News Release - MYS Receives $25,000 Orange Door Award


Macdonald Youth Services receives $25,000 Orange Door Award to help youth
The Home Depot Canada Foundation Orange Door Awards help prevent and end youth homelessness in Canada

WINNIPEG, MB (March 29, 2017) –  Macdonald Youth Services received a $25,000 Orange Door Award grant from The Home Depot Canada Foundation. This will support its successful work placement program, which helps youth develop skills and confidence in the workplace.

“We’re excited and grateful to receive the Orange Door Award. We’re looking forward to putting the funds to work in support of better futures for young people in Winnipeg,” said Dr. Erma Chapman, CEO, Macdonald Youth Services.

Youth advisors play a central role in selecting the Orange Door Award winners each year. The advisors draw on their own lived experience to evaluate the applications, ensuring that each $25,000 grant goes where it will make the biggest impact in building brighter futures for youth.

Macdonald Youth Services is one of eight organizations across Canada receiving a 2017 Orange Door Award grant from The Home Depot Canada Foundation.

“We’re committed to preventing and ending youth homelessness in Canada,” said Jeff Kinnaird, chair, board of directors, The Home Depot Canada Foundation and president, The Home Depot Canada. “Over the past three years we’ve supported the work of more than 300 non-profit organizations, giving them the chance to help more youth in need.”

Quick Facts
•    Six youth advisors from Hamilton’s Street Youth Planning Collaborative Youth Leaders Committee evaluated the applications and helped select the winners. The advisors, aged 16 to 21, have personally experienced street-involvement or homelessness.
•    Homelessness can begin as young as age 13 – and if not addressed, can lead to years on the streets (source: Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey).
•    The Home Depot Canada Foundation has established a thought leadership advisory council and supported new research to better understand the circumstances and needs of homeless youth in Canada.

About Macdonald Youth Services:
Established in 1929, MYS helps children, youth, adults and families through six key programs: a walk-in shelter for youth, full-time foster family care, specialized counseling, group homes, mobile crisis teams and work and life skills programs. In 2016, MYS helped over 9,000 clients in Winnipeg, Thompson and The Pas. For more information, please visit

About The Home Depot Canada Foundation:
The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to helping prevent and put an end to youth homelessness in Canada. On any given night, more than 6,000 young people are without a place to call home, making youth homelessness one of the most urgent social issues facing Canadians today. Through The Orange Door Project initiative, the Foundation has pledged $20 million by 2018 to improve housing options, support life-skills development programs, and invest in research that ensures funding is directed to the most effective solutions designed to help youth build brighter futures. For more information, please visit:  


For more information, please contact:

Jill Sexsmith
communications officer                
Macdonald Youth Services     
204 949 6527 or 204 794 9429 (c)

The Home Depot Foundation Team and Dr. Erma Chapman, CEO, MYS