Chilliwack Museum Exhibit

Our Journey for Inclusion: 70 Years of Innovation CSCL is thrilled to co-present an exhibition at the Chilliwack Museum highlighting the history of inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. Our Journey for Inclusion: 70 Years of Innovation opened on Jan. 25, 2024 and runs until June 8.

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Sunshine Drive

Four acres on Sunshine Drive were gifted to the Society by the Carter Family. This area is home to many of CSCL services up to the present day.

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Kilimanjaro 2006 – BCACL Climb for Community Living

The Climb for Community Living – Mount Kilimanjaro 2006 was a public awareness and fundraising initiative designed to support personal growth and achievement and promote inclusion from the top of Africa. Matt Mackay (an individual served by CSCL) and CSCL’s Board president at the time. Loren Tempel,

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Sunshine Community Garden

April 2012: The Sunshine Community Garden was officially launched on Earth Day in 2012. The Garden is designed to be an inclusive social space to promote health and well-being, and to foster relationships between diverse community members. For more information about the Sunshine Community Garden click the

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Times Are A-Changin’

Parents who wanted to educate their children came together to form parent associations.  They held classes in church basements because children with special needs were not educated in the regular school system. In the 1950’s, parents pressured local school boards to provide funds for separate education programs

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CARF Accreditation

CARF Canada

May 2005: CSCL is awarded its’ first 3-Year Accreditation Award. Achieving CARF accreditation means that CSCL satisfies each of the CARF Accreditation conditions, demonstrates substantial conformance to the standards, and uses continuous quality improvement practices.  

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End of an Era!

January 2016: CSCL’s first Executive Director, Brenda Gillette (pictured with Bruce Hayens), retires after 40 years of service to the Society and a new era begins with long-time employee, Julie Unger, taking on the role of Executive Director. For more information on Brenda’s retirement click on the

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IDPWD

November 1992: Following the end of the Decade of Disabled Persons, the UN proclaimed December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

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Institutional Change

March 1996: Institutions in BC implemented a no-child-admission policy. This meant places like Woodlands (pictured) could no longer provide housing to children and youth.

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Bingo!

March 1976: CSCL was offered the Knights of Columbus Bingo at the Forrester’s Hall on Vedder Road.  Each week 12 volunteers (families, board members, staff) operated the Bingo. The significance of this weekly Bingo was the all-volunteer team that provided the means to extend our reach, increasing

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First Employee

April 1975: CSCL’s Board hires their first “paid” employee, Brenda Gillette. Up until that point, “supports and services” were primarily all voluntary with a few contracted exceptions.

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People First

April 1974: The first People First Chapter in Canada was up and running in British Columbia. This first group was made up of men and women who lived in an institution and wanted to get out. Today, the Chilliwack Chapter of People First is the longest serving

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Sunshine Drive School

Old picture of Sunshine Bus

September 1966: The Sunshine Drive School opened; constructed by the Ministry of Education but funded and operated by CSCL.

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BC School Act

September 1959: The BC government amended the School Act, which enabled public school boards to take over full responsibility for the education and training of “moderately retarded” children. This was the first time in Canada that educating children with special needs was recognized as a public responsibility.

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Inclusion Canada

November 1958: Provincial associations formed the Canadian Association for Retarded Children (CARC) to bring a national voice to their concerns. Now known as Inclusion Canada, a national federation of 13 Provincial/Territorial associations and over 300 local associations working to advance the full inclusion and human rights of

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Inclusion BC

Inclusion BC

January 1955: CSCL and 6 other local parent associations joined together to create the B.C. Association for Retarded Children which later becomes, Inclusion BC, a provincial federation working to enhance the lives of children, youth, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Pre-History of CSCL

Children considered “handicapped” are routinely institutionalized. Government takes no responsibility for the education of children with developmental disabilities and advise families to send children to residential institutions. The creation of a large institution in New Westminster, first called the Provincial Asylum for the Insane and later known

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Sunshine Drive Hostel

March 1962: CSCL, 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.

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The Society is Founded

January 1954: Parents who were frustrated and unwilling to institutionalize their children organize non-profit societies in their communities. Families in Chilliwack create an organization under the name “Upper Fraser Valley Society for Handicapped Children” known today as the Chilliwack Society for Community Living (CSCL).

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