About Us

The Chilliwack Society for Community Living (CSCL) holds these values and vision at the core of its operations, and is dedicated to achieving its mission; to provide quality individualized supports to enhance the lives of adults with developmental disabilities, children and youth with special needs and their families.

Social Capital Project

The Social Capital Project

All people need some level of social capital in order to go about their daily lives. The Chilliwack Society for Community Living recognises the value of social connection between people in a community and are actively working to help build the social capital of their community members.

More about the Social Capital Project

CARF-300x300CARF Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (“CARF”) is an independent, non-profit organization that reviews and grants accreditation services nationally and internationally on request of a facility or program. Their standards are rigorous, so those services that meet them are among the best available.

In April 2014 CSCL received its fourth consecutive 3-year accreditation from CARF Canada. This is CARF’s highest award. It means that we satisfy each of the CARF Accreditation Conditions, demonstrate substantial conformance to the standards, and use continuous quality improvement practices.

For further information about CARF, please visit www.carfcanada.org

Centre of Excellence

CSCL is proud to be a leading advocate in the Community Living field. Please click any image below to find out more information about our accomplishments.

IncludeMe-200x123CSCL was one of the first organizations’ to participate in the CLBC include Me! project

Conversations that MatterCSCL has partnered with Norman Kunc & Emma Van der Klift to use their training website for all CSCL employees

Crisis Prevention InstituteCSCL uses CPI as a core training element for all employees

Inclusion BCCSCL is 1 of 6 founding members of Inclusion BC

CARF CanadaCSCL is CARF-accredited for demonstrating valued services, and meeting internationally recognized organizational and program standards

Naosh BCCSCL is a past recipient of the Health Care Category Award for the NAOSH BC Awards!

Certificate of RecognitionCSCL is BCMSA COR-accredited for developing and adhering to high quality health and safety management systems

Business Excellence AwardsCSCL is a recipient of the Not-for-Profit Service Award at the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

People First of CanadaCSCL is a proud supporter of the Chilliwack Chapter of People First Canada

Premier's Award Partnership FinalistCSCL is a past regional finalist for the Premier’s Awards in the Partnership category

ShareVisionCSCL was awarded an “Exemplary Performance” through CARF for the use of our database system management

Widening Our WorldCSCL employees and stakeholders are past recipients of CLBC’s WOW Awards

Duke of Edinburgh Awards BCCSCL’s Children and Youth Services Programs are a proud supporter of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Child Youth Committee ChilliwackCSCL is a recipient of the Every Door is the Right Door – Partnership Award from the Chilliwack Child & Youth Committee!

BCCSSA LogoCSCL employees are past recipients of the BC Community Social Services Awards of Excellence.

Old picture of Sunshine BusOur History

The Chilliwack Society for Community Living has been serving the Chilliwack community and the surrounding areas since 1954.

Since its inception, the Society has endeavored to promote the inclusion of the citizens of Chilliwack who have a developmental disability into the fabric of community life. The Society began because a number of parents had a strong desire to develop resources in the community for their children with special needs. As a result, the Society was formed and registered under the Societies Act of British Columbia in January, 1954 making it one of the first agencies in the province formed for this purpose.

In its formative years, the primary focus was a school for children since the provincial government had no mandate to provide an education for children with special needs. As the first children attending the school became adults, the Society increased its services to include the Occupational Center. In 1962 our Society, in a Federal Pilot Project, opened the Sunshine Drive Hostel. This was the first respite care option to be offered in the province of BC outside of the institutions (Glendale, Woodlands and Tranquille) and was seen as extremely innovative.

Over the years the Society’s programs and services have expanded and now include a wide variety of supports to individuals of all ages who have developmental disabilities.

Our Partners

CSCL is proud to partner with many other organizations that share our Mission and Vision Statements. Please click any image below to find out more information about our major partnerships.

BC Ministry of Children and Family DevelopmentMCFD provides most of the Society’s funding to our Children & Youth Services

Community Living British ColumbiaCLBC provides most of the Society’s funding to our adult services

BC Government & Services Employees' UnionBCGEU is the Society’s employee representation union

Canadian Association for Community LivingCSCL is a member of the Canadian Association for Community Living – the national voice of Community Living

CaseCSCL is a member of the Canadian Association for Supported Employment – the national voice of Employment for Persons with disabilities

Chilliwack Chamber of CommerceCSCL is a member of the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce

Community Social Services Employers AssociationCSSEA is the Society’s employer representation association

Child Youth Committee ChilliwackCSCL is a member of the Chilliwack Child & Youth Committee

Focus Disability Network SocietyCSCL is a member of the Focus Disability Network
– a regional disability networking group

Inclusion BCCSCL is a member of Inclusion BC – the provincial voice of Community Living

Interdependence NetworkCSCL is partnering with the Interdependence Network to help promote Social Capital in Chilliwack

Rotary InternationalCSCL has partnered with the Chilliwack Rotary Club for many community events

BC CEO NetworkCSCL’s Executive Director is a member of the BC CEO Net

Mount Cheam Lions ClubCSCL has partnered with the Mount Cheam Lions Club for many community events

Chilliwack Community Arts Council logoCSCL has partnered with the Chilliwack Community Arts Council for many community events

City of Chilliwack logo
CSCL has partnered with the City of Chilliwack for many community events

Chilliwack Healthier CommunitiesCSCL has partnered with Chilliwack Healthier Communities for many community events

Federation of Community Social ServicesCSCL is a member of the Federation of Community Social Services of BC

SafeCare BCCSCL is a member of SafeCare BC, a non-profit association working to ensure safe working conditions for continuing care workers in BC.

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