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The power of the people: giving back

By The Canadian Press

Published 12:23 PDT, Fri October 4, 2019

Richmond is one of the most multicultural cities in Canada and we lead the world in showing what cultural harmony looks like. The Highway to Heaven makes me so proud with all the various faiths not just tolerating each other but supporting one another. 

Richmond’s Highway to Heaven (No. 5 Road) is home to more than 20 places of worship representing different faiths including Sikhism, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism and many others. Whether these groups are sharing their parking resources, providing a safe haven for students in the event of an incident or building the highway to heaven float for the Canada Day parade in the Salmon festival, they are committed to working together to make Richmond a special place to live and work. Some of them also participate in the annual Doors Open event, opening their doors and welcoming visitors.

Volunteering can change your life and we have hundreds of ways to become a volunteer. Through Richmond Shares Richmond Gives you can get involved with: Animal Welfare, Arts and Culture, Children, Civil Rights and Social Action, Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, Education, Environment. Food Security, Festivals and events, Health, Human Rights, Newcomer Services, Politics, Poverty Alleviation, Science and technology, Social Services, Seniors, Sports and Recreation. For more information, visit www.rcrg.org/VolunteerNow.

Through the City of Richmond you can get involved in Richmond Aquatic Services, Richmond Arts Centre, Richmond Art Gallery, Britannia Heritage Shipyard, London Farm, Richmond Museum, Richmond Nature Park, Minoru Place Activity Centre, Cambie Community Centre, City Centre Community Centre, Hamilton Community Centre, Sea Island Community Centre, South Arm Community Centre, Steveston Community Centre, Thompson Community Centre, West Richmond Community Centre, just to mention a few! For information on how to be involved, visit www.richmond.ca/parksrec/about/volunteer.htm 

Occasionally we have people demonstrating negative behavior against another person or group.

I believe we are a kind and compassionate community and those isolated incidents do not represent who we are. They do remind us that there is still work to be done in making sure that Richmond continues to be a welcoming and inclusive community for everyone. 

We live in a vibrant and energized community and I am proud to call Richmond home for 56 years. I hope you can see the good, because we are surrounded by it.

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