History

MACL OfficeThe Mission Association for Community Living (MACL) was founded in 1958 by a handful of parents who wanted to ensure educational opportunities were available to children with extra support needs. An educational program was created and it operated until Special Education classes were developed in public schools by the Ministry of Education.

From its beginnings as a grassroots family-led organization, MACL has maintained a strong commitment to responding to the needs of individuals and families. In 1989, the Association moved to its present location with support from the Mel Jr. and Marty Zajac Memorial Foundation. This facility houses Sandcastle Preschool and acts as the hub for MACL. Fifty nine years later we now offer a wide variety of training, development, social/recreational and employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities, and are an integral part of the Mission community.

MACL is a place where children and adults of all abilities are supported along their journeys. Our vision is an inclusive and caring community where each person has choices, opportunity and a fulfilling quality of life. Our work is guided by our values, experience and history and draws from strong roots in the community. MACL recognizes the rights of everyone to have a full range of life choices, including access to education, affordable and appropriate housing, leisure options, gainful employment and participation in the community. A healthy community encourages the involvement of everyone.