Our History

Named for a passionate advocate for youth potential - Sir Hugh John Macdonald

Throughout his career as a police magistrate, Sir Hugh John Macdonald promoted and practiced courtesy, compassion, firmness and impartiality. He felt some offenders had been forced into their petty crimes by harsh social and economic times. He would often suspend sentences for youth, then work to help them find jobs - even providing temporary shelter in his own home.

In that spirit, a group of Winnipeg citizens founded the Sir Hugh John Macdonald Memorial Hostel in 1929. Originally housed in a rented home on Mountain Avenue, the hostel was incorporated as a charity in 1931 and moved to 175 Mayfair Avenue, where our head office remains today - part of a network that has grown to include services in Thompson and The Pas/Opaskwayak Cree Nation.

In 1993, we officially became Macdonald Youth Services.