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Organization Details

(604) 299 - 4001
(604) 299 - 0329
28 million
Year founded: 
1998 (under the name of Mainstream Association for Proactive Community Living)
Total Membership: 
Organization Region: 
Lower Mainland & Upper Fraser Valley

We offer a wide range of behaviour consultation, community inclusion, employment and home living services across Metro Vancouver and other communities.  Contact us for more information about services offered in your community.

We assist persons with developmental disabilities to lead meaningful and healthy lives by partnering with the community to provide a comprehensive range of person-centred services for individuals and the families who care for them.

Behaviour Consultation

Laurel Behaviour Support Services support hundreds of individuals and families each year to achieve enduring changes that improve their quality of life. Our consultants use the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to address challenging behaviours and teach adaptive skills to children, youth and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other intellectual disabilities. For more information, please visit: http://www.laurelbc.ca/

Services include:

  • Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention (for children less than 6 years of age)
  • Behaviour consultation (for all ages)
  • Behaviour interventionist (BI) services
  • Triple P™ Stepping Stones (for families of children up to 12 years of age)
  • Workshops and training

Community Inclusion

We offer a variety of meaningful and enriching programs in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond and Maple Ridge. Persons served may choose to participate in one or more programs of interest and are encouraged to explore community based initiatives or our community connecting service.

Current programs and initiatives include:

Employment Services

posAbilities Employment Service assists job seekers to prepare for, secure and maintain competitive employment. Services may be funded by Community Living BC, or privately, on a fee for service basis. As each job seeker’s journey is unique, we offer a menu of supports that can be tailored to the individual. Choose any or all of the following services: Employment Exploration, Career Education, Job Search and Placement, Interview Preparation and Accompaniment and Job Coaching.  Fees for service will be quoted based on the path chosen.  For more information, please visit: http://pesworks.ca/

Services include:

  • posAbilities Employment Service
  • Youth employment camps
  • Other employment initiatives including a specialized Toastmasters group and Job Club for employees in our service

Home Living

We offer a variety of home living supports across Metro Vancouver communities – from the Sunshine Coast and North Shore through to the Fraser Valley. The spectrum of support includes outreach services to individuals who wish to live independently in their own homes; shared living arrangements with support provided by roommates or families; and residential care homes, where support levels are geared to the needs of the persons served. 

Services include:

  • Shared Living and respite
  • Supported independent living
  • Residential homes

Family Support

The community engagement department provides access to information, advocacy and other systems of support within the communities served by posAbilities. This service is available at no charge, to assist families with life planning. For more information, call 604-299-4001, ext. 270, email info@posAbilities.ca or visit www.posAbilities.ca


Organization Address: 
posAbilities Suite 240 - 4664 Lougheed Highway Burnaby British Columbia Canada V5C 5T5
Board Members: 

President, Celso Boscariol
Vice President, Dr. Linda Eaves
Vice President, Paul Girardi

Staff Members: 

Chief Executive Officer, Fernando Coelho (fcoelho@posabilities.ca)
Program Director, Gerry Fremming (gfremming@posabilities.ca