Our History

People First movement is world-wide with chapters in 34 countries.  In Canada, there is a national chapter, provincial chapter and local chapters:

People First Canada

People First Ontario

People First Peterborough


From People First of Canada website:

“In 1974, the first People First group in Canada began in British Columbia by some women and men who had been living in institutions. They wanted to live in the community. They needed help because life in an institution is very different from life in the real world. They had not been taught what they needed to know to live and work on their own. They needed to make their own decisions and speak for themselves.”

People First Groups formed to advocate for the closure of institutions across the country.  This is what began the movement of advocacy for people with disabilities.  In 1998, People First Peterborough Chapter was started by Susan Cooper. 

Our local founder Susan Cooper