20th Anniversary Alumni Celebration

Giant Steps marked our 20th anniversary on April 9, 2015, with an Open House & BBQ for several hundred past and present students, families, staff and Board members.

Guests were able to tour our school to see our classrooms, therapy rooms, special resource areas and the technology that is in use throughout our programs.

Welcoming remarks by Executive Director Colleen Smith and President Martin Buckingham were echoed by City of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti who acknowledged our founding families, our affiliation with the York Region District School Board and the hard work and support of our families. Our Ward 1 Councillor Valerie Burke was also in attendance.

As both a Giant Steps parent and President of our Board of Directors, Martin spoke about all that we have to be grateful for and proud of:

“20 years ago, educators, parents and volunteers got together and put forward a plan to create an educational facility that focused on a targeted and coordinated academic and therapy program for kids with autism. Over the years, parents and the Giant Steps team have built a facility and educational model that is unparalleled in Canada.

We are the beneficiary of those efforts, and here in 2015 and moving forward, we have the responsibility to maintain and enhance Giant Steps for future generations.”

One of the highlights of the evening was catching up with former students, many of whom now tower above their parents and the staff! We were especially pleased to have 4 of our founding families attend - the Williams, Reiter, Henry and Maloney families.

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