's What it's All About'. Everyone is excited for next year's conference and to witness the posi ve impact of their voices in the coming years. Thank you to Inclusion BC for offering such diverse opportuni es to be er understand how we can listen and create inclusion in our communi es and beyond. RSCL VIEWS Summer 2013 pg 2

3 Treehouse early Learning Centre explorations Con nuing with our trend of crea vity and innova on, Treehouse early Learning Centre has undergone many changes over the last 6 months. One of the most no ceable changes is our physical space. The staff took a series of workshops in order to learn more about beau fying our environment and we began by emptying a whole area and slowly restocking it with interes ng and varied natural materials. We en rely redesigned the free play room and introduced a new homey 'living space' - complete with aluminum and wood utensils, glass stones, shaded lamps, framed art and sheer curtains to divide the area. The children are having a wonderful me exploring the new space and crea ng scenarios - they have held dinners, tea par es, picnics, and more. Our parents have also welcomed the changes. During our most recent work party, they helped to hang curtains and pictures, and beau fy our outdoor space with hanging plants and plan ng our garden. In this environment the staff and children play together in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, where learning is a result of our everyday experiences. Lori Mountain, Treehouse Supervisor Message from the Board Spending me at this year's Inclusion BC conference as both a board member and presenter was both exhilara ng and exhaus ng! This year's conference focused on the power of stories from individuals, families and other allies which gives us all an opportunity to reflect on our own stories and the stories of the people we love. I have always thought of the Community Living movement as a peace movement and con nue to strengthen that view as I witness people sharing their struggles and their triumphs with each other and the compassion and passion with which people react. It strikes me that as we listen to each other through loving ears and hearts, it strengthens our connec ons and reac ons to each other and moves us away from fearfulness, toward a community immersed in love. Authors Peter Block and John McKnight call this "The Abundant Community". I don't know about you but that's where I want to live! Shelley Nessman, Board President New Kids Help Phone App In December, Kids Help Phone launched Always There, Canada's first mobile app connecting youth to live professional help and support. The app, designed with youth input, provides a password protected space for youth to log their feelings, flip through a ton of youth-submitted tips, inspirational quotes, and jokes aimed at helping youth cope with stress. "Always There" also features offline tipsheets on a variety of emotional health topics and the app can connect you directly with a Kids Help Phone counselor over the phone, or through Live Chat. The app is available for iphone, Android, and Blackberry. RSCL VIEWS Summer 2013 pg 3

4 Thank you to recent supporters RSCL Infant Development Program and Supported Child Development Program have been hard at work developing an improved inventory and storage system for our Lending Library. With a recent grant from CKNW Orphan's Fund resul ng in the purchase of new developmental toys which will be loaned to families to help their infant(s) with extra support needs to promote development. Books on a range of disability related topics and adap ve equipment will be loaned to child care centres and preschools who support children from age 3 to fully par cipate in their programs. Funds raised at our two signature events The Benefit of Possibili es (November) and A Taste of India (April) also contribute to this vital service for families and our community. Thank you to CKNW Orphan's Fund and to all who a ended our events. Community raising funds for RSCL Coffee shops are a great place to create and nurture a sense of community. A visit over a cup of coffee or tea is an excellent way to connect with friends or meet people and establish new rela onships. No where is this more true than at the Blenz Coffee Shop in Garden City Mall in Richmond. Since 2005, scores of men and woman meet daily to discuss life and solve the world's problems while drinking their delicious Blenz coffee or tea. This unlikely group represents a broad cross-sec on of community both in age and ethnic background. They also represent a range of professions with some beginning their careers while others are re red. What they have in common - these are good people with their hearts in the right place. They want to make their community a be er place. In 2009 Larry Langton decided to organize a Blenz Gang Golf Tournament Fund Raiser with a plan to donate proceeds to a selected charity. The group all sprung into ac on, with support from the Garden City Blenz. The focus of the tournament is two-fold: to have FUN and to raise some funds for charity. The 5th annual Blenz Gang Open took place on Saturday June 8th at Country Meadows golf course in Richmond. Although the weather started off with a li le bit of rain, the skies cleared and the golfers enjoyed sunshine through the a ernoon. It was a fun day, everyone enjoyed themselves and there were many highlights. Thanks to con nued funding from Coast Capital Savings, RSCL con nues to offer the Tuesday Night Social Group which provides the opportunity for youth who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability to form peer rela onships in a fun and safe environment. The program will be on hiatus over the summer, returning in the fall with plans to offer ac vi es like bowling, movie night, karaoke party and much more. This very popular program is free to a end, with registra on required. If you would like more informa on about the Tuesday Night Social Group, please contact Denise Abegg at The tournament raised $ for Richmond Society for Community Living, dedica ng the funds to Youth Connec ons. Thank you to the tournament organizers for choosing to support RSCL and congratula ons to all the trophy winners: Low Gross...Robert Kearn Low Net...Nicholas Chan KP Hole...John Marino Longest Drive...Wayne Topham Most Honest Golfer...Ben (Hogan) Nielsen Brian Boyle Sportsman...Rob Macdougall RSCL VIEWS Summer 2013 pg 4 5th Annual Blenz Gang

