2015 Annual Report
Message from the Chair & Executive Director
Brian Bigras, CHAIR & Penny Marrett, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lots of opportunities for change, growth, and innovation were presented to us over the last fiscal year. ASYR responded – as always – with the development and delivery of new, improved and innovative programs and service delivery for people living with addictions and their loved ones.
This past year, ASYR hosted a training session on ‘acudetox’ for health professionals. AcuDetox is a natural and effective way to manage withdrawal symptoms during treatment and is designed to support people living with addictions. Over 15 people received this training and are now part of a growing number of ASYR staff and community partners that are capable of delivering this important service.
With support from the Central Local Health Integration Network (CLHIN), ASYR collaborated with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) to facilitate 6 Indigenous Cultural Competency Training workshops. Over 160 people attended these training sessions and the feedback on the training was overwhelmingly positive. ASYR is grateful to the CLHIN for their vision and to the OFIFC for partnering with us in the delivery of this vital training.
ASYR supports the Indigenous peoples of York Region and committed to recruit a Substance Abuse Counsellor of First Nations heritage. We believe and trust that capturing this unique voice will strengthen ASYR’s ability to respond with sensitivity to the needs of the diverse populations in our community.
With ASYR’s commitment to the youth in our Region, ASYR now has several counsellors who are focussed on serving the needs of our youth in our schools. With the support from the Public and Catholic School Boards, ASYR has increased our presence within the school system across the Region. We are thrilled with this new initiative and look forward to working closely with school professionals as we serve the youth in our community.
ASYR’s Community Opioid Treatment Program has excelled over the past year. The program continues to expand in our Region and beyond. Thank you to the physicians, pharmacists and other health care professionals that partner with us to ensure the success of these clinics.
Thank you to our funders and donors for their continued commitment and support of our work. ASYR is grateful for the continued financial support from the Central LHIN and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Without their support, we would not be able to provide the programs and services that meet our community’s needs.
ASYR continues to deepen its commitment to collaborations and partner- ships as an effective way to ensure its clients have the programs and services they need. ASYR has a number of formal partnerships and is committed to working with these organizations to ensure that the residents of York Region receive the best quality programs and services.
ASYR continues to offer a number of individual and group programs and services, some of which we collaborate with other organizations:
- Adult Programs
- Addiction Supportive Housing (ASH)
- Alternative Treatments
- Bridges to Moms
- Community Opioid Treatment
- Community Withdrawal Management Services
- Concurrent Disorders
- Court Diversion
- Housing First
- Problem Gambling
All of these programs and services would not be possible without the outstanding dedication and care our staff takes to ensure that those in need are properly served. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we thank all of our staff for their continued commitment to ASYR.
We would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the hard work and commitment of our Board of Directors. These individuals volunteer countless hours to support ASYR in its work. Thank you for everything you do to help make ASYR be the best organization it can be by supporting change in the lives of individuals, their families and communities related to substance abuse and gambling.
As we look at the year behind, we can all be proud of what we have achieved together. And looking to the future, we know that ASYR will continue to find ways to innovate and be creative as it continues to serve the residents of York Region, South Simcoe and beyond.
By the Numbers
- Total INDIVIDUALS served by the agency – 2,993
- Total CLIENT connections – 22,832
- Total PROGRAM registrations – 4,665
- Total PROGRAMS offered to the community – 15
- Total GROUPS facilitated – 926
- Total GROUP PARTICIPANTS – 8,027
2015 Revenues & Investments
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Revenue Sources: Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care – 83%; Strategic Partnerships – 15%; Other – 1%; and Ministry of Children & Youth Services – 1%. Investments: Programs – 79%; Operations – 18%, Professional Development – 1%; and Amortization – 1%
“…My name is Neal and I came back to life in 2013. After I hit the bottom and ended up in the Blue Doors Men’s Shelter, I met a counsellor from ASYR. My counsellor did a lot for me and my way of thinking. I also met someone else who helped me as well.
In the spring of 2014, I went to a treatment facility in Kingston. Returning in July, I was back at Blue Doors. Early in the fall, I was offered the chance of a housing unit through ASYR’s Addiction Housing Supportive (ASH) program in collaboration with LOFT/Crosslinks.
One year later, I now have a job and am back on my feet. Thanks to ASYR for everything they have done to help me along the way…” ~ NEAL
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