Our Story

The Participation House Project (Durham Region) is a non-profit organization developing and providing a range of services for youth and adults with physical and developmental disabilities throughout Durham Region for more than 40 years. Chartered in 1975, the organization is directed by a volunteer community-based Board of Directors committed to the belief that people with disabilities are entitled to shape their lives and actualize their potential.  As an Accredited Organization and a Canadian Non-Profit Employer of Choice, The Participation House Project (Durham Region) consistently demonstrates their commitment to families through their assurance to provide high quality supports and services through competent and satisfied employees.

Participation House Project has embraced the Ministry’s vision to transform the adult service system and has implemented changes that are responsive to family and community needs of Durham. Our services go beyond simply providing accessible residential living supports, respite care and day services.  We support and empower people through providing them with community based learning opportunities that enables them to develop skills and connections that not only guide them toward discovering their inner strengths, but also provides them with the ability to self-direct their lives within their community’s care.

In addition to supporting individuals in healthy and safe homes, PH services includes recreation and social components to bring people together in their community.  Day activities promote social interaction, increased awareness and exposure to local resources that greatly assist people in obtaining their desired personal goals. Services offered to families includes various respite options, support with planning and navigating the sector by creating awareness of funding and other opportunities, including newly implemented direct funding support.

To address the ongoing need for services, PH has recently diversified their service model to include a fee for service option.  Wherever possible we have sought alternative funding through fundraisers, local granting opportunities and donations to help reduce the fees for families, to ensure that the services offered are affordable and can be accessible to all.

Our Team


Michael CeCi – Chair
Lisa Drake –
Past Chair; Director
Marie Granieri – Board Secretary
Susan Richardson – Board Treasurer
Jenny Autry – Director
Kerri Callaghan – Director
Caroline Kassee – Director
Clare Michaels – Director
Kyle Abrey – Director


Marie Granieri – Governance
Susan Richardson– Finance and Human Resources
Marie Granieri – Campbell Court Committee

For more information about the board contact: Christine Dubyk at 905-579-5267 ext. 203 or e-mail:  boardofdirectors@nullphdurham.com


Michelle Brooks| Executive Director 905-579-5267 Ext. 209
email:  mbrooks@nullphdurham.com

Izabela Wielgosz | Director of Human Investments

905-579-5267 Ext. 205 | email: iwielgosz@nullphdurham.com

Tracy McGarry | Director of Quality Assurance and Community Development

905-579-5267 Ext. 201 | email: tmcgarry@nullphdurham.com

Sharri-Ann Edmunds | Director of Operations 905-579-5267 Ext. 225 | email: sannedmunds@nullphdurham.com

All other service inquiries please dial 905-579-5267 and press “0”so that your call can be directed