who we are

The North Shore Disability Resource Centre was established in 1976 by a group of parents, professionals and advocates who wanted to create services to ensure that people with disabilities could live comfortably in their communities. For more than 40 years, we have continued to expand our mandate and services, and now offer a wide range of community- and residence-based programs and services for individuals of all ages.


You can read our 2023 Annual Report here .


We are the only agency on the North Shore that assists anyone, regardless of age, with any kind of disability. We are committed to working toward a community that is free of physical, financial and attitudinal barriers.



We recognize the abilities of all, even though some abilities may look different from our own.


We connect people with special needs with programs and services that help them to live with dignity, freedom and joy.


We pay attention to the specific needs of the differently-abled individual, ensuring they have a voice in their own care.


We celebrate the confidence that comes from belonging, and the ability it gives us all to reach our potential.



  • Be responsible – with public funding, with donor dollars , with the welfare of our program and service participants, and with the well-being of our employees
  • Demonstrate and value initiative – we will draw on our 40+ years’ of experience serving individuals with special needs as we develop new programs and new ways of bringing services to them
  • Be responsive – we will always listen first and act second; we are committed to participant-centred care and employee-centred development
  • Be professional - our team is stable, highly-trained and committed to building a better community, both inside and outside our organization



Each of us is a vibrant and vital member of our community. Regardless of our outward appearance and differing abilities, our shared humanity binds us together.


We embrace those who participate in our programs and those alongside whom we work. We know we are made stronger by the inter-weaving of our experiences, our perspectives and our shared desire to build a better community. We come together at the meeting place of work and life and commit to each other to foster recognition, connection, attention and celebration.


Our symbol, grounded in this knowledge and represented as a circle rich in colours, celebrates the diversity of our community and reminds us of the confidence that comes from belonging, and the ability it gives us all to reach our potential.


"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller

The NSDRC is a registered Canadian charity in good standing with the Canada Revenue Agency. The NSDRC is accredited through CARF International, an independent agency that ensures health and human services meet rigorous standards.

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North Shore Disability Resource Centre

3158 Mountain Highway

North Vancouver, BC

V7K 2H5

phone: 604-985-5371

fax: 604-985-7594


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United Way member agency

The NSDRC was started by a group of families in 1976. In the years since, we have worked for a "Community for All" by developing and providing community housing, infant development programs, youth groups, community-based services, and information and advocacy.

We are grateful for the opportunity to work, live and play on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.