Howe Sound Rehabilitation Services Society first opened its doors in 1988 in North Vancouver with the establishment of Windsong House, a residential home that had accommodations for three people with developmental disabilities. It was a difficult task for founding member Tonnar Brace to convince the surrounding community that three former institutional residents described as “difficult and challenging” were ready for community living. Tonnar had faith and was determined that the individuals of Windsong House could live in a neighbourhood setting, in a home of their own, if given special attention and shown that trust is possible. With a diligent and determined effort she achieved her mission. Tonnar and members of Howe Sound were successful because they strongly encouraged community integration, support and awareness.
Through close contact and the building of relationships within the community Howe Sound was effective in educating people, building trust and respect for the organization, its members and clients. Their hard work and dedication paid off and for 18years the residents of Windsong House have been respected citizens of the community.
Today Howe Sound provides a range of residential and day program services to over 150 adults, youth and children with acquired brain injuries, developmental, physical, and medical health care needs.