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Stonehenge Therapeutic Community News


Launch of the New Community Withdrawal Support Service!

Posted March 7, 2017 - Stonehenge Therapeutic Community is excited to announce the launch of a new service: our Community Withdrawal Support Service (CWSS). CWSS is a set of services that supports community-based withdrawal by providing direct care to individuals withdrawing as well as their supporters.  CWSS staff will also facilitate collaboration with other service providers who are supporting an individual to withdraw. The program also provides community withdrawal education.  The program started with a local launch only, but is now available across the Waterloo-Wellington region.

A key enabling component of this service is a 54-page resource booklet called ‘The Plan’, that Stonehenge developed specifically for this program, .  The Plan is an essential resource for individuals going through withdrawal, their family/friend supports, and the professionals involved in their care. The Plan outlines information on what to expect when going through withdrawal with detailed information for specific substances. It highlights information on post-acute withdrawal symptoms, relapse prevention, and available resources to help support individuals once acute withdrawal is complete. There is also a specific section designed for family and friends that provides resources on how to support a loved one and take care of oneself during this time. The Plan is a valuable reference for anyone supporting someone with an addiction.  

Because there is nothing like this resource elsewhere, we’re also making it available to other health service providers. We are providing it at cost ($10) plus shipping (or you can pick it up if you are local). If you would like to obtain copies of The Plan, please use our Order Form

 Stonehenge Goes To Washington!

Posted March 3, 2017 -  As a member of the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA), Stonehenge Executive Director Heather Kerr traveled to Washington, DC to attend the ICCA's Annual Board Meeting and meet face to face with 14 other Executive Directors/CEO's from across the US (picture below). After strategic planning sessions, Heather attended the Annual Public Policy Forum, along with compatriots Heather Lumley (St. Leonard's Society of London) and Don Evans (Canadian Training institute), where she presented on Canada's response to the opioid crisis.


Heather was also part of the ICCA delegation that attended the Senate Building. Heather was the Canadian representative that presented Senator John Cornyn (picture below) with the ICCA President's Award for his work to pass a number of bills supporting offender needs.  

Heather also took part in the CARA (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act) Addiction Policy forum where Senator Mitch McConnell received the Legislator's Award, along with several innovative programs across the US that received awards for their work to address the opioid crisis.  Heather represented the the ICCA at the Reception.

It was a highly engaging trip and Heather was able to bring back valuable information from the numerous programs and strategies currently being implemented in the US which she will share with staff as well as our local funders. 



Tour of BC TC's

Posted February 1, 2017 - Stonehenge’s Heather Kerr (Executive Director), Nicole Anderson (Clinical Director – Residential Program), and Laura Somerton (Team Lead – Women’s Residential Program) spent five days in British Columbia touring different therapeutic communities (TC’s). The purpose was to learn from the successes of how other agencies run their TC program.

Our staff visited Guthrie Therapeutic Community (housed inside the Nanaimo Correctional Centre), Vancouver Island Therapeutic Community, Woodwynn Farms, and The John Volken Academy. The group met with both staff and residents of the various programs and discussed processes and policies, and some materials were shared. Many ideas were generated for changes that could be implemented within Stonehenge’s residential program.  Some of these will become part of our internal TC Concepts training we provide to staff.  Heather, Nicole, and Laura also got to visit an overdose prevention site on East Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver, and learn how these clinics work within the BC health care system.

STC staff on the ferry to Vancouver Island. 

All in all it was a very successful knowledge-gathering trip with some new sector partnerships forged.  

Stop the Stigma Rally 

Posted September 30, 2016 -
The 'Stop the Stigma Rally' took place yesterday at the Guelph City Hall and there was a great turnout. Several Stonehenge Therapeutic Community staff attended including Nicole Anderson, Clinical Director - Residential Services, who provided a speech and was quoted in an article in the Guelph Today online newspaper. You can read the article here

What a Celebration! 

Posted July 1, 2016 - It was a fantastic day to celebrate Stonehenge's 45th Anniversary at the Summerlee Science Building Atrium at the University of Guelph on June 28. Many former clients, staff and Board members came out to celebrate - it was great to see so many faces from the past. Guests got a real feel for the history of the organization, and it's impact, by viewing the many easels filled with heartfelt, personal stories for our theme of '45 Stories for 45 Years'.  Special guests included Guelph MPP Liz Sandals, Garry Male of the Guelph Police Service (to receive the Stonehenge Community Partner Award) and author Robert Munsch.  We thank all of our story contributors who shared their personal stories, some of whom read them out at the celebration. We continue to fundraise for our programs throughout 2016, so please consider hitting the "Donate" button on our website to make a donation.


