Richmond was once a agricultural and fishing, river based, business hub. However today Richmond is a bustling city with diverse areas, cultures, businesses and need. Slides titles are colour coded Blue for Third Building Blocks, like construction, infrastructure and business. Secondary Building Blocks have titles in red and the First Building Blocks are purple. There is an overlap in Richmond of building blocks from all three sections for example there are municipally funded services that are staffed by both paid workers and also volunteers in the areas of culture, sports, seniors and children services. There are also fundraising endeavours for social community issues that are supported by business and the municipality for example the Richmond Christmas Fund.
My Community Mapping project focuses on Richmond Centre area. I parked my car at Minoru park by the track and then walked around the city centre from Granville, Minoru, Westminster Hwy and back down #3 Road. It is a very organized downtown core with a mix of large and small business, transportation, condos, traffic, people and then beautiful parks tucked away with many municipal and social services.
I am going to start with the third building block category of other elements in a community because in Richmond Centre on #3 Road there is no mistaking the business, economics and infrasrtucture. Although I have been to Richmond and this area many times, looking at it from a community mapping perspective gave me great insight to what one of the big priorities of the City of Richmond is, especially in the city centre...a metropolis and economic generator. The following slides highlight the infrastructure in the area, the economic generators, business, construction, and transportation.
Great accessible transportation.
Construction is an major topic in the local papers.
High profile businesses are very visible in the city core.
As in all local papers there are references to violence but the reason for the violence is often not discussed. The papers seem to put a positive spin on any issues that could be perceived as negative in the community.
The City of Richmond, Municipality is the heart of the city, literally and figuratively. The Municipality is interlinked to all levels of the community and all building blocks.
After conducting a great deal of research in the community of Richmond I have found the municipality is a major player in all aspects of Richmond from city planning, business, construction, social services for seniors, children, sports, culture and fundraising. Volunteer Richmond is a capacity building venture the city of Richmond implemented and brings citizens with skills together with those who are in need or services in need like emergency preparedness.
People in Richmond do have opinions.
The word partner agencies is found everywhere in Richmond. The city works closely with agencies to ensure services are provided to citizens. They can not be entirely catoregorized as grassroots but there are volunteers involved in running many sport organizations, seniors, children’s and cultural services.
In my cultural safety post I researched services that could be lacking in Richmond. The issue of access to mental health services for people of Chinese decent is a complex issue. The findings from the research study above concluded there is diversity within Chinese culture that affect accessing services. There are also barriers for women and there is a need for more psychiatrists that are Chinese speaking that can address diversity .
Liked the sign.
Within Minoru park, a municipal park, there are many partner agencies that have a workforce and also a volunteer base. These services include those for children, youth, seniors, cultural groups, arts and sports. I did not notice any food banks, social services such as disability, women’s shelters, mental health or employment or economic support in the park area or around the City Centre area I walked.
The aesthetical beauty of buildings built close to Minoru park is incredible. They look like they are one with nature.
I did notice the Canadian Low Income Affrordable Seniors Housing Society and two seniors centres in and close to the park. I have added this to primary building block as it appears to be a non-profit seniors project that stands alone.
There seems to be many services for seniors that are visible in the park and surrounding areas.
Primary, Secondary and Third Party Economic Generators working together to help those in need at Christmas. They report 2000 people use the Christmas Fund over the holiday season.
Again, overlapping building blocks.
In closing I have the contrast of the Minoru park which is really a sanctuary within the city and a news article about homelessness in Richmond. The contrast of this beautiful park that must cost the municipality millions of dollars to maintain and no services in place for homeless is stark. Not that I saw a homeless person, but there are people identified as homeless, so there must be even more that are not identified.
It is great to use parks and space for people.
And yes, there must be significant tax dollars allocated to the up keep of this extraordinary park. Canadian Flag on bank of pond.
People in Richmond care about their parks and donate to the city to commemorate friends and relatives.
