Photo by Chung Chow
Richmond Centre for Disability’s new home at Lansdowne Centre is bright, airy and welcoming.
“People keep coming in and saying, ‘It’s so much bigger,’ but it’s only 500 square feet (46.45 square metres) larger than our old location,” Dave Thomson, the centre’s community outreach co-ordinator, says at the grand opening. “It’s great.”
The centre offers a variety of activities that are both useful and fun in a supportive environment, everything from board games and relaxation classes to computer and English language classes.
It also offers a host of clubs and support groups. In all, over two dozen options are listed on their website.
The new home offers all the former programs but the new location’s high visibility and easy access means far more people stop by out of curiosity than they did at the street-front site, across from Lansdowne Centre.
“Before, when you came to our centre, you came for a reason.” Thompson suggests people came specifically to be at the former office for a class or to apply for a parking pass.
“Now we get people kind of poking in and saying, ‘What’s this? What’s that?’ That’s the big thing.”
Thomson gives the example of a woman who regularly strolls the mall for exercise with her walker. She just popped into the centre’s new digs with a simple question.
“All she was doing was asking which store sold walker cup holders. And she ended up walking out of here with a membership which is good. I think we’ll have a lot of stuff like that.”
So, whether it is for a quick look, more information on your options, or to sign up for an activity, all are welcome at the Richmond Centre for Disabilities’ new offices at Unit 842, 5300 No. 3 Rd., near the mall’s information/customer service desk.