Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

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Editor's Note

This profile originally appeared in the 2019-20 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) is a multi-service agency providing life-changing programs and services to youth across Ottawa. Each month, we serve more than 3,000 young people and their families in the areas of housing, community services, mental health, employment and youth justice. With the support of our community, we have helped change the lives of tens of thousands of young people so they may lead independent, healthy and stable lives.

YSB offers a range of mental health services for young people in crisis and their families.

At a glance

Year founded: 1960

Geographic region of focus: Ottawa

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $30,335,679

Top funding sources: 

  • Government: 93%
  • Individual donations: 3%
  • Corporate donations: 3%
  • Other charities: 0.5%
  • Other sources: 0.5%

How you can help


The future of our community begins with our young people. Providing youth with support, resources, and opportunities ensures that they not only are able to meet their needs today, it means they are able to achieve their goals tomorrow. The support from our corporate partners, individuals and foundations means that YSB is able to provide critical services to youth that helps them meet their physical, emotional and psychological needs.


YSB offers individuals, corporations and groups meaningful volunteer opportunities that help us continue to improve the lives of young people in Ottawa.

Sleep Out
YSB’s SleepOUT for Youth event held each year at The Stadium at TD Place.

Events and fundraising

SleepOUT for Youth 

Taking place on Nov. 28, 2019 at The Stadium at TD Place, community members, families and corporate teams will spend a night sleeping out on the stadium field to raise funds and awareness for housing and support programs for homeless youth that are offered by YSB. This will be the 8th annual SleepOUT event, which last year welcomed close to 700 participants and raised $241,000.

Mind Matters 

The Mind Matters event series provides practical youth mental health information and guidance to parents, family members, educators and the community. The goal of the series is to share experiences and learnings, and to understand strategies to foster healthy resilient young people. Mind Matters highlights and supports youth mental health services offered by YSB.

Youth Housing Hub 

To address the need for additional affordable housing for at-risk youth in Ottawa, YSB – together with the community – is building a new Youth Housing Hub at 2887 Riverside Dr. Opening this fall, this new 39-unit building will provide some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable youth with stable housing and offer a complete range of support services including mental health counselling, employment services, health care, support for substance abuse and more. These services will be provided by YSB and other community partners.

Board members and executives

Murphy and Baker
Executive director of the YSB Charitable Foundation Patti Murphy (left); Chair of the board Kerry Patterson-Baker

Kerry Patterson-Baker (Chair)
Vice-president, communications, Forest Products Association of Canada

Scott Lawrence (Past-Chair)
Chief operations officer, HealthCraft Products

Alan J. Tippett (Secretary-Treasurer)
Partner, director of U.S. tax advisory services, Welch LLP

Michael Weider (Director)

Julie Taggart (Director)
Vice-president, leasing and operations, Taggart Realty

Raylene Lang-Dion (Director)
Community activist and feminist

Martin Sampson (Director)
Director, communications, Centre for Israel & Jewish Affairs

Isabelle Perreault (Vice-Chair)
President and founder, Differly

Christopher Rheaume (Director)
Inspector, Ottawa Police Services

Dr. Neda Amani (Director)
Founder, Amani Health

Andrew Arnott (Director)
Regional vice-president, business financial services, Ontario North and East, RBC 

Kirpa Grewal (Director)
Student, community organizer, Carleton University

Kelly Youngdale (Director)
President, Label Innovations

Maria McRae (Director)

Chris White (Director)
President and CEO, Canadian Meat Council

Sujit Nirman (Director)
Competition Law Office, Competition Bureau

Fundraising priorities

Our fundraising priorities are focused on two major challenges for youth in our community: affordable housing and mental health. We are raising funds to support vital services such as our emergency youth shelters, our Youth Mental Health Walk-In Clinic, our 24/7 crisis line and our downtown Youth Drop-In Centre, among others.

YSB is also working with the community with construction nearing completion on our new Youth Housing Hub at 2887 Riverside Dr. It will provide supportive housing and a complete range of support services for at-risk and once-homeless youth in Ottawa.

Get in touch

2675 Queensview Dr.
Ottawa, Ont.
K2B 8K2
613-729-1000 x 1262

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