Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre

Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre

This profile originally appeared in the 2018-19 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC) is a non-profit, community-based agency that is dedicated to helping youth (aged 13-21) and families across Ontario overcome substance use and related issues. DSYTC programs and services include: comprehensive assessment, residential 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.

Dave Smith Youth Treatment

At a glance

Year founded: 1993
Geographic region of focus: Ottawa and broader Champlain region and provincial resource for all of Ontario
Total revenue for last fiscal year: $3,388,180
Top funding sources:

  • Government: 96.5%
  • Corporate: 2%
  • Individual: 1.5%

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 current and 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. All interested parties are welcome to call or email the centre to discuss volunteer needs and potential fit.

Events and fundraising

Wild Wild West

Wild Wild West was a western-themed evening that brought donors, staff, board members and volunteers together to raise awareness about youth addiction. All proceeds from ticket sales as well as silent and live auctions went towards the construction of our new youth treatment facility.

Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre
4th Annual Wild Wild West Event held at the Horticulture Building to raise funds for a new youth residential treatment facility for the Lives in the Balance campaign.

Drop The Shame Golf Tournament

The Drop The Shame Golf Tournament was founded by one of our graduated clients and his mother. Sharing one like-minded goal, they created this annual tournament to drop the shame around addiction and mental health. All funds go towards building a new youth treatment facility.

Dave Smith Youth Treatment
From left, Ryan Spooner from the Boston Bruins, Cody Ceci from the Ottawa Senators — one of the event founders — Cindy Manor, and Alan Quine from the Calgary Flames at the Drop the Shame Golf Tournament for the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre.

Lives in the Balance

Lives in the Balance is a fundraising campaign to support the construction of an all-new, 30-bed youth treatment facility in Ottawa. Current facilities are inefficient and costly to operate. The new facility would provide a home-like atmosphere for youth and their families, enhance operational efficiency, expand treatment capacity and reduce wait times to access life-saving treatment. 

Board members and executives

Dave Smith executives
Executive director Mike Beauchesne, left, and chair David Kinsman.

Mike Beauchesne
Executive Director

David Kinsman

Dave Smith
Founder and Honorary Chair*                                                  

Derek Johnston
Vice Chair*                                               

Tricia Goulbourne

Rene Bibaud

Dr. Mary Brown

Cameron Hopgood

Dorothy Laflamme

Marilyn Reddigan

Michael Smith

*Part of the Executive Committee

Get in touch

112 Willowlea Rd.
Ottawa, Ont.
K0A 1L0


Twitter: @DaveSmithYouth
Facebook: Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre and Foundation