STEPS Forward acknowledges and thanks the following corporations, foundations, and organizations for their invaluable support in helping us reach our goal of providing access to post-secondary education for young adults with intellectual disabilities.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design
home page: The creative arts contribute to the experience of life in parity with science and philosophy. The arts have the capacity to persuade, subvert, celebrate and confront; to challenge the status quo; to act as powerful cultural agents; to establish an individual’s aspirations; to help people learn to appreciate differences and to construct value systems.” European League of Institutes of Art, General Assembly, October 2002.

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) is BC’s Aboriginal public post-secondary institute. NVIT  was formed as a private institute in 1983 by the founding bands of Coldwater, Nooaitch, Shackan, Upper Nicola and Lower Nicola Bands. Working from a basement in the downtown core of Merritt, three instructors taught thirteen students the basics of what is now our Environmental Resource Technology program. The program was taught in an environment that promoted traditional ways and fostered student success, a vision that sticks with NVIT today. Gradually building its program offerings to address Aboriginal community needs such as health care, economic development and child care with programs like Health Care AssistantBusiness Administration and Aboriginal Early Childhood Education, NVIT became and still remains a unique and important public post-secondary institute in Canada.

Simon Fraser University
Spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, SFU offers more than 100 undergraduate major and joint major programs and more than 45 graduate offerings. Mentored by faculty acclaimed for their research and teaching abilities and coached by dedicated advisors and employers in our work integrated learning program, our more than 100,000 graduates enjoy limitless career opportunities.

The University of British Columbia
UBC provides students with an outstanding and distinctive education, and conducts leading research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world.

University of Victoria
The University of Victoria, one of Canada’s leading universities, provides both students and faculty with a unique learning environment. UVic has earned a reputation for commitment to research, scholarship and co-op education. The university is widely recognized for its innovative and responsive programs, interdisciplinary and international initiatives, and a diverse and welcoming learning community.

Ministry of Advanced Education
Provides leadership and support for excellent and accessible post-secondary education and an integrated and dynamic approach to research and innovation.

British Columbia Association for Community Living (7th)
BCACL is a federation that advocates for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities and their families to ensure justice, rights and opportunities in all areas of their lives.

The Vancouver Foundation
Through the growth and stewardship of permanent endowment funds and the distribution of income to a broad range of eligible organizations, Vancouver Foundation, in meeting community needs, provides philanthropic leadership to improve the quality of life for all British Columbians.

Rotary 5040
Rotary is an international humanitarian service organization. The men and women of Rotary are business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and resources to help others in their local communities and throughout the world.

Community Living British Columbia
CLBC helps adults with developmental disabilities and their families achieve goals and live the life they want. We help them get connected to their community and put paid supports in place when needed.

Spectrum Society for Community Living
A non-profit charitable organization providing community based supports to people with disabilities in the communities of Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster & the Sunshine Coast.

Alberta Association of Community Living
AACL is committed to supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families to have access to a quality inclusive education and for adults with developmental disabilities to have access to the supports they need to live, work and participate in community life.

The CKNW Orphans’ Fund
Through the dedication of the Staff and Management of Radio Station CKNW, the Board of Directors, dedicated listeners and generous sponsors, CKNW is committed to helping improve the lives of youths with special needs.

The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation
BCTF is the union of professionals representing 43,000 public school teachers in the province of British Columbia, Canada. It is based in Vancouver.

Professional Employees Association
The PEA is a union of and for professional employees. Every PEA bargaining unit consists entirely or predominantly of professionals — people whose work responsibilities typically require that they have earned at least one university degree.