Wednesday 30 November 2011

Lunch on Clements

A friend of mine recently took me to Lunch on Clements at the Clements Centre here in town.  It was a happy experience for me.  We’re blessed here in the valley with a diverse community and I’m always delighted to find new ways to get to know my neighbours.

Lunch on Clements is one of a variety of programs offered by The Clements Centre, providing vocational training for adults with developmental disabilities.  Its trainees learn food preparation, customer service, cashier, and janitorial skills.  Its customers receive a good lunch that is prepared and served with pride and enthusiasm in a pleasant, cheerful environment.  The menu changes weekly, offering a welcome change from fast food.

While I was enjoying my meal, I learned that Lunch on Clements also offers a catering menu which includes Christmas baking.  I know that a lot of you are very busy and looking for ways to simplify your holiday preparations, so I thought I’d pass the information on to you.  It’s a win/win opportunity:  Ordering baked goods from Lunch on Clements offers convenience and quality, and your orders will provide meaningful employment to people who really appreciate the opportunity to work.

The Clements Centre has been part of our community since 1957.  It was started by a group of parents who opened a school for their children as an alternative to placing them in an institution.  Operation of the school was assumed by the school board in 1965.  The society then opened a sheltered workshop for adults with developmental disabilities.  This was followed with the addition of a preschool and kindergarten in 1968.

In 1971, permanent buildings were built on the current site on Clements Street and, in 1973, an innovative integrated daycare replaced the preschool and kindergarten, offering services for children both with and without disabilities.  That program grew into the infant development program in 1975 and, in 1978, expanded into the Children’s Place facility on Banks Road.

In the 1980’s institutions were gradually closed, and housing and services for people with developmental disabilities were developed within our community.  Services the Clements Centre Society offered were broadened to include speech therapy, physiotherapy, residences, and respite programs. The range of services has continued to grow in scope, to support people living independently within our community as the society pursues its vision of community inclusion.  

If you’d like to learn more about the Clements Centre Society, please visit their website at 

If you’d like to order Christmas baking from Lunch on Clements, please phone (250) 746-4135, extension 1.

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