Administration

Diane Irwin, M.S.
Executive Director
Office: 613-542-9634 ext 221
Cell: 613-539-8004
Fax: 613-384-8873
Email:
diane@slya.ca


Deborah Hendy, MEd
Director of Community Services
Office: 613-542-9634 ext 203
Cell: 613-583-3361
Fax: 613-542-3508
Email:
dhendy@slya.ca


Anna Paolucci, RP
Clinical Manager
Residential Programs
Office: 613-384-4869 ext 114
Cell: 613-583-6606
Fax: 613-384-8873
Email:
p_anna@slya.ca


Deborah Kyte
IT/Office Manager & Assistant to the Executive Director
Office: 613-542-9634 ext 222
Cell: 613-583-8247
Fax: 613-384-8873
Email:
deborah@slya.ca


Karin Brose
Payroll/Administrative Assistant
Office: 613-542-9634 ext 224
Fax: 613-384-8873
Email:
karin@slya.ca


Sennan Vandenberg
Property Manager
Office: 613-384-4869 ext 110
Cell: 613-484-3661
Fax: 613-384-8873
Email:
svandenberg@slya.ca

Brief Agency History
St Lawrence Youth Association has been in existence since 1974. SLYA serves the six county regions of Hasting, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington, Frontenac, Lanark, and Leeds & Grenville. SLYA is an active member of Youth Justice Ontario. 

Programs Comprising SLYA

Achievement St Lawrence: 
 - 1976 Open Custody and Detention Home (8 beds) 
 - 2009 All Female
 - 2013 All Male (8 beds)

Sundance: 
 - 1995 Secure Custody and Detention Home (10 beds) 
 - 2007 All Female 

Community Support Services: 
 - 1988 Intensive Treatment Services

Intensive Support & Supervision Program: 
 - 2005 Intensive Treatment Services

Youth Justice Family Worker Program
-2016 Youth Justice Family Worker

Medical Services in Residential Programs: 
 - 2006 Pediatric Care 

Bailiff Program: 
 - 2006 Transportation of custody residents.

Additional Programming:
-2009 Addition of Reintegration Worker Program
-2009 Addition of Girl's Moving On Program

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, people in the community involved in the care of children believed there was a need for improved facilities for those children with behaviour problems, particularly those who were before the courts. 

Community colleges were being established for post-secondary education in the field of applied arts and technology. St Lawrence College in Kingston was considering a program for adolescent care workers. 

Michael Ozerkevich, Director of the Behaviour Science Technology Program in the Human Studies Department took a leadership role in developing a program and the personnel to teach it. 

His Honour, Judge George Thomson, of Provincial Court (Family Division), was a visionary who introduced progressive ideas into his courtroom and the community. 

Judge Thomson, and Michael Ozerkevich initiated the ideas for the establishment of the St Lawrence Youth Association. 

Dr. Ray Peters was the first Chair of the Steering committee and first President of the Association (December 10, 1974). Michael Ozerkevich was the first Executive Director.