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  • Writer's pictureKelly Greene

Back to School Newsletter 2023

Updated: Sep 5, 2023

In this newsletter, there are government news, back-to-school tips and community events.

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Friday Sept. 29, 2023 3-4pm Inclusivity Community Drop-in 4011 Bayview (next to Starbucks) Invite Your 2SLGBTQIA+ Friends to RSVP Online Here Richmond has a vibrant 2SLGBTQIA+ community and the community came together for Pride Walk over the summer, and they are looking for more opportunities to find their community. That is why our office is hosting a coffee & tea drop-in, so there is a dedicated space for people to come and meet each other. No need to RSVP but help the event by showing that you are attending on Facebook!

Investing in Families and Communities

Premier Eby and Minister Lore came down to Maple Lane Elementary in Broadmoor to announce an investment that would benefit hundreds of Richmond families! Families with children in eligible half-day preschool and before- and after-school programs will save as much as an additional $145 per child, per month!

Our government is providing the funding directly to participating child care centres. Families do not need to apply to receive the savings.

43,000 kids and their families could benefit from this investment across BC, starting today Sept. 1, 2023 For information about ChildCareBC, visit:

The province was pleased to support the installation of the Sport and Event Plaza with a $1 million grant through the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure program. Expanding the capability of the Oval to host more sporting programs and event hosting is a win for Richmond! We know that participation in physical activities promotes health and well-being for people and communities. Its also a benefit to the local and provincial economy when we come together for events. Thank you to Richmond City Council, the Oval Board and staff and city staff!

We are providing $5 million to support municipalities and Indigenous communities improve accessibility for people of all abilities. The funding will expand the Rick Hansen Foundation BC Accessibility Grants Program and will be used to evaluate accessibility of facilities like Minoru Centre for Active Living and Richmond Animal Shelter, upgrade selected sites and train municipal staff on accessibility. I’m so glad our government can support and partner to get this important work done - thank you Minister Malcolmson, Rick Hansen Foundation and City of Richmond. “The funding provided also supported accessibility awareness training for city staff, further strengthening our positive culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.” — Mayor Brodie “Accessibility is freedom.” — Laetitia Mfamobani, accessibility specialist, Rick Hansen Foundation.

Tips for School Season

Many school PACs organize back-to-school events that are featured on school notices accessible through the online portal and that may not be on social media. Don’t have a portal account or want to double-check so to not ever miss out on opportunities for you and your kids? Visit the Richmond School District website, go to the relevant school webpage and look for any upcoming events/news for your child and family. Happy Back-To-School!

Use your Richmond Public Library account to sign into several resource websites listed on Bookflix - watch and read interactive children’s stories and games online Solaro - online study and exam preparation for the British Columbia curriculum, available for grades 3-12. Access tutorials, flashcards and practice tests. EBSCO - leading provider of e-journals and ebooks!

In the Community

Congratulations to Gilmore Gardens on being one of the Verve homes in Canada, helping the company be recognized as a Canada’s Best Managed Companies company!

Presenting Mirandah Sinden, the General Manager of Gilmore Gardens, a certificate of recognition. Do you have a milestone event for your Richmond-Steveston group or organization? Keep our office informed to have your event poster up on our window display and contact our office to learn about our program of recognizing our constituent groups.

Maple Lane rocks! Thanks for hosting me and the Provincial Government this week! Also, thank you to Wisteria Place and to the elderly attendees to my talk on seniors’ services. Thank you for the questions on Lions Manor-Fentiman eight-storey care home — truly a campus of care!

Have Your Say

Fill the gaps, keep government informed! We’re encouraging all people in B.C. to take the BC Demographic Survey to help identify systemic racism in government services. The survey is open until October 15 and is online available in 15 languages at

Our office is here for you:

  • For financial supports for people, visit this page. 

  • Our office promotes community events and hosts high school art shows. If you have a Steveston community event you would like to promote, please email your poster to our office or come by on a weekday afternoon to drop it off! As always, reach out to my community office if you need support navigating provincial services, or if you just want to share your thoughts on how our government is doing!

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