Community Living Oakville was founded by parents who dreamed of a better life for their sons and daughters. They wanted their children to learn in school, have friends, and be welcome in their communities.  We continue that vision within the Town of Oakville.

Today the organization includes individuals, families, staff & volunteers dedicated to making sure that people with developmental disabilities are able to enjoy their right to lead active and productive lives in their communities.

A Brief History...

Community Living: Bringing Full Citizenship to the Most Vulnerable Members of Our Community.

Fifty-five years ago having a developmental disability was a sentence to be isolated. Education was denied. That changed when the Kelley and Gunn families decided their five-year-olds shouldn’t be “retired” from school. They independently hired a teacher and a tiny school grew to seven children and found a home at St. Jude’s Church.

From the vision of two parents to community-wide service in less than fifty years, the changes are monumental. Yet there is still a long way to grow. Community inclusion still remains elusive to many. Our goal is full community participation for the people we support.


We encourage and support full community participation while providing quality services, supports and opportunities, enabling people with a developmental disability to live active, rewarding and fulfilling lives.
To be the service provider of choice in Oakville in support of people who have a developmental disability and their families.

We enable citizenship for people we support through safe participation in all aspects of community life, respecting dignity and individuality.
We provide personalized care to the people we support, tailoring our programs and service to their individual needs.
We provide programs and services with care and compassion by skilled, trained and dedicated staff.
We are adaptable and open-minded, constantly striving to improve our programs and services, applying best practices and creativity.
We accept responsibility for our actions and are answerable to the people we support, their families, our funding partners and each other.


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