A Meaningful and Satisfying Life for All

Who we are

The Kenora Association for Community Living is a multi-sector agency that supports children and adults who have a developmental disability and adults who have a mental illness to be fully included in all aspects of community life. Some of KACL’s guiding principles are that all people deserve to live in a state of dignity, share in all elements of living in the community, have the opportunity to participate in their community, and are integrated respectfully in society. We are a not-for-profit, charitable organization made up of some of the most compassionate, caring, and hardworking people you’ll ever meet.

Since 1960, KACL has promoted inclusion and social justice in our community. This means that people who have a developmental disability or mental illness: live in neighborhoods of their own choosing, go to neighborhood schools, work at real jobs for real pay, participate and contribute through volunteer, recreation and leisure activities and are valued citizens.

People working with KACL actively participate in the community by volunteering their time, by sitting on boards and committees, by coaching and managing sports teams, and by enjoying the beautiful Lake of the Woods area.

To cultivate positive change, through conversations that emphasize gifts and possibilities rather than needs and problems, the Kenora Association for Community Living aspires to weave a social fabric in our communities that celebrates connectedness, belonging, autonomy, and diversity.

Land Acknowledgement

The Board and Employees of KACL gratefully acknowledge that we live, work, enjoy the richness of and play on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe people of Treaty 3, and on the homeland of the Metis. We pay our respect to the First Nations and Metis ancestors of this place and reaffirm that the historic and current relationship that exists between us is defined by Treaty.

We commit to work to create the conditions for belonging and social justice so that each person can live fully in the unique identity that matters to them, in a community that accepts and welcomes. We recognize that our work must be in the service of Reconciliation. Our work must be at the level of the individual and the community, so that our collective identity as a community lives up to the values we want for ourselves and our children. A community where equity, peace, and respect for cultural differences are respected and nourished; and a community that acknowledges that the early Anishinaabe people of these lands saw we were strangers, welcomed us as guests, and invited us to stay as neighbours.