Mission & Vision

Our mission and vision is the foundation of Journey towards Independence for our clients


Since we opened in 1982, we have worked in partnership with other government and non-government organizations to provide a range of unique services for people with a serious or persistent mental illness.

PCLA Board

View our complete list of board members and bio’s for 2019

Pioneer Community Living Association (PCLA) is a non-profit mental health and substance use organization that provides innovative services and housing options to persons with mild to complex mental health symptoms. Our collaborative culture highlights the shared vision towards independence.

The focus is on high-quality, effective, integrated, client-directed and holistic services and support.

PCLA began as a pillar in the mental health services landscape in New Westminster and expanded into Burnaby over the past 30 years. In 1982, PCLA opened its first program, Pioneer House, a thirty-bed community residential facility. In 1992, the short-term emergency program CRESST was opened to meet an identified need in the community. CRESST was the first facility of its kind in B.C. and now serves up to 275 clients annually.

Over the past 35 years, PCLA has grown to seven programs providing a unique range of housing and rehabilitation options for persons diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness.
PCLA has the capability to house and service 90 clients at any one time and employs 107 regular and casual employees.

 “PCLA programs are exemplary. There is nothing else quite like them in the Lower Mainland. There has been a real shift in mental health care. The focus is now on recovery both at the provincial and federal levels. PCLA is really meeting those identified goals by making its residents part of the larger community.”
Mandi, Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Lina’s Place  

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