Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre

David Smith Youth Treatment Centre logo.
Editor's Note

This profile originally appeared in the 2021 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC) is a not-for-profit, community-based agency that is dedicated to helping youth (aged 13-21) and families across Ontario overcome substance use and mental health related issues. DSYTC programs and services include: comprehensive assessment, three-month live-in treatment, academic programming, pro-social recreation, psychiatric support, nurse practitioner primary care, 3 months of continued aftercare support and family services. Our mission is to provide youth and families in need with integrated, evidence-based addiction and mental health treatment, delivered by competent professionals within a caring and compassionate environment. Our vision: Healthy, resilient youth and families who have hope and life skills for creating a positive future.

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At a glance:

Year founded: 1993

Total revenue for last fiscal year: 3,869,204

Twitter: @DaveSmithYouth

Facebook: /davesmithyouthtreatmentcentre

Instagram: @davesmithcentre

Top funding sources:

  • Government: 92%
  • Donations: 8%

Geographic region of focus: Ottawa, Champlain region and provincial resource for all of Ontario

How you can help


Our critical funding needs fall into two main categories: capital and operational. Our capital requirements pertain to our ongoing campaign to build a new 30-bed treatment facility and merge our three aging facilities into a single-campus model. Doing so would increase access to much-needed treatment, reduce wait times and provide sustainable long-term infrastructure for our health sector. Operational funding needs include resources that support day-to-day programming such as recreation/sports equipment, art supplies, smoking cessation medication, staff training, IT equipment (e.g. laptops) and scholarship funds for graduating students.

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Given our vulnerable population and the sensitive issues they are dealing with, we must restrict ourselves to the recruitment, selection and incorporation of volunteers who bring specific skills to help meet client needs (as opposed to those who have a general interest in helping). Examples of current or past volunteers include: yoga/fitness instructors, financial management coaches, career counsellors, hair stylists, photography teachers, support animal guides, grounds maintenance, and educational tutors. We also welcome fundraising volunteers to help our philanthropy team.

Call 613-594-8333 x1201 to inquire.

Events and fundraising

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Corporate partnership

Let us be your corporate charity of choice and collaborate together to customize an interactive employee engagement campaign that will; strengthen your corporate social responsibility by helping youth and families in need of life changing, live-in treatment for substance use and mental health issues.

Drop The Shame Golf Tournament

The Drop The Shame Golf Tournament was founded by one of our past graduate clients who created this annual tournament to help drop the shame around youth addiction and mental health.  Every year he honours a member of the community for being part of his village of change.  

Join our village of change by participating in our 5th annual tournament in July 2022. 

Visit www.droptheshame.ca for details. 

Village of HOPE

Be part of our Village of HOPE and help us support Ontario's youth and families struggling with substance use and mental health issues.  Contact Cindy for details

cindy.m@davesmithcentre.org 613.594.8333 ext 1201

Upcoming Events

Visit our website for a list of our upcoming events hosted by ourselves or third party groups like Algonquin College.

Board members and executives

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Mike Beauchesne

Executive director

Steve Bell

Board chair

David Kinsman

Past chair

Derek Johnston

Vice Chair

Tricia Goulbourne


Rene Bibaud


Kayla Champagne


Cameron Hopgood


Jennifer McAndrew


Nicole Poirier


Marilyn Reddigan


Michael Smith


Get in touch

Male Live-In Treatment Campus

1986 Scotch Corners Rd.

Carleton Place, ON

K7C 0C5


Female Live-in Treatment Campus

1883 Bradley Side Rd.

Carp, ON

K0A 1L0


Aftercare & Administrative Campus

112 Willowlea Rd.

Carp, ON

K0A 1L0