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The latest news and updates from the Roberts/Smart Centre.
Creating real change for mental health on #BellLetsTalk Day

Creating real change for mental health on #BellLetsTalk Day

On January 24, 2024, Roberts/Smart Centre participated in Bell Let’s Talk Day, “the world's largest conversation about mental health, encouraging Canadians and people around the world to talk and take action to help reduce stigma and promote awareness and...

A GALA AFFAIR

A GALA AFFAIR

The 12th Annual Ottawa Police Service (OPS) Gala took place on November 4, 2023, at the Shaw Centre. Since its inception, the OPS Gala has raised over $1 million for local charities and community groups. We were honoured to be a beneficiary this year. It will go a...

AN EDUCATION AND HELPING OTHERS

AN EDUCATION AND HELPING OTHERS

“I had parents that struggled with mental health issues and addiction. Growing up in this environment impacted my mental health, and I learned unhealthy coping skills. I struggled to trust adults in my life. I was 14 years old when I was placed at the Roberts/Smart...

LEARNING TO BE HEALTHY

LEARNING TO BE HEALTHY

“I wasn’t your typical 12-year-old girl. I didn’t feel like I belonged. I just didn’t feel like I was a good person. I started self-harming and spent five months in the hospital. It was one of the most frightening experiences I’ve ever had. Roberts/Smart was quite...

BUILDING PROGRAMS

BUILDING PROGRAMS

We were thrilled to receive a generous donation of $5000 from the  Ontario Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association (OSSGA)! The cheque was hand delivered by Rob Pierce, Chair of OSSGA’s Board of Directors and a long-time supporter of RSC.  A big thank you to Mr. Pierce...

Traffic Jam 2023

Traffic Jam 2023

Our CORATH team attended the 1st annual Traffic Jam Human Trafficking Conference. Organized by, A New Day Ottawa, this two-day event focused on navigating the intersections of human trafficking. The conference brought together experts, advocates, and survivors to...

DCLA on the move!

DCLA on the move!

We are pleased to announce that Roberts/Smart Academy (DCLA) has moved to their new home on the second floor of 440 Albert Street. The new space is filled with natural light, more classrooms and a larger activity or meeting space. This relocation has been a long time...

Join our Board of Directors

Join our Board of Directors

The Roberts/Smart Centre is currently seeking volunteers to join its Board of Directors. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are passionate about community mental health and have a strong commitment to the Centre's mission of making a difference in the...

25th Anniversary of l’Annexe

25th Anniversary of l’Annexe

On December 2, a celebration was held in honour of l’Annexe’s 25th anniversary. The French language Day Treatment program, located in Plantagenet, Ontario, is a collaboration between the Roberts/Smart Centre and le Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique de l’Est...

CHANGING THE TRAJECTORY

CHANGING THE TRAJECTORY

Many of the youth that come to the Roberts/Smart Centre have no home and have had up to 40 or more different placements during their 12 to 17 years of life. They arrive with all of their things in garbage bags. These bags contain torn or dirty clothes, often that...

EMPOWERING YOUTH

EMPOWERING YOUTH

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Canada is an inclusive, award-winning approach to grant-making that grows compassionate communities by connecting high school students to social issues, local charities, and philanthropy at a pivotal stage in their adolescence....

HEAVY BURDEN

HEAVY BURDEN

  When S. arrived at the Roberts/Smart Centre he had a backpack full of emotional and behavioural issues. He was typical of most youth coming to RSC. Difficulty interacting with others, intensely angry, with little to no interest in school or in being here....

Annual General Meeting 2021-2022

Annual General Meeting 2021-2022

This past Thursday, the Roberts/Smart Centre held its AGM at the Beautiful Orange Gallery. One of the highlights of the evening was a keynote address by the Hon. Bernadette Clément, Senator. She spoke passionately about her identity as a Franco-Ontarian woman of...

A Fall Day at Camp Misabe

A Fall Day at Camp Misabe

On Saturday, October 15, we went to Camp Misabe again. This time we met with Knowledge keepers that taught us how to weave baskets. It took us about 4 and a half hours to weave them. Each of us ended up with such unique baskets to us. JP made a rainbow basket. TC made...

Learning on the Land

Learning on the Land

On July 14th, the Indigenous youth from Roberts/Smart Centre were invited to part take in a “Learning on the Land” adventure at Camp Misabe (Where Giants Walk) in Kitigan Zibi.

Enriched Indigenous Support Program Outing

Enriched Indigenous Support Program Outing

We were invited by the Centre of Indigenous Initiatives at Carleton University to tour the campus and explore the Indigenous supports such as the Enriched Indigenous Support Program, Ojigkwanong, and the Cedar lodge.