Upstream completes year of rapid growth

June 29, 2023

OTTAWA - Upstream Ottawa has completed a year of rapid growth, following two years of restrictions on operations due to COVID-19.

At its Annual General Meeting, held June 27, Executive Director Bo Turpin noted the major growth in Upstream operations with the addition of the Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY), with four additional staff members hired to deliver this new program.

Mr. Turpin noted the increased complexity of mental health cases being dealt with by Upstream in the last year and the pressing need for adequate funding for mental health and substance-use health services in Ottawa. Wait times for intensive case management can now be up to four years.

Véronique Joncas, Chair of the Upstream Board of Directors, thanked the staff, volunteers and board for their efforts in the past year, noting the exceptional personal service to clients delivered by Upstream.

Ms. Joncas thanked three outgoing members of the Board of Directors for their contributions of time and expertise: Jane Murray, Elliot Culligan and Kelton Weekes.

Board members Nik Karajovic (Upstream Treasurer), Melonie Bidgood and Jenni Condon, were reappointed to two-year terms on the board.

Ms. Joncas noted that there will be some additional recruitment for the Board of Directors in the months ahead to add diversity, mental health experience and fundraising expertise to the board. Those interested may contact Upstream at

The AGM meeting was hosted by KPMG at its downtown Ottawa office. KPMG has generously supported Upstream Ottawa over a number of years, through events like the AGM, as well as the financial expertise and time of staff, as board members.

Upstream provides a range of critical community supports and affordable housing options to adults and youth living with mental health and substance use health issues. Services include: intensive mental health case management, housing, youth support services with a focus on Black youth and their families, crisis prevention, medication management and life-skills coaching.

A complete list of Board Members is available on Upstream Ottawa - Our Board.

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Upstream Classic seeks sponsors, prizes for its return to the Marshes

Upstream Classic seeks sponsors, prizes for its return to the Marshes

June 22, 2023

Upstream Ottawa is returning to The Marshes Golf Club for another memorable day of golf and fun in support of essential mental health services in our community.

The 2023 Upstream Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, August 31. Last year’s tournament, at the beautiful Marshes course, was a sellout and raised, $36,000, the most money on a single day in Upstream’s history.

Holes will feature several different games, as well as food and beverages. The evening will be hosted by Tournament Chair Jenni Condon, of the New Hot 89.9, and include a live and silent auction. There are several highly visible sponsorship opportunities available for this tournament, with a wide reach across the city.

To be part of this emerging charity tournament, through sponsorship or prize donations large or small, please contact Jenni Condon, at or 613-863-3371, or email Established in 1985, Upstream Ottawa Mental Health Community Support offers support services and affordable housing options to persons with mental health and substance-use health challenges. Our goal is to help our clients reach a place of increased wellness, stability, and independence.

Upstream is funded for its core services by Ontario Health which in 2021 expanded that support, via the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, to include a Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian Caribbean Youth between the ages of 12 and 29.

Money raised in the golf tournament goes to services not covered by core government funding. These include: wellness programs that focus on connecting clients with a community of support; housing supports to ensure clients have a safe and affordable place to live; and help for clients whose lives have been interrupted by illness and are returning to school or work, or are starting work for the first time.

Further golf details and registration information are on Upstream’s website,

Providing community supports to youth and adults living with mental health and substance-use health challenges, to lead self-guided and fulfilling lives.

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