Vision, Mission and Principles
“A community where everyone belongs”
To nurture the ability and willingness in our community to welcome and support all people as valued and contributing citizens.
Principle # 1
We believe everything starts with the person.
- We will help people plan for their good life
- All supports are tailor made together with the person and their family
- All budgets are individualized
- We will advocate for the Ontario government to individualize funding for disability supports
Principle # 2
We believe we are accountable to the person first while honouring relationships in the person’s life.
- We will support the individual’s right to call on family and friends for support and advocacy throughout his or her life
- We will support families to be active decision-makers in the lives of their children and youth
Principle # 3
We believe that a range of relationships are valuable and important to everyone.
- We will support people to explore and develop those relationships through intentional and natural opportunities
Principle # 4
We believe everybody has the right to self-determination.
- We will support people to be full citizens of their community
- We will support people to direct and monitor their services and budget
- We will support People First
Principle # 5
We believe that inclusive communities are created and strengthened by recognizing and acting on the belief that each person has unique gifts that are necessary contributions.
- We will help people discover their gifts, abilities and skills
- We will help people use/share/contribute their gifts
Principle # 6
We believe in our commitment to people with developmental disabilities from St. Marys and Area.
- We will walk with people through their journey
- We will find ways to support people currently not supported
- We will have a clear, transparent, equitable process for how decisions are made regarding who receives what service (including the allocation of funds, existing and new, human resources and assignments)
Principle # 7
We believe that being involved in your community leads to full citizenship.
- We will create inclusive supports
- We will not create or operate segregated and congregated supports
Principle # 8
We believe we have a role in grassroots community development.
- We will support people who use our service, families, board members and staff at every level to lead and take part in community initiatives
- We will support self advocacy
- We will support family advocacy
Principle # 9
We believe it’s important to plan for future needs of people living in our community.
- We see our role as an agent of change in the areas of education, seniors, transportation, housing, recreation and employment
- We will advocate for individual and system change to help people get supports they need
Principle # 10
We believe in an organizational culture that encourages learning, risking, evolving and innovating.
- We will learn together by continuing to question ourselves and each other
- We will stay connected to movements within human services including citizenship, human rights, advocacy and best practices
- We will share information and stories – team-to-team, general staff, newsletter and newspaper
Principle # 11
We believe in the honourable role that staff play in people’s lives.
- We will recognize and appreciate staff, encourage leadership and mentoring opportunities, invest in training
and advocate for good wages, benefits and employment opportunities
Principle # 12
We believe in planning that is separate and local and also, we believe there is a role for independent, unencumbered planning in Ontario’s developmental service system.
- We will explore issues of further separating planning from services
- We will continue to act as a provincial resource while balancing local needs
Principle # 13
We believe that our organization is healthier when there is an active quality assurance process in place in every area of the organization.
- We will regularly ask people who use our service and their families about the quality of services they receive