Ontario Shores embraces the opportunity to raise awareness of mental illness, educate healthcare practitioners and nurture the next generation of mental health advocates.

May 2019
News from Ontario Shores
As Nursing Week 2019 comes to a close we would like to honour all of the hard working nurses of our past and present, who's care and compassion have made a difference in the lives of our patients for the past century. 

It is an exciting time for all of us at Ontario Shores. We look forward to our Annual General Meeting on June 12, featuring Jack Armstrong, Toronto Raptors broadcaster. We also share several videos highlighting historical themes, as well as recordings of our recent Century of Care speaker series events. If you would like to follow our videos we recommend you click Subscribe on our YouTube channel.
Wounded Warriors and Ontario Shores Partnership

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) and Wounded Warriors Canada are proud to announce a new partnership to support Ontario's public safety personnel (police, fire, paramedics, correctional workers, dispatchers) and their families.

Wounded Warriors Canada and Ontario Shores are creating a joint clinical services partnership that will connect public safety personnel to mental health programs and services offered by both organizations. 

Annual General Meeting

You are invited to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) featuring Jack Armstrong, Toronto Raptors Broadcaster. 

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: 700 Gordon Street, Whitby, Lakeview Cafeteria

RSVP by Friday, May 24, 2019 to communications@ontarioshores.ca or call 905.430.4001.
Celebrating a Century of Care

As we continue to recognize our past and celebrate 100 years delivering mental health care, we are happy to introduce you to our Celebrating a Century of Care video series. Below you will find the first two, and you can expect four more on the topics of Hope, Hospital Names, Stigma and Technology. 


Over the last 100 years Ontario Shores has been constantly evolving. At one point, the hospital operated a large farm. Jordon Beenen, one of our Ambassadors of Hope, takes us back to a different time as we continue Celebrating a Century of Care. 


Over the course of the century our buildings and grounds have undergone our most visible changes. Today, only one of the original buildings is still standing. Ambassador of Hope Ian Hakes walks us through these historical changes.

  Watch the Buildings Video on YouTube  »

Century of Care Speaker Series

Ontario Shores' Century of Care speaker series features stories and topics that celebrate recovery, embrace our history and imagine the future in the months leading up to the hospital's 100th anniversary on October 23, 2019.
Candice McAlister 

Candice has always had a passion for volunteering and sought out the opportunity to be an Ambassador of Hope due to the impact of mental illness on her family.

Having grown up with a family member diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Candice remembers the devastation the illness and the stigma surrounding it brought her brother and their parents. She also witnessed his recovery during his time as a patient at Ontario Shores and is buoyed by the mental health movement that is normalizing mental illness.

Lori Lane-Murphy

Lori Lane Murphy, one of six people recently named as an Ambassador of Hope, kicked off the speaker series with her inspiring presentation on mental illness.

Lori is a speaker, facilitator, author, comedian, and podcaster who has known the impact of mental illness since she was a child.

Jordon Beenen

Jordon is a stay-at-home father with a desire to advocate for people living with mental illness.

His interest in advocacy dates back to his days at Queen's University and his involvement in its Human Rights Centre. Jordon's experience as an outpatient at Ontario Shores has reignited his desire to advocate.

Now, as someone living with mental illness who had to change course in his career, Jordon feels strongly about removing the stigma associated with mental health issues and is determined to make a difference.

Jordon lives in Oshawa with his wife Jennifer and son Dax. Along with a passion for helping others, Jordon is a movie buff and fan of all Toronto sports teams.

Call for Artists for Juried Art Show 

Ontario Shores is 'Celebrating a Century of Care' with a juried art show as it prepares to turn 100 on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

During the months of July and August Ontario Shores will welcome works of art that connect with mental illness, mental health, recovery and the hospital's history of providing care from its site in Whitby, Ontario.

'Celebrating a Century of Care' is an open-ended and versatile theme steeped in history and emotions that will surely ignite diverse, thoughtful responses.
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