Our Vision and Mission


 We believe thriving children create thriving communities. To that end, we focus on a community-wide response to childhood trauma that combines excellence in treatment, state-of-the-art education, and community oriented prevention initiatives aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of child maltreatment and promoting the safe and healthy development of children.

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In partnership with Max Francis from the True Hamiltonian, we are thrilled to launch our new “Hamilton is Thriving” t-shirt.

ON SALE NOW - $20/shirt

During these unprecedented times we are keenly aware that children, young people and families in our community are experiencing a lot of challenges. However, we also know there is an abundance of resilience, strength, compassion and caring in this community, to help make the shift from Surviving to Thriving!

We hope you will support this great cause while supplies last!

To get your shirt, please send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to coordinate payment and pick up.

Please join us for our 2nd Annual Walk Off the Turkey for Thrive 5km Walk/Run/Stair Climb

Date: Sunday October 18, 2020

Time: 2pm (Hamilton, ON EDT)*

Location:  VIRTUALLY, Anywhere, You Choose!

We're asking for participants to take part safely wherever they are - following safe physical distancing guidelines, and wearing a mask, if necessary, given where they choose to complete their 5km run/walk/stair climb.

Please consider inviting friends and family from all over the globe, to participate. Wherever they may be, we will all start at 2pm EDT. 

Prizes to be awarded:

  • participant who completes their 5km from a location farthest away from Hamilton. 
  • highest pledge earner. 

Pledge forms can be found here (link to fillable PDF) and can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. once completed. We ask that collected funds be sent via e-transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....or dropped off at the Thrive office before 1pm on event day. 

For this year's event we're asking participants to send photos/video of their journey (by sending pictures, you give permission for their image/video to be posted on Thrive's social media platforms). Of course, we also hope that participants will post about the event to their own personal social media platforms using the hashtags: #walkofftheturkey, #wottforthrive, and #virtualfundraiser  

We hope you will also purchase a “Hamilton is Thriving” t-shirt to wear on event day! Photos/video clips with t-shirt wearers will be another way to 'link us all together' during the event even though we will be apart. 

Visit our website if you haven't already picked one up and would like to! 

IMPORTANT ALERT – for Clients and Community Partners


UPDATED: Aug 20, 2020

As we are gradually begin to re-open our office at Thrive, some things have changed so we can ensure the safety of both our clients and staff.  Our administrative staff can answer emails to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can locate their email addresses and contact numbers in the “About Us” tab on our website.  Our staff also attend the office weekly to handle mail, banking and other office items.  When required, we are able to safely accommodate face to face meetings with planning.The COVID-19 pandemic is not over and will continue in our community for many months to come.  As we begin to transition our offices for face to face appointments, our plan has been aligned with our government and public health partners and emphasises the safety of all. 

Infection Protection and Control has been a key change in our reopening plan. We have introduced new signage on the floors and walls, wayfinding and the new ‘flow’ of the office space. Together with a new screening station in the front reception, these measures help everyone to maintain physical distancing, support hand hygiene and universal masking.

For more information, please contact our office.
Some important telephone numbers you may require during this time:

  • Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST): (905) 972-8338
  • Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton (CAS): (905) 522-1121
  • Catholic Children’s Aid Society (CCAS): (905) 525-2012
  • CAS and CCAS emergency after hours’ line: (905) 5228053
  • Kids Help Phone, a Canadian charitable organization that provides 24/7 free confidential professional online and telephone counselling and volunteer-led, text-based support in English and French to youth up to age 20 across Canada

Additional Resources:

  • Visit Ontario's website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
  • Visit the City of Hamilton webpage for more information about Closures & Cancellations Due to COVID-19  -https://www.hamilton.ca/alert/98886
  • For more information from Public Health Hamilton on the steps being taken to protect the Health and safety of our community, please visit - https://www.hamilton.ca/node/95791

Stay safe and healthy,

Stephanie Taylor (Executive Director)

During these unprecedented times we here at Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services are keenly aware that children, youth and families in our community are experiencing a lot of challenges.  There are many groups and individuals stepping up to help where they can during this COVID – 19 Crisis.  Though we are facing many challenges there are so many courageous and helpful people getting things done. Individuals in the medical field, education, law enforcement, mental health supports, food banks, shelters etc., are all making great contributions to our community. We’re also aware there are countless others, whom we at Thrive consider hidden heroes and she-roes, who are quietly, behind the scenes, playing vital roles helping children and families in our community move from surviving to thriving during this time. We would like to introduce you to some special people you may not know, and shine a light on the important role they play in helping children, youth and their families in this community move from Surviving to Thriving. 

May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month - Canada recognizes this month is a time to raise awareness about the devastating impact of sexual assault and focus on the measures being taken to stop violence and support survivors. All month long, we will be sharing resources on our social media platforms to bring awareness in our community, and help support those who have been impacted. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram to keep up all month long!


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