Summary of Children’s Mental Health Week 2014

June 11th, 2014

New Path celebrated Children’s Mental Health Week from May 4-10th with activities throughout Simcoe County.  Click Summary Children’s Mental Health Week 2014 for more details.

A Training Opportunity – Incredible Years Group Dinosaur Treatment Program

November 12th, 2013

Dinosaur School Training

Jazz 2013 Raises over $33,000 for New Path

November 8th, 2013

Poster 2013

Magic, Mirth and Music were in full swing at Bear Creek Golf Club on Friday September 20th as the New Path Foundation held its 12th annual signature Not Just Jazz fundraising event to over 150 guests and supporters.  From culinary delights, refreshments, music, buskers, silent auction and a few surprises, guests were treated to a night of community in support of the tremendous work that New Path Youth and Family Services does each and every day for children, youth and their families in Simcoe County.  A highlight of the evening was a challenge event to match the generous donation of $5000.00 from a group calling themselves the “5 for 5” led by Dr. John Adkins and David Slocum; in total, $7,225.00 was generously raised through this initiative helping to bring the collective total to just over $33,000.00

New Path Foundation would like to thank our wonderful event committee, generous sponsors – especially presenting sponsor The Madison Group of RBC Dominion Securities, silent auction and food donors along with our wonderful guests for helping to make this year’s event a huge success!  Plans for next year’s event are already underway with the hope of an even bigger night of fun, celebration, friendship and fundraising.  To help us in 2014 as a sponsor, donor or event planning partner, please contact James Thomson at 705-733-2654 Ext. 2047 or

New Path is a multi-service, fully accredited, children’s mental health agency serving children, youth and families through a wide range of mental health and youth justice programs, as well as adults through partner abuse services. We focus on making a difference in the lives of those we serve helping to create a better future for individuals and the communities they live in.



October 29th, 2013

Barrie, Ontario, October 29th, 2013        

New Path Foundation is pleased to announce the generous donation of $7,500.00 from the RBC Foundation’s Children’s Mental Health Project in support of New Path’s Dinosaur School Program.  A cheque presentation is scheduled for Wednesday November 6th 11:45 am at the Barrie Common Roof located at 165 Ferris Lane.  On hand for the presentation will be representatives from both New Path and RBC including Charlotte Wallis, Regional Vice President for RBC Royal Bank, Barrie and Area; Greg Pope, Branch Manager for RBC Royal Bank at 649 Yonge St. (and board member for both New Path Youth and Family Services and New Path Foundation), and Glen Newby, CEO of New Path Youth and Family Services and the New Path Foundation.

James Thomson, Vice President of Resource Development for the New Path Foundation stated “we are extremely thankful for the generosity and support received from the RBC Foundation and look forward to our continued partnership in support of the Dinosaur School Program.”

About New Path Foundation
New Path Foundation is a public foundation with a volunteer board of directors which serves as a link between donors, charitable interests and the vital needs of community members. New Path Foundation develops and manages philanthropic investment and mobilizes community support directed to New Path Youth and Family Services, meeting the needs of children, youth and families.  The foundation brings non-profit human service organizations under one roof through its Common Roof facilities.   The Common Roof initiative helps to ensure efficient use of space, service and infrastructure for the in-house agencies while providing opportunities for cross sector organization and collaboration. 

About RBC Foundation’s Children’s Mental Health Project
We believe in the power of communities and the individuals who live in them. That’s why we invest millions of dollars to make a positive social impact in the communities we serve.  That’s why we created the RBC Children’s Mental Health Project, which has provided more than $16 million to organizations dedicated to providing early intervention, increasing public awareness and reducing the stigma of mental illness. Through the RBC Children’s Mental Health Project, we are helping a network of active and concerned organizations, hospitals and associations dedicated to helping kids be healthy inside and out.

Trailsigns June 2013

July 16th, 2013

Trail Signs June 2013 



April 30th, 2013

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Expand the Reach Video

April 9th, 2013

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New Path Collaborates with Georgian College Design Students to Improve Waiting Rooms

February 20th, 2013

With a mission to promote mental health and wellness for children, youth and families and their communities through an innovative multi-service approach, New Path Youth and Family Services continually provides opportunities for staff members to target their community engagement.

New Path’s Youth Engagement Committee is one illustration of a method to promote mental health and wellness for children, youth and families and their communities. This committee’s members wanted to offer welcoming and friendly waiting areas for youth in their facilities as identified by New Path’s young clientele themselves.

New Path staffer and Youth Engagement committee member Jenn Hansen suggested a connection with Georgian College’s Interior Decorating program. “Tapping into community resources, such as Georgian’s program could offer us some innovative ideas from a youthful perspective while engaging ‘experts’ in the process.”

Georgian’s School of Design and Visual Art facilitators seized the opportunity to incorporate New Path’s waiting room dilemma into the 2nd year Interior Decorating Studio curriculum using the Community Service Learning model (an educational approach integrating service in the community with intentional learning activities).

Five New Path offices jumped on board and decorating teams of four students were assigned to each facility. A site visit to view, measure and photograph the space and enlist client needs about functions, users and expectations initiated the process with the designs ‘unveiled’ four weeks later.

The ’experts’ came through with spectacular designs and a way to give back to their community while moving ahead with their own education. They listened to what clients had to say about the need for friendly, diverse, safe, accessible and inviting spaces. They researched design elements to fulfill these needs, and collaborated as a team to prepare and present the decorating package.

Student Laura Szusz felt that this community assignment was beneficial as it offered practical experience and skills. “We learned to work through the process together so that in the end there are little pieces of everyone’s ideas included. Designing for a client and producing a final product for a real situation was an invaluable learning opportunity!”

Interior Decorating Program Coordinator, Marlene Mitchelmore agrees that the opportunity to work with a community agency such as New Path helps to give back. “This Community Service Learning project has been a valuable experience for our Interior Decorating students and we truly appreciate the opportunity to connect with New Path all while supporting the student learning experience.”

The assignment that keeps on giving….Hearing about this project and inspired by the work that New Path Youth and Family Services carries out, first-year Interior Design student Kristine Chalmers wanted to help New Path’s Clients faced with mental health challenges by commissioning an encouraging and heartening art piece for the waiting area. Chalmers commissioned Fine Art student Dheeko Kinfe, who came highly recommended by his program co-ordinator, to complete the piece this term.

Kinfe pictured here in one of New Path’s waiting areas that will host his art and perhaps  help those that suffer from mental health issues, wears New Path’s ‘Help the 1 in 5’ t-shirt. Visit

New Path Launches the Help the 1 in 5 Campaign

December 18th, 2012

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November 2012 Edition of Trailsigns

November 29th, 2012

Trail Signs November 2012