MYS' Mission and History

Mission statement

MYS fosters hope and opportunities to empower children, youth, adults and families throughout Manitoba to grow and heal through safe, caring, respectful and collaborative relationships.

Macdonald Youth Services history

In 1929, a group of concerned citizens founded the Sir Hugh John Macdonald Memorial Hostel to respond to the needs of the community. The hostel was named in honour of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, a police magistrate. Throughout his career, Hugh John preached courtesy, compassion, firmness and impartiality. He also practiced those traits. Sir Hugh John Macdonald felt that some offenders had been pushed into their petty crimes because of the harsh social and economic times. He would often suspend sentences and then work to find jobs for the youth. Many times, Hugh John would provide temporary shelter for the young men in his own home. He not only advocated for disadvantaged youth, he set an example by providing shelter and guidance to those in need.

The hostel was originally based out of a rented home on Mountain Avenue in Winnipeg. It was incorporated as a charity two years later, at which time the first home was purchased at 175 Mayfair Avenue. The head office remains at 175 Mayfair Avenue today in Winnipeg. MYS also has offices in Thompson and The Pas. In 1993, the name Macdonald Youth Services (MYS) was adopted to better define the agency and its services.