About WJS Canada

WJS Canada has been nurturing change and healing in children, youth, adults and families in communities across Canada for more than 30 years. All our programs provide high quality, personalized and culturally responsive care in even the most complex cases.

Our dedicated and caring staff help those we serve overcome their challenges and develop their strengths. We forge friendships and a sense of belonging and encourage community inclusion for all.

We are an employee-owned company therefor everything we do is inspired by the commitment and passion of our employees to provide only the very best programs and services to those in our care.

Mission, Vision, Values

Our Mission

We serve individuals and families with high quality, personalized,
and culturally responsive support.

Our Vision

To strengthen people and transform communities across Canada.

Our Values

We understand that actions both big and small make a difference to the well-being and satisfaction of the people we serve. We carefully consider the possible impact of our decisions and are transparent to all involved about how and why decisions are made.

We engage with those we serve in a way that is honest, respectful and inspires trust. We advocate on behalf of families and individuals to get the best service to meet their long term needs. Our professional and ethical standards ensure the people we serve are at the centre of all we do.

We share our positive energy and enthusiasm for what we do and encourage everyone to share great ideas and bring the best of themselves to providing care for others. We celebrate and recognize the hard work and accomplishments of others and those we serve.

We are committed to achieving the highest quality of service delivery of which we are capable and strive for excellence through continuous improvement, measured by the difference made in people’s lives.

We believe the ability to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others requires a cooperative effort. We value and appreciate the skills, talents and experience of our fellow team members and know everyone’s contribution is important for the team to succeed.

2018 Annual Report

See our growth from 2018 and the foundation for an even better 2019

Strategic Plan 2017-2022

See the highlights of WJS Canada's 10-year vision and priorities for the next 5 years to ensure positive impacts on employee experiences

meet our team

National Management

Caroline Bonesky

Chief Executive Officer

Debbie Olinyk

Chief Human Resources Officer

Carol Siziba

Chief Client Services Officer


Ken Benson

Program Director

Lisa Cardinal

Program Director

Aaron Hachkowski

Program Director

Lisa LaForge

Program Director

Barb Lessard

Program Director,
Spirit of Our youth

Carolyn Lord

Clinical Supervisor

Hussein Ossudallah

Program Director

Donna Phillips

Regional Service Director

Liz John-West

Regional Service Director

Shari Taylor

Program Director

Randey Ferster

Program Director

British Columbia

JT Aujla

Program Director

Lisa Grills

Program Director

Marie Kirkham

Program Director

Phyllis Ortynski

Regional Service Director

Lynnett Stucky-Mack

Quality Enhancement Specialist

Lynn Wanamaker

Regional Service Director


Steve Quin

Program Director

Board of Directors

Tim Beachy


Adam Borgida

Vice Chair

Debbie Olinyk


Monty Chew

Lisa LaForge

Donna Phillips

who we work with

WJS Canada is proud to work with government ministries in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario as well as other community and social organizations. These agencies fund and refer individuals to our programs.

WJS is a good neighbour – we partner with local businesses and groups to create long-term, mutually beneficial relationships between those we serve and their communities.