Stonehenge Turns 45! 

Posted June 19, 2016 - Thanks to Rob O'Flanagan for the story in Guelph Today about Stonehenge's milestone. We turn 45 this year and will be celebrating with the theme of '45 Stories for 45 Years' at our Annual General Meeting on June 28th. The Guelph Today article can be read here.  


Stonehenge Drug Court Program Funding Extended 

Posted June 2, 2016 - Here's a follow-up story about our Drug Court Program. The funding for this successful pilot program has been extended, thus continuing a much-needed and valuable support service within our local court system. Stonehenge Therapeutic Community values our partnerships with court services, as well as the  Guelph Police Service, as we work together to provide an option of case management and counselling support to reduce incarceration time. The CBC story can be read here.    

Stonehenge on CBC 

 Posted September 24, 2015 - CBC ran a news item yesterday about our new program that provides Stonehenge addiction counselling directly within the Guelph Court system. This pilot program is funded by the Proceeds of Crime Front-line Policing Grant, a federal program that re-invests seized criminal assets back into local police services in order to fund community safety initiatives. The article can be read here and features our very own Kerry Manthenga, Clinical Director of Community Services. The article was coupled with an interview on CBC Radio. Great job Kerry! 


WWLHIN Feature Article 

Posted December 10, 2014 - Stonehenge Executive Director Heather Kerr is featured in an excellent article on the Waterloo Wellington LHIN's website. The article can be read here.




Executive Director Receives Award 


Posted September 18, 2014 - We are very proud to announce that on Sept. 15 our Executive Director Heather Kerr received the J. Bryan Riley Meritorious Service Award at the Margaret Mead Awards Luncheon as part of this year's 50th Annual ICCA Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. This award recognizes an individual whose work exemplifies the ideals of International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) and has delivered outstanding service to community corrections. The award is a result of peer nominations - Heather is deeply honoured to receive this recognition from her colleagues.

Congratulations Heather!


 2014 Walk of Hope Walkathon

Posted September 10, 2014 - Thanks to everyone who participated in our 10th annual Walk of Hope Walkathon on Sunday Sept. 7th. It was a great day of family fun and community fundraising. This event is co-presented by Stonehenge along with the Stonehenge Alumni Association. The proceeds from Walkathon pledges, the Raffle Table and the Bake Sale go towards our Alumni Give-back Project. By staying connected with our residential treatment program and our residents, our dedicated Alumni Association members are able to inform and recommend where the agency should direct some of the Walkathon proceeds in order to improve the treatment stay of our clients. 

                   Women's Banner                                    The 'Lunch Crew' from Wellington Motors


  Our new Clinical Director of Community        Thanks to Ann & Robert Munsch who attended and 
  Programs Kerry Manthenga with Board         generously gave out autographed books to the kids!
       member Dr. Andrew Ekblad.

                                           Alumni Bryan and Rob (in tiger suit)

Thanks to all of our sponsors who donated prizes and gifts for the Raffle Table, and to Wellington Motors who for the second year in a row not only provided all the food for the BBQ, but arrived with seven staff volunteers to cook and serve it too - simply amazing - we can't thank you enough!!  

We look forward to seeing everyone again in September 2015 for next year's event.    


 WWWLHIN Funding Announcement at Stonehenge

Posted November 30, 2013
- Stonehenge was very pleased to be asked to host an exciting funding announcement by the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN).  On November 29th, t
he Honorable Liz Sandals (Minister of Education, Guelph MPP) along with members of the WWLHIN and Stonehenge Therapeutic Community took part in the announcement of $12.5 million in investments into various health programs serving residents across the Waterloo Wellington region.

Of this funding, Stonehenge will receive $300,000 to develop a specialized Addictions Support Coordination Program. This program will employ mobile support workers to connect residents with complex and chronic addictions and mental health conditions to appropriate programs and services that meet their specific needs. Along with Liz, Joan Fisk (Board Chair, WWLHIN Board of Director, Heather Kerr (Executive Director, Stonehenge Therapeutic Community), Chief Bryan Larkin (Guelph Police Services) and a graduate of the Stonehenge residential program gave speeches in the foyer of Stonehenge’s Administration building in Guelph.

