Our mission

A person-centered approach is the way we challenge ourselves, our communities, the people we support, and families to be innovative as we help each other live fulfilled lives.

Our vision

Building inclusive communities, one bridge at a time.

Our purpose

Nanaimo Association for Community Living and the people we care for and their families accept the daily challenge to live innovative and fulfilled lives through a person-centered approach to life and living.


Our organization believes it’s important to listen to our people’s wants and needs. We believe that a holistic approach to life and living examines all facets of an individual, in order to achieve personal growth and development.

Our desire at NACL is to have an inclusive Nanaimo community understand and welcome members of the community as individuals, and that the community see the value in building those bridges and opportunities in order for inclusion to take place.

What are diversabilities?

A person with diversabilties may develop differently than others. This difference varies greatly between individuals and may not be accompanied by a physical condition.


Many of us may confuse diversabilities (sometimes called developmental disabilities) with other disorders, or we may have been influenced by a variety of myths and stereotypes regarding the capabilities of people with diversabilities.


Individuals with diversabilities are able to participate in social activities, are able to work, and engage in life like we all do.