5 th th On Friday, April 5, 2013 RSCL hosted our 13 annual mul cultural dinner and dance A Taste of India at South Hall in Vancouver. In addi on to a tradi onal Indian banquet and dance, a endees of the event were treated to live entertainment, and the opportunity to bid on silent and live auc on items. More than 300 people a ended the event which included exci ng casino ac on thanks to our partnership with the River Rock Casino Resort and Great Canadian Casino. Comedian Sunee D hosted the event and guests were treated to a performance by the Senior Belly Dance Company at Urban Dance Company. A special thank you to RSCL parent Heather Morovic who shared some of her family's journey since the birth of her daughter Kaitlyn. Together we raised more than $10,000 in support of our RSCL Lending Library which provides specialized toys and adap ve equipment for infants and children with developmental disabili es. Fund raised will also benefit our Family Resource Program which provides informa on, resources and support to families that face the extraordinary circumstances that come with having a loved one who has a developmental disability. Thank you to all our donors and supports who helped to make the event a success. Melanie Arnis Jason Athwal Audi of Richmond Gail Bains Satwant Bains BC Ferries Lisa Cowell Daniel Hospitality Group Fairmont Empress Hotel Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel Sue Graf Land Rover Richmond Lickerish Lounge Jag Nijjar Deb Pierce Julie Porter River Rock Casino Resort Vancouver Aquarium RSCL VIEWS Summer 2013 pg 5

6 Youth Connections Outdoor Recreation Space - Grand Opening Celebration In the Spring of 2009 Richmond Society for Community Living began the largest fundraising campaign in our organiza on's history to raise funds to renovate the outdoor space at our Youth Connec ons program. The outdoor space serves as a social mee ng place and recrea on area for children, tweens and teens that a end the YC program. This newly designed outdoor space provides a balance of physical, sensory, and social development while also crea ng both ac ve and passive areas that provide a variety of sensory experiences including sight, sound, smell and touch. th On Tuesday, June 18 RSCL a garden party to officially unveil the space and to celebrate the comple on of the campaign. RSCL would like to thank our donors February 15, 2013 to June 15, 2013 Janice Barr Blenz Gang Golf Tournament BC Ferries - Deas Pacific Marine City of Richmond CKNW Orphans Fund Lisa Cowell Nancy Davidson Dalbir Dhaliwal Dr. Barend Zack Inc. Theresa Edmondson Johanne Enemark Paul Flesher Miyoko Hamade Faye Ho Coulson Hoogveld Maria Lavotha Leanne Martin Eva May Ministry of Housing and Social Development Nenad and Heather Morovic Susan Nishi PNE Playland Julie Porter Safe & Sound Security Systems Ltd. Daniel Tam United Way of Greater Toronto Vancouver Foundation Westwind Elementary School Katherine Yeo Vancity RSCL VIEWS Summer 2013 pg 6

