The time for Eli’s Place is now


The critical and growing gap in Canada’s mental health services has been well documented in recent months. Wait times of a year or more for programs spanning a mere six to eight weeks show no signs of improving. Subsequent transitional opportunities are scarce. The need for Eli’s Place has never been more urgent.


“Having worked as community family physicians for the past 35 years, we have struggled with the lack of availability of Mental Health Services for young adults. Eli’s Place Residential Treatment Centre will help to provide very valuable resources for treatment and skills development for young people as they learn to transition back to their communities.

We applaud the efforts of the Board of Eli’s Place as they work on making Eli’s Place a reality.”

Dr. J. Devon and Dr. M. Buchstein


As Dr. Anthony Levitt, former Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre explains, 

“Eli’s Place will provide critically needed, long-term, recovery-based intervention in an environment that is not available currently in Ontario. Although these rural, skills-based models are available in the US and internationally, Ontario does not have this kind of resource and it is sorely needed. Eli’s Place holds the potential to provide life-changing treatments for a traditionally hard-to-serve population, and will be a source of hope and healing for young people with mental illness and addictions and their families.”


Dr. Ari Zaretsky, Sunnybrook’s Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Vice President Education, concurs.

“I believe that many young adults with severe mental illness would highly benefit from a rural long-term recovery model of care. Eli’s Place can provide something very unique for people with mental illness who are looking for a holistic and integrated and empowering approach to their recovery.”



Karen Minden, C.M., Ph.D, Founding CEO of Pine River Institute & Pine River Foundation.

“I had a look at the Gould Farm website, and I love the program model you have chosen. AND they have been measuring their impact for some time. This is exceptional, and as you know, even mainstream treatment programs in Canada do not measure their outcomes. So congratulations for finding a model that is accountable, and to my mind, addresses all the important components of healing: relationship, compassion, functional living, living in a natural environment, as well as clinical expertise. I’m excited to see that your work is progressing and wish you well!”



Annette’s story is a good case in point. She has struggled with mental health issues for more than 25 years and knows first-hand what it’s like to feel ignored by today’s mental health care system.

“So often, people like me have treatment done to and not with us. Many times, one of the things we need is to be an agent in our own lives, to be competent, to be capable, to be given a chance to have faith in ourselves. The model at Eli’s Place, sees young adults with serious mental health issues as whole individuals, with a suite of talents and abilities, who can be well, and envision a healthy future. Most mental health programs teach you how to survive. Eli’s Place wants you to learn how to live.”



Karl Stobbe  Regional Assistant Dean Niagara Regional Campus,

Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine McMaster University

“Your progress has been impressive.  Your vision, leadership, and energy are inspiring to me. Please keep me informed of fundraising and other events.”




Colin Dart, former Executive Director Turning Point Youth Services

“Thank you for sharing this exciting news. A big step in future planning for Eli’s Place. Having had the experience myself of being part of establishing a Foundation for my former organization, I am aware of the work that goes into the receiving of Charitable status, congratulations to you and the board.”