About Clements

We are a provincially registered not-for-profit organization and a federally
registered charity. All services provided by the Society meet the rigorous
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 bring hope, belonging, and independence to children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities and their families by offering programs and services that promote participation and engagement.

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 preschool and kindergarten, an innovative program for children with disabilities that 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.

You Can Offer Your Support By

Being willing to accept and include all people as part of our community.

Raising community awareness (posters, newsletter, etc.).

Fund raising (bingo, raffle tickets

Joining the phoning committee (for special events, meetings, etc.)

Volunteering in our day programs, equipment, loan or toy lending libraries

Volunteering to support someone in their recreation and leisure activities

Have the Society make a presentation to your organization or business

Becoming a Board Member

Becoming a member of the Society

Making a tax deductible contribution