7 Outstanding Individuals - Jonathan It is outstanding team members like Jonathan Square-Briggs that has helped the HandyCrew Coopera ve have one of its best years ever. A member of HandyCrew for the past two years, Jonathan is a friendly young man with a huge smile and inquisi ve spirit. Jonathan has also personally had a great year, full of new undertakings and accomplishments. He has progressed in his landscaping skills to the point where he is now responsible for one of our regular landscaping contracts. When not landscaping, Jonathan delivers HandyCrew flyers in the community to help create more business for the team. He is a valued member of the HandyCrew Co-opera ve and at our recent AGM, was honoured with an award for Most Improved Member. We are told that he has taken charge of lawnmowing at home too! Jonathan also performs a HandyCrew contract to deliver the Richmond News to local businesses along No. 3 Road. This job combines Jonathan's love of the outdoors, mee ng new people and being involved in his community. Way to go, Jonathan! Your hard work is much appreciated by Richmond News and Richmond HandyCrew Co-opera ve! Suzanne Jackson, Employment Specialist Jonathan and Rob at the Richmond News Outstanding Individuals - Melissa Congratula ons to Melissa who is proudly displaying her well deserved paycheque from Boston Pizza on Ackroyd Road. Melissa helps this upscale, fun establishment during the lunch rush. She makes sure the server sta ons sparkle, cutlery is spotless and ensures that there is a good supply of assembled pizza boxes. Her bright smile and bubbly personality make her a great addi on to the BP team. Make sure to stop in for a delicious meal and fun me at Boston Pizza soon. It's a great place to watch your favourite sports! Also please remember to remit your bill to your server who will add it to the BP Team Rebate Program. Just let your server know you'd like to support RSCL and Boston Pizza will donate 10% of your bill to RSCL. RSCL would like to thank Vancouver Founda on for their on-going financial support for our Youth Employment program which helps individuals like Melissa to contribute to her financial independence and social inclusion through securing real work for real pay. Thank you! Melissa with her first paycheck RSCL VIEWS Summer 2013 pg 7

8 Richmond Society for Community Living s Quality Improvement As part of RSCL's Quality Improvement Program, we produce an annual Outcomes Management Report which summarizes how well we are doing our job. The informa on and analysis derived from the Outcome Management process is used to highlight areas of strengths and iden fy areas requiring improvement. Families, Individuals and other stakeholders of RSCL o en get surveyed or interviewed in an a empt to gather feedback about how we do the work that we do. The response rate for surveys given to families was 40.69% which is above the industry standard. We gather informa on in all program areas (Infant Development, Supported Child Development, Treehouse, Youth Connec ons, LIFE Day Services, Employment Services, Residen al Services, Support Living, and Respite). For each of these program areas, we set goals and collect informa on about: Sa sfac on what the people using our programs think about RSCL and the services they receive Effec veness how well things work compared to the results we expect Efficiency how well we make use of the resources we have Service Accessibility how easy it is for people to get the services they need In 2012, the average level of sa sfac on across the organiza on was 100%. Thank you to all of the families that we support. This number tells us that we are doing our job to your sa sfac on. RSCL began formally collec ng program outcome informa on ten years ago. Since that me, we have refined our surveys, and determined other ways to collect informa on and feedback about our programs and services. We are con nually improving our Outcome Mangement System and will be doing this again in prepara on for the 2014 calendar year. Many of our goals (Outcomes and Indicators) have been refined and adjusted to further challenge and promote service excellence. As a result of the informa on gathered and analyzed over the last ten years, we have: 1. Improved personal planning processes and followed through on established goals set by individuals and their families; 2. Established an Employment Service Department, including Supported/Customized Employment and the Richmond HandyCrew Coopera ve; 3. Advocated for the expansion of early interven on supports for families, and explored alterna ve funding sources for children's services; 4. Modified programs to accommodate the unique and changing needs of the people we support, e.g. renova ons, extra staffing, hours of service, etc.; 5. Created and sustained regular communica on with families and stakeholders, e.g. RSCL Newsle er, Program Specific Newsle ers, RSCL website, e-zines, Facebook, etc.; 6. Developed a be er understanding of the demographics of the people who access our services. This has helped us reach out to different ethnic and cultural groups, e.g. translated material, changes in hiring prac ces, etc.; 7. Shi ed the priority within residen al services towards developing and maintaining rela onships for the individuals outside of paid support. 8. Offered a variety of assistance and support in the areas of life-skills, leisure and recrea on, volunteerism and job placements, with a focus on community and social inclusion; 9. Redeveloped Adult Day Services and created LIFE Services where individuals have a home site and will par cipate in varying ac vi es moving from program site to site and/or community loca ons depending on their personal goal based schedule; 10. Created the Youth Employment Program in partnership with the Richmond School District. Part of the Outcome Management Report is a summary of the demographics of the people we support. In 2012, RSCL served a total of 982 individuals. The following charts breakdown the age, diagnosis and ethnicity for the agency overall. Please note: The diagnosis totals do not necessarily add up to the 982 individuals served as some individuals may have more than 1 diagnosis. If you would like to see a copy of the full 2012 Outcome Management Report, drop by Head Office. RSCL is the agency of choice for families and is considered the agship community organization Laney Bryenton, author of the External Stakeholders section of RSCL s 2012 Outcome Management Report. RSCL VIEWS Summer 2013 pg 8