(Pictured above from left: Chief Bryan Larkin, Joan Fisk, Heather Kerr, Liz Sandals) 


A news article from the Guelph Mercury on this announcement can be found here.

 Special Book Launch

Posted October 10, 2013 - Stonehenge is excited to announce the launch of the new book “SHARING: Our Stories, Our Selves, Our Success – An Anthology of Women’s Empowerment Stories”.  This book features 24 writers; a group of women from various walks of life with different and yet very similar stories to tell. Stories of pain, healing, struggle and courage, hope and vision...whatever has guided each woman on her journey to healing and wholeness on all levels. A project description and bios of all authors can be found here.

The women have been working together, from beginning to end, encouraging each other as they wrote. They are also sharing all costs, collaboratively promoting the book, and sharing in the profit of sales. And they are giving back. One of the most exciting aspects of this project is that 25% of the proceeds will go to charity. As a condition of participation, each woman was asked to select a charity, either in the area of women's empowerment, or simply one that has touched her heart and soul, and helped her on her journey. Guelph resident and author Moragh Lippert has generously selected Stonehenge Therapeutic Community as her designated charity to receive her sales donations – Thank you Moragh!

More information on Moragh can be found here.

To purchase a copy of this inspiring book, please go to the One Thousand Trees website. Be sure to enter the Charity Code ML-10 to ensure the 25% charity portion of the sales are directed to Stonehenge Therapeutic Community.

The 2013 Walk of Hope Walkathon

Posted Sept. 9, 2013It is an understatement to say that this year’s 9th Annual Walk of Hope Walkathon was a huge success. Not only did we have a perfectly sunny fall day, the turnout was fantastic (biggest ever?) and the food, games and prizes were off the charts. It was inspiring to see so many residents, Alumni, family members, staff and Board Members come to together to support our program.

                         The Women's Banner                                                      The Men's Banner                            

A big thanks goes out to Clinical Director Cheri Bilitz and the Stonehenge Alumni Association for organizing such a successful event. A special thanks is needed for Board Member Brenda Lewis whose leadership and tireless efforts raised the bar for event extras like the circus-themed games and inflatable characters, the visit from the Guelph Fire Department, not to mention the amazing array of donated prizes from local businesses for the Raffle Table.

Thanks also to the men and women residents who made a tasty selection of pies and baked goods, and to Erika Bilitz for baking and donating her pastry chef-level cupcakes and treats, all of which made for an undeniably tempting Baked Goods Table.

As for the BBQ lunch, we can’t thank Guelph’s own Wellington Motors enough. Not only did Wellington Motors donate ALL the food for the BBQ, they brought five staff in their hot pink Dodge Ram pick-up truck and cooked the food and served it….amazing! Thank you Wellington Motors for your support and your generous donation of food and volunteers.

                                                                  The Wellington Motors Crew

Even Guelph MP Frank Valeriote stopped by to say hi and chat with the Walkathon participants. Frank has been a long-time friend of Stonehenge and has attended several STC events including our 40th Anniversary where he gave a moving speech. Nice to see you again Frank!

nd finally, thanks to all the staff whose behind-the-scenes work does not go unnoticed and is equally important to a smooth-running and successful event. Their combined efforts helped us raise the several thousand dollars in net proceeds that will be invested back into the residential community under our theme of Healthy Lifestyles. With resident input, these funds will help purchase new recreational equipment and leisure items so our residents are afforded a healthy balance of work and play during their treatment stay. Last year’s Walkathon proceeds were invested in items like yoga mats, an elliptical machine, free weights, softball equipment and a volleyball net system.

See you at next year's event!


Stonehenge's Housing Program To Expand

Posted June 13, 2012 – There's a nice article in the Guelph Mercury today about the WWLHIN's expansion of the ASH Program (Addictions Supportive Housing). Heather Kerr, Executive Director of Stonehenge Therapeutic Community, discusses the positive implications of additional beds for this valuable program. Click here to read the article


Stonehenge Board Chair Sworn In As Guelph Police Chief

Posted April 25, 2012 – Bryan Larkin, who has served as the Chair of the Board for Stonehenge Therapeutic Community for the past year, was sworn in as the Police Chief of Guelph in a moving ceremony yesterday. Bryan replaces long-serving Chief Rob Davis, who served on the Guelph Police Force for 40 years. To find out more, click here to read the article in the Guelph Mercury.



