Cold Creek County is coming to Peterborough!

Cold Creek CountyWith special guests Big City Lights and

Rob Donaldson Band

Presented by Sun Life Financial Peterborough

Five Counties Children’s Centre is proud to announce that we will be one of two recipients of the Cold Creek County concert event at the Venue Peterborough on Saturday, November 10th.

 Make sure you get your tickets early before they are sold out!!

19+ | Must Have Government Issued ID

*General Admission & VIP Meet & Greet Packages Available
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Celebrate Max’s 4th birthday at Behind Closed Doors at Lansdowne Place

Max Doyle will celebrate his fourth birthday on Saturday, Sept. 8 with thousands of shoppers and his family who are grateful to see him reach this milestone.Doyle photo release

Max was born in Lindsay with a chromosome microdeletion, which means he’s missing a piece of a chromosome, which contributes to one’s ability to swallow and also affects physical and cognitive development. Max’s first three weeks were spent at Orillia Soldier’s Memorial Hospital in the neo-natal ICU where he overcame breathing challenges, a serious blood infection and issues with the left side of this body. The Doyles were told Max would require a feeding tube and may never walk or talk.

While one month old, he started aggressive physiotherapy, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy at Five Counties Children’s Centre to overcome the choking issues and to support his development.

“Max wouldn’t be here without Five Counties Children’s Centre,” his father Tony Doyle says. “He was months behind in his development and now he’s caught up and no longer has any issues with swallowing, thanks to the staff at Five Counties Children’s Centre. They gave him the best shot at having a normal life.”

By getting treatment early, Max responded quickly. He even had two Five Counties’ team members travel to Toronto to be part of swallow tests so they could better work with Sick Kids on Max’s care and rehabilitation. They also gave the Doyle family exercises and activities that his four older siblings could do at home with him. Max’s siblings were also a huge part of his recovery.

“In addition to the amazing support Five Counties provided to Max, they also provided emotional support to our family,” his mother Kelly Doyle says. “Most often the appointments would start with asking how we were doing with all of this and offer a hug. It was such a scary time for all of us with not knowing Max’s fate and we felt so much support from the therapists and are truly thankful for them.”

This year, the couple and Max’s four siblings will join staff and volunteers from the children’s treatment centre at Behind Closed Doors, a private shopping event at Lansdowne Place, to mark Max’s birthday with blue cupcakes. Shoppers will be invited to sign his birthday card as a memento from the evening.

Behind Closed Doors is an annual event where Lansdowne Place opens up on a Saturday evening to shoppers who buy tickets in support of 12 local charities. Five Counties is one of this year’s charities, selling tickets $5 in advance at the Centre or at the mall. All ticket proceeds sold for Five Counties goes directly back to their organization.

Tickets at the door are sold for $10 each (while supplies last) at Lansdowne Place when the doors open at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8. The event runs until 10:30 p.m. with exciting discounts and promotions offered throughout the mall for one night only alongside entertainment based on a Mardi Gras theme.

Visit for full event details.

To buy ticket or find out more about Five Counties Children’s Centre, contact Lois Tuffin, Fund Development Co-ordinator, at 705-748-2337, ext. 380 or

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How to help Winterfest sparkle even brighter

Organizers of Winterfest are seeking some extra hands to help assemble, decorate and raffle off trees and additional items in support of Five Counties Children’s Centre from Nov. 22 to 25.

Each November for the past three years, a local committee pulls together a collection of beautifully decorated trees and displays them at Lindsay Square. Other season items, entertainers and a Kids Zone also occupy the central hallways of the mall the week after Santa starts hosting visitors as they share their Christmas wishes.

In order to make this event happen, a large group of volunteers is needed to gather donations, set up for the event and help during the celebration. If you are handy, creative or enjoy the Christmas season, you would be welcome to join in.

Volunteer performers are also welcome to add to the festivities.

Money raised at Winterfest goes towards children’s treatments at Five Counties Children’s Centre in Lindsay.

If you can help, email Lois Tuffin or call at 705-324-9320, ext. 585.


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The Dr. Mary Thain Bursary

Congratulations Ange this year’s recipient of the Dr. Mary Thain Bursary

Congratulations to this year’s recipient of the Dr. Mary Thain Bursary, physiotherapist Ange. Created in recognition of Dr. Thain’s service to Five Counties Children’s Centre and her commitment to promoting excellence in health care, the Bursary is awarded to one Five Counties Children’s Centre employee annually, and supports their participation in the American Academy of Cerebral PalsyIMG_3990 and Developmental Medicine Annual Meeting.

“I’m thrilled to receive the award. This international conference is fantastic,” says Ange. “There’s so much to learn and share.”

The Academy’s mission is “to provide scientific education for health professionals and promote excellence in research and services for the benefit of people with and at risk for cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities”. The 72nd AACPDM Annual Meeting’s theme is “Transformative Journeys”.

To learn more about the Annual Meeting visit:    AACODM conference3


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Client Satisfaction Survey

Five Counties invites you to give us your input by participating in this year’s 2018 Client Satisfaction Survey .Focus Group
As part of Five Counties Children’s Centre’s commitment to providing quality care to clients and their families, the Centre sends an annual survey to clients and their parents asking for feedback on service and information provided to them. Watch your mail for your survey or take a few moments to complete the survey online.
Results of the survey and action taken as a result of this survey will be posted on the Five Counties Children’s Centre website (
If you would like assistance in the completion of this questionnaire, please call Elizabeth Martinell, 705-748-2337, ext. 320 or toll free at 1-888-770-9916, ext. 320.


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We had a terrific turnout for Dr. Mary Thain's Retirement Celebration!

Friends, clients and staff past and present shared jokes, stories and hugs as we wished our Dr. Mary Thain a very happy retirement from Five Counties Children’s Centre. Thank you to the Peterborough Examiner for sharing some special moments with our communities.


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Welcome our new Medical Director

Five Counties Children’s Centre is excited to welcome Dr. Shelina Manji to our team.

Dr. ManjiDr. Shelina Manji has joined Five Counties Children’s Centre as our new Medical Director effective September 1, 2017.

Dr. Manji is ideally suited to be our Medical Director. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Manji received her Master of Science Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Florida, Tampa.  She spent several years working in Ontario as a speech language pathologist at children’s treatment centres in Toronto and London.  As a result she has significant experience working with children with special needs and complex medical problems, from both the medical and rehabilitation perspectives.

Dr. Manji, general pediatrician with a fellowship in genetics, received her Doctor of Medicine from McMaster University, Hamilton; her residency in pediatrics, Detroit; and her fellowship in genetics at the Henry Ford Hospital Detroit. She has been living and practicing in Naperville, Illinois where she practiced at Kids’ MD at Home, a community based solo pediatric practice providing well visits and acute care for children.

Dr. Manji has published articles in the journal Pediatrics and for the American Society of Human Genetics.

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Northumberland Grand Opening

Thank you to everyone who joined us on August 28th as we cut the ribbon officially opening our beautiful new Northumberland Site at 800 Division Street in Cobourg.

To hear more about the day, please check out, and .

And a Big Thank You to the Volunteers, Staff, and Community Members who made the day possible!


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