Riverview Village Intentional Community Society documents on the proposal for a therapeutic community and related subjects
Riverview Village: An innovative, ground-breaking community for the Riverview Lands
July 30, 2014
The original discussion paper on the model, July 2014. It begins with a sketch of the institutional model (the old Riverview Hospital) and of deinstitutionalization and its problems, then moves on from there to describe the proposed third model for the seriously mentally ill, a mixed population "intentional community" on the Riverview Lands..
Questions and Answers
Last revised May 28, 2015
An elaboration of the proposal, covering the
community model, development of the Village, the
clinical story, economic factors, and relationships
and belonging. The additional details answer
questions that arose consequent to the release of
the proposal document.
Making the 'intentional community' explicit
January 12, 2016
Response to B.C. Housing's December 2015 "vision"
document for renewing the Lands. While
congratulating B.C. Housing on envisaging a Village
in the centre of the Lands that would be inclusive
of people with a mental illness, it points to the
crucial need to take the next step - an explicit
commitment to an intentional community for the
benefit of those with a serious mental illness,
rather than a generic village.
Intentional communities with therapeutic or developmental objectives
September 15, 2016
Analysis of how intentional
communities work, throwing light on the potential
for Riverview. Seven existing therapeutic
community are described, covering those with a
serious mental illness, those struggling with
addiction, the developmentally disabled and
Alzheimer's patients. Commonalities are
explored. Includes links to resource
Notes for presentation to the Riverview Lands Advisory Committee
October 11, 2016
Speaking notes for a presentation to the City of
Coquitlam's Riverview Lands Advisory Committee,
making the point again of the need for B.C. Housing
to commit to an intentional community for the
benefit of the mentally ill.
Alignment of the Riverview Village Intentional Community proposal and the Higenbottam recommendations adopted by the City of Coquitlam
November 30, 2016
Written in response to a request made by the City's
Riverview Lands Advisory Committee. Its finding:
"There is good symbiosis between the two proposals
and no basic conflict."