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The spirit of volunteerism comes alive

Construction firms donate time and supplies worth $75,000 to build Canada’s first specialized centre for youth and adults with autism

TORONTO, June 29, 2011 – Driven by a desire to give back to the community, a committed group of construction firms have once again demonstrated that the spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in Toronto. Having heard the call to help build Canada’s first specialized centre for youth and adults with autism, the group of construction firms led by Domenic Gesauldi and Gary J. Clarkson stepped forwarded to make a difference. With a donation of time and materials to Geneva Centre for Autism amounting to nearly $75,000, their efforts have helped renovate a space that will enable youth and adults with autism to take a step closer to be independent.

While there are significant resources available in Toronto for children, autism services for youth and adults are scarce and poorly funded. As a result, a great many young adults with autism experience increased psychosocial issues, drop out of post-secondary education and struggle with few, if any, job prospects. Thousands of children currently in the school system will soon face the same grim reality. Greater Toronto’s construction industry has pitched in to help change that.

An act of generosity that came from the heart, the group comprising 12 firms made in-kind donations – contributions of time, services and products – to renovate Geneva Centre for Autism’s BMO Financial Group Campus for Youth and Adults. The renovations of the new specialized centre include a new teaching kitchen, large classroom, 3 meeting rooms and a sensory/relaxation room.

“Diversicare along with our exceptional team of construction managers, trades & suppliers are proud to partner with Geneva Centre for Autism and help youth with autism build a better future” says Gary J. Clarkson, Senior Project Manager of DCMS Realty Developments Inc.

Executive Director of Geneva Centre for Autism, Margaret Whelan says “The spirit of volunteerism is a powerful means of mobilizing individuals, organizations and communities. It encourages communities to work together as active partners for a better Toronto. We thank all the construction firms who came forward and generously donated; their efforts are helping our youth with autism successfully integrate in to society”.


Renovation of 224 Merton St. Renovation of 224 Merton St. Renovation of 224 Merton St.
Renovation of 224 Merton St. Renovation of 224 Merton St.

About Geneva Centre for Autism
Geneva Centre for Autism is a Canadian and international leader in the development and delivery of training, support and clinical intervention services, for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. We are there every step of the way to support individuals with an ASD to reach their full potential.

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The trades and suppliers who assisted in the renovation of the BMO Financial Group Campus for Youth and Adults:

  • Diversicare Group of Companies
  • Fram Building Group
  • Metro Can Group
  • Jevlan Contracting and Interiors Inc.
  • Coro Electric Ltd
  • Profession Choice Cleaning Services Inc.
  • Tri-Can
  • Bailey Metal Products Ltd.
  • 4-Star Drywall
  • Vi Floor Canada Ltd.
  • Design Lighting
  • RocPal Cabinets and Woodworking