"Making tomorrow better than today!"



With more than 62 years of supporting the Deaf community we have journeyed through our first year of amalgamation. We have aligned our programs and encouraged the transfer of knowledge or ideas through exposure to each of the programs. We are moving forward through our strategic plan to a best practice model in all of our service areas. Our programs have been realigned into residential and community channels allowing us to start developing specialized support teams. Individuals we support have developed skills through supported independent living so as to participate as citizens of their community.  We have spread the word of ASL beyond our classroom to the world of Baseball, Museums, the police force and theatre.

The Bob Rumball Canadian Centre of Excellence for the Deaf offers an ever expanding range of specialized services to those within the Deaf Community that require support. These include seniors’, people with developmental, physical, health, or mental health issues, infants and young children, and newcomers to Canada. Our programs and services are quite unique. They offer the access to care, education, and socialization while embracing Deaf culture and language, that improves quality of life for Deaf people.


by Karen Chambers

A couple of years ago we embarked on an exciting project of amalgamating the Bob Rumball Associations for the Deaf (Milton/Halton) and the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf (Toronto). I am happy to announce that effective July 1 2017 we did just that!

The goal of the project was intended to align both entities to create continuity of important back-office support and enhanced access to services to those individuals we serve and will serve.

Outcomes achieved included:

  • Reallocation of resources to allow for more clinical support provided by clinicians who’s scope of practice includes Deafness

  • Providing additional choice for the people we support and will support

  • Established a sustainable platform for future expansion of services

  • Optimized use of physical locations

  • A reduction from two Boards of Directors to one, centralized administration, HR, IT and finance departments

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ministry of Community and Social Services for their support of this important project.

With our footing now on solid ground and a strategic plan to guide our work, we are well positioned to identify gaps in services to Deaf individuals and meet the challenge of filling those gaps throughout the province and beyond.

2018-19 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the Bob Rumball Canadian Centre of Excellence for the Deaf and we are so grateful to our committed team of staff members, volunteers, community partners and funders who all help us every day in continually striving to achieve our mission.


by Derek Rumball

"Hello, my name is Derek Rumball and it has been a privilege and an honor to serve as president of the Bob Rumball Canadian Centre of Excellence for the Deaf.

For over 60 years from those very early days on Wellesley Street, to 55 years in Parry Sound on our children's camp, to over 50 years in Milton, Halton, and we celebrate providing over 10 years at the Bob Rumball Home in Barrie, Ontario, for our aging seniors, and 40 years right here on Bayview Avenue. Reverend Rumball's name has been attached to the leading and finest services available for those that are in need in the community that we serve.

Long before the Centre on Bayview was even built, Reverend Rumball would speak to so many people about some good news, good news that was coming, that good news was to 2395 Bayview Avenue. The Centre changed people's lives, it made the world a better place for so many people. The good news is that we're not done, we will continue to make today better than yesterday, and planning for tomorrow to be better than today. I can't thank you enough for the support and for your part in making all the Rumball organizations thrive and be the leader, whether it's 5 o'clock on a Friday afternoon when no one else is answering the phone, or if someone just needs a ride home at midnight, we will be the ones responding to it when no one else is. Thank you for being part of it and there's good news, there is great news coming.

Thank you."


by Trevor Lumb

As part of our recent amalgamation, we have had an opportunity to re-align our management portfolios to better match programs and services. Aligning our Developmental Services programs in Milton and Toronto have also allowed us to better match supports and improve quality of life.

We continue to provide a wealth of programming opportunities to Deaf and hard of hearing individuals across the lifespan and our amalgamation enables us to expand those services to serve more people. Our work continues to ‘raise the bar” in the quality and quantity of our services as we strive to enhance and improve services to a centre of excellence standard.

Our work has been, and will continue to be focused on “raising the bar”. Looking forward we will look to improve our services to match and exceed a Centre of Excellence standard. As a Canadian Centre of Excellence, our goal is to expand beyond our Milton and Toronto borders to deliver services and supports wherever needed.

BRCCED regularly receives requests and inquiries from across Ontario and beyond and looks forward to expanding these and other services across the province. We are very proud to have served the ### of people this past year.


by Jane Hooey

Jane is a C.O.D.A., and has been a valuable member of Bob Rumball Organizations for more than 40 years, beginning in her early years at the Camp.  She has been on the board for more than 20+ years, and has recently taken up the position as the Chairperson. Professionally, she’s the Senior Crown Counsel at the Ministry of Attorney General.

"At first when I moved to SIL I was out of my comfort zone, but after a few weeks with staff support, I learned to be more independent, I realized I really like being able to make my own decisions and being responsible for my money, learning how to budget and pay my bills.  I also learned how to cook different recipes.  I like socializing with my peers and I love how I can go out into the community on my own as everything is close by compared to where I lived before.  Today, I have more self-confidence and I am proud of myself."

Helder B



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