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Our Mission

Pegasus provides adults with developmental disabilities meaningful activities and community engagement to facilitate growth, dignity, and choice.

Our History

Pegasus is a grassroots organization founded in 1994 by a small group of women to address a community need – adults with developmental disabilities who were finishing school had few options for continuing to learn and to adopt adult roles in their community. Increasingly, these citizens and their families lived in fear of finishing school instead of looking forward to building their futures.

The founding members, meeting for the first few years in Marie’s dining room, overcame many obstacles as they created a service organization that really works for people. Their families and friends, and the wider community, offered growing support as Pegasus gradually became a full fledged member of the Toronto developmental service community. They formed key partnerships, notably with Parks, Forestry, and Recreation, City of Toronto.

These intrepid volunteers who formed the Founding Board of Directors were Sally Grieve, Allison Masters, and Janice Murphy, who lent their skills and uncommon commitment along with Margaret Ewing, Barbara Johnson, and Marie Perrotta, who additionally were experienced parents of young people who needed support.

Pegasus was driven by the philosophy that all citizens are entitled to the opportunity to participate in the life of their community, to make their own contributions, and to grow as individuals. Pegasus from the start put structures and systems in place that would facilitate inclusion, support families, and support participants to make personal choices and plans for their lives.

A warm community welcome gave Pegasus the opportunity to play a role in strengthening our community, showing that society is more robust when its members know and understand each other.

Marie Perrotta

As Executive Director and Founding member,
Marie Perrotta guided the growth of Pegasus from 1993 to 2016. She safeguarded its vision and philosophy even as the organization grew and met increasingly complex demands.

As Pegasus grew, a team of staff and volunteers brought expertise to the organization in many areas. Together they ensured high quality supports, accountability, and sustainabilty at all levels. In 2016 Pegasus was well poised to meet the future.

In 2001 the Pegasus store became an arm of the service organization, adding unique opportunities as well as stability..

Pegasus, and Marie, received many honours. On receiving the Citizen of the Year Award in Beaches/East York in 2004, Marie stated that “this award is a gift to all of us who have worked to make Pegasus part of our community and I am thrilled to accept it on our behalf.”

Contact Us

Head Office Address

931 Kingston Rd. 

Toronto, ON 

M4E 1S6

Contact Information

Phone:  416-691-6835 

Email:  info@pegasustoronto.ca

Hours

Monday to Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.