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10 Infant Development Staff Changes: RSCL Infant Development Program is pleased to announce Annie Hung as our new IDP Coordinator. Annie has been a consultant in IDP for 5 years and has taken over the Coordinator posi on in February. We are also excited to introduce a new consultant to our team. Jessica Hamm worked for RSCL for the past four years as a Recrea onal Counsellor at Youth Connec ons and as relief staff at Treehouse early Learning Centre. Jessica has a B.A in Psychology with a specializa on in prenatal and infant development. Jessica is also an Art Therapist with a Graduate Diploma from the Vancouver Art Therapy Ins tute. She has done art therapy with adolescents with developmental disabili es and with mothers and their toddlers. Jessica enjoys travelling the world and has recently returned from a trip to Western Africa. She is looking forward to ge ng to know the IDP families. Treasure baskets: We live in a world where plas c toys dominate the shelves of toy shops. While plas c ra les may look different, each smells, tastes and feels the same making them uns mula ng for babies. Parents o en ask how they can help their young child develop and learn. The Infant Development Program has started to learn about/promote the concept of Treasure Baskets, originally developed by Elinor Goldschmeid in the 1980s. A treasure basket is a shallow, sturdy basket containing a collec on of everyday items, few or none of which are plas c. Most of the objects are in everyday use by adults and are made of natural materials. The items vary in weight, size, texture, color, taste, temperature and sound. The use of treasure baskets promote heuris c play which describes the ac vity of babies and children as they play with and explore the proper es of objects in the 'real world'. Heuris c play s mulates all of the babies' senses, crea ng a rich learning experience. The treasure basket can be used with babies from the me they can sit unsupported un l around months. The basket itself should be a low sided round basket filled with the 'real world' objects. It is through handing and exploring these objects that a baby develops contact with the outside world, and begins to make their own choices and decisions. Items in a treasure basket: Some items that could be used in a treasure basket include: spoons, a lemon, clothes pins, paint brush, pumice stone, leather purse, bells, empty boxes (objects that are natural, metal, leather, paper, brushes or wooden). Parents should introduce new items gradually, this way a child can find their favorite objects and no ce when something new is presented. Aim for variety! For the treasure basket to be an effec ve tool in the play and development of babies, parents and caregivers need to provide a relaxed atmosphere and be available to the child during their play and explora on. The adult's role is to sit near by and be a en ve, responsive and unobtrusive. Babies need to explore the baskets at their own pace without being shown things and 'how' to use them. There is no right or wrong way to explore or use the materials. The baby needs to be able to make their own choices about which objects they are going to pick up and how they are going to explore them without interference. To be safe, ensure that the basket is strong, durable and without jagged edges. Objects should be washable, disposable and replaceable. If an item is painted or varnished, be sure it is non-toxic and ensure that the objects are large enough so that the child will not choke. Babies given safe, s mula ng and suppor ve opportuni es will use their senses to learn about objects they encounter. In doing so the will enter into a world of discovery, puzzlement, social encounter and communica on As babies suck, grasp, touch and feel objects they rehearse behaviors which foster their earliest learning. (Goldschmied, 1989). Heuris c play part I - The treasure basket: Li le acorns to mighty oaks. (n.d.). Li le Acorns to Mighty Oaks. Retrieved April 10, 2013, from h p:// leacornstomightyoaks.co.uk/ar cles Star ng point: Treasure baskets. (2012). Na onal Blind Children's Society. Retrieved April 10, 2013, from h p:// ngpoint/treasure-baskets/747 Bergan Rosebush, IDP Consultant RSCL VIEWS Summer 2013 pg 10

