In 1952, 12 parents of children with developmental disabilities came together to work towards integrating their children into public schools. By the 1990’s, that parent group, called the Vancouver-Richmond Association for Mentally Handicapped People, had become Canada’s largest charitable society of its kind west of Toronto.
In 1998, recognizing changes in society, the wishes of its members, and its expanded role in the community, the Association changed its name; it is now the Developmental Disabilities Association.
Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) is a leading employer in BC’s social services sector. With over 50 community-based programs and services for children, youths, and adults in Vancouver and Richmond, we offer superior programs and services to enable people with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential.
Our programs build successful communities. All people, regardless of their needs, race or culture, have the right to be included in a welcoming society.
With a proud history and a promising future, DDA gives you the opportunity to do what you do best every day – help others to grow and thrive at home, at work, and in the community.
We have many positions available in the fields of Residential Care, Early Childhood Education, & Community Living:
Our Residential Care Workers (RCW) assists clients to live successfully in residential settings within the community. The position ensures the clients’ physical, emotional, social, recreational, economic, educational, and/or medical needs are met. The RCW also assists clients by enhancing their quality of life through activities of daily living.
Early Childhood Educators (ECE) provide an enriched program for children which meet the needs of the families in the community. The ECE also provides opportunities for children with both typical and special needs to interact on a daily basis. The ECE works in conjunction with the Manager to ensure the needs of the children are met.
Our Day and Community Services programs assist clients with their physical, vocational, recreational, social, emotional, and daily life skill development. DDA’s Community Support Workers supports clients to achieve the greatest degree of independence and quality of life as possible.
We also have opportunities available for Truck Drivers. The Developmental Disabilities Association operates white clothing bins across the Lower Mainland from Squamish to Abbotsford/Mission, and our Drivers are responsible for collecting and maintaining the donations in these bins. These positions are critical to the organization, as the proceeds from our bins go towards supporting all our other community programs. Our Truck Drivers ensure an efficient and timely pick-up of donated goods and materials thereby assisting to provide a cost effective service, a positive impression to the public and one that promotes the goals of the Association.
Why you should join our team:
- A fully employer-paid, comprehensive health and welfare benefits plan
- Municipal Pension Plan (for life)
- Educational and training opportunities
- Flexible work schedules
- Welcome & Inclusive environment
- Environmentally sustainable work place (presented with the Recycling Council of British Columbia’s 2009 MOBI Award for excellence in Environmental Stewardship).