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
- What we know about the Need for Crisis Stabilization in Guelph
- Safer Substance Use in Guelph handout
- Supported Recovery Room – Final Evaluation Report
- Addiction Court Support: Evaluation Report
- 2018 Guelph Wellington Point in Time Count
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
- 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.
|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|
|Warden Kelly Linton||County of Wellington|