Testimonials

A Real Treat...
First of all we want to say a huge Thank-you. This weekend was a real treat and there were a couple of highlights.

The brightest moment of our little getaway was our dining experience at Bardi’s Steak House. We are not the kind of people who dine in places like that. Bardi’s was warm and welcoming and the food was simply the best we've ever had, ever.

Our stay at the Hilton was very relaxing and the room was great. The Hilton and the Tundra Restaurant were a very nice way to start each day.

Finally, the limo service by Bennington was very special… it made us feel like parent heroes.

Thanks for your work in putting this package together for us. We love our special boy deeply and so we don't feel any more heroic than the next parent. On the other hand, it is a great deal of work and does require personal sacrifice. This retreat, in all its luxury made us feel cared for.

Thanks again,

Much Needed Weekend...
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for a much needed, appreciated and enjoyed weekend.  I have been in Canada for 17 years and have never been to the Art Gallery or the CN Tower.  Our only complaint is that the weekend went by too fast.

Thank you so very much,

Wonderful Break...
We just returned from our family respite vacation. A good time was had by all! The hotel was well located and had something for everyone. The car service was great and of course we enjoyed the venues. Thank you so much for accommodating all of our needs to make this a wonderful break.

Had So Much Fun...
I would like to thank you very much for the well organized weekend away. I had the time of my life - there were lots of firsts for me. I was totally thrilled to see Jersey Boys. I had so much fun!!!!!! The hotel, the meals, everything was perfect. Sometimes I get so involved with life and caring for others, that I forget that there is a world out there. My life revolves around my son, but it sure is great to get away from the stress and pressure for a short while. Again thank you, I will never forget my weekend.

With much thanks, and sincere gratitude,

Chance to Reconnect...
I just wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful weekend my husband and I just had. The hotel was incredible, and the restaurant you chose for Saturday was perfect! David and I had a great time going to the attractions, and we really got a chance to reconnect.

I am thankful to you and everyone involved in this project. I am sure that the next lucky family that gets chosen will have a wonderful time.

This program will do so much good to so many families dealing with a special needs child.

Thank you again,

Lovely Weekend in Toronto...
I was the fortunate recipient of a lovely weekend in Toronto this Fall.  It was very refreshing to be able to escape the responsibilities of caring for four children for a couple days and to spend time with my mother and daughter. We felt very special to be picked up by limo and I must tell you that the driver was an exceptionally gracious, respectful and professional man. He made the journey so much more pleasant.
 
We stayed at the Novotel and had dinner at The Elephant and Castle on Yonge St. the first evening. What a terrific chef they must have.  All three of our meals were cooked to perfection and delicious.  Same goes for brunch on Sunday. It was a magical weekend which I will always remember.
 
Sincerely,

Relax and Enjoy Time Together...
We would like to thank you for a wonderful weekend.  It was more than we could have imagined.  The hotel was amazing, like nothing we had ever stayed in before.  Your choice of restaurants was perfect.
 
Getting away, yet being able to stay close to our daughter helped us to re-connect as a couple.  We knew she was well taken care of, so we were able to relax and enjoy our time together.  We have never left the City without her so this was like a mini-vacation, yet not being away.

Opportunity to Unwind...
Thanks so much for arranging the weekend getaway.  It was just what we needed.  The room was terrific.  We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at The Hockey Hall of Fame and dinner at the restaurant was really nice.  It was great to be able to talk and eat at the same time, without one of us worrying about trying to feed our daughter and keeping all the dishes on the table. 
 
Once again thank you for giving us the opportunity to unwind and recharge our batteries.

Understand Our Daily Challenges...
Wow, what a fantastic weekend! We didn’t think that we would have so much fun and be pampered like we did.

We are very appreciative of the fact that Tourism Toronto and Respite Services truly understand the needs of parents who have a special needs child. It is often the parents who sacrifice for their special needs child at their own expense. It is really nice to know that others understand our daily challenges and realize we need a break once a while to recharge and re-focus.

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