"Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together." - James Cash Penney, founder of JCPenney

Nanaimo Association for Community Living (NACL) has had a vibrant and eventful history, since it began in 1986.  Here's a quick listing of significant events outlining the evolution of our agency...


  • July 22, 1986 - Founded by a small group of parents, NACL was formed under the Society Act of British Columbia
  • Fall 1986 - NACL's first program, Lakeside Development Centre (later renamed Options Day Program) began in September; Access Day Program started a short time later
  • Late 1986 - Options and Access Day Programs moved to 3057 Barons Road


  • 1988 - NACL's first two residential programs, Hammond Bay Home and Jingle Pot Home, were launched
  • Early 1989 - NACL constructed Metral Drive Home
  • August 1989 - Horizons Day Program was launched
  • 1990 - Four new programs were launched:  North Island Adult Support (NIAS) Program, Kennedy Home, Departure Bay Home (which eventually moved to Portsmouth Road Home), and Morningside Home
  • 1999 to 2002 - NACL operated the 2-bed respite service known as Shoreline Drive Home
  • Early 2000 - Additional bedroom was added to Kennedy Home to provide respite services
  • November 2000 - Board launched major building project to house NACL's day programs and administrative services
  • July 2, 2001 - NACL moved into its new space at 26 Commercial Street
  • April 2002 - Access, Options, and Horizons Day Programs were merged into one - called Actions Day Program


  • 2003 - Metral Drive Home was proposed to be closed, but instead remained open under the name Turner Connection Home
  • 2005 - NACL's property at 26 Commercial Street was expropriated by the City of Nanaimo for its new conference centre
  • June 2005 - NACL received its first 3-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF)


  • February 1, 2006 - NACL's administration services and Actions Day Program moved to 83 Victoria Crescent/96 Cavan Street
  • July 22, 2006 - NACL celebrated 20 years of service, amidst major renovations at 83 Victoria Crescent/96 Cavan Street
  • January 2007 - NACL purchased Caspers Way Home, where service had commenced the month before
  • Spring 2008 - NACL's employment initiatives program, NACLWorks!, was launched
  • June 2008 - NACL received its second 3-year accreditation from CARF
  • Late 2008 - NACL's Snoezelen Room, one of the first permanent multi-sensory environments of its kind on Vancouver Island, was launched
  • December 2008 - NACL acquired the use of McCauley Drive Home


  • April 2010 - Morningside Home closed, with all residents moving to other NACL programs
  • Spring 2010 - NACL's new Home Sharing Program was launched
  • June 2011 - NACL received its third 3-year accreditation from CARF
  • July 22, 2011 - NACL celebrated 25 years of service
  • January 2012 - Acquired property on Uplands Drive for future housing development
  • October 2012 - Actions Expansion (Life Long Learning) Program was launched
  • June 2014 - NACL received its fourth 3-year accreditation from CARF
  • Fall 2015 - Launched ongoing fundraising campaign through Value Village/inclusionBC
  • Spring/Summer 2016 - Introduced two pilot project contracts with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) for children's services
  • July 22, 2016 - NACL proudly celebrated 30 years of service
  • Fall 2016 - Acquired property at 2278 Maxey Road in Nanaimo as a future replacement for Hammond Bay Home
  • December 2016 - Completed construction of a 2-suite carriage house on the Jingle Pot property, with first resident moved in

Along with continuing to provide quality service in its existing programs, NACL looks forward to pursuing innovative, exciting opportunities in the future that reflect the wants and needs of people with developmental disabilities in our community.  

Our current programs/initiatives are:

  • Actions Day Program
  • Actions Expansion (Life Long Learning) Program
  • Caspers Way Home
  • Hammond Bay Home
  • Jingle Pot Home and Carriage House
  • Kennedy Home
  • Portsmouth Road Home
  • Turner Connection Home
  • Home Sharing Program
  • NACLWorks! Employment Services
  • Snoezelen Room
  • Uplands Drive Housing Project