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Milestones at a Glance

SaskAbilities has celebrated many exciting and monumental milestones in the communities we serve, including our latest rebrand and name change.
2017 Name officially changed to SaskAbilities.
2016 Saskatoon Quality of Life Centre opens new facility in Stonebridge; Regina begins delivering home and day supports in Moose Jaw; Saskatoon begins offering an autism-specific employment program; Swift Current launches the Volunteering in Community initiative.
2015 Saskatoon Quality of Life Centre opens; Swift Current ReUse Warehouse closes; Yorkton Mental Health Drop-In Centre moves to Yorkton Branch.
2014 Regina Quality of Life Centre opens; Camp Easter Seal celebrates 60 years of service; Swift Current ReUse Warehouse opens; Paediatric Wooden Equipment program introduced.
2013 Provincial Services and Swift Current Branch renovated to improve workplace safety and client experiences; new Regina Quality of Life Centre construction begins; Regina and Moose Jaw Partners in Employment celebrate 10 years of service.
2012 Yorkton RecyclAbility Enterprises opens; Wound care clinic established in Saskatoon; Champions of Children award presented to Camp Easter Seal; Special Needs Equipment inventory reviewed.
2011 Lean principles applied to Special Needs Equipment; Yorkton provides Social Return on Investment training and services; new deck constructed for dining hall at Camp Easter Seal.
2010 Happy Nappy, a cloth diaper service and the Council’s first social enterprise, established in Regina; Yorkton Tillman Quality of Life Centre opens; fully-accessible Canada Safeway playground opens at Camp Easter Seal; all locations celebrate 60th anniversary (video launched showcasing work of the Council over past 60 years); strategic plan approved; revised website launched.
2009 Ministry of Social Services Spirit Award for Community Organizations in the people with disabilities category presented to Saskatoon Branch; renewable parking permits for organizations who transport people with disabilities implemented; Swift Current community alternatives program begins; Regina transition services begins; recycling partnership with City of Swift Current commences.
2008 Storage facility at Camp Easter Seal constructed; agency-wide satisfaction survey conducted; new SARCAN depot opens in Swift Current; Special Needs Transportation name change to Access Transit in Swift Current and Yorkton.
2007 Renewable parking permits for people with disabilities implemented; Easter Seals Drop Zone Regina held; construction of amphitheatre at Camp Easter Seal constructed; Yorkton Electronics Disassembly opens.
2006 New arrival area at Camp Easter Seal opens; Feingertz Research Fund established; DisAbility Management Services discontinued; Easter Seals™ Drop Zone Saskatoon begins; Saskatchewan Centennial Commemorative medal awarded to Aron Braun, client and volunteer.
2005 New cabin at Camp Easter Seal opens; strategic plan approved; vision, mission and value statements approved; Centennial Medals awarded to four Board members; use of March of Dimes discontinued.
2004 Moose Jaw Partners in Employment opens; The March of Dimes Canada Leadership Award presented to Olga Bobiash; Camp Easter Seal celebrates 50th anniversary.
2003 Revised website launched; Pigs in the City fundraiser held in Regina; Regina Partners in Employment opens; Swift Current evaluation service commences; The Easter Seals Canada Leadership Award presented to the Draggins Rod & Custom Club.
2002 Accessibility study conducted at Camp Easter Seal; new cabin at Camp Easter Seal opens; Special Needs Equipment facility opens at Provincial Services; Pigs in the City fundraiser held in Saskatoon.
2001 50th anniversary of March of Dimes in Canada; expansion of Saskatoon Branch Training Centre packaging department; Council continues strategic planning; Saskatoon Partners in Employment opens; The Easter Seals Canada Leadership Award presented to Jim Biss.
2000 Pictorial booklet commemorates Council's 50th anniversary year, all locations celebrate; Yorkton Recycling Centre opens; new cabin at Camp Easter Seal opens.
1999 Recycling Centre construction project in Yorkton approved by Board; Council a finalist in the Donner Canadian Foundation Awards for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services (Services to the Disabled category) for the Supported Employment Program.
