PROFILE: Davenport-Perth Neighborhood Camp and Community Health Centre (Pope Paul VI)


The Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (DPNCHC) is a respected multi-service agency located in Toronto’s West End. For three decades, they have played an important role in the lives of the residents of their community, assisting them to stay healthy, develop leadership skills, make positive lifestyle choices, build relationships, and work together to improve their living conditions and prospects for the future. Their core values are equity and empowerment, and they strongly believe in each person’s capacity to take responsibility for their own well-being.

Campers play a team building activity in “the Basement,” a multi-purpose youth space.
FOY staff shows off the DPNCHC uniform.

Located at 1900 Davenport Rd, the DPNCHC camp is centered in the heart of Toronto’s Carleton Village. This midtown setting exposes children to multiculturalism and urbanism healthily in today’s society. Children also participate in arts and crafts, a variety of sports related activities, multicultural food days, as well as team building exercises.
More importantly though, they are given the opportunity to spend time with passionate staff and role models, helping them sprout into the young adults of the future.

Kids sketch a draft for arts and craft.
Some cool art in the youth program space, “the Basement!”
A counselor at Pope Paul VI Catholic School brainstorming ideas with youth in the leadership training program.

The centre also offers a very unique Leaders in Training program to kids who are too old for most summer camps but young enough to gain basic leadership skills. This program based in Pope Paul VI Catholic School allows kids to prepare for leadership roles in jobs, schools, and everyday life.



The DPNCHC camp provides a safe space for kids to explore their local area as well as socialize among peers their own age. while they celebrate the diversity of the area, the camp staffs passionate peoples who are dedicated to making sure kids have an exciting summer. The DPNCHC ensures kids will have a space to develop themselves creatively and integrate a positive mindset for school years to come!

FOY Staff: Esther Odukoya
FOY Staff: Anna Nguyen

“At the DPNCHC children and youth can take free workshops, get involved in arts, cultural, and recreational activities, explore the city, and even benefit from job training. Projects like Youth Action Squad and Sassy are a great way to develop communication, leadership, conflict resolution, and other skills, while Girls’ Night Out and Just Us Guys provide safe spaces to explore life issues through discussions, workshops, and creative arts. ”
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Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre

Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre
1900 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M6N 1B7

Pope Paul VI Catholic School
270 Laughton Avenue Toronto, ON

July Session – July 4 – 21, 2017
August Session – July 31st – August 18, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Extended Care AM:  8:30a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Extended Care PM: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

6 – 12 yrs
13 – 16 yrs (Leaders in Training)

Contact Information:
Courtney McFarlane
416-656-8025 ext.242



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  1. All the best to all involved in such special work, enjoy these last 2 days!

    Peace, Joy, Hope, Charity, Appreciation and Humility, Steve De Quintal Teacher, St. Mary Catholic Academy, 66 Dufferin Park Ave. Toronto, Ontario M6H-1J6. 416-393-5528 ext. 84293 “that they may have life and have it the full.” “There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. In that way lay defeat and death.” – Nelson Mandela ***You can always email but a call or a visit will get a quicker response*** ________________________________

  2. Davenport-Perth neighbourhood centre is one of the best camps I had the chance of working with. I gained knowledge not only with kids but also teenagers, seniors and my own city. The staff and supervisors are dedicated and hardworking during work. The kids summer camp and YEP program are run extremely well with good organization due to staff and organizers like Courtney and Camille. One thing I really liked was my own voice was appreciated to better the camps and programs during daily meetings and during training by supervisors. If I could choose a camp to work at again I would will like to return to a great environment like Davenport-Perth.

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