History Shortform 3

1971 - Debby Brown, Barry Reiman, and Naomi Rae-Grant instrumental in initial stages of Ontario Association of Children's Mental Health Services

         Sep.1971- Browndale International begins program in U.S.A.

  • First program in Madison, Wisconsin, with U.S. children from Ontario program


1972 - Barry Reiman first President of Ontario Association of Children's Mental Health Services Browndale International opens Program in Ann Arbour, Mich.

  • Satellite Program introduced in Ontario as a direct result of proposal submitted in 1970 Browndale an innovator with Satellite Program. Purpose :
  • A preventive measure in natural families for children slated to go into residential treatment to act as a support system for natural families
  • John Brown turns over control to 64 member board consisting of staff, parents, professionals, forming Browndale (Ontario)
  • Browndale (Ontario) becomes a separate, non-profit company Debby Brown, Director
  • Brown Camps Residential and Day Schools no longer directly managing treatment programs
  • British Columbia became a separate non-profit company,
  • Browndale Care Society
  • Browndale (Ontario) opens new area, Midland Region
  • Negotiations made with Board of Education for 'special education teachers' to work in Browndale School, success in some regions
  • Stichting Browndale Nederland forms to provide a demonstration of possibility to close large institutions for children in Holland. Program in Holland opens with 18 children
  • Browndale Europa forms to establish programs in other Common Market countries  

Sept. - First in Ontario Legal History!  Browndale wins  case- in


1973 - Supreme Court of Ontario, Court of Appeal, re operating residential homes within the community Barrie, Ontario, uses zoning bylaws to veto treatment houses


1974 - 1976

  • Muskoka Lodge closed
  • Browndale opens residential treatment houses in Peterborough school, office Huntsville opens three more houses, school and office
  • Browndale Int. moves into Arizona and Illinois - Kaleidescope
  • Browndale Europa opens in France
  • Native program opens in Thunder Bay
  • Re-entry program opens in Toronto for children in transition from treatment program at the teenage level
  • North Bay opens with four houses
  • Browndale Int. opens Minnesota and Boston, Springfield in Massachusetts
  • U.S. program is incorporated. Browndale incorporated
  • John Brown serves as consultant for program
  • Parent Finders
  • John Brown University established; school for special training of educators, licensed under the Department of Justice in Holland; presently a trade school working towards university status
  • 1975 First agreements (under Sec. 28, Education Act) between
  • Browndale and local School Boards, Simcoe County.
  • Barrie and Midland regions have academic teachers placed in Browndale Schools. 
  • Nov.1 1976 - Browndale Centre for Education opens in Toronto


1977 - First Browndale transitional classroom opened in Minesing Public School, Barrie Region


1978 - Second Browndale transitional classroom opens at Regent Public School, Midland


1979 - Browndale Academic Teacher (Sec. 28) placed at Assikinack School, Barrie Oct. Central Office moved to 150 Placer Court, Willowdale, Ont.


1979 - North Bay program closes due to cutbacks in budget Regionalization of programs takes place :

  • Central Region, encompasses three areas - Newmarket,Barrie and Midland; Jim Wylie, Regional Director Eastern Region, encompasses two areas : Peterborough and
  • Haliburton; Bill Barber, Regional Director
  • Northern Region, two areas : Thunder Bay and Thunder Bay Native Program. Yvonne Howes, Regional Director; Bastian DePeuter becomes Regional Director of Thunder Bay Programs, spring,


1979/1980 - Phasing in of new Community Board of Directors

 Jan.- Third Transitional classroom at Wyebridge  Public School, Midland

Sep.1980 - Browndale Work/Study program opens at Midland Secondary School

  • Browndale child care teacher placed in Barrie Central
  • Collegiate, as resource to Browndale students enrolled in high school

We realize there are several gaps in this information -- any specific points and dates you would like to see included, or are incorrect please contact us at  admin@browndale.net