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
Catherine King Ward, CHRL, CTMP Catherine has over 20 years of diverse human resources and leadership experience in the professional services, nonprofit, printing, warehousing and manufacturing verticals. She has extensive Read More
Philip J. Lanzarotta Phil is currently a partner in Barocco Coffee Co. Ltd. (an artisanal coffee roaster) located in Mississauga, serving the food service industry in the GTA. Barocco provides Read More
Treasurer/Event Planner
Natasha Richardson, CPA, CGA Natasha Richardson is a highly versatile CPA, CGA, with over twenty-five years of corporate and public accounting experience. Natasha owns and manages “Ontario Online Bookkeeping & Read More
Tamara Ward Tamara Ward attended York University for Psychology and Music and spent over ten years as a Director/Producer for The Stephen Leacock Players and Children’s Theatre. During this time, Read More