Thompson Community Association
The Thompson Community Association is a non-profit volunteer driven group that works in partnership with the City of Richmond to provide social, cultural, recreational programs, events and services in the Thompson area.
The Thompson Community Association is an active supporter of the community by providing social and recreational and sustainable programs, events and healthy living opportunities to enhance the quality of life and promote active living for all.
Community Association Board of Directors
President/Director: Julie Halfnights
Co - Vice President/Director: Ben Choi
Co - Vice President/Director: Guy Anderson
Secretary/Director: Ray Young
Treasurer/Director: Otto Sun
Director: Harry Wong
Director: Eyal Lichtmann
Director: Kathy Holt
Director: Marion Gray
Director: Neil Bassan
Director: Don Flintoff
Director: Holly Munn
Director: Stephen Morris
Director: Jennifer Dahl
Director (non voting): Kishoore Ramanathan
The Association was formed by neighbours in the community seeking to provide their children with access to physical activities. Initially, free programs were provided often led by volunteer Instructors, usually housed in James Thompson Elementary School or J.N. Burnett Secondary School.
The Association raised funds to support these programs and outdoor space, originally designed and built by volunteers. As programs expanded, the Association began to employ instructors and charge fees always at a low cost.
In 1983, the former Richmond Works Yard building on Lynas Lane was converted for use as a Community Centre and the Association finally had a home. In 1995, with funds from the City of Richmond and a $750,000 GoBC grant, the our current building was opened.
Volunteers continue to play a key role in all aspects of the operation of the Thompson Community Centre. The Board of Directors oversee all activities of the Association including the collection and payment of all program revenues and expenses. Committees (comprised of community representatives) provide input and support to the Association along with City staff to ensure the community's needs and expectations are met.