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Our History

  • CLASI began in January 1955 by the late John Dolan who wanted to advocate for persons with intellectual disabilities in Saskatoon. John put an ad in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix to organize a meeting to discuss the needs of children with Special Needs. That night, the formal group, The Saskatoon Parent Council for Retarded Children was started.
  • This group made a commitment to work hard on behalf of people with disabilities to create opportunities in Saskatoon for education, housing and work options etc.
  • The first project began in April 1955 with three students attending school in the basement of the old North Park school. This continued to grow over the years, in many different locations, into John Dolan School. The school board took over John Dolan School in 1967.
  • In 1965, the school expanded to offer a Preschool Development Program at John Dolan School.
  • In 1968, they had the formal opening of the Alvin Buckwold Center (ABC ).
  • In August 1969, the group was continuing to work hard and helped to open Elmwood Lodge.
  • The Parent Council for Retarded Children continued to want more opportunities for their children and in 1969, they developed an Adult Training Program at the activity center in conjunction with John Dolan School. This led to Cosmopolitan Industries begin opened in 1971.
  • In 1972, Saskatoon Association of Mentally Retarded started a Integration demonstration project in the public school system. This continued to expand over the years.
  • In 1994, Saskatoon Association for Community Living was re-incorporated¬† as a non-profit organization apart from Saskatchewan Association for Community Living. Saskatoon Association began looking at Residential, Vocational, Employment and Education options for families.
  • In 2007, the name Community Living Association Saskatoon Inc. was changed from Saskatoon Association of Community Living.

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