Our Mission Statement:
Springboard Centre assists adults with developmental disabilities to achieve meaning in their lives.
Our Vision Statement:
Springboard Centre for Adults with Disabilities is committed to serving as a model to and partner with the community for the integration and acceptance of people with disabilities.
1. We believe in the promotion and facilitation of an individual's ability and right to make choices and decisions.
2. We believe in providing programs within a consistent, accepting, congenial and stimulating environment.
3. We believe that we must be sensitive to the needs of individuals and address these needs with respect and dignity.
4. We believe in providing an appropriate environment in which individuals can feel comfortable learning new skills.
5. We adhere to a professional code of ethics to ensure that we deliver the best possible service while respecting the rights of individuals.
6. We believe in facilitating the professional educational process, and provide placement and supervision for students in the field.
7. We believe in promoting community education and public awareness.
8. We believe in adherence to Core Standards as outlined by Persons with Developmental Disabilities.
Springboard Centre for Adults with Disabilities began as the Keeler Society for Independent Learning, incorporated on July 10, 1986 under The Societies Act of The Province of Alberta.
Joan Keeler, a nurse, was completing a project in her final semester of the Rehabilitation Practitioner program at Mount Royal College in 1986. She began by seeking funding for a quality of life program for severely challenged adults seeking alternatives to the sheltered workshops available at the time. There was no funding.
In July 1987, the Keeler Society became a reality, providing summer program support to three people referred by Alberta Family and Social Services. Joan worked on a volunteer basis and funding was provided through corporate donations. By the end of the summer there were six participants. Joan hired two staff that alternated days, and went in search of funds. The City of Calgary agreed to fund the new program.
In the past twenty years, the Keeler Society has become one of the more innovative programs within the Calgary Region. Changing its name to Springboard Centre for Adults with Disabilities in 2003, we now offer services to 53 adults with developmental disabilities.