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Building on a rich History

Bellwoods Centres for Community Living Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Bellwoods was formerly known as The Adult Cerebral Palsy Institute of Metropolitan Toronto (“the Institute”) that was founded in 1957. In February 1959, the Institute established the first residence for women with cerebral palsy located at 718 Kingston Road in Scarborough. The success of this pilot project led to the development of a much larger, more comprehensive facility in 1967 located at 300 Shaw Street in Toronto’s Bellwoods-Trinity Park area. Today, this facility is known as Bellwoods Park House. Additional renovations and expansion at the site occurred in the early 1980s.

In 1990, the name of the Adult Cerebral Palsy Institute of Metropolitan Toronto was officially changed to Bellwoods Centres for Community Living Inc. Today, Bellwoods continues to pay tribute to some of the pioneers who spear-headed innovations in Independent Living that have contributed to the development, milestones and growth of the organization today: Jean Lauder, Muriel Heyland, and John and Mary Yaremko.

Bellwoods’ Milestones

1957
Kingston Road: Pioneered housing renovated for accessibility and services for six women with cerebral palsy.
1967
Bellwoods Park House: Housing construction and service start for 61 adults with physical disabilities.
1983
Bellwoods Park House: Renovation to 32 apartments for independent living services and transitional living program.

Cooperative Living Project: Shared living services and program support start-up.

1985
Attendant Outreach Services: Community-based services start-up.
1989
Mimico Apartment Project: Integrated independent living services start-up/Mobile Independent Living Education (MILE Program).
1996
MILE Program: Community-based transitional program start-up.
2007
Accreditation Canada: First 3 years accreditation award.
2008
Bellwoods Dundas Project: New supportive housing start-up and occupancy.
2009
Community Connect Program: Supportive housing based transitional program start-up.
2010
Accreditation Canada: Renewed 3-year accreditation award.
2011
Housing Hub: Sudbury Street start-up.
2012
Housing Hub: Deauville Place start-up.
2013
Housing Hub: Expansion of Sudbury Street.

Accreditation Canada: Awarded accreditation decision of “Accredited with Exemplary Standing” for 2013-2017.

2014
Website Accessibility: Bellwoods website update to meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) legislation, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 “AA” guidelines.
2015
Mimico Apartment Project: Expansion

Organization Change: New Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

2016
New Strategic Plan Developed for 2016-2019

Organization Change: New logo and brand name

Community Connect Program: Expansion