FCSSGW Wins the Attorney General’s Victim Services Award of Distinction for 2016

Guelph – Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington, (FCSSGW) is thrilled to announce that we have been selected as a recipient of the Attorney General’s Victim Services Award of Distinction for 2016. With these awards, the Ontario government acknowledges the important services and supports that dedicated individuals and organizations in Ontario communities provide to victims of crime.

FCSSGW’s Peaceful Alternatives for Male Youth at Risk is a specialized community based education/counselling program for male youth who have been referred by community partners such as schools, the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin, and Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County. The objective is to teach healthy, appropriate strategies for managing stress and resolving conflict to youth who are at high-risk of using violence and abuse. FCSSGW was fortunate to receive one-time funding from the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) to pilot this program.

"FCSSGW offers a broad range of high quality programs and services. The agency's staff is innovative and continually working with the community to facilitate best outcomes with available funding,” stated Sandra Ellis, President of the Board of Directors.

The awards will be given out at Queen’s Park on June 2 during Victim and Survivors of Crime Week. This year, the theme is The Power of Our Voices. It is the Attorney General’s hope that we can continue to use the power of our voices to create positive change and a better experience for victims of crime. Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is held to raise awareness about issues facing victims and survivors of crime and the services, programs, and laws in place to help them and their families. Ellis, and Executive Director, Joanne Young Evans, will be in the Legislature to personally receive the award from the Attorney General, Madelaine Meilleur. Fifteen awards will be given out, from the multitude of submissions, and we thrilled to have our program honoured with this prestigious award.



Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph Wellington has grown in size and complexity since its inception in 1964 as a prevention-oriented program of the Children’s Aid Society. As the needs of the community grew and changed, the program of the Children’s Aid Society (now Family & Children’s Services) became incorporated as an independent, non-profit, community-based, family service agency as of December 11, 1986. The organization was later renamed Guelph-Wellington Counselling Centre.

In June of 1997, the Guelph-Wellington Counselling Centre became Family Counselling and Support Service for Guelph-Wellington. This change was made to clearly reflect our commitment to family services.

FCSSGW continues to be an integral part of the community and provides support services to a growing number of individuals, families, and children. Over 96% of our clients feel that their ability to deal with their specific situations improved significantly which further reinforces that our services are beneficial and informative. We are the premier provider of exceptional, yet affordable, services in the community. FCSSGW is committed to strengthening individual, couple and family life; those dealing with physical, sexual and emotional abuse; trauma; helping people learn money management and strategies; supporting people with developmental challenges and those caring for them; and, more. FCSSGW offers a walk-in clinic for those wishing to stop in and speak with a counselor without making an appointment. We are also the only non profit provider of customized EAP (Employee Assistance Programs) in the area.

For more information, please contact: 

Joanne Young Evans, Executive Director
Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington
519.824.2431, ext. 22

Connie MacDonald, Director of Communications and Community Engagement
Cell: 226.220.9547
Office: 519.650.4472, Ext. 235
Toll free 1 866 306 5446