In December of 2008, Andy Reynolds was approached by CLBC with regards to supporting a young man who was soon aging-out of youth services. This young man had an extensive history and had been recognized as a youth that required 24-hour care. A few other organizations were offered this contract but had turned it down due to what appeared, on paper, to be a very challenging young man. With some consultation, Andy chose to leave his current employer and take on this contract. Andy had been working with behaviourally and developmentally challenged youth for 11 years prior to opening our company. He was with 2 different organizations over the course of that time and climbed the ladder as far as he could go before breaking out on his own.
Within 6 weeks, Bonaventure Support Services hired its first employees and began training sessions. Our company officially welcomed its first individual on February 24, 2009. Within a month, we had 2 other people we were supporting…two receiving residential care and the other being supporting with outreach support.