Ways to Give

Since 1993, the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DYSTC) has helped thousands of youth and their families in Ottawa and across Ontario walk a path to wellness and help bring their families back together. DSYTC is a registered Canadian charity organization that provides FREE live in treatment to Ontario’s youth (aged thirteen to twenty-one). We are an Ottawa based charity that looks to serve our youth and their families in Ontario, in need of substance use and mental health treatment.

We save young lives and we give hope to families.

We help youth define and discover a new path for themselves – one that is filled with hopes and dreams for the future. One that is paved with goals to reach for and to stay connected to. We help youth to heal from past trauma. We help youth manage the mental health issues they may often face and we help them overcome their substance use issues.

We help rebuild families who have reached or passed the breaking point. We counsel family members on what substance dependency is and how to communicate in healthy ways to rebuild what has been shattered. We see parents who have lost hope for their child and for what they envisioned a family could be. We help parents rebuild what they think they have lost and help them come to a place where a new beginning, a brighter future is possible.

We cannot do this alone and this is why our charity organization depends on your generous, charity donations to continue the amazing work we do. Without your charity our teens and young adults, would not have all the supports needed to give them a fresh start.

Here are some ways to DONATE now or give in other ways:


Introducing our new philanthropy team!

We are very pleased to announce that effective January 2, 2019, Cindy Manor assumed the role of Senior Director of Philanthropy at the DSYTC.

Cindy brings with her a depth and breadth of incredible leadership and managerial experience in media, sales, business development and fundraising. She also possesses an incredible passion for our cause and speaks openly about her lifelong desire to help the DSYTC given her family’s experience with addiction and mental health issues.

We are so happy to welcome Cindy to the DSYTC team!


It is important to note that in order to maximize both effectiveness and efficiency, internal responsibility for fundraising has been transferred from the Foundation to the Centre. The dissolution of our Foundation is now complete and our new fundraising structure is fully in place. We are very excited about this evolution and the opportunities ahead.

Should you have any questions or comments please contact Cindy at 1-613-594-8333 ext. 1201 or via email at: cindy.m@davesmithcentre.org