From left: New Police Chief Bryan Larkin, Judy Sorbara, Mayor Karen Farbridge, retiring Cheif Rob Davis.

Stonehenge Executive Director Nominated for the Women of Distinction Award

Posted May 4, 2012 – On May 3rd, the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph hosted the 17th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Gala at the River Run Centre. Stonehenge Executive Director Heather Kerr was nominated in the Public Service category. Ultimately Heather did not win but she appreciates what a huge honour it is to be nominated. This nomination recognizes Heather's leadership in the addictions sector, both locally and nationally as well as her committment to Stonehenge Therapeutic Community.
Stonehenge congratulates colleague Rosslyn Bentley of Hospice Wellington in winning the Public Service award. More pictures can be found here at SNAP Guelph.

Women of Distinction nominees Raechelle Devereax, Linda Hopkins and Heather Kerr.

The 2011 Walk of Hope Walkathon

Posted Sept. 19, 2011 – The 7th Annual Stonehenge Walk of Hope Walkathon took place on Sunday Sept. 18th. Organized by the STC Alumni Association along with staff, this event aims to raise money towards an Alumni Project. This year, the Alumni Association has chosen to put the funds towards enhancements of our Memorial Garden. The turnout, especially from family members, was incredible as this event just seems to get bigger every year. We thank everyone who supported us by getting pledges and walking the 10km. The organizing staff, volunteers and residents did a fantastic job of running a smooth event, and the weather was perfect. Though there's no official tally yet, by all indications the funds raised were the highest ever. Thank you from Stonehenge, Let's keep the trend going for next year!

                                                   Walkathon start


    The women's and men's banners (the women won the banner contest!) 

  Volunteer Erika B. with her homemade cupcakes at the Bake Sale table. 

ASH Program - Sidney House Open House

Posted August 18, 2011 – On August 17th Stonehenge hosted an Open House for 'Sidney House', the second facility of the our Addictions Supportive Housing (ASH) Program. The Open House was well-attended and included a casual barbeque and tours for neighbours and community members and included special guest Liz Sandals (MPP Guelph).  

Picture above, L to R: Rachel & Liz (ASH Counsellors), Heather Kerr (Executive Director, STC), Don Roth (Executive Director, CMHA-GRB) 

Funded by the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWHLIN), this new program provides up to 16 supportive housing beds for those recovering from substance abuse in the Wellington-Guelph region. This program is a partnership between Stonehenge Therapeutic Community and the Canadian Mental Health Association - Grand River Branch. An article on the Open House can also be found in the WWLHIN eNewsletter, found here.

As part of the province-wide ASH program, 16 beds are also available in Waterloo Region through a partnerhsip between House of Friendship and Waterloo Regional Homes.

Stonehenge 40th Anniversary Celebration

Posted July 4, 2011 – On June 28th Stonehenge celebrated it's 40th Anniversary and Annual General Meeting. The weather held out for a wonderful event attended by some very special guests, including Joy Dougan (wife of the late Dr. John Dougan, founder of STC), Dick O'Brien (founding Executive Director), Lucy Hume (former Executive Director), Susy Canon (former Director of Administration), Frank Valeriote (MP Guelph - picture below), Gloria Kovach (Ward 4 City Councilor), Ted Alexander (Waterloo Wellington LHIN) as well as many past staff and Board Members (picture below).

Guelph MP Frank Valeriote speaks at the Stonehenge AGM 2011

The residents did a fantastic job with the food and the grounds looked better than ever. Stonehenge thanks the staff and residents for their part in making this such a successful event.

The occaision also included a re-dedication of Morrow Hall to founding Board Member Irene Morrow. The ceremony was marked by some very touching speeches to Irene as well as the presentation of a plaque in her honour (picture below). The plaque will be hung in the foyer of Morrow Hall for all to see. This event really highlighted how far Stonehenge has come: from a pilot program held on a farm in 1971, to the renowned facility it is today.

Changes to the Stonehenge Charity Golf Tournament

Posted May 8, 2011 – Stonehenge Therapeutic Community would like to thank each and every sponsor, prize & silent auction donor, private donor, golfer and volunteer for their invaluable support of the 11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament that took place on June 14, 2010. We are pleased to announce that the tournament raised close to $9,000 in net proceeds. As noted in the tournament brochure, these funds have been directed towards program enhancements in our Women's Residential Program. 

