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About Us

Our Mission

“Working with others to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.”

Our Values

As an organization, we are committed to upholding five essential life experiences that improve the quality of people’s lives:

  • Choice
  • Community Presence
  • Community Participation
  • Competence
  • Respect

Years of Service Recognition for 2022

A number of Community Living Renfrew County South employees have recently reached length of service milestones with the organization. Congratulations to all employees. Your dedication to Community Living Renfrew County South and to individuals served is appreciated by everyone.

5 Years
Brandee Cobus
August 2017
Kelsie Rodden
August 2017
10 Years
Jessica Jozwiak
July 2012
Kim Hoare
August 2012
Tom Ainsaar
October 2012
15 Years
Karen Moghaddam
January 2007
Sarah Groulx
February 2007
Linda Laventure
March 2007
Val Campbell
April 2007
Tatum Poirier
June 2007
Debbie Trahan
July 2007
Steven Fraser
July 2007
20 Years
Lynn Foy
April 2002
Judy Pierce
June 2002
30 Years
Liz McFarlane
February 1992

Our Organization

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Our History

A non-profit, charitable organization.

Established in 1964 by a grass roots group of concerned parents and interested citizens in assisting people with developmental disabilities.

Is funded by the Ontario Government, Ministry of Community and Social Services.

Offers supports and services for adults and youth in transition with developmental disabilities.

Directed by a 12 member voluntary Board of Directors, comprised of parents, self-advocates, and other interested people who share Community Living Renfrew County South’s vision for an inclusive community.

Two sites, one in Renfrew and one in Arnprior.

Our Milestones

The Sixties

  • Renfrew and District Retarded Children’s Association established in 1964
  • Bonnechere Valley School opened at Bonnechere Manor, operated by the Association
  • Organization name changed to Renfrew and District Association for the Mentally Retarded
  • Bonnechere Valley School moved to new location at Burnstown. Rehabilitation Centre opened at Opeongo Road location
  • Renfrew County Board of Education assumed responsibility for Bonnechere Valley School

The Seventies

  • Bonnechere Valley School moved to the Queen Elizabeth School location
  • Adult Group Residence opened at 874 Raglan Street South
  • Adult Rehabilitation Centre moved to present location at 326 Raglan Street South

The Eighties

  • Adult Apartment Program implemented
  • Supported Independent Living Program implemented
  • Four places for children with developmental disabilities approved at Renfrew Child Development Centre
  • Life Skills Program implemented
  • Association incorporated under the name Community Living Renfrew and District
  • First Executive Director hired

The Nineties

  • First Annual Laurel Rafuse Memorial Golf Tournament
  • Summer supports put into place for children and teens
  • Assumed responsibility for Day Supports in Arnprior
  • Name changed to Community Living Renfrew County South

2000 +

  • Respite Apartment established
  • First Annual M. Sullivan and Son Golf Tournament in support of children’s summer programs
  • First Annual Community Living Renfrew County South & O.P.P. Renfrew Detachment Fund Raising Breakfast in support of Renfrew Ontario Special Olympics
  • Relocation of Day Supports in Arnprior to 68 Daniel Street North
  • Foundations Program for Youth implemented
  • First Annual Walk, Wheel or Run for Developmental Disabilities in Arnprior
  • Group Home gifted to Community Living Renfrew County South in Renfrew
  • First Group Home opened in Arnprior
  • Purchased Condominiums in Arnprior
  • Second Group Home opened in Arnprior
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