who we are


Peaceful Hearts is located in the Town of Georgina, one hour north of Toronto and was founded by Karin Cacciola in June 2017. The Cacciola family’s personal journey helped Karin become more aware of the increased need for support for special needs families’, day and weekend programs, overnight respite and reduced wait lists for services.


Our Mission

To ensure every individual and family with special needs have an opportunity to experience their personal value in a supportive, caring, fun, life enhancing and skill building environment built on advocacy, community education and partnerships where quality of life is at the core.

Day Program
Day Program

Our programs will be designed to meet the needs of every individual in an encouraging environment providing opportunities to experience technology, life skills, various sensory activities including art, music and dance. We are currently finalizing location, staffing and fundraising – check back regularly for updates on our site.

Respite Program
Respite Program

Future Respite Program is in research and development stage. Our goal is to offer much needed overnight respite that provides night nursing support including post 18+ years.

Life Balance
Life Balance

This program will create supportive life balance assistance for special needs families’ caregivers including workshops, activity classes and connecting with other families and community resources.

These programs are dependent on the involvement
of community members and the pillars of support.

We thank them for their commitment and belief
“We are more than our diagnosis.”


Chair Director/Founder
Karin Cacciola Karin Cacciola is the creator and Chair Director of Peaceful Hearts Georgina Foundation. Karin owned and operated Maquillage Esthetique, a spa operating in Unionville and Thornhill for 12 Read More
Leah Bauer Leah Bauer is a Director of Peaceful Hearts Georgina Foundation as well as Secretary/Treasurer. Leah manages the retail store real estate program at TELUS and supports a team Read More
Stephanie Frisch Stephanie is the owner of the community newspaper, snapd Georgina. Her career allows her to be in the community interacting with individuals, families and businesses at various events Read More
Cindy Clarke Cindy’s brings creative problem solving for complex issues to the Peaceful Hearts table as a result of her lengthy career as an IT Analyst. Experience as a mentor, Read More