At this time each year we normally announce the date of our golf tournament for the upcoming summer. After much thought, the agency has decided to take a one-year hiatus from running a charity golf event in 2011. Given the many hours of staff and Board time required to stage and support the event, the Fundraising & Events Committee really questioned the "bang for the buck" we were receiving with this large-scale event. The agency will take the year to assess past events and determine the best direction for our 2012 fundraising initiatives.

For those that are still interested in contributing a donation to the valuable work Stonehenge does, we have compiled a list of suggested donation options. Click here to see the list of Donation Options. While not in the form of a golf hole sponsorship, putting contest or raffle ticket, this list is meant to provide some understanding of how a donation, given in lieu of the golf tournament, may be used towards enhancements at Stonehenge.

We have three methods in which you can make a donation to Stonehenge. Click here to see the list of Donation Methods and instructions

Again, we thank you for your tremendous support of Stonehenge Therapeutic Community; it really has made a difference!

Edinburgh Place Open House

Posted November 3, 2010 – Stonehenge Therapeutic Community is featured in the November 1st issue of the Waterloo Wellington LHIN's Newsletter. The story covered our recent Open House event at Edinburgh Place, the home of our transitional housing pilot program. The event was attended by Stonehenge staff, community members as well as Liz Sandals, MPP Guelph. Read the article here.


Pictured from left to right: Don Roth (Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association - Grand River Branch), Liz Boston (Housing Support Worker, STC), Heather Kerr (Executive Director, STC), Marc De Vos (Logistics Manager, STC), and Joe Testardi (Housing Supervisor, STC).

Rotary Club Presentation

Posted June 24, 2010 – Stonehenge Therapeutic Community had the pleasure of joining the Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium on Wed. June 23rd, 2010. Heather Kerr (Executive Director) along with Marc De Vos (Logistics Manager) provided a half-hour presentation on the programs and history of Stonehenge Therapeutic Community. We thank the Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium for inviting us to their meeting and providing a wonderful breakfast.

  Pictured above: Stonehenge Executive Director Heather Kerr along with Rotarians Sam Anderson-Coats (left) and Terry Diggle (right).


Memorial for Dr. Glenn Peirson

Posted on June 23, 2010 - On Nov. 10, 2009 Stonehenge lost one of its champions. Dr. Glenn Peirson lost his life to cancer after and long and courageous battle. Glenn was Stonehenge’s resident methadone physician. Stonehenge Therapeutic Community held a memorial celebration on June 22, 3010 in his honour, as part of our Annual General Meeting. 

Glenn's dedication to his vocation was immeasurable. Here was a man who found his true calling. Glenn cared deeply for each and every person he treated. Stonehenge was lucky to have the opportunity to partner with Glenn in 1998 to form the area's first Methadone Clinic; a clinic that still thrives today. Glenn's gift for compassion, his spirituality, his sense of humour and his love of music were all clearly evident in the way he conducted himself both as a professional as well as in everyday life. A devoted husband and father of two, he was taken from us much too early. Stonehenge staff and residents miss Glenn dearly, but through his exceptional work and his passion for helping others, he will not be forgotten. 

The Peirson family with STC Executive Director Heather Kerr, 2nd from right.

Stonehenge is proud to display a memorial plaque for Glenn in our Administration office lobby. We would like to thank his entire family for attending our memorial celebration to him. We were moved by touching speeches by Glenn's wife and Executive Director Heather Kerr. In Glenn's honour, Stonehenge has planted a Bur Oak tree on our Men's Centre property. This tree was donated by our arborist, Capella Tree Service (thank you Phil!). To cherish his memory and continue his legacy, the Peirson family also has set up the Glenn Peirson website


Bur Oak tree on the Stonehenge grounds planted in honour of Glenn Peirson 

Walk of Hope Walkathon

Posted Oct. 7, 2009 - Well, we did it again. The 2009 Walkathon was a huge success and continues to grow each year. After all was totalled, we raised over $3,300 in donations, surpassing last year's amount. Great job everyone!  

Thanks to Cheri and all the staff volunteers as well as to Julia and Tonya and the rest of the Alumni for their efforts in bringing in Tim Horton's coffee, the Guelph Fire Department, JT the Clown and Suzanne's Baked Good table. We look forward to raising the bar again next year.

Memorial Celebration

Posted Sept. 10, 2009 - Stonehenge Therapeutic Community is hosting a Memorial Celebration of the life and achievements of our founder, Dr. John Dougan (Jan. 01, 1917 - July 02, 2009) on Thurs. Oct. 1, 2009.

