We Are

MACL was founded in 1958 by parents who wanted to ensure opportunities for their child within their community. Our work depends on the support and involvement of the community.


Our vision is an inclusive and caring community where each person has choice, opportunity and a fulfilling quality of life.


Our purpose is to support individuals with developmental disabilities, children who require extra support, and their families.


MACL’s success is built on the trust and confidence we earn from our relationships within the community. We establish this credibility by fulfilling our commitments and conducting our interactions with honesty. The following values create a foundation for our Code of Ethical Conduct.



Integrity requires that we be, among other things, honest and transparent. We believe that service delivery and public trust should never be compromised by personal gain or advantage. Integrity is not necessarily compromised when we make an unintentional error or in the honest difference of opinion but integrity can never include lying or deception.


We believe that people are entitled to dignity and courtesy because of who they inherently are. We strive to create environments that are caring, collegial and above all respectful.

Community Inclusion

Regardless of ability, we believe that every person has the right to live and participate as full citizens in their communities. We will actively support people to be engaged in their neighbourhoods, communities, schools and workplaces.

Appreciation of Diversity

We value that every person is unique and believe that these differences must not get in the way of anyone’s full participation.


We accept responsibility for our decisions and actions and commit to being honest about and learning from our mistakes. We will not make promises we know we cannot keep as failing to meet our commitments erodes trust.


We work with the individuals and families supported to build their capacity to make choices, to reach their desired goals and to develop their skills and strengths. Not only will we advocate on their behalf, we will teach and support individuals and families to be self-advocates.


Recognizing that those we serve expect and deserve high quality services, we will strive to understand what the individuals and families we support expect from their services and work to the best of our ability to meet those expectations. We look for and adopt best practices in our service delivery.

Collaborative Relationships

We commit to work effectively with each other and within teams in order to ensure quality service delivery. We will model respectful verbal and non-verbal communication when discussing ideas, sharing practices and will be open minded to others’ ideas.


The safety of all members of our community is of paramount importance. We are guided by safety policies and practices.


From its beginnings as a grassroots family-led organization, MACL has maintained a strong commitment to responding to the needs of individuals and families. Our rich history illustrates our dedication to supporting all members of our community.

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To hold ourselves accountable to our commitment to quality, we created a 2019 – 2022 Strategic Plan in addition to producing an Annual Report.

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Code of Ethical Conduct

At MACL, we begin each new year by renewing our commitment to our Ethical Code of Conduct. It is this policy that identifies our vision, mission & values. Our Ethical Code of Conduct outlines our service delivery and workplace culture. It identifies our values and describes how these values will guide our conduct as staff, volunteers or contractors. Our values guide conversations and anchor the decisions we make.

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Services provided by MACL have been accredited under CARF International since 2005. CARF is an accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served and their families.

Our most recent survey was conducted in May, 2019.

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Here is a summary of their findings:

“MACL proficiently secures the resources necessary to carry out its longstanding mission, and it is a wise and vigilant steward of the organization’s resources. Hallmarks of the organization include its emphasis on the meaningful inclusion of persons served in the community, its provision of services that are based on the choices of the persons served, and its innovative approaches to service provision that facilitate the ability of persons served to attain their highest level of independence and success.”  


Our passionate Board of Directors are the hard workers behind ensuring MACL fulfills its mission and has a solid strategy for continued success.

Meet Our Board