Community mapping presentation
Richmond City Centre: Integrated Programs Volunteers PrimaryPartners and Capacity InventorySocial AgenciesSecondary and Business, ConstructionPrimary Infrastructure: Other Municipality Secondary Municipality, Community and Business working to raise funds, facilitate change
Condo construction keeps builders busy in Richmond Share this story Sussex Square residents win round in leaky condo legal battle Richmond construction activity far from a record in 2011 Sales slow, but Richmond house and condo prices steady Richmonds population grows 9.2% Tourism Richmond names three Richmond Foodie Blogger finalists A tale of the tape: How waistlines differ in Richmond, Va. and Richmond, B.C. By Matthew Hoekstra - Richmond Review Published: July 09, 2012 1:00 PM Updated: July 09, 2012 1:42 PM Condominium construction continues to keep builders busy in Richmond, as the value of building permits this year is outpacing figures from 2011. In the first six months of 2012, Richmond City Hall issued 735 building permits with a construction value of $265.2 million— 44 per cent more than the same period the previous year. The numbers were boosted by a big month in May, when developers—led by Canada Sunrise Developments (Richmond) Ltd. for its multi-tower Quintet project in City Centre—lined up for 132 building permits worth $143.5 million. Last month, the city issued a total of 154 building permits worth $24.1 million. Setting the pace were builders of single-family dwellings and a $1.4-million renovation to Kwantlen Polytechnic Universitys Richmond campus. Building permits for required for new construction, change of use, additions or alterations to structures.
Several drops of blood now mark the path that a critically-injured Richmond teen followed before being found Sunday night lying on the ground near a home at Twintree Place, near Granville and No. 2 Road. The boy, who doctors had to operate on, had been repeatedly stabbed in his upper body, and RCMP investigators are still trying to determine precisely what happened. According to Mounties, a resident in the area called police after finding the injured boy. On Monday morning, police were still as the scene where the boy was found, going door to door, canvassing the neighbourhood to see if anyone heard or saw something suspicious. A police photographer laid down several numbered markers leading north on Granville Crescent from Granville Avenue, and onto Drewry Crescent, which then connects with Twintree Place. The markers could be a trail of blood drops. The teen was rushed to B.C. Childrens Hospital in critical condition, and had to undergo surgery. Hes still in hospital in stable condition, despite his serious injuries. Meanwhile, investigators are hoping for the publics help in determining what happened. Police dont believe the stabbing occurred on Twintree Place, but in another location. Anyone who saw anything suspicious Sunday night or with information about this incident is asked to call the Richmond RCMPs Serious Crimes Unit at 604-278-1212, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
House party fight turns into stabbing Share this story Burnaby man stabbed in attack outside mall Man stabbed repeatedly following argument Richmond police seek information on February stabbing Homeowner fights back after houses flipped HST protesters crash B.C. Liberal party Recovery house holds grand opening By Martin van den Hemel - Richmond Review Published: May 15, 2012 12:00 PM Updated: May 15, 2012 12:04 PM Two young men suffered stab wounds during a violent altercation at an apartment party on the 9000 block of Odlin Road early on Monday. Police were called when a fight broke out at the party, and discovered two men in their 20s suffering non-life threatening stab wounds. Investigators believe there was no motive behind the stabbing, other than the fact it resulted from an argument. There was no suspect description provided to investigators. Both victims, who are expected to make full recoveries, are known to police. Investigators dont suspect the stabbing was gang related.
Six-figure club grows at city hall Last year 105 Richmond City Hall bureaucrats earned six-figure salaries, according to financial documents. Jennifer Gauthier photo Share this story Competitive figure skater gets his size 10.5 skates stolen Is Richmond City Hall going to the bees? Japans quake prompts city information session City to hire new senior manager Richmonds population grows 9.2% City hall overdue for change, says candidate Peter Mitchell By Matthew Hoekstra - Richmond Review Published: July 07, 2012 7:00 AM Salaries are up but expenses dropped last year at Richmond City Hall, according to recently released financial statements. City council claimed $15,970 in expenses in 2011, while membership to the six-figure-salary club among civic bureaucrats continued to climb. Former councillor Greg Halsey-Brandt proved to be the biggest spender on council, claiming $3,200 in expenses and $4,779.16 in benefits, in addition to earning $50,589 in salary before retiring in November. Mayor Malcolm Brodie claimed $2,437 in expenses, earned $8,963 in benefits and took home $108,716 in salary. Overall, councils expenses are just one-third the amount recorded in 2010. Among the penny-pinchers were Richmond First councillors, including skinflint Coun. Derek Dang, who charged taxpayers just $315. Among city staff, 494 earned over $75,000 last year. Two years ago, just 393 staff met that mark. Richmond’s annual public financial report details all wage earners over $75,000. Included in that growing group are 105 senior staffers with six-figure salaries—11 more than last year. In all, 1,916 employees earned a total of $100.8 million last year while recording $857,677 in expenses. Thats 70 more employees than the previous year, but total staff expenses dropped by one-third. Greg Scott, director of the major projects office, claimed the most expenses among bureaucrats at $11,782. Some other senior staff came close: $9,230 for Carol Hama, manager of people development; $9,204 for Cecilia Achiam, interim director of sustainability and district energy; $8,861 for Cindy Gilfillan, capital analyst supervisor; $8,631 for human resources manager Karina Lapalme; and $8,338 for city solicitor Doug Long.