We are inviting current and past residents, staff, alumni and Board members to join us for this celebration.

The Passing of John Dougan, Founder of Stonehenge

Posted July 3, 2009 - We are deeply saddened by the passing of our founder, Dr. John Dougan. A Stonehenge memorial celebration is planned for the fall. To learn more about this dedicated and giving individual, you can read about his life in his obituary, which his family has kindly let us post.


Dr. John Dougan
January 01, 1917 - July 02, 2009

On Thursday, July 2, 2009, Dr. John McDonald Dougan died peacefully at his home in Acton, Ontario surrounded by his family, and with Joy, his wife of 68 years, holding his hand.

John's passing marks the end of 130 years of a proud family tradition of being called to service through medical practice, dating back to his grandfather and continuing with his father, uncle and both his brothers (Hampton and George). John (Donald) was born in 1917 in Portadown, County Armagh in Northern Ireland and educated at Campbell College, Belfast and Trinity College, University of Dublin (M.A., M.B., B.Ch.), graduating in 1938. He was a keen member of the Dublin University Boat Club, winning championships in 1937 and 1938 and twice rowing in the Lady's Plate at the  Henley Royal Regatta.

A veteran of World War II with the Royal Army Medical Corps, John went overseas with the Ninth Queens Royal Lancers and served extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East. He was awarded the Military Cross for rescuing several wounded soldiers in the Saunnu Battle (Libya) on Jan. 23, 1942 and was seriously wounded at the Battle of Knightsbridge.

Dr. Dougan emigrated to Canada with his wife Joy in 1948 and settled in Winnipeg where he set up general practice in Charleswood. He returned to England to study psychiatry, and took up psychiatric residency at St. John's Hospital, Aylesbury. In 1964 he came back to Winnipeg where was a consultant psychiatrist at the Manitoba Clinic and lecturer at the University of Manitoba until 1970. Dr. Dougan moved to Guelph to become Director of the Community Mental Health Clinic in Guelph and organized expansion to mental health clinics in Orangeville and Dufferin County.

In 1971 he founded Stonehenge Therapeutic Community in Guelph, a long-term residential addiction treatment facility for men and women. In 1972 he was elected to the Foundation Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and was a member of the Psychiatric Review Board of Ontario. Dr. Dougan was a Life Member of the Big Sisters Association of Guelph, a recipient of the Sertoma Club of Guelph Service to Mankind Award and of the Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary Club of Guelph. In 1986, realizing that there was shortage of psychiatric help in Acton, John postponed his retirement to become a consultant psychiatrist with the North Halton Mental Health Clinic. His greatest wish was to continue to serving his patients as long as he could, and this he did, up until the week before he died. For all his accomplishments, Dr. Dougan was essentially a very humble man; despite his courage, he was above all gentle. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his integrity, generosity and kindness. He regarded his medical training as a calling and an honour, and was known (for example) to quietly pay for prescriptions that his patients might not be able to afford.

He had a classical education, kept a Greek dictionary by his bed for impromptu translations, played saxophone in a band in Dublin in the 1930’s, cut his medical teeth at VD clinics in the Dublin slums, dated one of the Flying Wallendas before marrying his beloved Joy, roller-bladed with his granddaughter in his 80's, and throughout his lifetime, quietly crossed paths with such luminaries as Louis Armstrong and Noel Coward.

Donations, if desired, may be made payable to Summit Housing & Outreach Program, PO Box 5, Acton, Ontario L7J 2M2 to the attention of the Acton Patients' Christmas Party.

Online condolences and donations may also be made through the Mackinnon Family Funeral Home.

Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy - In the News

Posted July 12, 2009 - An article on the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy (formerly the Wellington Guelph Substance Abuse Strategy) can be found in the July 11th edition of the Guelph Mercury. Health reporter Vik Kirsch speaks with the new coordinator Reachelle Devereaux as well as our own Heather Kerr, Chair of the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy committee.

Click here to read the article. 


MP Frank Valeriote visits Stonehenge

Posted June 29, 2009 – We were honoured to welcome Member of Parliament for Guelph Frank Valeriote to Stonehenge today. Frank came for a tour of both our men’s and women’s facilities. He also met with Executive Director Heather Kerr and Bill Lord, Chair of the Stonehenge Board of Directors where they discussed the Stonehenge program as well as issues related to substance use in the city of Guelph. With guidance from Frank, a trip to Ottawa may be in the works in order to lobby government for additional funding for substance abuse treatment.

