who we are


Peaceful Hearts is located in the heart of the Uptown BIA in 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.”


Karin Cacciola 
Founding Director
Leah Bauer 
Founding Director
Catherine King Ward 
Charmaine Klawiter 
Mary Furnell