Summer / Fall 2016
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Hi Beth, 

I hope you remember me ... You first met me in 2013 when I was struggling with my emotions. I just wanted to say thank you, and update you on how I have been doing. First of all, THANK YOU for the help you provided me.  I used to look forward to meeting with you on Mondays.  
I owe it to the strategies you gave me to help overcome my fears that I have been able to start a new life,
with new friends, and new experiences.  I moved to Nova Scotia just before Canada day ... It was a terribly difficult decision to leave ... but I am happy I made the right decision. There are days I wish I could pack everything back up and bring it all back home to Ontario, but for the most part I am enjoying myself out here.  I am in school ... taking ECE, hoping to take that to go to Dalhousie University in Halifax to get a Degree in teaching.  I am so incredibly happy that we had the chance to meet, and that you could help me in a way I thought I could never be helped.  You made me realize I was not alone, and that if I wanted to see change, I had to be the change.  
I know that you were just doing your job, doing what you do daily, but you changed my life in such a positive way.  3 years ago, had somebody told me I would be living in Nova Scotia, almost an hour away from the town my Mother lives, and perfectly happy, I probably would have laughed in their face. Thank you for impacting my life in such a special way, Beth! Please stay in touch!
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in the lives of children, youth and their families in your community!

We are looking for energetic, community-minded individuals that are eager to collaborate, learn and contribute their knowledge in meaningful ways.  New Path's Boards - both at New Path Foundation and New Path Youth and Family Services - help strengthen and grow New Path to meet the many opportunities that an innovative, forward thinking agency faces.

We are looking for your expertise and ideas. Specifically, we are looking for Board members who bring expertise in:

  • Program development and evaluation
  • Community and partner relationships
  • Finance, social finance, social enterprise
  • HR, organizational development, capacity building
  • Fundraising, network building, government relations
  • Governance, policy, due diligence
  • Communications and marketing, social marketing, social media
We are committed to attracting Board applicants who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

If you are interested please email Maureen Armstrong at 


Writing and sharing stories can be just as amazing for the writer as for the reader. Do you have a story about how New Path Youth and Family Services touched your life in an amazing way?

If so, we invite you to be a part of our Gratitude Journal series - stories from you (our clients, families, friends, businesses, and other organizations) about how the agency has changed your life or the life of a loved one. This is also an amazing opportunity for all of us here at New Path to reconnect with you to find out how you are doing!!  If you're interested please send, Dominika, an email in confidence to


A big thank you to A Man's Zone Barbershop in Barrie as well as Wendy Adams who both held third party events on behalf of New path.  A Man's Zone held their annual BBQ and Silent Auction in July raising over $3,500.  Over the past 4 years, the team at A Man's Zone has raised in excess of $16,00!!! Way to go!   Wendy Adams, a local stock car racer and New Path Champion, coordinated a mental health awareness night at Sunset Speedway near the end of August.  A 50/50 raffle was held as part of the evening raising a total of $2,800.  A big thank you to Wendy and her pit crew for once again choosing New Path as their Charity of Choice.

Our doors are wide open

This summer, New Path launched a Single Session Waitlist blitz in the Barrie and Alliston offices. ‎ This initiative offered single session services to clients on our brief waitlist. Clients who have been waiting for services were given the opportunity to meet with a counsellor and receive continuous support over the summer with the hopes of helping to resolve their concerns.  Since July, 55 clients have been seen. Of these 55 clients, 40 booked another single session appointment and‎ 12 clients were closed after their single session due to receiving the support they needed. Another 12 will be seen in a group counselling service, either the Positive Parenting program or Coping With Anxiety group in the fall.  We are very excited by these results! 

From our Pre and Post surveys, families continue to report an improvement in the skills they need to solve their problem and believed that it was possible for their problem to get better. These results show that clients are benefitting from the single session format and therapists are staying true to the single session model when delivering the service. The success of this blitz continues to enthuse and energize both clients and therapists!

Submitted by:  Debora Opoku, Supervisor - Barrie


This past summer the common roof celebrated it's 10th year!  

The common roof is New Path Foundation’s multi-tenant non profit centre project. More than 10,000 clients annually receive help from the organizations at The common roof, providing a convenient, single point of service with the added benefit of an enhanced multi-disciplinary base of expertise available.

We currently have vacancies in our Orillia office. If you are interested in renting space at affordable rates where the money collected makes a positive social impact in your community - call us!  Office sizes range from 110 sq ft. to a cluster of offices at 550 st ft. Please contact James Thomson at or 705-259-7663 Ext. 3047 for more information.

We are proud to share the highlights from our 2015/16 fiscal year, please click here to read the full Annual General Meeting Report.

Keep up to date! New Path Youth and Family Services recently launched its own social media pages.

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We are seeking community-minded individuals, groups, organizations and businesses to help raise awareness of and funds for New Path.  If you're interested in making a difference in YOUR community, this is your chance! Learn more by clicking here.


Inspiring and leading positive change, facilitating mental health and wellness for children, youth and their families in their own communities and innovation through a multi-service approach is who we are as a service delivery agency. This last year we saw more than 3,000 children and youth accessing the full range of core services at the agency. We are proud of the excellence of our programs offered throughout Simcoe County where the majority of those accessing help reportedimproved mental health, improved relationships with family and peers, and improved school involvement.


Moving on Mental Health (MOMH) is a system transformation initiated by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) to ensure consistent, high-quality children’s mental health services across Ontario regardless of where the child or family lives. 31 of 33 service areas throughout the province have lead agencies in place who are working on the children’s mental health service delivery in the communities they serve as well as for working collaboratively with core service providers, other community partners, like schools and hospitals, as well as the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS).  New Path Youth and Family Services was selected as Lead Agency for MOMH in Simcoe County and is now both a service provider as well as responsible for planning to ensure that the MOMH system transformation of equitable access and consistent quality of services is happening here. 

In March 2016, with input from youth, families and other partner agencies 3 service priorities were selected for Simcoe County.  As Lead Agency in Simcoe County, New Path Youth and Family Services will continue to work with the community on these 3 priorities over the coming months.  Learn more about Moving on Mental Health and Lead Agency here.



New Path Foundation has had a busy summer and continues to build on plans and activities from the previous year. With the announcement that New Path Youth and Family Services has been chosen as Lead Agency for mental health services in Simcoe County, some staffing changes needed to occur as Glen Newby, our President and CEO stepped back from New Path Foundation work to focus on his work with New Path Youth and Family Services.  As of January 2016, Glen began to transition out of New Path Foundation while James Thomson’s role expanded from Vice President of Strategic Initiatives to that of the incoming President and CEO.

New Path Foundation has developed its 3 year strategic plan which reflects this change in leadership.
  This document is available online. Click here to view.

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