1998 Construction of second medical cabin at Camp Easter Seal; Council receives Saskatchewan Labour Force Development Board's Award of Excellence in the Equity Participation in Employment category, for Supported Employment Program; Saskatoon transportation service turned over to City of Saskatoon.
1997 DisAbility Management Services established in Saskatoon and Regina; new website launched.
1996 Medical cabin at Camp Easter Seal constructed; Provincial Services headquarters has renovations and building improvements; Canadian Rehabilitation Council for the Disabled Award presented to Bill Sinnett.
1995 Renovations complete at Regina Branch; expansion of Saskatoon Branch cafeteria.
1994 Saskatoon Special Needs Transportation installs computerized dispatch system; renovations begin at Regina Branch; Camp Easter Seal aquatic centre opens; staff and camper reunion, history book celebrates 40th anniversary of Camp Easter Seal; Handicapped Farmers Program renamed Farmers with Disabilities Program; Recycling Centre established at Yorkton Branch.
1993 Construction of new aquatic centre begins at Camp Easter Seal; Prince Albert transportation service discontinued.
1992 Corporate colours changed; capital campaign launched for renovation and expansion of Regina Branch; retail sales introduced to Special Needs Equipment program.
1991 Corporate strategic plan develops revised Mission, Objectives and Value statement; Regina transportation service discontinued.
1990 Council celebrates 40th anniversary; Handicapped Farmers Program receives Canadian Rehabilitation Council for the Disabled (CRCD) Constellation Assurance Award in recognition of development of more effective rehabilitation services; new ramp makes Camp Easter Seal chalet fully wheelchair accessible; Technical Aids mobile service launched from Technical Aids Resource Centre in Regina; CRCD Award presented to Murray Bedel.
1989 Technical Aids Resource Centre at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre in Regina opens.
1988 Orthopaedic department relocates to 2310 Louise Avenue, now known as Provincial Services building.
1986 Reconstruction of Southwest Ability Centre after fire; Council takes over Special Needs program for Saskatchewan Health; administrative staff move to 2310 Louise Avenue, Saskatoon; Kilburn Avenue facility renovated, officially becomes Saskatoon Ability Centre; history of the Council, Steps to Freedom, published.
1985 Handicapped Farmers Program introduced; first Easter Seal telethon.
1984 Name officially changed to Saskatchewan Abilities Council; Saskatoon Industrial Centre fire loss; introduction of Sewing department, Technical Aids service and Driver Training program in Regina.
1982 Parkland Ability Centre, Yorkton, opens.
1981 Buckle Up Baby and Disability Awareness programs introduced.
1980 Specialized Seating service begins.
1979 Myo-Electrics service begins; Camp Easter Seal renovated.
1978 Parent Relief program begins; transportation service begins in Prince Albert and Yorkton.
1977 Employment Preparation program begins.
1976 Independent Residency Training program begins.
1975 Demand responsive transportation service begins.
1974 Aids to Daily Living Department opens; Level IV Camp initiated; Technical Aids program begins.
1973 Addition to Yorkton Branch for woodwork operation; tutoring program and Avocational program begin.
1966 Addition to Saskatoon building provides new sheltered workshop; sheltered workshop opens in Yorkton.
1965 Kinsmen Centre for the Handicapped opens in Regina, sheltered workshop opens in Swift Current.
1962 Orthopaedic appliance shop added to Saskatoon location.
1960 First vocational sheltered workshop opens in Regina.
1959 First vocational sheltered workshop opens in Regina.
1956 Camp Easter Seal site established at Manitou Beach.
1954 Vocational Rehabilitation program and Orthopaedic services begin in Saskatoon; Camp Easter Seal program begins.
1953 Saskatoon headquarters for provincial activities.
1951 SCCC extends services to handicapped adults; first March of Dimes campaign.
1950 Parents of children with cerebral palsy found Saskatchewan Council for Crippled Children (SCCC).
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