Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre

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This profile originally appeared in the 2019-20 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 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.

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: $3,619,263

Top funding sources: 

  • Government: 96%
  • Donations: 4%

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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. However we do welcome fundraising volunteers to help our philanthropy team. Call 613-594-8333 x 1201 to inquire.

Wild West

Events and fundraising

Corporate Partnership

Let us be your corporate charity of choice. By partnering with us you will get a fulsome, employee engagement partnership package which includes marketing materials, booth, guest speaker, etc. Inquire today about how you and your team can give back to youth in our community.

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 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.
Visit www.droptheshame.ca for details.

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

Kinsman and Beauchesne
Executive director Mike Beauchesne (left); chair David Kinsman

Dave Smith
Founder and honorary chair*                               

David Kinsman

Derek Johnston

Tricia Goulbourne


Mike Beauchesne
Executive director*

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