WHO WE ARE

 

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Our Mission and Our Vision

Breaking Down Barriers provides supports, services and programs to enhance the opportunity for people with diverse disabilities to live independently in the communities of South Georgian Bay, Simcoe, Grey and Bruce Counties.  We envision a community with access to resources, that enable and support people with diverse disabilities and their support network to participate in all aspects of society without barriers.  Our key values:  Accountability, Inclusiveness, Respect, Collaboration and the Independent Living Philosophy.

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History

Breaking Down Barriers, Independent Living Resource Centre (ILRC) opened its doors on February 25th, 1985 as a Resource Centre for people with disabilities. We were the first to establish an information and referral service for individuals with diverse disabilities in the Georgian Triangle area.

Our Footing in the Community

We think of our Members/Consumers as family and they consider us family. We bring the wider community of supports into their lives through our collaboration with local heath care partners and agencies that provide specialized services.

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Volunteers

Our volunteers give with their heart and infuse a spirit of community every time they step up. We are truly thankful for our volunteers who contribute 3,000 – 5,000 hours of personal time annually to assist our small dedicated team and hundreds of Members/Consumers.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is a dedicated and dynamic group of community-minded individuals who believe in the Vision and Mission of Breaking Down Barriers. Each and every member play an active role in moving BDB forward.

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Meet the Team

The organization was founded by a group of caring citizens- Kathryn Bloomfield, Betty Meacher, and Chris Boukamp, who believed those living between Barrie and Owen Sound needed a place to turn to for assistance when addressing individual needs and issues related to living with their disability.

Financials and Agreements 

We embrace the values of financial accountability and transparency. It preserves the very important trust our donors place in us with each contribution. That is why we make our annual financial statements easily accessible here.  The same is true for our  Multi-Sector Service Accountability Agreement (M-SAA). Click here to learn more about this funding agreement.

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