About Us

In 1957 two individuals, Mr. Albert Bird and Mr. Donald Lawrence both parents of children with special needs were concerned about the future teaching and training of their own children. They met with other concerned families and together formed the Association known as Community Living Ajax-Pickering and Whitby.

The first major project of the newly formed Association was to open a school that would provide the resources and support for these children to secure a place in their community. In June of 1961, the Aldon School’s doors opened.

By 1968, the Workshop previously known as A.R.C. officially opened.

By 1981, the first Association group home opened in Whitby. As of 2014, the Association has expanded to eight group homes in the Ajax, Pickering, and Whitby area.

By 1984, a new program The Supported Independent Living Program was established.

By 1985, the Community Employment Program was established.

Community Living Ajax-Pickering and Whitby has been continually changing by adding new programs and partnering with other agencies to maximize opportunities for our clients.

Who funds this organization?

Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS)

and United Way Durham

The structure of the organization?

150 employees

CL-APW is affiliated/associated with…

Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) – www.dsontario.ca

Durham Mental Health Services (DMHS) – www.dmhs.ca

Lake Ridge Community Support Services – www.lrcss.com

Community Networks of Specialized Care- www.community-networks.ca



 Our Charitable Registration Number: 10669-0670-RR0001

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