Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre

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Editor's Note

This profile originally appeared in the 2020-21 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, post-residential continuing care 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

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

Year founded: 1993

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $3,725,566

Top funding sources:

  • Government: 96%
  • Donations: 4%

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.


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.

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Events and fundraising

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 4th annual tournament on Tuesday July 20th 2021. Visit www.droptheshame.ca for details. 

Filling His Shoes - Dave Smith Legacy Campaign

Support our efforts to fulfill our founder Dave Smith's dying wish to complete our capital build. To inquire about our naming opportunities and other available activations, contact Cindy at cindy.m@davesmithcentre.org or 613.594.8333 x1201. To donate, visit www.davesmithcentre.org

Board members and executives

Mike and Dave
Executive director Mike Beauchesne (left); Chair of the board David Kinsman

David Kinsman (Chair)

Derek Johnston (Vice Chair)

Tricia Goulbourne (Treasurer)

Mary Brown (Secretary)

Rene Bibaud

Cameron Hopgood

Jennifer McAndrew

Nicole Poirier

Marilyn Reddigan

Debra Riddell

Michael Smith

Get in touch

Male Residential Campus
1986 Scotch Corners Rd.
Carleton Place, Ont.  
K7C 0C5

Female Residential Campus
1883 Bradley Side Road
Carp, Ont. 
K0A 1L0

Aftercare & Administrative Campus
112 Willowlea Road
Carp, Ont.  
K0A 1L0


Twitter: @DaveSmithYouth
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