Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness and Community Safety

Mayors Task Force Report – February 2019

Mayor Guthrie has convened a task force of community leaders and agencies to take action on the issue of homelessness in Guelph and the related issues of addiction, mental health concerns, and community safety. The task force will amplify the work that is already being done by the Guelph-Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination, the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy, and community agencies and service providers.

Meeting #1: Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Homelessness in Guelph

Background reports

About the task force

Terms of Reference


Guelph’s Mayor, Cam Guthrie, pledged to assemble a task force in partnership with County of Wellington Warden Kelly Linton to address the issue of homelessness in the city and the related issues of addiction, mental health concerns, and community safety.


The Task Force’s mandate is to identify key priorities for action and investment to address both emergent needs and the root causes of homelessness, addiction, mental health issues, and their links to community safety.

The Task Force will develop a priority list of recommendations that will be pursued through advocacy, budget requests to City Council, requests to other levels of government, and/or partnerships among agencies and governments.


Membership will be by invitation of the Mayor of Guelph or Warden of Wellington County. It will include at least one representative from each of the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy and the Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination, at least one representative from each of the City of Guelph and the County of Wellington, and at least one peer representative. The membership list will be made public.


The Mayor’s Office will take minutes of the meetings. The meetings will be summarized on the mayor’s blog.

Roles and responsibilities

Members will:

  • liaise with the organizations they represent and bring forward advice, research and evaluation, and feedback.
  • work to identify a priority list of initiatives that would fill gaps that currently exist.
  • participate in advocacy efforts.

Members will strive to operate in consensus mode, openly discussing issues and seeking common ground.


Name Organization
Adrienne Crowder Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy
Alex Goss City of Guelph
Anthea Millikin Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County
Barbara Swartzentruber City of Guelph
Brendan Johnson Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition
Bruce Lauckner Local Health Integration Network
Chief Jeff DeRuyter Guelph Police Service
Chief Stephen Dewar City of Guelph – EMS
Colleen Clack City of Guelph
Councillor Cathy Downer Guelph City Council
Debbie Bentley Lauzon Wyndham House
Dominica McPherson Poverty Elimination Task Force
Dr. Nicola Mercer Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health
Eddie Alton County of Wellington
Gail Hoekstra Welcome In Drop In Centre
Heidi Letham Homewood Health Centre
Helen Fishburn Canadian Mental Health Association
Inspector Scott Lawson Wellington County OPP
Jaya James Hope House
Karen Armstrong Mount Forest Family Health Team
Kerry Manthenga Stonehenge Therapeutic Community
Marianne Walker Guelph General Hospital
Mayor Cam Guthrie City of Guelph
Lloyd Longfield Member of Parliament
MPP Mike Schreiner Member of Provincial Parliament
Raechelle Devereaux Guelph Community Health Centre
Ryan Pettipiere County of Wellington
Sarah Haanstra Toward Common Ground
Scott Wilson County of Wellington
Shakiba Shayani United Way
Sheila Markle Family and Children’s Services Guelph Wellington
Stuart Beumer County of Wellington
Tina Brophey Peer
Warden Kelly Linton County of Wellington
Wendy Noll Peer