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Delta Community Living Society

Organization Details

(604) 946 - 9508
(604) 940 - 9683
Year founded: 
Total Membership: 
Organization Region: 
Lower Mainland & Upper Fraser Valley

Delta Community Living Society (DCLS) improves the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and supports them in becoming accepted and valued citizens of their community. We strive to ensure that the people we support can achieve their personal goals, maximize their independence and enjoy the best possible physical and mental health. DCLS also places a high priority on ensuring that those we serve benefit from the active involvement of family and friends – so they can be knowledgeable of the circumstances and choices available to them, consulted and engaged in those choices and actively supported in their care.

DCLS works with the person served, their family and other members of their personal network to develop a Personal Life Plan (PLP) that reflects the person’s goals and desired lifestyle and serves as a benchmark for ongoing monitoring.

Through its community-based locations and diverse range of Community, Residential and Family services, DCLS plays an important role in the communities of North Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner and Surrey. Services are internationally accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). DCLS is a member of the British Columbia Association for Community Living (BCACL) and the BC CEO Network Association.

Community Services:

We help people secure meaningful employment, volunteer for service and develop new skills; the focus of these activities is to promote inclusion in our local communities. We also support a year round calendar of recreational, art and life-skills activities, as well as a self-advocacy group.

Employment Opportunities: DCLS offers a number of employment opportunities from its community-based locations. DCLS works with job seekers to identify their skills, preferences and abilities and partners with local businesses to determine how to best meet their staffing and business needs. For some who may not be as knowledgeable or prepared for employment, there are a variety of other options, such as community exploration, skill development, volunteerism, or areas identified by or with each person receiving services.

Recreation Program: Provides opportunities for the people we support to participate in a variety of leisure, sport and cultural activities. The program includes visits to local landmarks, hiking, camping, cooking classes, bingo night, dances, music-night, and drop in coffee house.

Studio 19 Art Program: Provides the people we support with an opportunity to learn about artists and express their artistic talents through various mediums. The program includes a fully-equipped art studio, where persons served engage in a wide variety of art projects two days a week.

Life Skills Program: This program delivers a night school-based education program that helps participants build practical life skills and raise their knowledge of important topics.

Self Advocates: DCLS provides ongoing support to a Self Advocates group of community-minded individuals who currently access services from the organization.

Residential Services:

DCLS maintains community-based living options adapted to individual needs which are supported by trained and dedicated care providers. Options include semi-independent living, home sharing, and staffed residences.

Semi-Independent Living: Enables people to live independently or with a roommate, with limited support from DCLS. This residential option is well suited to individuals who have basic life skills and who require minimal supports.

Home Sharing: Provides an opportunity for people to live as a valued member of a natural family. The philosophy behind Home Sharing is that people are happiest when they feel that they are a valued and integral member of a family unit. The people supported through Home Sharing have chosen this type of living arrangement because being part of a family is very important to them.

Staffed Residences: Provides people with a home with up to three roommates supported by rotating staff that are available on a 24-hour basis. This service area also includes a specialized residential option called Intensive Adult Care; which supports individuals who exhibit more complex needs, who may benefit from an environment that is individualized, safe and secure.

Family Services:


DCLS provides ongoing support to families, friends and the people it serves through this service area.

Respite Services: Provides a temporary break to family members caring for a loved one in their home through approved respite care providers. Support can be as brief as an overnight stay, or as long as three weeks.

Delta Family Alliance Network (DFAN): The Delta Family Alliance Network (DFAN) is a support network for families of adults with a developmental disability and for families of youth with a developmental disability who are transitioning from high-school to adulthood. DFAN provides families with much needed information, training and education and advocacy support, as well as a network where they can meet with and support one another.


Organization Address: 
3800 - 72nd Street Suite 1 Delta British Columbia Canada V4K 3N2
Board Members: 

Chair, Paul Brooks

Staff Members: 

Executive Director, Anita Sihota (asihota@dcls.ca)