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Team

Janice Lambert

Executive Director

janice@richmondfamilyplace.ca

Janice has been a licensed Early Childhood Educator with her post basic Infant Toddler Certificate since 1981 and worked in a variety of settings during her career, the past 21 years in two non-profit settings. Born and raised in England, Janice moved to Canada in 1983. Janice enjoys volunteering for an animal organization, reading and can ‘Tat’ (ask her and she will explain!)

Kathleen Huxtable

Administrative Coordinator

kathleen@richmondfamilyplace.ca 

Kathleen has a diploma in Business Management at Kwantlen University College and worked as an administrative professional for a few  years in a business setting. After having two children in very close together, both she and her husband decided that Kathleen would become a stay at home mom until her children started full time school. Now that she has her own family, she has a different perspective on life. So when an opportunity arrived at Richmond Family Place, Kathleen took it and never looked back.

Ruth Taverner

Program & Parent Connections Coordinator

ruth@richmondfamilyplace.ca

Ruth has worked with children in Alberta and BC for over 20 years in various capacities, including teaching visual arts in public and private schools and working as a birth and postpartum doula, supporting new families in their homes. She has four grown children, and a fur baby (dog). In her spare time, Ruth enjoys knitting, hiking in beautiful BC and watching British dramas.

Hydi Sham

      Senior Family Support Worker

hydi@richmondfamilyplace.ca

A licensed Early Childhood Educator with over 18 years of experience, Hydi enjoys working with Lower Mainland families and children from birth to 12 years old. She is proud of her own two children, Ricky and Winnie. Named after Disney characters, they have most certainly grown up to be magical gems. Hydi loves and treasures her job as everyday is a new adventure. Not only can she meet new people, but learn new skills as well. Hydi believes in the importance of ensuring that children, the leaders of the future, can reach their full potentials. As Senior Family Support Worker at Richmond Family Place, she makes it her priority to help fully develop this potential in children’s lives.

Diane Castillo

Family Support Worker

diane@richmondfamilyplace.ca

Diane comes from the Philippines and moved to Canada at a young age. She grew up in Richmond and still lives here with her husband and 3 sons. In 2007, she received her Early Childhood Education and post-basic Special Needs certificate at Douglas College. Earlier in her career, she worked at different centres as a one on one teacher, working with children with special needs. After a few years, it led her to work for a non profit organization where she supported refugee families and their children for 8 years. When working with children, her main goal is to provide an enriching learning experience that builds a strong foundation of support for the rest of their lives. Strongly believing that learning should always be fun, Diane loves finding new ways to motivate and excite children into loving to learn.

Elaine Chiu

Family Support Worker

elaine@richmondfamilyplace.ca

Elaine has been a preschool teacher for 10 years with a psychology major and Early Childhood Education background. She believes in the Chinese saying ‘ failure is the mother of success’ and that ‘the sea of learning has no end’. Those two mottoes sum up her philosophy in parenting. She was passionate in becoming a good mother with the birth of her first girl, but very soon found the adventure of parenting never too easy for any parent. With much sweat, she proudly earned her 2nd degree in child protection from the University of Victoria in 2011 after ten years of virtual learning while she put on the hats of a busy mom, wife, daughter and a part time teacher. After all these years, she is excited to be given an opportunity to support families in her community using her knowledge and experience.

Joey Wong

Family Support Worker Dad’s Breakfast Program

joey@richmondfamilyplace.ca

Joey is pursuing a career as an early childhood educator. He was a long time volunteer for Richmond Family Place before stepping into his current role.

In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball, staying active. and catching up on TV shows.

Hala Alhafez Kapani

Program Coordinator Early Years Refugee Program

hala@richmondfamilyplace.ca

Hala has worked with families and children since 2002. She is certified in Early Childhood Development, Play Therapy and Child Brain Development. She is a certified facilitator to deliver parenting programs for parents with children birth to 12 yrs. 

Hala enjoys walking, decorating and reading.                

Maha Abd El Hammid

Family Support Worker Early Years  Refugee Program

maha@richmondfamilyplace.ca

Maha has many years of working and volunteering with families and children through the Richmond School District and Richmond Family Place. She has attended  many training’s and workshops including trauma and mental health. Maha was a Peer Support Worker at Family Place for many years and she is the Educational Coordinator at Iman school (Heritage Arabic language). Maha loves reading and enjoys walking in Richmond parks and trails.

Rachel Gilder

Family Support Worker Early Years Refugee Program

rachel@richmondfamilyplace.ca

Over the past 4 years, Rachel has enjoyed being a member of the Richmond Family Place Family! Along with her work, Rachel is currently studying to accomplish her Degree in Criminology from Simon Fraser University.

In her spare time, Rachel enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors.

Nada Ghanim

Family Support Worker Early Years Refugee  Program

nada@richmondfamilyplace.ca

Nada has great experience working with children and was a teacher for several years.

She currently teaches Arabic on Saturdays and enjoys walking and exploring nature with her daughter.

Crazila Stephan

Family Support Worker Early Years  Refugee Program

crazila@richmondfamilyplace.ca

Crazila started working with children and families in 2014. She has lived in Canada since 2005.

Crazila’s background is a journalist covering special needs and social matters. She enjoys writing, reading and walking with her family.

Myriam Torres

Cultural Broker Early Years Bridging Program

Myriam immigrated to Canada in 2004. Since, she has learnt about multiculturalism, respect,  and compassion for all living things. 

After having a child she developed interest for children’s well being. She thinks they are fun, very intelligent, and should be given the opportunity to develop their full capacities.

She loves nature, music and animals.