11 Thank you: RSCL and the Infant Development Program would also like to thank Green Shield Canada and the United Way of the Lower Mainland for generously suppor ng our parent par cipa on programs in 2012/13. The grants received have made it possible for us to run our weekly Playgroup where parents can meet each other and ask ques ons for visi ng professionals. IDP also ran three sessions of You Make the Difference, an educa on program for parents and children that focus on helping parents learn how to foster and enrich their child's social, language and literacy development. One session of You Make the Difference was in partnership with Touchstone Family Associa on's CAP-C program offered in Mandarin. This spring we were also able to provide infant massage classes for parents to learn the strokes and benefits of massage and nurturing touch. Marla I am happy because I have a nice place to live and I to go to my program Quantum. I have a lot of friends and I like the staff. I volunteer for seniors, eat healthy meals and enjoy music. I also work for Richmond HandyCrew Cooperative. We are the best workers and team players. In May, Melody Edgars took her annual Alaskan cruise vacation, along with key worker Gullali Sediqi. Melody had a wonderful time relaxing and enjoying the natural scenery from the ship. RSCL VIEWS Summer 2013 pg 11

12 Discover the Possibili es Almost everyone knows yoga makes you feel good. When you leave a yoga class, you come out feeling stretched, relaxed, and have a clear head. We also know that yoga is done mostly in group se ngs and is rarely accessible for people with special needs. That is a real shame, especially when the benefits of yoga apply to everyone regardless of age, physical & mental ability, diagnosis, etc. It is a universal truth that the human body is meant to move. We feel be er when we move in certain ways! A er a long day at work, I know my body feels be er if I go for a walk and do a gentle yoga prac ce. This usually results in an improved mood as well. My head is clear, I can be more focused on everyday tasks, and I have less stress. I have even gained strength and flexibility in certain areas that I never thought possible. What would it be like if a person with special needs could have that experience as well? Is more focus possible? Be er mood? Less stress and anxiety? Feeling good in their body? Moving in new ways? Less pain? Absolutely! People with special needs were born with a nervous system that may have some disconnec ons. Certain movements are difficult or not tolerated at all. Perhaps walking is not possible, maybe verbal communica on is challenging, simple func ons are challenging, etc. What we now know about the brain is that it has the poten al to change and learn new things. It has been demonstrated that disconnec ons in the brain can become connected when challenged in the right way, and func ons can be learned, or re-learned in the case of trauma c injury. Knowing this, I get excited about the poten al that can be unlocked for people with repeated exposure to appropriate movement and stretching with a therapeu c yoga prac ce. We can help people with special needs feel as good as we feel a er a yoga class, AND we can also help some of the disconnec ons to become connected - new movement can be learned, focus and a en on can improve, pain levels can be relieved. Think of the possibili es if a child that couldn't ini ally even talk, could move their arms to communicate. Or have a clear head to get the words out. Or have less pain in their body so they could have the a en on, focus, and energy to par cipate. Think of the possibili es if a child who would wake up every 2 hours in pain, gained the strength and ability to turn herself over in bed and can now sleep through the night, going to school ready to learn. Or the child who could not sit in her wheelchair due to back pain is now able to sit for hours, is learning to stand without pain, and can now interact with her peers. I've seen it happen and it is totally possible. These people have wonderful gi s, which can be missed due to s ffness, pain, & strain. If you are interested in exploring the possibili es for your child or yourself, give me a call. Remember, it is possible. Robyn Emde, Occupa onal Therapist & Yoga Therapist Robyn Emde is am Occupa onal Therapist & Yoga Therapist who works with our Supported Child Development Team and has offered lunch me yoga to staff at RSCL RSCL VIEWS Summer 2013 pg 12

