“Mary and I are supporters of your great work at P.H. We admire the quality of care that clients/guests receive and admire the service provided by the many professionals there. We have been keen observers of the journey that P.H. has been on from the ‘early days’ and we note the incredible progress that has been made in delivering an ever higher level of service to a sector of society that is in great need of these services.”
An enthusiastic group of parents concerned with Cerebral Palsy organized and founded the Cerebral Palsy Parent Council of Toronto in 1947. This organization became highly respected and effective in awakening public interest and understanding of Cerebral Palsy.
As the Council’s residential pilot project, Participation House, Markham opened its doors at Butternut Lane to its first group of residents in November 1972.
The members of the Cerebral Palsy Parent Council of Toronto and the many friends, who helped in bringing this unique pilot project to fulfillment, hoped that Participation House, Markham and the philosophy upon which it was founded would inspire and encourage the development of many future and similar services and locations. This hope would soon be fulfilled as more Community Projects were developed: Cliffwood Manor in 1981, St. Luke’s Lodge in 1989, Cedarcrest Manor and Henderson Group Home in 1992, Hagerman Corners in 1998, Farintosh Group Home in 2008 and Tony Wong Place in 2010.
We now employ 180 staff and serve more than 100 adults with a variety of physical and developmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy and spina bifida.