Started with DYSTC in 2019
Cindy has more than 20 years’ experience in Publishing, Marketing, Advertising, Relationship Management and Finance. She started her career in media at The Ottawa Citizen (Postmedia), and then moved to the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin and Torstar/Metroland Media where she learned the newspaper business from the ground up (Switchboard Operator to General Manager). Most recently, she chose to leave the corporate world and take on a Senior Director of Philanthropy role at Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC). A move fueled by a desire to give back to Ontario’s youth and their families struggling with substance use and mental health issues.
Cindy is a proud mother of three young men Hunter, Keagan and Carson. Cindy is a huge supporter of the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC) as she credits the centre and program for saving her sons life. Since 2015, she has spoke openly about her journey of addiction and mental health issues with her son. She wants nothing more than to drop the shame and stigma around youth mental health and addiction; to give families “hope” through such a difficult time. Moreover, to bring our three aging campuses together to increase our capacity and lessen wait times for Ontario’s youth that are in crisis.
Cindy would love for those of you who share her passion or want to know more about her story or the DSYTC to reach out.
Started with DSYTC in 2018
Courtney holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto, an undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa (Criminology/Sociology) and a Graduate Certificate from the Victimology and Social Service Worker Program at Algonquin College. Courtney has effectively fulfilled an Addiction Therapist role with the DSYTC and she brings experience, passion and professionalism, along with a devotion to support our clients and families throughout the treatment process.
Courtney is dedicated to providing clients and staff with a positive environment to experience continued learning and growth. By promoting a client-centred approach DSYTC is able to meet youth and families were they currently stand while providing guidance to support next steps.
Joined DSYTC in 2010.
Kevin currently serves as the Associate Executive Director at DSYTC. In this role, he is responsible for operations at each of the 3 campuses and oversees functions and activities in key areas such as finance, human resources, policies and procedure oversite, non- clinical training, and regulatory reporting. Kevin is also the organization’s internal project lead for the ongoing capital building project.
Kevin has over 25 years of experience working in youth addiction treatment, starting as a front line worker with Alwood Treatment Centre. Kevin has held various management roles since 2001. He is a graduate of both Sir Sandford Fleming and Algonquin College
Joined DSYTC in 2000 and is a member of the Board and Executive Committee.
During his time with DSYTC Mike has skilfully undertaken the varied roles of Student Placement, Addiction Therapist, Clinical Program Coordinator, Executive Director (of their former Day Program) and most recently, Executive Vice President – Clinical Services. With his substantial experience at the Centre as context, Mike often speaks proudly about working side-by-side with many incredible people, the privilege of serving clients, and witnessing firsthand the tremendous difference the agency has made in the lives of youth and families from across the province.
Assuming the Executive Director role in June 2015, Mike is responsible for overseeing two addiction treatment residences for boys and girls aged 13 – 21, as well as a third campus in which the aftercare team, family programming and many administrative services originate. Mike leads a passionate and dedicated group of over 50 team members who all contribute to help more than 130 youth and families every year.
Actively participating on various local, regional and provincial committees, Mike also brings his noteworthy dedication, leadership and experience to initiatives which aim to enhance partnership, coordination and effectiveness within the treatment sector.
Mike holds a Masters of Education (M.Ed. – Counselling) from the University of Ottawa and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business. He is also a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), the author of various articles and a previous recipient of the Mental Health Service Provider Award from the Ottawa branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
In his personal time, Mike loves sports of all kinds, is a volunteer coach and is a devoted husband and loving father to two very active young boys.