From left: Bill Lord (Chair, STC Board of Directors), Heather Kerr (STC Executive Director), Frank Valeriote, MP City of Guelph.

2009 Golf Tournament

Posted June 16, 2009 - Thanks to the Golf Committee and all those who helped out during our 10th Annual Stonehenge Charity Golf Tournament yesterday. This year's event was exceptional in it's planning and execution, not to mention the great weather. We hope to post a few photos here in the near future. Thanks as well to all of you who made donations or sponsorships. We couldn't have done it without you!

Stonehenge Program Recognition

Posted Dec. 12, 2008 - Stonehenge has received recognition for our pilot Equine Therapy Program. This inaugural, 12-week program was recently completed by our women residents and their feedback was extremely positive. Running as a pilot program first, we now know an equine-assisted psychotherapy model can work for our agency and we can begin to build on it for possible inclusion into our regular programming.

Stonehenge would like to thank our partners in this unique program, Sharon Purcell - Stable Relations, Wendy Golding - Horse Spirit Connections and Dr. Shoshanna Pollack - Wilfrid Laurier University. An article on Dr. Pollack's study can be viewed here.

Developing Local Substance Abuse Strategies

Posted Dec. 1, 2008 - Over the past year, the Guelph-Wellington Substance Abuse Strategy Committee has worked hard to develop region-specific strategies to tackle the issue of substance abuse in the city of Guelph and throughout Wellington County. Heather Kerr, Executive Director at Stonehenge, sits on the Management Subcommittee and is excited to present recommendations that have come out of a year of intense work on the committee.

These recommendations will be presented at two community forums where the public's feedback is invited and encouraged. Please see the Mayor Karen Farbridge's blog to find out all the information about these Community Forums. You can also read about it in Health reporter Vik Kirsch's article in the Guelph Mercury

2009 Stonehenge Golf Tournament - Date Announced 

Posted October 14, 2008 – The 10th Annual Stonehenge Charity Golf Tournament date has been set for Monday June 15th, 2009. As in the past, it will take place at the Cutten Club in Guelph, ON. The public is welcome to join this tournament and we are always looking for new sponsors.

If you want to enter your foursome into the tournament or set up your company's sponsorship (we have a range of options), please call our main number, (519) 837-1470 for information. 

Walk of Hope Walkathon

Posted October 1, 2008 - This year's "WALK OF HOPE" Walkathon was one of our best ever thanks to a fantastic turnout of Stonehenge alumni, residents, family and staff. Over $2,400 in pledges was raised by Stonehenge residents.

A big thanks goes out to Cheri Bilitz, Clinical Director, along with the Stonehenge Alumni Association who worked very hard together to make this year's event so successful.

Check back here in August for details of the 2009 Walk Of Hope walkathon. 

STC Launches Equine Therapy Pilot Program

Posted Sept. 1, 2008 - STC is pleased to annouce an exciting women's pilot program in partnership with Horse Spirit Connections and Stable Relations. The Equine Therapy Program is an innovative 12-week program that utilizes the incredible therapeutic benefits that arise when interacting with horses.

This program will also act as a reserach project for Dr. Shoshana Pollack, professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, so she can document and evaluate the effects of this equine-assisted approach for women dealing with long-standing substance addictions.

The collaboration between the four partners in this program means we can offer this unique pilot program with minimal cost to the agency.

2008 Stonehenge Charity Golf Tournament

 July 7, 2008 - The 9th Annual Stonehenge Charity Golf Tournament took place on Monday July 7th, 2008 and was a huge success. The 10th Annual Tournament date will be announced soon. If you want to enter your foursome or sponsor a hole, please call our main number, (519) 837-1470.

This is a great way to contribute to our agency and get in a round of golf at the same time, at one of Guelph's best golf courses, The Cutten Club. There will prizes available in the Putting Contest, Raffle, Closest To The  Pin Contest as well as our Silent Auction.  



Transforming  Lives Award

Posted May 8, 2008 - Stonehenge is lucky to have such a dedicated team of employees, some who have been with the agency for up to 20 years. Tonight however, one of our Addiction Counsellors will receive the 2008 Transforming Lives Award. This award, presented by the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH), is given to men and women who have overcome the challenges of an addiciton or mental health issue.

