Not-for-Profit of the Year Award
In 2019, DeafBlind Ontario Services was honoured to be the recipient of the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Award in the Not-for-Profit category!
This award recognizes a registered not for profit organization which has exceptional community service and leadership in some or all of the following:
- Broadened Education of their Service
- Innovative Services Community Involvement
- Promoted Volunteerism
- Positive Contribution to Society
- Social & Community Advancements
In fall 2019, DeafBlind Ontario Services and PHSS formed an integrative partnership to jointly advocate for and provide high quality, holistic and robust community supports to individuals who have highly specialized and unique needs across Ontario. In January 2020, a third agency joined the partnership: Community Living Chatham-Kent.
The focus of the integrative partnership will be on strengthening the collective abilities of the three organizations. Our goal is to share knowledge and explore efficiencies, ensuring that the people we serve who have unique, specialized, and complex needs are the number one priority.
Established in 1988, PHSS (Participating, Housing, Support and Services) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people with developmental disabilities and/or complex physical needs so they can live in their own homes, participate in the community, and enjoy life with family and friends.
Community Living Chatham-Kent
Community Living Chatham-Kent is a non-profit charitable organization enriching the lives of people who have diverse abilities by providing quality services, and meaningful and inclusive opportunities. For 65 years, the agency has ensured that all people live in a state of dignity, share in all elements of living in the community and have the opportunity to participate effectively.
Array – DeafBlind Ontario Services Partnership
In 2019, Array Services and DeafBlind Ontario Services came together to investigate the possibility of integrating our administration, systems, and approaches to enhance specialized services for persons with sensory loss (Deaf, hard-of-hearing, non-verbal and deafblind). By coming together, the two organizations will be able to increase capacity, serve more people and use resources more effectively.
The focus of the integrative partnership will be on strengthening the collective abilities of the two organizations. Our goal is to share knowledge and explore efficiencies, ensuring that the people we serve and their need for specialized services are the top priority.
Array Services supports adults who demonstrate a developmental disability and who are Deaf, non-verbal or hard-of-hearing in the Peterborough area through individual, community and residential services. Array provides a unique American Sign Language (ASL) environment and matches communications tools and techniques to the needs of the people they support.