Our History

The Sudbury Counselling Centre has provided individual, couple and family counselling since 1971. Over the years it has expanded to offer a broad range of services to respond to the needs of the community.

We are an incorporated charitable, non profit agency, formerly known as “Sudbury Family Services”.

Every year, our community programs help over 1700 individuals and families facing challenges. By offering excellent services and programs we build a healthier community.

In 1982, the Sudbury Counselling Centre was one of the first to develop the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in Sudbury, which supports both Employers and Employees.

Celebrating over 40 years of dedicated service!

Our agency provides counselling and support services to children, teenagers, adults, couples and families.

Individual companies and agencies benefit from our customized EAP workshops and seminars, in addition to individual counselling.

Our services are:

  • Accessible to all;
  • Professional, confidential, fully bilingual and non-discriminating;
  • Available Monday through Friday, with the possibility of evening appointments

Strategic Plan

Our Vision

The autonomy, security and well-being of the individual and the family. AGM June 2016

Our Mission

The team from Sudbury Counselling Centre Offers interventions and coaching tailored to customers and employees. AGM June 2016

Our Principals

  • confidentiality
  • Accessibility
  • Opening
  • Professionalism and rigor
  • Collaboration

Our Values

  • Respect
  • Diversity
  • Empathy
  • Integrity
  • Inclusiveness

Our Strategic Focus / Our Strategic Direction - broken translation from google and is really confusing.

Our Strategic Focus: AGM June 2016

Focus 1 – Programs and Services

  • To ensure their relevance and efficiency, our agency focuses its programs and services by developing mechanisms that allow it to evaluate the community’s needs and the best practices and trends in the social services sector.
  • The agency ensures it is well positioned to offer distinct programs and services.
  • The agency’s programs and services are accessible and adapted to our clients’ diversity and specific needs.
  • To best support and equip its staff, the organization carefully evaluates its needs for the hiring, training and professional development of its personnel.

Focus 2 – Operations

  • The Centre displays efficiency and efficacy in all its operations.
  • The environment and the workplace are appropriate and safe for our employees and their clients.
  • The Board is well equipped and provides leadership.

Focus 3 – Development and communications

  • External and internal communications are reinforced and professionalized.
  • The agency’s collaborations and partnerships are efficient and relevant.
  • The agency’s programs and services benefit from increased visibility in the community and the region.

Community Awards

  • YWCA, Women of Distinction award, Francine Boudreau 2013
  • YWCA, Women of Distinction award, Lise Plante 2016

Board of Directors

  • Mariama Ndiaye, Board Member
  • Houda Zrelli, Board Member
  • Janessa St-Louis, Board Member

Administrative Team

  • Gaston cotnoir - Executive Director

    705.524.9629 ext. 203
  • Natalie Gauvin - Programs Director

    705.524.9629 ext. 212
  • Julie Labranche - Secretary / Receptionist

    705.524.9629 ext. 200
  • Daniel Piché - Accountant

    705.524.9629 ext. 209

Professional Associations


  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Ministry of Community and Social Services
  • Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Ministry of Transportation through TPA
  • Private Donations
  • Fundraising activities

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • Family Service Ontario (FSO)
  • Family Services Employee Assistance Program (FSEAP)
  • Greater Sudbury Coalition to End Violence Against Women (VAW)
  • Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)

Community Involvement

  • French language social services committee since 2008
  • Supervised Access Program Advisory Committee
  • CAS / VAW Steering Committee
  • CAS / VAW Working Group Committee
  • Sudbury Manitoulin Chapleau Service Collaborative Committee
  • Child Witness Advisory Committee
  • Community Mobilization Sudbury
  • Domestic Violence Court Advisory Committee
  • Children Exposed to Violence Partners’ Committee
  • Partner Assault Response (PAR) Alliance
  • Back on Track Provincial Network

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