Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living was established in 1963 and has evolved since that time as services for it’s target groups have changed. It has incorporated as a not-for-profit charitable organization under the name Wiarton and District Association for Mentally Retarded and it’s current letters date back to May 1980.

 Historical Timeline
  • 1963 the Bruce Peninsula Association for Retarded Children became the 89th community in Ontario to form a local association.
  • 1964 Opened Gateway School with 5 students
  • 1967 Gateway School moved to Colpoys Bay. The schoolhouse was purchased from the Board of Education for $100.00.
  • 1972 Graduates from Gateway School traveled daily to the ARC workshop in Owen Sound.
  • 1980 Became incorporated as Wiarton and District Association for the Mentally Retarded and initiated an Extend a Family Program with 24 families involved.
  • 1983 Gateway School closed and responsibility for education of children with disabilities was transferred to the Board of Education
  • 1983 Opened a home for 5 adult residents on Brown Street, Wiarton
  • 1983 Opened a life skills program at the Wiarton Legion with 12 participants
  • 1986 Opened a home for 3 adult residents on Gould Street, Wiarton
  • 1987 Initiated a Supported Independent Living (SIL) service for 3 clients
  • 1990 Changed the name of the organization to Community Living Wiarton and District in line with provincial and national associations
  • 1992 Initiated services for children
  • 1993 Constructed a new home for 5 residents on Mary Street, Wiarton
  • 1996 Purchased a new home on Gould Street and expanded the residence from 3 to 5 adults
  • 1997 Expanded the home on Mary Street from 5 to 6 residents
  • 1998 Celebrated our 35th Anniversary
  • 1999 Changed the Association’s name to Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living, to better reflect the full service area – Sauble Beach – Tobermory.
  • 2000 Conducted the “Reaching Out” campaign to raise much needed funds to expand and improve services.
  • 2000 Opened an outreach centre at Sauble Beach.
  • 2001 Used proceeds from the Reaching Out Campaign to purchase a 2nd van and to pay off the balance of the mortgage on our Mary Street Residence which will save us over $9,000 per year.
  • 2001 service capacity increased to 90 children and adults throughout the Peninsula including 14 adults residing in our 3 group homes.
  • 2002 relocated our Life Skills Centre and consolidated with our Administration Offices. Purchase new group home on Galloway Street and sold group home on Brown Street.
  • 2003 Endorsed a paper from a Task Group indicating our support of their efforts to continue to press the Province to permanently close the 3 remaining Provincial Institutions and establish appropriate community living options for the residents.
  • 2006 Purchased a new 2005 Toyota Van; Sold vacant property on Berford Street, Wiarton.
  • Created a Strategic Plan; Purchased a group home at 294 Berford Street.
  • 2007 Sent a proposal to Bruce County for a six-unit, single bedrooms, apartment building. The proposal was approved. Building started in August of 2007.
  • 2008 Tenants moved into the newly constructed apartment building “Enddaayaag”. Reviewed and changed our Mission Statement, as well as adopted a Vision and Values Statement. We transitioned through a flood at Corner Connections.
  • 2010 purchased 2 new Dodge Caravans to replace existing service vehicles.
  • 2012 purchased a  wheelchair van to replace existing accessible vehicle.
  • 2013 Celebrated our 50th Anniversary.
  • 2014 purchased an additional vehicle to bring our fleet up to 5.
  • 2014 revised our Strategic Plan to guide us through 2017.
  • 2014 purchased property at 182 Gould Street.