Mira Ashby, CM was the founder of Ashby House, opened in 1978. Ashby House was the first transitional living program for adults with brain injuries in North America. She received the Order of Canada in 1984 for her work on brain injury rehabilitation. She was a doctor in the Red Cross during WWII and spoke more than 8 languages fluently. She died in Toronto on July 16, 2005, she was 84 years old.