For more information on any of these Initiatives, please call 519-371-9251.

Community Living Owen Sound and District has two Self-Advocate groups; one based in Owen Sound (Sound Advocates) and the other based in Saugeen Shores (Bruce Shoreline Advocates). Group members speak up for themselves and for people who “need help finding their voice”. They advocate for their rights and talk about “things they care about”.

Examples of recent group activities include organizing/hosting special events, guest speakers, “Safe Talk”, “Bury the “R” Word Campaign”, annual road side clean-up initiatives and meetings with local politicians. It’s also just a place “to have fun”.

Please contact us if you or someone you know is interested in joining one of these Self-Advocate groups.

The Board of Directors has set up a "one time" fund to assist family members and others to participate in training and educational opportunities related to developmental disabilities.

This assistance could be for attending a conference or workshop or to sponsor an educational event locally.

For more information contact Family Support.

The first Mom’s Retreat Weekend was held in 1996. Now, an annual event, this weekend is an opportunity for parents to get together, have fun, relax and learn from each other. Moms, who have children with special needs and are, or have been, involved with Community Living Owen Sound and District, have the chance to network with other moms of children with special needs and be "pampered".

With the dedication and hard work from the organizing committee of volunteer parents and staff, the Mom’s Retreat has proven to be extremely successful and is requested to be offered year after year.

The Association subsidizes the event and the participants pay a minimal fee to help cover the expenses. Door prizes and items for gift bags are solicited as donations from local merchants. A wide variety of professionals from the community donate their time to provide manicures, facials, pedicures, educational and entertainment opportunities.

For more information please call 519-371-9251 or 519-370-0866.

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a Canada-wide registered matched savings plan specific for people with disabilities. The Christine Elliott/Jim Flaherty RDSP Bursary assists people connected to the services and supports of Community Living Owen Sound and District to open a RDSP and encourage them to save for their retirement. A maximum of 6 bursaries in the amount of $500.00 will be awarded to 6 separate eligible applicants each year. Bursaries will be awarded at the Association’s Annual General Meeting each year.


A seasonal initiative, sponsored by Community Living Owen Sound and District, aimed at providing assistance for 14 to 21 year old youths to join in community events with their friends.

Please contact Family Support at 519-371-9251 for more information.

To honour Mr. J Irvine Brown for efforts to improve the lives of people with developmental needs and his dedicated service to Community Living Owen Sound and District, this award was established to recognize and encourage excellence in the field of Developmental Services.

Nomination Forms along with Award Eligibility Criteria will be sent to the Principal of each area High School on or about April 1st of each year. The deadline for submission is May 15th.

The award will be presented at the Association's Annual General Meeting in June.

If you are interested in applying for this award, please refer to the Award Nomination Form or call

A camp and vacation subsidy is available to all adults and children that are supported by Community Living Owen Sound and District. This subsidy is provided by the Board of Directors and is used to assist a person with expenses associated with a camp experience or vacation. Contact Family Support for more information on and/or how to apply for the camp/vacation subsidy.