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Giving Tuesday!

HUGE THANK YOU to all that donated to our giving Tuesday campaign on Nov 28th! We surpassed our goal with a total of $2,167.58!

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Toy and Food Drive Poster 2017

Wabikon 2017 was such a success and our members enjoyed every moment. Many thanks to the volunteers who took a week to come to Wabikon and make Wabikon the success that it was. We could not run this event without the help and support of our volunteers. Wabikon is the highlight of the year for many of our members and we are so lucky to be able to run this event year after year! Also, many thanks to the summer students who every year plan and execute an amazing theme for the members. We are so excited for Wabikon 2018!!!

Wabikon 2017 Group Pic

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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