Rideauwood opened in 1976 with a 3 year pilot start-up grant from Health Canada. Following that, partial support from the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH), as well as fees for service, funded the agency until 1986. That year the MOH provided funding to support services at a consistent level and eliminate fees. At that time we were funded to provide 4 programs and services to approximately 450 clients yearly. However, the demand for services rises every year. Since 1993, although our MOH funding base has remained substantially the same, we have worked hard to reduce waiting lists and pilot new programs. At the time of posting, we now provide 14 programs and services for approximately 2300 clients yearly. These programs have been brought into being through innovative strategic planning and fund raising, restructuring of services, and community partnerships.
Yet in spite of this we are still only able to meet approximately 60% of the demand for our services. We are committed to search out funding sources and partnerships that can help us correct this appalling situation.
Clients report a high level of satisfaction with the services they receive. Client satisfaction questionnaires report sustained and major changes in improved physical and mental health, work, family and relationships, school performance, and finances and fewer legal consequences.
The organization is able to offer a broad range of expertise, solid experience and innovative planning. The ability to develop programs which respond to changing needs benefits from longevity of staff, and contributes to it. Our low staff turnover also ensures continuity of service, experience and wisdom. Our steady growth ensures an influx of new employees who bring fresh ideas to the agency.
Rideauwood has entered into many successful partnerships in the community, with schools, community health centres, hospitals, Ontario Works, the justice system including police and corrections, and several residential and non-residential mental health and other agencies.
Rideauwood is a charitable organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, representing the community it serves. Its elected members include professionals from education, business, government, legal, and law enforcement, former clients and family, and other interested citizens who guide the agency and ensure good stewardship, accountability, responsiveness and service quality.
2017 – 2018 Board of Directors
- President: Steve Bell
- Vice President: Bruno Carchidi
- Treasurer/Chair of the Finance Committee: Colin Wiltshire
- Chair of the Human Resources and Governance Committee: Mary Donaghy
- Secretary: Martin Thompson
- Brenda Valenti
- Nicole Poirier
- Anderson Joyce
- David Gascon
- David Hesidence
- Vera Reifenstein
- Yvonne Brisbois
- Ex-officio: Marion Wright, Executive Director