for Children and Families
Effective, Inclusive, Accessible
To support all children and families in the achievement of optimal mental health and well-being.
To empower children, families and communities, and enrich their lives through the provision of enhanced, client-centered mental health services that are effective, inclusive, and accessible.
- Client-centered Focus
- Evidence-based Approach
- Integrity and Respect
- Knowledge and Innovation
Help them rise, watch them soar! That’s what we do. The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families is a mental health treatment centre for children and youth 17 and under. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and funded by the government of Ontario.
The Phoenix Centre’s roots were planted in Renfrew County in December 1975. Noticing a lack of support and suitable resources for children with emotional and behavioural challenges and their families, the community united to make a change.
A chain of community-based efforts spanning over three years led to the nesting of the Phoenix Centre in 1978, when the Ministry of Community and Social Services confirmed the financial support required to institute a Children’s Mental Health Centre.
Since 1978, the Phoenix Centre has grown with the community, offering a warm, safe place to all the children and families of Renfrew County. We currently have 16 full-time therapists and eight child and youth counselors providing mental health support services to the children, youth, and families of Renfrew County. We strive for your well-being.
With our main office located in the heart of beautiful downtown Pembroke, and satellite offices in five communities, our diverse services and programs are accessible throughout the County.
Proud neighbours and hosts of the Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network, Big Brothers Big Sisters Renfrew County and Elevate! Youth Fitness Centre in memory of Krista Johnston, The Phoenix Centre is also affiliated with many local, provincial, and national organizations.
Incorporated as Renfrew County Youth Services, our Board of Directors searched for a unique name to identify the agency within the community. The Phoenix Centre was chosen.
At the Phoenix Centre for Children and Families, we believe the process of seeking help and change mirrors the flight of the phoenix. Getting treatment is a challenging process, but, by working through it, children and families can live better and feel stronger than they did before, achieving the extraordinary.
Our efforts are directed towards affirming the dignity and worth of each child and family, so as to enhance the integrity of the family unit.
Keep an eye out for our new Moving on Mental Health section, coming soon! For now, access relevant documents here:
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Phoenix Centre’s Board of Directors is a dynamic group of twelve elected members, including professionals and volunteers committed to providing quality services to every child and family that seeks the services of the Phoenix Centre.
Our Board envisions a Renfrew County where all children are emotionally healthy, and families are able to help themselves by making positive changes in their lives.
The Phoenix Centre Board of Directors emphasizes:
- Outward Vision
- Encouragement of Diversity in Viewpoints
- Strategic Leadership More Than Administrative Detail
- Clear Distinction of Board and Staff Roles
- Futuristic Planning While Maintaining a Historical Perspective and Proactivity
Nominations for election to the Board of Directors will be accepted up to and including the Annual General Meeting election.
President: Pam Etmanskie
Vice President: Julia Rose
Treasurer: Michelle Locke
Secretary: Beverly McCormack
A Message from Greg
Greg Lubimiv, Executive Director
Welcome to the Phoenix Centre. My hope as Executive Director is that our team will provide you with a clear understanding of who we are and the services we provide. As an accredited children’s mental health centre, we strive to provide effective and efficient services to infants, children, youth and families in Renfrew County.
As lead agency for children’s mental health in Renfrew County, we're working with our partner service providers and the community at large to create an accessible and effective mental health system which ensures that all children, youth and families with mental health needs will have access to the right services and treatments at the right time.
We're in a constant stage of growth and development. While we wish to be perfect, we also face many challenges. We welcome your thoughts, input and feedback on how we can how we can better help children and youth develop resilience and attain wellness.
It's a privilege to be the Executive Director of the Phoenix Centre. I'm so proud to be part of our caring community of service providers working together to make our system better.