The  Port Alberni Association for Community Living (PAACL) is a registered non-profit society incorporated under the Society Act of BC, in 1957.

PAACL has a long and highly respected reputation in the community for advocacy and service to people with developmental disabilities and their families. Our history reflects the significant contribution of individuals, their families and friends, our employees, and other concerned citizens for over 60 years.

Funding and Community Resources:

Our programs are funded by Community Living British Columbia and the Ministry of Children and Families. Additional funds are provided by a Gaming Grant which allows us to run our Pathways program.


PAACL was awarded our fifth - Three-Year accreditation by CARF International in May of 2017.  

If you would like to have more information on what accreditation means please contact CARF at

Our current Board of Directors

Darcy L. Phipps - President

Dorothy Clarkstone - Vice President

Donald H. Jones - Secretary Treasurer

Melanie Stevenson - Director

Kelly Johnsen - Director

Brad DeClercq - Director

Pat McKay - Director

Michael Booth - Director

Brianna Straight - Director