About Sunbeam Centre

Who we are, what we've done, and where we're going.

Sunbeam Centre is a multi-site, multi-faceted organization providing residential care, day programming and other services for individuals with developmental, physical & emotional impairments.

In addition to our Kingsway location (where we offer Day Program activities, respite care and specialized facilities), we operate fourteen residential Group Homes in Waterloo Region. We additionally offer outreach services to individuals, families and agencies across Southwestern Ontario.

For a complete rundown of what Sunbeam Centre has to offer, please check out our Programs & Services page.

The Sunbeam family also consists of two additional agencies — Developmental Services Resource Centre (DSRC), and the Central West Region branch of the MCSS’ Developmental Services Ontario (DSO).

QUICK FACTS

  • We began serving our community in 1956 as a private care facility – Sunbeam Home.
  • We were incorporated under a Volunteer, Community Board of Directors in 1966
  • We hold both ‘non profit’ and ‘charitable’ status
  • We receive ~ $16 million in annualized subsidy from M.C.S.S.
  • We are one of the Ministry of Community Social Services (M.C.S.S.) Developmental Services Transfer Payment Agencies

Sunbeam is a founding member of the Great Lakes Society for Developmental Services of Ontario; a patron of the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities; and an associate member of the Ontario Hospital Association. We’re also a member of Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs (OASIS)

For a more detailed history of our organization, please visit our Sunbeam History page.

OUR SERVICE PRINCIPALS

Caring and Respect

We shall uphold the rights and respect the dignity of those we support. We will act on their behalf at all times.

Commitment and Support

We shall provide personal supports in keeping with individuals’ strengths and needs, and according to established standards and resources. A mutually supportive and multi-disciplinary staff allows us to optimally recognize and meet physical, developmental, social, spiritual and emotional needs.

Choice and Empowerment

We shall recognize the rights of individuals and families/guardians to make informed decisions about their supports and to be active participants in service delivery. We shall maintain a leadership role in encouraging decision making, while sharing mutual responsibility with families for meeting individuals’ needs, achieving the highest quality supports and ensuring quality of life.

Accountability and Innovation

We shall routinely evaluate the quality, appropriateness, effectiveness and availability of services. We will continue to develop and share new information, knowledge, skills and supports.

Advocacy and Leadership

We shall be an active member of, and advocate for the rights of those we support, to be a part of our community. We shall participate in collaborative systems planning geared to meeting mutually beneficial goals, and directed toward the coordination of services.

Teamwork and Excellence

We shall acknowledge and value each employee’s individual skills, contributions, and potential, as our most important asset; and ensure continued staffing excellence through supporting their professional growth, training and development.