Mayor backs the community Richmond News July 6, 2012 The Editor, Just as I am not a big supporter of big fat bonuses for officers hired to do little more than a satisfactory job to begin with, I am not keen to say "Bravo" to politicians either for representing the views of the majority of their constituents candidly on ethical, moral and public safety issues. However, on June 28, when I heard Mayor Malcolm Brodie speaking on Global TV, against licensing and subsidising a liquor bar in the new RCMP Headquarters, I felt compelled to salute him for his stand. It is both good and right, and complements the new professional behavioural standards the Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews, and the new RCMP Commissioner, Bob Paulson, are trying to enforce. The mayors comments also inadvertently support MADD. Suresh Kurl Richmond Read more: http://www.richmond-news.com/business/Mayor+backs+community/6892230/story.html#ixzz20F41JTxb
Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 45, No. 2, March 2003, page(s) 78-81 Articles Hiram Mok, MA, MB BCh, BAO, FRCPC, Daniel W.L. Lai, PhD, Daniel Lin, BSc, Michelle P. Wong, MD, Soma Ganesan, MD, FRCPC Literature on the use of mental health services by Chinese Canadians is scant. This retrospective chart review adds valuable new data, suggesting that Chinese Canadians are a far from homogenous group. Information on the use of mental health services by Chinese Canadians is very limited. This preliminary study serves to provide data regarding the use of ethnically sensitive mental health services for Chinese Canadians in Vancouver, British Columbia. A retrospective chart review explored various factors associated with treatment and outcomes of 370 Chinese- Canadian patients who attended a cross-cultural psychiatry outpatient clinic in Vancouver. Results indicated that major depressive episode was the most commonly reported diagnosis. The majority of patients received both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. More younger patients received psychotherapy alone than the older patients. More than one-third of patients recovered fully. Another one-third was lost in follow-up, with higher rates in females and Mandarin speakers. The findings illuminate various cultural and systemic barriers for these two subgroups and indicate that Chinese Canadians are a very culturally diverse group. Introduction Multiculturalism is an integral component in Canadian society. However, cultural diversity brings with it challenges in meeting the health care needs of different ethno-cultural groups. Reitz concluded that “recent immigrant groups experience low rates of utilization of many important social and health services, despite evidence of significant need.” Barriers that may impede ethno-cultural groups from accessing health services include a lack of awareness of the availability of services, financial restraints, language barriers, cultural insensitivity by service providers, and cultural patterns of help-seeking behaviors. Lin and Lin studied help-seeking behaviors of psychiatric patients from different ethnic backgrounds. Chinese patients tend to deal with psychiatric illness initially through family supports and alternative naturopathic modalities. Only when extensive family efforts and resources within the Chinese community support network are exhausted would the family physician be consulted. This arises from traditional Chinese collectivist ideology and pervasive social stigma of mental illness that may lead to delayed clinical presentation.
He takes over from Greg Halsey-Brandt, who held the position from 2009 to 2011. In the role, Duzita will work to raise the public profile of the Christmas Fund, which provides assistance to low-income families during the holiday season. In addition, he’ll serve as head of the Christmas Fund Round Table, a group of community and business leaders who plan and organize fundraising activities for the program. “I’m incredibly excited to be a part of this,” Duzita said. “The Christmas Fund really is a community effort, from the hundreds of volunteers who make it all happen, to the individuals and businesses who so generously donate. Together, we’re going to help brighten the holidays for as many people as possible.” For Duzita, who works in the aviation industry, serving as Christmas Fund Community Chair is but the latest in a long list of charitable endeavours. He co-founded YVR Golf For Kids, which, since 1991, has donated over $3 million to local children’s charities. He is currently co-chair of the Richmond Trinity Western University advisory board and a board member of the Richmond Olympic Oval. He’s also served as chair of both the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and its foundation, and as a board member of the 2010 Games Operating Trust. In 2010, at the Volunteers Are Stars Awards, he received the Star of Richmond Award, in recognition of his leadership in the non-profit sector. “We’re sad to see Greg go, because he contributed so much to the Christmas Fund,” says Elizabeth Specht, executive director of Volunteer Richmond Information Services. “But if anybody can fill his shoes, it’s Wayne. He’s dedicated to this community and passionate about the Christmas Fund. He’s going to have a huge impact on the program.” While this year’s edition of the Christmas Fund is still in the planning stages, one date has been set. The Day of Giving, during which local businesses will donate a portion of their sales to the Christmas Fund, will take place Nov. 29. On the same day, Lansdowne Centre will host the second annual Christmas Fund Drive-Thru Event. The Richmond Christmas Fund mobilizes the community’s spirit of giving to make holiday wishes come true for 2,000 low- income Richmond residents each year. Each person registered with the program receives a grocery voucher and nearly 1,000 children under 15 years old also receive toys or gift cards donated to the program. Volunteer Richmond Information Services is a non-profit agency dedicated to enhancing the lives of Richmond residents by bringing people and services together through community information and volunteerism.
