Lily Butters was the wife of a World War I vet and farmer. She and her husband had immigrated to Canada from England in 1929. In 1947, at the age of 53, she founded a centre in Austin (East Bolton), Quebec for mentally disabled children (including many Down Syndrome sufferers) and named it in memory of her dead son, Cecil. She continually expanded her farmhouse until the centre housed over 400 children by 1966. Her influence is still felt today by hundreds of (past and current) beneficiaries, parents and Butters employees. This is Lily’s story: the beginning, the crises, the triumphs, the end of the original Butters centre and the rebirth of Lily’s legacy through new Butters organizations.