Parry Sound Friendship Centre
13 Bowes Street
Parry Sound, ON
About the Centre
The Parry Sound Friendship Centre (PSFC) is one of the "original six" Friendship Centres in Ontario, founded in 1966 and incorporated on February 2, 1967. PSFC is also a founding member of the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC) which was incorporated in 1971. Its founding directors are: James Wilson, James C. Ludford, Irving H. Bansfield, Elizabeth Green, Dora Pegahmagabow, Duncan Pegahmagabow, Verna George, Joyce Tabobondung, Florence King, Barbara Contin, Leslie Tabobondung, Allan King, Flora Tabobondung, Paul Tabobondung and Brenda Judge.
The Centre was founded by Native leaders, community leaders and members of the community, a tradition and common element which is still maintained. All buildings, facilities and equipment are owned by the Centre. A total of four core staff employees ensure that the basic operations of the Centre are running smoothly. A Board of Directors of fifteen are elected bi-annually to provide direction, support, and policy making to the organisation.
Aims and Objectives
- To provide a medium for the meeting of Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people and the development of mutual understanding through common activities;
- To stimulate and assist Aboriginal self-expression and the development of Aboriginal leadership; and
- To assist and encourage the study of Aboriginal needs and the planning of services with Aboriginal people and public and private agencies.
Programs and Services
Akwe:go, Combined Courtwork, Community Action Program for Children, Community Wellness, Health Outreach, Life Long Care, Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living, and Wasa-Nabin.