History

The History of Pathways Health Centre for Children

Pathways Health Centre for Children has been a crucial part of development for countless children in Sarnia-Lambton since it first opened its doors in 1975.  Many people were a driving force in bringing the Centre to the area. Now over 40 years after its first day, the Centre has undergone a 12,952 square foot expansion and renovation to fulfill the growing needs of the community. 

The Pathways Post

A special publication commemorating our 40 years of serving the community. Revisit some of the milestones of our journey.

 

1940

The need for a Treatment Centre in Sarnia-Lambton was recognized by members of the Rotary Club of Sarnia, parents of children with physical disabilities and local health officials.

1950-
1970

Treatment began in the basement of the Red Cross building in Sarnia for the first 18 children. Treatment was provided in a variety of locations including St. Luke’s Church.

1970

The Sarnia & District Crippled Children's Treatment Centre was incorporated following many years of dedicated work, financial commitment and support by the Rotary Club of Sarnia.

1975

Official opening of the Centre at its present location on Murphy Road on land leased to the Centre for $1 per year by the Rotary Club of Sarnia.

1980

The Adaptive Equipment Workshop was established with funding from the Rotary Club of Sarnia and the community.

1981

The Centre changed its name to the Sarnia & District Children's Treatment Centre.

1985

A north expansion of the Centre was built with support from the Rotary Club of Sarnia to house Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Clinical Records.

A south expansion was built with funding from the Ministry of Community and Social Services to house a Developmental Classroom.

1987

The Therapeutic Pool was opened with funding from the Rotary Club of Sarnia, the Ministry of Health, the Easter Seal Society and community contributions.

1988-
1990

The Augmentative Communication Services, Respite and Special Services at Home Programs were launched.

1991

The Augmentative Communication Service was designated as a General Level Clinic by the Assistive Devices Branch.

1991

Integration of special needs children into the school environment resulted in the closure of the Lambton County Board of Education classroom.

1995

An expansion of the Centre accommodated growth in the Speech-Language Pathology, Augmentative Communication and Audiology services, with support from the Rotary Club of Sarnia.

1996

A Family Resource Centre was established with a grant from Ronald McDonald Children's Charities.

1998

Pathways was designated as the lead agency for the local Preschool Speech and Language Initiative, with additional funding from the Public Health Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to enhance service.

1999

The Lambton County Preschool Speech and Language Initiative launched SoundStart.

2001

The playground was upgraded to meet CSA standards with the support of the County of Lambton.

2002

The Augmentative Communication Service was designated as an Expanded Level Clinic by the Assistive Devices Branch.

2002

The Centre changed its name to Pathways Health Centre for Children. Supplementary Letters Patent were received.

2004

Pathways Health Centre for Children was moved under the new Ministry of Children and Youth Services and away from the Ministry of Health.

2004

Pathways was chosen by the County of Lambton as the sole deliverer of ECE Resource Support Services.

2004

The Centre closed its preschool program and prepared to re-open as C.A.C.H.É. Child Care.

2005

Pathways launched the ECE Resource Support services for Lambton County and opened C.A.C.H.É.

2006

C.A.C.H.É. was renovated to provide toddler spaces (from 18 months).

2008

The School Health Support Contract with the CCAC was discontinued. Sarnia-Lambton families began a public campaign and petitioned the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to transfer funding for the program to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services for delivery of service through Children’s Treatment Centres. OACRS and the CTCs lobbied both Ministries for a speedy resolution.

2010

Pathways is no longer a Group K Hospital under the Public Hospitals Act.

2011

The “Building for Children Capital Campaign” was launched and the Centre was renovated with an expansion funded in part by an Infrastructure grant with federal, provincial and community participation and widespread community support. A total of $2.7M was raised. The lead donation was a pledge of $600,000 over ten years from the Rotary Club of Sarnia. A pledge of $500,000 over five years was received from County of Lambton.

2011

Pathways was accredited with Exemplary Status by Accreditation Canada.

2014

The Government of Ontario announced a new Special Needs Strategy and asked communities to form planning tables for Coordinated Service Planning and the Integrated Delivery of Rehab Services.

2015

We celebrated our 40th anniversary as a Children’s Treatment Centre!

2015

Pathways received the Accessibility Leadership Award from the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce at the Business Achievement Awards night.

2016

Pathways was designated the Lead Coordinating Agency for Lambton to plan the implementation of Coordinated Service Planning in partnership with our community. The service which was launched in October 2017 delivers support to the families of children and youth with multiple and/or complex special needs in navigating service across multiple sectors.

2016

The Expressive Arts Program made its debut on stage at the Imperial Theatre in Sarnia with a spectacular performance by clients.

2016

Pathways offered its first iCan Bike 5-day bike camp aimed to teach children and youth with disabilities the skills to ride a conventional 2-wheel bike.

2017

Pathways launched an online Family Portal with a grant from the Sarnia Community Foundation. The portal provides a secure interface for families and clients to communicate with their clinical team.

2017

Funding from five local industry partners enabled Pathways and the three First Nations communities to design and implement an innovative service delivery model to be delivered over the next three years on each First Nation with Pathways therapists working alongside indigenous therapy workers.

2017

Pathways launched its first social enterprise. The Lifelong Learning Program provides independence, training and life skills programming for young adults with disabilities.

2017

In December, Pathways had to close its aging therapeutic pool as a result of a significant leak.

2018

In January, as lead coordinating agency, Pathways received funding to plan and implement the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Strategy in Lambton with a focus on consultation and support to build seamless system navigation for children and youth with FASD or suspected FASD, and their families.

2018

In May, Pathways launched an individual donor campaign to fix the pool leak.

2018

In September, Pathways re-opened its therapeutic pool thanks to community support.

2018

In November, the Rotary Club of Sarnia announced a pledge of $600,000 over 10 years as part of the launch of a $1.6M campaign to refurbish the Pathways therapeutic pool and aquatic centre.

2018

In November, Pathways took over contract management for School Based Rehab Services.

2018

The provincial association of Children’s Treatment Centres formerly known as the Ontario Association for Children’s Rehabilitation Services or OACRS, officially rebranded as Empowered Kids Ontario (EKO). The name change is reflective of moving from a provincial association that represents only the interest of Children’s Treatment Centres, to also engage and support other rehabilitation providers.

2018

The partnership between Pathways with Aamjiwnaang, Walpole Island, and Kettle & Stony Point First Nations, Suncor, Esso, Shell, Nova Chemicals, and Arlanxeo was honoured to receive a Tribute Award for partnership at the annual EKO conference.

2019

In February, Pathways revealed the transformation of our main and aquatic entrance lobbies by the Smilezone Foundation and another Pathways supporter. Smilezone’s mandate is to help make our clients’ visits to the Centre a little bit brighter.

 

 

The Original Sign
The building in 1975
The 1986 groundbreaking of the Therapeutic Pool
The Building before the 2010-2011 Renovation and Expansion
2010 Groundbreaking of Renovation and Expansion
Last updated Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 15:35