Graeme Bonar's inspirational story can be read in today's issue of The Globe & Mail; the story of a Montreal Canadien's draftee whose career-ending injury led to a 10-year addiction to drugs and alcohol. Stonehenge is honoured to have Graeme as one of its staff; someone who is willing to tell their story of overcoming addiction and use their personal experience to lead our clients by example. Besides counselling clients at Stonehenge, Graeme also travels extensively promoting addiciton awareness to minor-league athletes.

Congratulations on your Transforming Lives Award Graeme! 

Doors Open Guelph

Posted April 2, 2008 - Stonehenge has been invited to particpate in this year's Doors Open walking tour of heritage buildings in Guelph. Our women's residence was built in the 1860's (the same time as the US Civil War!) as a family residence known as Ellenburn. 

You can register to join this tour through the Guelph Arts website or call (519) 836-3280. The tour takes place from 9am to 4pm on Sat. April 26, 2008. This is a great way to see many of Guelph's historic sites as some, like ours,  are not normally open to the public. 

STC Program Recognition

Posted March 25, 2008 – Stonehenge’s Harm Reduction Program has been selected to participate in the 2008 “Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo” in Toronto this April. The integration of our Early Childhood Development (ECD) program and our Methadone Case Management program under a single infrastructure of Harm Reduction has been recognized as an innovative solution to the problem of maintaining quality programs without additional funding.

By combining the programs, we were able to share expertise, resources and administrative services resulting in a thriving program with the ability to handle increasing referrals while at the same time offering a broader continuum of harm reduction services.

We congratulate Shirley Kell and Megen Galbraith. This selection recognizes all their hard work and effort as well as their dedication to this program. 

Stonehenge Unveils a New Memorial Garden

Posted Nov. 2, 2007 - We are proud to annouce a new feature at Century Home (our women's residential facility), the Lucy Hume Memorial Garden. We now have a peaceful and symbolic place where family, friends, current residents or staff can honour the memories of female residents who have passed away.

Lucy Hume is a former Executive Director of Stonehenge. It was her vision to separate the men's and women's programs in order to better serve the specific recovery needs of women with addictions. Lucy spent countless hours championing this cause and was even responsible for finding the property and home where the women's program resides to this day. She kindly donated a stone bench which we have used as the centrepiece of the garden.


(Picture above: Stonehenge staff with Lucy Hume, 3rd from right)

The Lucy Hume garden ties in with Susy's Garden at our men's facility. Susy's Garden is where we honour our male residents' memories and is named after a former Director of Administration at Stonehenge. 

Friends and family members of residents who have passed away are welcome to bring their own markers or plants to our memorial gardens to remember their loved ones by. They may also choose to have a memorial tree planted in or near the garden, as a donation from Capella Tree Service. Phil Whetstone, owner/operator of Capella Tree Service here in Guelph, will donate an indigenous tree (tree type based on availability) and offer his expertise to assist us in choosing the best place to plant it.

In keeping with therapeutic community principles, the creation of the new Lucy Hume Memorial Garden was a partnership between the residents of the Women's Centre and the staff at Stonehenge. It is maintained by the residents from spring to fall.

All arrangements regarding the men's or women's memorial gardens can be made through Marc De Vos, Logistics Manager, by emailing or calling (519) 837-1470 x240.

Online Donations

Posted Oct. 7, 2007 - We are excited to annouce that you can now make electronic donations to Stonehenge through our website. Look for the donation box located in the right-hand column on every page of our website. Simply type in the amount of your donation, then select the allocation type that appies to your donation (non-specific one-time donations, the STC Golf Tournament, the STC Walkathon or In Memoriam), then click the DONATE button. You will be directed to our Paypal sub-site where you can choose to pay directly via your credit card or through your existing PayPal account. It's that easy. Not sure how Paypal works? Click here.

NOTE: Even though our donations are handled via Paypal, you do not need a PayPal account to make an online donation. 

Charitable receipts are available for donations over $25.00. In order to get a charitable receipt you must email your contact information to Kathy Ollmann, Accountant, at


Stonehenge Therapeutic Community
60 Westwood Rd
Guelph, Ontario
N1H 7X3

(519) 837-1470
(519) 837-3232 (F)




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45th Anniversary Donation
Walk of Hope Walkathon
In Memoriam

Secure online payment can be made via credit card or PayPal. For donations over $25.00, a charitable receipt will be mailed in the February following the donation. Please email us for more information