13 RSCL Volunteer - greatly benefit the work we do Virginia Chiu has been volunteering with the Richmond Supported Child Development Program (SCDP) since June Virginia first started working as a Behavioural Interven onist in 2007 providing behavioural therapy for children with au sm. Besides receiving her BA Psychology from UBC and her Behaviour Analysis Cer ficate program at University of North Texas, Virginia also completed the Diploma program for Infant Development Program/Supported Child Care at UBC. Virginia came to the Richmond SCDP to gain more experience in the field and to help those in need. Volunteering has given her a be er understanding of the SCDP program and it has helped the consultants with having an extra pair of hands once a week. Virginia speaks Cantonese fluently and can also speak Mandarin which has been a very strong asset when working with SCDP families. Virginia has been more than generous with her me when it comes to contac ng families that we support who have limited English, without her help, communica on can be difficult. She has done numerous joint visits to families homes and Virginia is always available when needed outside her once a week scheduled volunteering. Richmond Supported Child Development Program and Richmond Society for Community Living would to thank Virginia for volunteering her me and energy. Susan Garcia-Wong, SCDP Consultant 'The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest inten on. ~ Oscar Wilde 'No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks'. ~James Allen. RSCL and McDonald's restaurants In the past couple of years, Earleeray Holdings Inc has become increasingly involved with RSCL. You might not recognize the company name, but you'll probably recognize their presence in the community. Earleeray Holdings Inc, owned by Bob and Chris ne Campbell, operate four McDonald's restaurants in Richmond (loca ons include Alderbridge Way, Blundell Centre (No 2 Rd), Steveston and Ironwood Plaza). For the past three years, RSCL staff have par cipated in th McHappy Day. On Wednesday, May 8 SCDP Consultant Susan Garcia-Wong and Employment Specialist Suzanne Jackson joined Lisa Cowell, Manager Fund and Community Development to sell smiles, pour coffee and even assemble Big Macs to help raise money and awareness for the construc on of the new Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver. RSCL staff was keen to par cipate due to the support Bob and Chris have shown for RSCL efforts to raise awareness about the importance of community inclusion for people with disabili es. An employer through our Youth Employment Program, they support our mission of seeing beyond disability to ability. They are both ac ve in the community and believe in giving back. Beginning on June 1, the spare change collected in the coin boxes at all four loca ons will be donated to RSCL in support of our Lending Library. Next me you are visi ng McDonald's, spare some change. It's for a good cause! RSCL VIEWS Summer 2013 pg 13

