Vecova celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research was founded in 1969 with the mission to build the capacity of persons with disabilities and enrich communities through inclusion, innovation and impact.

In 2019, we are proud to celebrate our 50th Anniversary of improving the quality of life and equity for persons with disabilities. We are celebrating this milestone achievement with community events held throughout the year.

On January 8, 2019, we invited clients and staff to join us at our 50th Anniversary launch celebration. Long-term employees and clients of Vecova were invited to speak about their experiences at this event.

“Vecova was started by incredible people who were passionate about inclusion,” said Vecova CEO Joan Lee, who celebrated her 40th anniversary at Vecova in 2018. “Today, Vecova is a leader in ways I don’t think our founders could ever have imagined. We’ve made important strides as a society in inclusion, innovation and impact, and Vecova stands at the forefront of those changes.”

Community Access Manager Donna White has been a part of Vecova since 1979 and started her career in the Horticulture department, where she worked with three clients to care for the plants in the greenhouse.

“I came to this job with experience working in greenhouses and a love for gardening, but this was my first experience working with persons with developmental disabilities, and I learned a lot from them and the teams that supported them,” said Donna. “What I have learned from working at Vecova is to never underestimate the potential people have—we just need to keep presenting the opportunities to make it happen.”

“I am pleased to see how our services have evolved, and I’m inspired to see how our clients have grown and now participate more meaningfully in the community,” said Community Access Team Leader Gord Littlejohns, who has been an employee of Vecova for over 40 years. “I am very proud that people now have more choice and the opportunity to live the lives they want to live.”

Vecova looks forward to continue connecting, supporting and empowering persons with disabilities during our 50th Anniversary year and in the many years to follow.

In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, we invite the community to join us at events throughout the year. For up-to-date details on our 50th Anniversary events, visit us at

We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

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