Getting To Know Us

The Centre for Dreams is a day program dedicated to providing a curriculum designed specifically for adults living with a developmental disability. We provide these special individuals with educational programs and social skills training with the hopes of integrating them into the community - both independently and confidently. We want to ensure that they will become productive, independent, dignified and respected members therein.

We are dedicated to providing the opportunities and the means for our youth, adult and senior members to focus on their abilities and not their disabilities through educational, social and life skill programs. We are one community with countless Dreams.

At The Centre for Dreams, we strive to help our members fulfill their goals and dreams and let them decide what is best for them. We offer a diverse and interactive learning environment, providing educational and social skill services to enhance the confidence and independence of our members. We invite you to browse around our website to find out more about our programs, events, volunteer opportunities, and how to donate. Questions? Please get in touch. We'll be delighted to speak with you.


Our Mission

For over 25 years, The Centre for Dreams has helped empower those living with devleopmental disabilities to become independent, dignified and respected members within their communities.  We are dedicated to providing opportunities for our members to help integrate them back into the community through diverse edcuational, social and life skill programs.  Our goal is to create an inclusive and fun learning environment where members can embrace their dreams and can focus on their abilities and not their disabilities.  We are one community with countless dreams. 


Our Vision

Our vision is for all individuals living with a developmental disability to be recognized for their inherent worth and unique contributions in society.  We hope to empower them to live their lives to the fullest and embrace their dreams through having full access to community and social support.


Core Values

  • Dedication - Our driving force is creating an oasis for our members.

  • Quality - Quality and innovative programming to challenge our members to reach their fullest potential.  

  • Passion - We are committed in heart and mind for our members. 

  • Authenticiy - We are committed to applying our personal values into the Centre.

  • Teamwork - Work closely with donors and volunteers to continually deliver programs. 

  • Community - Participate as an organization in the greater community and integrating our members in their communities. 


Distinguishing Ourselves with Operational Excellence

  • We are currently members of the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities

  • In 2019, The Centre for Dreams was nominated for the Business Leader of Character Award

  • In 2018, Founder Elaine Vollett was awarded with the Sesquicentennial Pin 

  • In 2016, The Centre for Dreams celebrates 25 Years of Service Excellence

  • Monday February 25, 2013, Founder Elaine Vollett was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the City of Markham. 

  • In 2011 The Centre for Dreams celebrated 20 Years of Excellence

  • In April 2011, at the Houston REMY awards, the 101010 Campaign Public Service Announcement received the Platinum award

  • In 2007, Elaine Vollett, President and Founder, was nominated for Citizen of Character Award

  • In 2007, Elaine Vollett, President and Founder, nominated for OADD Achievement Award

  • For the years of 2005 and 2006, The Centre for Dreams received the Volunteer of the Year Award from Markham Board of Trade

  • In October 2005, The Centre for Dreams received a Business Excellence Award from the Markham Board of Trade

  • In 2004, Elaine Vollett, President and Founder, received the Governor General’s Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship


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