Timeline

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1967 – Incorporation of St. Leonard’s Society of Canada with Robart Barnes as the Founding President.

1968 – St. Leonard’s Society of Canada is established as a separate entity from St. Leonard’s House – Windsor, with the Reverend Neil Libby as the Founding Executive Director

1969 – The first national meeting is convened in London, Ontario.

1971 – Ten Homes are affiliated with St. Leonard’s Society of Canada.

1972 – Ten Homes are affiliated with St. Leonard’s Society of Canada.

1973 – Special Report on a Cross-Canada study of community residential and prison facilities.

1976 – St. Leonard’s of Canada receives its first sustaining grant from the Department of the Solicitor General of Canada. First presentation of the Cody Award in honour of Bishop John Cody of London.

1977 – Special Contract to develop minimum requirements and standards for community-based residential centres in Ontario. St. Leonard’s Society of Canada receives a contract to initiate the Community Service Order Program.

1978 – The Reverend T. Neil Libby dies suddenly. The Libby Memorial Fund is established to assist ex-offenders in education and training. Lou Drouillard is appointed Executive Director of the National Society.

1979 – The Society receives a contract to institute a Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program. Allan Henderson becomes the President of St. Leonard’s Society of Canada and holds that position for 6 years.

1980 – The National Society establishes St. Leonard’s House in Hamilton with the closure of Astra House.

1981 – St. Leonard’s Society of Canada founds the Canadian Training Institute. The Society participates in C.S.C. National Per Diem Review.

1982 – Publication of Ken Bolton’s book Halfway Home.

1983 – The establishment of the “Bolton Literary Fund”. St. Leonard’s Society of Canada opens the Kingston Office.

1988 – St. Leonard’s Society becomes an affiliate-based organization

1989 – St. Leonard’s Society of Canada National Office moves from Windsor to Mississauga, Ontario.

1990 – St. Leonard’s Society of Canada has sixteen affiliates operating more than thirty programs. The Society submits a proposal in response to the government’s Directions for Reform.

1992 – St. Leonard’s Society of Canada develops a strategic plan for growth and development.

1994 – St. Leonard’s Society of Canada releases a promotional video.

1996 – Elizabeth White becomes the new Executive Director of St. Leonard’s Society of Canada. St. Leonard’s Society of Canada National Office moves to Ottawa.

2001 – St. Leonard’s Society of Canada adopts a new set of By-Laws and a new Strategic Plan.