These are the staff members currently working at Richmond Family Place



Janice Lambert
Executive Director


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 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 a row, both she and her husband decided that she 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, she took it and never looked back.










Ruth Taverner
Program & Parent Connections Coordinator

Ruth has worked with children in Alberta and BC for over 20yrs 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, she enjoys knitting, hiking in beautiful BC and watching British dramas.











Hala Alhafez Kapani
Early Year Bridging Program Coordinator


Hala has worked with families and children since 2002. She is a certified in Early Childhood Development, Play Therapy and Child Brain Development. She is a certified facilitator to deliver parenting programs for parents with children 0-12 yrs.

Hala enjoys walking, decorating and reading.











Nina Taghaddosi
Volunteer Coordinator


Nina has been working and volunteering with social support agencies and non-profits for over ten years in various roles and is currently studying for her Bachelor's of Social Work with the University of Victoria. She lives in Vancouver and enjoys reading graphic novels, experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes, and video gaming with her husband.












Hydi Sham

Senior Family Support Worker


A licensed Early Childhood Educator with over 18 years of experience, Hydi enjoys working with Lower Mainland families and children from 0 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.









Elaine Chiu

Family Support Workerr


Elaine has been a preschool teacher for 10 years with a psychology major and ECE 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 UVic in 2011 after ten years of virtual learning while she put on the hats of a busy mom and wife and daughter and a part time teacher. After all these years, she is excited to be given an opportunity to support the families in her community with her knowledge and experience.









Rachel Gilder

Early Years Bridging, Famiily Support Worker


Over the past 4 years, Rachel has enjoyed being a member of the Richmond Family Place Family! Along with work, Rachel is currently working on accomplishing her Degree in Criminology from Simon Fraser University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending as much time outside as possible











Diane Castillo

Family Support Worker


Diane came 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 ECE and her 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.









Joey Wong

Dad's Breakfast Program, Family Support Worker


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.












Maha Abd El Hammid

Early Years Bridging, Family Support Worker


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 trainings and workshops regarding 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 











Nada Ghanim
Family Support Worker


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.












Hoda Gouda
Cultural Broker


Hoda has extended years of experience in working and volunteering with children. Her experience includes teaching Arabic, organizing camps, and working in daycares. She attended peer support training and mental health workshops. She loves reading, socializing, cooking, and hiking.






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