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Respite Options

Explore respite options available in your community.  For more information contact: 

If you reside in Barrie/Innisfil/Bradford/Angus and Area contact:
Carolyn Harris, Respite/CHAP Coordinator, Empower Simcoe at 705-726-9082 ext. 2259 or email

If you reside in Alliston, Collingwood, Midland or Orillia contact:
Angie Bridekirk, Adult Respite/CHAP Coordinator, Catulpa Community Support Services at 705-733-3227 ext. 2235 or email

Shannon Parton, Children's Respite Coordinator, Catulpa Community Support Services at 705-733-3227  ext. 2282 or email

Program Title : Youth Involvement - Wednesday Evening Bash and Orillia's Ultimate Thursdays
Program Time : varies
Program Runs from : Ongoing throughout the school year
Program Length :
Program Cost : varies
Admission Criteria : High school aged youth
Activities : Empower Simcoe's Youth Programs promote the inclusion of all youth regardless of abilities in both their school and their community. Youth programs are open to any high-school aged youth, regardless of ability. These opportunities include Wednesday evening Bash or W.E.B., Orilllia's Ultimate Thursday (Get OUT) Youth Involvement Committee, Summer Program (Youth in Action), and a March Break Youth Retreat. We also partner with high schools and community agencies to promote and develop inclusive opportunities for all youth. Each event is supported by Empower Simcoe's staff and volunteers.

W.E.B. takes place Wednesday evenings or Get OUT - Orillia's Ultimate Thursdays and offers fun, social and recreational activities to high school aged youth. Youth get a chance to participate in a wide variety of fun events (bowling, movies, sports, dances and much more!). Each activity may have a fee associated with it. Fees help offset program and supply costs as well as some staffing costs. New youth are always welcome! Schedules can be found on our website at and click on Youth Programs.

Youth in Action is a summer program that provides young people with the opportunity to expand their communication, social, leisure, work and life skills while participating in their community. Each session has a unique focus and includes one great day trip, fun activities and practical learning experiences. Youth in Action also offers two overnight camping trips.
Comments : For more information regarding any of these programs, or to volunteer please contact:

Barrie and Area:
Karly McCabe
Youth Worker
705 727-1234 x 2911

Orillia and Area:
Sonia Lauzon
Youth Worker
705-726-9082 x 3266

or visit and check us out under the ‘Youth Programs’ tab.
Disability / Special Needs : Community Integration, Life Skills
Individual(s) Served : Male and Female
Type of Respite : Community
Age Category : 13-17 Adolescent and 18-21 Young Adult
Agency : Empower Simcoe
Agency Contact : Youth Worker
Phone : 705 726 9082 x.2911
Fax :
Email Address :
Option offered at : various locations, Barrie & Orillia, ON
Nearest Intersection :
Regions : Orillia and Area and Barrie and Area
Attachment : DecPDF.pdf

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