Who We Are
Our work began in 2003 when the Young Carers Initiative Niagara was created as a special project of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara in response to the children and youth they identified as participating in the caregiving of a loved one with dementia. It became clear that these children were struggling with stress, anxiety
In 2006, public awareness efforts included the first conference about young caregivers ever to be held in Canada. The “Bouncing Back” conference in Niagara Falls attracted 100 participants from across Canada, as well as Florida, Texas and the U.K.
In 2007 the Young Carers Initiative became a registered charity and with the results from Dr. Chalmers’ study and with the support of Alzheimer’s Society of Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Hamilton, Halton, a year later the Young Carers Initiative received funding from the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN) to begin delivering the Powerhouse Project programming.
As the first young caregiver program in Canada and the established Canadian expert organization in supporting young caregivers, our organization has evolved over the years. With a dedication to
WHAT WE DO
Young Caregivers Association is a registered charity with the mission to be the leader in service, awareness, and empowerment for young caregivers and their families across Canada.
Our vision is to have a Canada where young caregivers and their families are recognized, supported, and empowered to achieve their full potential.
Through our strategic plan, we are focussed on achieving our goals under our new brand and purpose. We strive to achieve our mission and goals through leading, supporting and empowering.
Our main focus is providing supportive programs and
318 Ontario St
St. Catherines ON L2R 5L8
c/o Haldimand Abilities Centre
42 Main St.
Hagersville, ON N0A 2H0