SARC is a provincial association that provides services to nonprofit organizations to expand their potential and support the work they do in their communities. SARC has five decades of experience in supporting nonprofits in the areas of training, consulting, services, and leadership. With a membership of close to 90 community based organizations; we are committed to providing quality services and training opportunities to our membership and beyond.
SARC's accomplishments over the years are a result of a dedicated Membership and committed volunteers. As SARC looks toward the future, it envisions continued success with its Members and partners in providing quality services and opportunities for individuals with disabilities that will enable them to achieve full citizenship in their communities.
To provide vision, leadership and support through advocacy, education and the development of personal and employment opportunities.
SARC was established in 1968. Originally called the Saskatchewan Association of Sheltered Workshops and Activity Centres (SASWAC), it was formed by a group of managers from eight organizations in the province to enable mangers to share information and learn from each other. Its focus was providing employment and work activities primarily for people with disabilities.
In 1971, the group revised both the aim and the objectives of the association to provide a clear direction for its future. The association coordinated its Members’ activities to ensure common standards for workshop and activity centre operations were promoted and improved and that they provided meaningful opportunities to their clients. SASWAC began promoting staff training programs, coordinating large province-wide contracts, providing the opportunity to exchange ideas among organizations, and bringing common concerns and needs to the attention of the provincial rehabilitation advisor. These changes renewed the commitment of SASWAC’s Members and led the association in a new direction.
In 1973, SASWAC officially changed its name to the Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres (SARC). During the next four years, SARC grew to 24 Member Agencies, and its services slowly began to evolve in the areas of advocacy, liaison with other organizations, and development of standards, education, and product marketing.
In 1988, the provincial government awarded SARC the contract for recycling aluminum cans. SARC engaged its Members to be part of the recycling depot system. Since then, SARCAN Recycling has been operating the beverage container recycling system in Saskatchewan.
Organizations providing residential services for people experiencing disability became involved with the association as Associate Members. The SARC Membership grew significantly during this time and a strong network of disability services organizations across Saskatchewan began to take shape.
SARC is now an association of 90 Member Agencies that provide services in the areas of residential supports, employment supports and recreational/volunteer activities for thousands of people experiencing disability. SARC assists its Members by providing training, services, consulting, and leadership.
SARC has developed several areas of service and professional development opportunities for Boards, management, and staff that are applicable to any nonprofit organization. The Affiliate Membership category is open to any organization interested in accessing these opportunities and being a part of the network. SARC’s Learning Central has evolved into its own website that serves as a hub for all of SARC’s training and education initiatives.