We are a provincially registered not-for-profit organization and a federally registered charity. All services provided by the Society meet the rigourous international standards set by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
Since our inception in 1957, we have continually expanded our facilities and services. Although the Clements Centre Society has grown, we have never compromised our initial vision. At Clements, we envision a community in which all individuals are included, accepted, and valued. Our mission statement reflects this vision:
Clements Centre Mission Statement: “We primarily support people of the Cowichan region to participate meaningfully in all aspects of community life by providing services and programs that enhance the lives of children and youth with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities, and their families. “
The Society was started in 1957 by a group of parents who opened a school for their children to provide an alternative to placing them in an institution. When the operation of the school was assumed by the School Board in 1965, the Society opened a sheltered workshop for adults with developmental disabilities. In 1968, a preschool and kindergarten were opened.
Permanent buildings were constructed on the present site, at 5856 Clements Street, in 1971. In 1973, an integrated daycare program replaced the preschool and kindergarten, an innovative program for children with disabilities which also welcomed other children. In 1975, the Infant Development Program was started. The Children’s Place facility on Banks Road was erected in 1978.
In the 1980s, with the gradual closure of institutions, housing and services for people with developmental disabilities were developed in the community. Speech therapy, physiotherapy, supported employment, residences, and respite programs were provided by the Society.
By the 1990s, the range of services provided by the agencies for children and adults with developmental disabilities had grown. The Society also added to its services in order to support people in living independently in the community.
Over the years, the name of the organization has changed several times to reflect changes in societal attitudes. The current name, adopted in 2007, reflects our vision of community inclusion.
8:30-4:00 PM, Monday to Friday. Closed on Statutory Holidays.