Community Connections

Meet Some Of Our Community Partners



Stop Gap

In 2016, our kindergarten students became curious about accessibility issues. Their teachers invited Luke Anderson into the classroom to teach them about Stop Gap. This began a revolution in their thinking and activism at the youngest age.

Ryerson University

Ryerson University will be sending us fourth year students in their Early Childhood Studies degree program for two days a week, starting in September, 2017. Like us, Ryerson is an Ashoka Campus, recognized for its commitment to changemaking. Our first intern will be Julian Segura, who writes, “The Mabin School offers an amazing learning opportunity. Your teaching philosophy of involving the children in their own learning as much as possible is something that I am able to resonate with … giving children the opportunity to take autonomy of their own learning is what I believe to be a foundation for a lifelong love of learning and education.” We agree, Julian!

Dr. Jean Clinton

Our founder, Gerry Mabin, first came to Canada from London, England, as principal of the then named “Institute of Child Study” at the University of Toronto. In 1980, she and a group of parents formed The Mabin School in an attempt to keep the best of the Institute’s philosophy while maintaining the freedom of being a smaller school. Since then, we have had an ongoing relationship with Jackman ICS. Currently, we host teacher candidates in both their first and second year of their Masters of Education program. We also enjoy collaborating with the Jackman ICS staff for professional development and in sports competitions. Both The Mabin School and Jackman ICS are members of the International Association of Laboratory Schools.

Guest Speakers and Special Guests!


Dr. Jean Clinton

Dr. Jean Clinton, of McMaster University, is a clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. She is one of four renowned experts to advise the Ontario government on bold reforms to the province’s publicly funded education system and now The Mabin School. She is a specialist in child psychiatry and her expertise is in the development of young minds. Jean is recognized internationally as an advocate for children’s issues and her special interest lies in brain development and the crucial role relationships and connectedness play therein.

We were fortunate to have Jean present an informative session on “Parenting for Resilience and the Power of Risk”. Click here to see her PowerPoint slides.
Video coming soon!