History, Who We Are, & Guiding Principles
Learn more about the history of the VDRC and who we are.
Incorporated February 15, 1990, the Victoria Disability Resource Centre (VDRC) is a cross-disability, grassroots, charitable organization run by and for persons with disabilities.
A Board of Directors governs the organization. The Board is composed of community members both with and without disabilities elected by our members. We are a proud member of Independent Living Canada, the national umbrella organization representing and coordinating a network of Independent Living Centres across Canada.
Who We Are
Recognizing the rights of citizens with disabilities to take control of their lives by examining choices, making decisions and taking risks, we work closely with those who have disabilities and with other community organizations to find and remove barriers that prevent full participation in life. The VDRC strives to be an invaluable resource for the local community, to become an essential service for persons with disabilities and to serve as liaison for non-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies that provide and promote accessibility. The VDRC is funded by public and private grants, parking permit sales, fundraising, and donations.
Our 4 Guiding Principles
The VDRC, and the other independent living centres which are members of Independent Living Canada, is governed by 4 basic principles. These are:
1. Consumer Control
The people receiving our services are also the people offering them. We maintain a grassroots character so we do not lose touch with the people we are serving.
2. Disability Diversity
People with different disabilities have different needs. We provide programs and resources for persons with all types of disabilities. As well, a variety of disabilities is represented at the staff, volunteer and board levels.
3. Community Mindedness
We listen, respond and are responsible to our community. We are here to help fill service gaps and let people know what’s already available for people with disabilities in the Victoria region.
4. Full Participation
We promote the full participation of people with disabilities in the economic, political, cultural and social life of Canadian society.