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Help Sunrise with our goal of purchasing a second vehicle to ensure our member's have access to their community! We use our vehicles to do things such as beach days, Nova's Ark, movies, bowling, community events etc.



Thank you to our AMAZING volunteers, staff and members for making Wabikon 2019 a success!

Volunteers Needed!

Our organization relies heavily on volunteers in our recreation program to provide the proper support to meet the needs of our members. Since 1991, our volunteers have been the core of Sunrise and have built many meaningful relationships throughout the years. Our volunteers make our recreation events possible.

We ask that you help spread the word to your families, friends, and communities about what we do and how they can be a part! If you know any individuals of any age looking for more community involvement, 40 community hours, references, or just a great experience, please express our need!

Any individuals interested in joining our Sunrise family can contact Amber at volunteers@sunriseyouthgroup.ca or 905-438-9910.


Our Vision

To foster friendships, promote independence, acceptance and integration of individuals with developmental disabilities in Durham Region.

Our Mission

To provide programs for members and support for families that are positive and inclusive through recreational, social and learning experiences.


Sunrise Youth Group: Summary

About Us
Peer Helper Concept
Quick Facts
About Us

Sunrise youth group is a non-profit organization that has provided quality recreational and life skills programming to individuals with special needs since 1991.We strive to develop inclusive programming that creates positive experiences for all who access it- whether it be our members, their families, or our volunteers. Sunrise is a positive outlet for leadership and creativity, and encourages all young people to explore their potential!

Peer Helper Concept

The individuals who join in to become friends with our members are truly what sets Sunrise apart from all other organizations and certainly what makes Sunrise such a truly enjoyable experience! Volunteers fuel SYG programs with their energy, enthusiasm and new ideas, and are encouraged to take as much responsibility as they would like. What is especially unique is that there is no special experience required. If you are sincere, fun loving, accepting and reliable, then you have what it takes to be a Sunrise Volunteer! To sign up, simply call (905) 438-9910. There is no minimum attendance requirement. Just call and let us know what you are ready and able to do. It’s that easy!

Quick Facts
  • non-profit charitable organization, founded in 1991
  • dedicated to offering quality recreational and social experiences without physical, social, or financial barriers
  • the Rec Program has two staff member and is volunteer based
  • maintains a 4 to 1 ratio of individuals with special needs and staff in the Day Program
  • relies on self-sufficient fundraising events and the support of community partners

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”


Our Programs

The Sunrise Youth Group Day Program provides a positive and accepting environment for individuals who require social and learning opportunities after graduating from High School.  With a participant-to-staff ratio of 4:1 or better, SYG’s Day Program creates a safe and supportive environment where all individuals feel welcome.  It assists in the development and retention of work experience, life skills and social interaction in a group environment

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