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. Be consumer controlled
More than 51% of people directly involved in the organization’s management and decision-making are people with disabilities.
2. Serve cross disability
Offer programs and services to all persons, regardless of the type and number of their disabilities.
3. Be community-based and not-for-profit
People with disabilities can identify issues in their own communities which affect their lives.
4. Promote full participation and integration
Supporting people with disabilities and encouraging individuals to participate in all aspects of economic, cultural and social life in Canada.
Who We Serve
The VDRC’s services are available to everyone without regard to ability, age, ethnicity, gender, religion, income, sexual orientation or other basis for marginalization or disadvantage.