We believe in the equality of people.
We believe people are autonomous, intelligent and diversified individuals.
We believe people should be treated with dignity; respect and without discrimination.
We believe people have the right to be informed and to be heard.
We believe that education is the corner stone of PACE
We believe it is a powerful tool to ensuring our empowerment; increasing organizational strength and facilitating systemic change
We believe there should be a healthy life style alternative, available to the community.
We believe the community should be free of barriers so that opportunity is available to all.
We believe that the community should work and grow together for the betterment of all.
Our Membership Development Worker acts very closely with the members through, daily activities and peer support committees. Together, members support each other, learn additional skills and knowledge from their peers, socialize and develop acquaintances and friendships. This is achieved in the following areas.
Monthly membership meetings
Topic of the week meetings
Peer support groups
Members educational resources
Multi Cultural Workshops
Membership entitles you to:
Drop in for coffee
A variety of programming
Use of computers, TV, Stereo, DVD and videos, members’ phone and free use of PACE washer/dryer, and showers
Regularly Updated job postings and rental listings.
We are a Consumer Survivor Initiative AKA “CSI” , meaning we are different from traditional Mental Health and Addiction Services. PACE is run by and for people with lived experience of a mental health issue or addiction issues; in a non clinical, drop-in, social environment. We provide a wide range of services and activities in the community.
Our approach comes from the common understanding that people can and do recover with the proper supports in place, and that peer support is integral to successful recovery. Our organization works closely with local mental health system tables to bring the consumer voice to service planning, evaluation, and coordination, and provide direct informal or formal peer support and self-advocacy support to individuals. Our services are centered on Education, Advocacy, Peer Support, Social Inclusion, Personal Empowerment and connecting people with other services in the community.
We are funded through The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to provide Person-Centered and Strength- Based services to consumers/survivors who do struggle or have struggled with Mental Illness or Addictions.
We are a Non-Profit, charitable organization (Charity Number—141014860) that relies solely on the Ministry and fundraising. We greatly appreciate all donations and we can provide charity receipts upon request.
P.A.C.E. increases the quality of life of survivors by removing the stigma, myths, prejudices, and misconceptions associated with Mental Illness and Addiction.
By educating ourselves and others within the Mental Health system and the general public.
By encouraging survivor involvement with P.A.C.E. and the Mental Health and/or Addictions Systems.
By advocating for ourselves and other survivors.
By providing opportunities in the planning, coordination, implementation, delivery.
PACE programs work to help survivors to achieve better and more fulfilling lives by encouraging: Social Inclusion, Personal Growth, Self Acceptance, Healthy Coping and activities of daily living.
The atmosphere at PACE provides:
Our services are based on mutual respect and lived experience of both staff and members. There is a great deal of strength gained in knowing someone who has walked where you are walking. Peer support is based on someone with lived experience of mental illness/addiction, who is now living well and able to support others experiencing similar issues to resolve problems and promote recovery.
Peer support sees the person first, understands their distress and can offer “tried and true” solutions that the supporting peer has successfully used.
Peer support is a relationship that promotes respect, trust, warmth and empowers individuals to make changes and decisions that enhance their lives.
510 Victoria Avenue East, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 1A7, Canada
09:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Hours are subject to change based on available staff, bad weather or other factors.