Richmond in Need? SheltersFood bank 2000 Families in Affordable Need at Housing Christmas Municipality Mental Municipal Health Salaries Culture and /concerned Violence Diversity citizens
Drop-in centre to be haven for homeless in Richmond By Michelle Hopkins, Richmond News July 17, 2012 4:22 PM Outdoor living can be great. Living on the streets — not so much. If Dianne Woodhouse has anything to do with it, Richmond will soon have a place where those who need it have a place to come into from the cold. “Over the last few years, we have recognized there is a huge gap in services for people with nowhere to go, other than McDonald’s, the library and other places where they may not be accepted, but they are none the less tolerated,” said Woodhouse, chair for the Drop-In Centre Action Group and member of the Richmond’s Homelessness Coalition (RHC.) “Richmond really needs a drop-in centre, Vancouver has quite a few of them. “This drop-in centre will provide people with a warm, safe, dry place to spend some time, where they will be respected and heard,” she added. The centre is expected to open in October at its temporary site of St. Alban Anglican Church. It will be open four hours a day, initially. “We have no cooking facilities, so we will start off with coffee (a huge draw) and snacks,” she added. “The vision includes much more, but we will start with small manageable steps. It will be staffed with a mix of experienced volunteers paired with those with not so much experience. We will be putting a training module and safety measures in place for volunteers before we open for our guests.” Once the shelter is open, organizers will look to providing services such as laundry, employment assistance, helping people re-connect with their families “and anything else needed to help people get back to living a life they can maintain. “They also need an address if they want to apply for a job, and with the drop-in centre they can use that address.” According to the 2011 Homeless Count, Richmond has 49 homeless, said Seth Klein, a director at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). “Out of those, 34 are unsheltered and 15 are sheltered,” said Klein of the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness (RSCH) report. “That indicates to me that although Richmond’s homeless are few, the city lacks shelters and it has little to nothing in terms of services available to the homeless. The idea of a drop-in centre is probably a good one.” However, Klein believes the bigger issue here is affordable housing, something that both federal and provincial governments have failed to provide. “During a 20 year period during the seventies and nineties, 2,000 units of social housing were being built every year,” said Klein. “Contrast that with Campbell’s government, which built 580 units over a five year period... we are not keeping up with the demand.” This week, Woodhouse, along with other concerned citizens from the Richmond Food Bank and community social services for the City of Richmond, were going to visit a number of drop- in centres in Vancouver to see first hand how they operate and what services they offer. “The RHC is a grass-roots, community initiated planning table,” said Dena Kae Beno, affordable housing coordinator for the City of Richmond. “The city is one of the many stakeholders involved in the RHC planning table. As part of this process, the city is providing staff resources and support to the action groups to research and address the RHC priorities. At this time, the Drop-In Centre Action Group is conducting a ‘feasibility study’ to assess the need and opportunity of the proposed drop-in centre.” Woodhouse has great hopes for the centre, including bringing in hairdressers and nurses for free appointments. “We already have some hairdressers willing to cut hair once a week on a volunteer basis,” she said. “We’d like to connect the homeless with outreach services such as the Richmond Homeless Connect (services such as health care, dental, eye glass repair, haircuts, bike repair, food, clothing and more to help people who are homeless to transition from street to housing).” Woodhouse said they hope to open by Oct. 1 in its temporary site in St. Alban Anglican Church. Ideally, Woodhouse would like a central location, which is close to shopping and is “cart friendly.” Meanwhile, fundraising efforts are underway with plans for a walk to coincide with the 7th Annual Homelessness Action Week (October 7-13), and a concert at Richmond’s Fraserview Mennonite Church (TBA). “We are also looking for corporate sponsorship because we simply won’t have enough funds to cover the monthly rent,” added Woodhouse