Our History

Lifetime Networks is a not-for-profit organization started in 1998 by a group of determined parents trying to create a viable organization to secure the future of their children with disabilities, by establishing personal support Networks. Networks are made up of friends and are unpaid relationships in the lives of people with disabilities. It is truly amazing to realize what parents with a common passionate goal can achieve; and so they began to search for people who would be committed to becoming a friend to each of their children with disabilities.

Today, the primary goal of the pioneer families has been achieved: established Networks that have made a considerable difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Since then, our scope and vision has been expanded with the addition of our Fine Arts Programs in 2005; Best Buddies, Social Groups and Independent Living in 2008; GAP in 2009; Continuing Education (Being a Citizen) and Community Inclusion in 2011; and Employment Support Services in 2012. The services of Lifetime Networks have gained valuable community support and allowed us to reach a greater number of families and individuals to increase relationships and belonging.

Through the many services of Lifetime Networks, the goal remains the same: to increase the number of relationships in the lives of people with disabilities.

Thanks to the continued persistence, determination, love and commitment of all the people who have contributed to our growth along the way, Lifetime Networks is an organization we are proud of and that makes a difference in our community.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead.

Guiding Principles

As a team we refer to our guiding principles when making any decision regarding Lifetime Networks and the people we support.


We foster networks of friendship and support for people with diversabilities to enhance community.


We see a future where all people enjoy safe, happy, fulfilling lives.


Lifetime Networks values and demonstrates:

  • Person, rather than program-centred planning
  • Commitment to maintaining Networks for the lifetime of the person being supported
  • Accessibility to services with no eligibility restrictions
  • Respectfulness through recognition and celebration of the inherent worth and autonomy of each person
  • Financial responsibility by working diligently to keep services and supports cost-effective and affordable
  • Belief in the importance of unpaid relationships
  • Community inclusion, participation and engagement
  • Intentional and purposeful growth
  • Autonomy from funding streams which could compromise our ability to advocate