To ensure the mental health wellness of children, youth and families.


To provide client-centered, effective and efficient programs to improve the mental health wellness of children, youth and families


  • Accessible
  • Client Centred
  • Evidence-Based
  • Inclusive

Help them rise, watch them soar! That’s what we do. The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families is a mental health treatment centre for children and youth 17 and under. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and funded by the Government of Ontario.

The Phoenix Centre’s roots were planted in Renfrew County in December 1975. Noticing a lack of support and suitable resources for children with emotional and behavioural challenges and their families, the community united to make a change.

A chain of community-based efforts spanning over three years led to the nesting of The Phoenix Centre in 1978, when the Ministry of Community and Social Services confirmed the financial support required to institute a Children’s Mental Health Centre.

Since 1978, The Phoenix Centre has grown with the community, offering a warm, safe place to all the children and families of Renfrew County. We currently have 16 full-time therapists and eight child and youth counsellors providing mental health support services to the children, youth, and families of Renfrew County. We strive for your well-being.

With our main office located in the heart of beautiful downtown Pembroke, and satellite offices in five communities, our diverse services and programs are accessible throughout the County.

Proud neighbours and hosts of the Renfrew County Child Poverty Action NetworkBig Brothers Big Sisters Renfrew County and Elevate! Youth Fitness Centre in memory of Krista Johnston, The Phoenix Centre is also affiliated with many local, provincial, and national organizations.

Incorporated as Renfrew County Youth Services, our Board of Directors searched for a unique name to identify the agency within the community. The Phoenix Centre was chosen.

At The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families, we believe the process of seeking help and change mirrors the flight of the Phoenix. Getting treatment is a challenging process, but, by working through it, children and families can live better and feel stronger than they did before, achieving the extraordinary.

Our efforts are directed towards affirming the dignity and worth of each child and family, so as to enhance the integrity of the family unit.


The Phoenix Centre’s Board of Directors is a dynamic group of twelve elected members, including professionals and volunteers committed to providing quality services to every child and family that seeks the services of The Phoenix Centre.

Our Board envisions a Renfrew County where all children are emotionally healthy, and families are able to help themselves by making positive changes in their lives.


  • Outward Vision
  • Encouragement of Diversity in Viewpoints
  • Strategic Leadership More Than Administrative Detail
  • Clear Distinction of Board and Staff Roles
  • Futuristic Planning While Maintaining a Historical Perspective and Proactivity



About Page - Message from Greg
Photo: Cyndi Mills, Pembroke Daily News

Welcome to The Phoenix Centre. My hope as Executive Director is that our team will provide you with a clear understanding of who we are and the services we provide. As an accredited children’s mental health centre, we strive to provide effective and efficient services to infants, children, youth and families in Renfrew County.

As lead agency for children’s mental health in Renfrew County, we’re working with our partner service providers and the community at large to create an accessible and effective mental health system which ensures that all children, youth and families with mental health needs will have access to the right services and treatments at the right time.

We’re in a constant stage of growth and development. While we wish to be perfect, we also face many challenges. We welcome your thoughts, input and feedback on how we can better help children and youth develop resilience and attain wellness.

It’s a privilege to be the Executive Director of The Phoenix Centre. I’m so proud to be part of our caring community of service providers working together to make our system better.

Greg Lubimiv
Executive Director

Phoenix Centre for Children & Families is a not-for-profit Children’s Mental Health agency that is fortunate to belong to Delta Gaming (Pembroke) and be able to provide the following for our clients:

  • Client Transportation
  • Client Assistance
  • Snacks for Group Sessions
  • Field trips
  • Program supplies


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