14 Changing the world one child at a me The first thing you no ce when you enter Dino Mites Preschool is how big and bright the classroom is. Tables and centres have been set up with interes ng ac vi es, encouraging the children to move around with plenty of space to explore. The teachers are welcoming and ensure the children transi on comfortably when they arrive; gree ng parents and helping with goodbyes. They remain engaged with the children facilita ng, teaching and playing together. This has been the rhythm at Dino Mites Preschool for more than 15 years and was my first impression when I made my ini al visit to the program last spring. Located on the corner of Francis and No. 1 Road in St. Anne's Church, this is a neighborhood preschool that is clearly well loved by the families who a end. When SCDP consultants work with a child care se ng it is not only about suppor ng the child in the centre, it is also about building a respec ul rela onship with the teachers who work there. This is especially true the first me the centre welcomes a child with addi onal support needs. Last Fall Dino Mites enrolled a child with significant support needs and began a new rela onship with me and with RSCL Supported Child Development Program. Knowing that this was going to create a new dynamic at the centre with frequent visits with healthcare professionals, consultants and mee ngs, I arranged a mee ng with the family and as many of the early interven on team members as possible. This also allowed the staff to get to know the child who would be part of their centre for the next 2 years. Without hesita on the Dino Mites team - Sue Hunt, Marian Durrant, Tricia Booker and Carmen Lam has welcomed the family, therapists, healthcare professionals, SCDP consultants and even the media into their centre for what has most definitely become a busy and dynamic preschool year. When asked about their experience having a child with extra support needs in their centre, Sue responded, Before this we didn't know any different, it [has been] invigora ng and sparked a challenge in our program. This centre has welcomed each visitor, carefully listening to feedback and sugges ons. Staff offer encouragement to the family and ensure they are available for mee ngs, even staying a er hours to par cipate. As they have become more comfortable with the support needs of the child, they have suggested their own adapta ons and materials to ensure that he is included in every way possible. They love sharing his successes with us all, He is on the ball and keeps up with what he is capable of and what he knows he keeps us on our toes! It has been such a pleasure working with the Dino Mites team. I have enjoyed ge ng to know them and being able to watch them grow and share the experience of teaching and suppor ng this young child. The experience has been inclusion at its best and I am confident that the partnership with Supported Child Development Program will con nue for many years. Margret Hanke, SCDP Consultant RSCL would like to thank Safe and Sound Security Systems Ltd and owner Doug Fraser who sponsored a charity soccer match th benefi ng RSCL on Saturday, April 6 at Sportstown Sports Complex in Richmond. The event included a post-match pub night, raising $1,500 which was topped up to an even $2,000 by Fraser. Many thanks for your support. We hope we can count on you again next year! RSCL VIEWS Summer 2013 pg 14

15 Your organization has been a vital partner in the Richmond Public Library's success. Together we have offered an impressive variety of programs that have engaged, informed, and assisted the residents of Richmond and now we're looking to accomplish even more. To answer the question of how Richmond visualizes the library of the future, we've put together a new website where people - both library users and non-users - can provide feedback on how to improve the library, offer opinions, upload photos, and more: Because of the support and enthusiastic participation of your organization, your involvement in publicizing the website will be essential to gathering meaningful input from the Richmond community. If you would like to assist us in this process, please feel free to share the link to our new site in your newsletter, s, or on your website, and use the attached images and social media posts as you see fit. The more feedback we get, the more successful we will be. The Richmond Public Library belongs to the entire Richmond community and everyone deserves to have their say. Let's build a better library together! If you would like to learn more about our public consultation, please do not hesitate to us at or call us at Sincerely, Richmond Public Library Don t miss this years Annual Family Picnic Thursday August 15, 2013 King George Park 4-7pm Come dressed as your favourite Superhero! Find us on Facebook!! RSCL VIEWS Summer 2013 pg 15

16 Whose your Superhero? RSCL ANNUAL Games Prizes BBQ Friends and a whole lot of fun! THURSDAY August 15, pm King George Park 4100 No. 5 Road, Richmond FAMILY PICNIC contact for more informa on Become a Member or Donate to Richmond Society for Community Living First Name: Last Name: Phone: Date: Address: Individual Membership (1 vote) Annual: $10.00 Life: $ Family Membership (2 votes) Annual: $15.00 Life: $ city New Member postal code* Membership Renewal I would like to make a donation to RSCL Membership April 1, March 31, 2012 Payment options: Credit Card No. Signature cheque cash visa MC please make cheques payable to: Richmond Society for Community Living Exp Date $ Total Amount Please send completed form to: Minoru Blvd. Richmond BC V6Y 3Z5 Fax: Ph: Charitable Registration Number: RR0001 Tax Receipts are issued for donations but not for membership dues. $10 $25 $50 Other $ one-time donation Monthly Donor Information: I have enclosed a cheque marked VOID and I authorize RSCL to make automatic monthly withdrawals on the 15th day of every month in the amount indicated above. I authorize RSCL to charge my credit card in the amount indicated above on the 15th day of every month. signature monthly donation Our guarantee: You can cancel or change your monthly donation at any time by contacting RSCL. You have the right to receive reimbursement for any debit that is not authorized or is not consistent with this Pre-authorized Debit agreement. Tax receipts are mailed annually. Thank you for your support!