Rick - Executive Director
Richard aka Rick, has been the Executive Director of Richmond Addiction Services Society (RASS) since 2010. He was the Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor and one of the clinical counsellors of the Youth and Family Program at RASS since February 2007. Prior to his move to RASS, Rick worked as a clinical counsellor at Pacifica Treatment Centre since 2002 which he found incredibly enriching and helped him develop the foundation of his experience in the addiction field. Along with clinical supervision, his community development, grant writing and relationship building to be his motivation to help RASS continue to be a leader in prevention in the community of Richmond.
Educated at UBC for both his B.Sc (Bio-Psychology) and M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology and at the University of Bristol, England in Health Psychology, Rick brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping others and supervising those counselling others dealing with addiction and addiction related issues.
Clarence - Program Coordinator & Youth and Family Counsellor
Clarence started working with the Youth and Family program as Youth and Family Counsellor in April 2012. Apart from helping youth and families with substance use and behavioral addiction such as gambling, internet and video gaming, he has also been able to work with the concurrent mental health issues presented alongside with the addiction issues. Clarence is a certified Canadian Problem Gambling Counsellor (CPGC). He worked in the Problem Gambling Program with Richmond Addiction Services since the inception of the Program in fall, 1997. Richmond is the home of Clarence and his family ever since he started his career with Richmond Addiction Services. He has the passion to contribute his expertise in making Richmond a better place to live.
Fiona - Clinical Supervisor
Fiona is a loyal friend, loving sister, and crazy auntie. She brings these same qualities to her passion; working with people from all walks of life to support their healing, growth and well- being. She has been counsellor for over 25 years from women’s transition house worker in Yellowknife, to youth counsellor on the streets of Calgary, to training addiction workers in refugee camps in Thailand, to supporting people to recover their lives from trauma and addiction at the DEW program and Pacifica Treatment Centre in Vancouver. Fiona is on her own healing journey and believes in “walking the talk”. She values compassion, joy, safety for all, celebrating diversity, justice, equality, laughter, connection and creativity. Fiona enjoys adventure travel, hiking beautiful BC, running, drinking tea and watching Marvel movies. Favourite quote : “one kind word can warm 3 winter months” (Japanese proverb)
Sonia - Youth and Family Counsellor
Sonia graduated from Adler University with her Master of Counselling Psychology degree. She provides counselling services in both English and Punjabi. Sonia has a wide range of training and experience in working with couples, families, adults, groups, youth, and children. She works from a strength-based, collaborative and holistic approach utilizing a variety of techniques and interventions that are designed to match individual needs. Sonia believes in the importance of creating a safe and empathic environment as the foundation to facilitate a strong therapeutic relationship. Her non-judgmental, caring and open-minded attitude helps clients feel comfortable, respected and understood as they grow at their own pace.
When Sonia is not working, she enjoys doing Pilates, is an avid tea drinker, loves watching horror movies and spending time with her friends & family. Her favourite quote and life motto is, “Grow high but stay grounded.”
Stasa - Youth and Family Counsellor
More on Stasa coming soon.
Cordi - Recovery Coach
Cordi comes to RASS with over 10 years experience as a youth worker. Graduating from Douglas College in 2013 with her Youth Justice Worker Diploma, she has supported youth living with mental illness, addictions and homelessness. Cordi has worked at a drop in center for street youth, youth custody center, group homes and more. Cordi is a youth specialist, building rapport quickly and easily with her laid back and supportive demeanor. Cordi enjoys the outdoors, playing competitive slo-pitch, and raising her 2 kids. #youthwhisperer
Rebecca Sun - Supporting Families Clinician
More on Rebecca coming soon.
Estela - Aging Well Outreach Counsellor
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Danny - Prevention Specialist
Danny believes all people and all moments are rich with possibility. He lives to connect people with a strong sense of meaning as we make life decisions. Danny loves to garden, has an insatiable appetite for good books and enjoys exploring with a coffee in one hand, his camera in the other. He also really likes sea otters.
Jaclyn - Prevention Specialist
Lover of all things awesome, Jaclyn is a solitary wanderer who is always amazed at the world around her no matter where she finds herself. She is always searching for meaningful ways to participate fully in life, and gently encourages those around her to do the same – in whatever shape or form it might come in.
Daniel - Prevention Specialist
Daniel credits two educators at his high school in Richmond with helping him choose social services as his career path. His goal is to replicate the kindness and compassion that he was shown by people towards him in his youth, with other young people in Richmond. He acknowldges that he is fortunate enough to have an amazing group of family and friends around him in any time of need. His favourite superhero he would like to be when he grows up is his Grandmother.
Gaby – Prevention Worker
Gaby is still trying to figure it all out.
Always ready for an adventure, Gaby enjoys connecting with people, wherever or whoever they may be. He is passionate about providing compassion, joy, and hope to youth and children. He’s a food, sports, and nature enthusiast. Growing up in a tropical country has made him constantly chase the sun in rainy Vancouver. Its about enjoying life’s simple pleasures, and just being out there to sit and be amazed at every fleeting moment that comes our way.
Gabby - Prevention Worker
Ever since her last year of high school, Gabby has found her passion in social work and dreamed of being in a career where she could serve and support those in need of an extra helping hand (because let’s face it, life can be pretty tough and having someone there for you can help a lot!) Several volunteering opportunities later, Gabby is now gaining direct experience in the very field she wished to work in, and what a wonderful experience it has been so far! She is a part of the School’s Out program, and loves being a best friend to the children she works with. She finds the youth population to be very relatable and feels right at home alongside them.
Oh, Gabby also draws. A lot. Staff meetings are her favourite place to practice still life and portraiture.