The Mission Association for Community Living (MACL) was founded in 1958 by a handful of parents who wanted to ensure educational opportunities were available to their children, who were not welcomed in public schools because they had developmental disabilities.
The parents developed an educational program and it operated until Special Education classes were created in public schools by the Ministry of Education.
From its beginnings as a grassroots family-led organization, MACL has maintained a strong commitment to responding to the needs of individuals and families:
In 1989, the Association moved to its present location with support from the Mel Jr. and Marty Zajac Memorial Foundation. This facility houses Sandcastle Preschool and acts as the hub of operations for MACL.
MACL recognizes the rights of everyone to have a full range of life choices, including access to:
We believe that a healthy community encourages the involvement of everyone!