Changes to Therapy Services in Publicly Funded Schools

Counties of Haliburton, Northumberland, Peterborough and City of Kawartha Lakes

The current children’s rehabilitation service landscape in Ontario is complex. Five Counties Children’s Centre continues to work with community partners to support students who require Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Therapy in publicly funded schools.

In Haliburton, City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland Occupational Therapy (OT), Physiotherapy (PT) and Speech Therapy (ST) services are provided by Five Counties Children’s Centre; in Peterborough County OT and ST is provided by contracted service agencies while Five Counties Children’s Centre provides the PT services. Beginning January 1, 2019, the way these contracts are managed will be changing.  There will be no changes to the eligibility for service or the amount of service available to school age children

As of January 1, 2019, Five Counties Children’s Centre will be responsible for:

  • receiving and processing referrals from school boards for these services
  • managing the services provided by Five Counties Children’s Centre and other service agencies in publicly funded schools

The Central East and South East Local Health Integration Networks and their Care Coordinators will no longer be involved in the management of occupational therapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy services in publicly funded schools.  Nursing and personal support worker services at school will continue to be provided by the Central East and South East Local Health Integration Networks.

There will be no changes to the following:

  • school boards will continue to make referrals for OT, PT, Speech Therapy services for eligible students
  • the Five Counties Children’s Centre staff providing OT, PT, and ST will continue to provide service
  • the contracted service provider agencies providing OT and Speech therapy in Peterborough County will stay the same
  • eligibility for service remains unchanged
  • the waitlist remains the same, but is now overseen by Five Counties Children’s Centre
  • the amount of therapy available from Five Counties Children’s Centre and the service provider agencies will remain the same
  • Central East and South East Local Health Integration Network Care Coordinators will continue to manage OT, PT and SLP services for private schools and home-schooled students
  • nursing and personal support worker services at school will still be provided by the Central East and South East Local Health Integration Networks
  • Speech and Language services currently provided by the school board Speech Language Pathologists will remain unchanged
  • any other services that children and youth currently receive from Five Counties Children’s Children’s Centre will stay the same.    

For on-going updates, please continue to watch our website.

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Message from our CEO Diane Pick

COVID-19 Update 15 May 2020

Dear Five Counties Families,

The health and safety of our families and our staff is always our priority at Five Counties.

As part of Stage 1 of Reopening the Province, on Thursday Premier Ford announced health and community service providers will be allowed to open or expand their services, provided health and safety preconditions are met.

We are pleased to share that we have started to provide in-person services to our families whose children are in urgent need as part of our Five Counties Three Stage Reopening Plan.

Our therapists are missing you and are so happy to see us moving towards reopening the Centre (in this photo Kate & Kelly)

Our Reopening Plan will be a slow, staged, and safe process. We want to ensure that we have the logistics of our resources, equipment and our staff safely in place and we have carefully considered each point of our Plan to ensure our in-person services are provided in the safest way possible.

While we wait for our doors to fully reopen, we encourage families to continue using our option of virtual services. Our families receive connection, comfort and support through our services which we are continuing to develop, provide and monitor in virtual ways.

We know offering our services both virtually and in-person is the way of the future. Please call your therapist or the Centre if you have questions about the services available for your family.

As we continue to move on to future stages of our reopening plan, we will connect with families and keep you updated as changes arise.  Please visit our website and/or our social media pages to stay up to date on our reopening news.

Your family is in our thoughts. Wishing you good health.


Diane Pick

COVID-19 Update 13 May 2020

Dear Five Counties Families,

In keeping with the extension of Ontario’s State of Emergency to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all Five Counties Children’s Centre sites will be closed to clients, families and the public until at least 2 June 2020.

Although our offices are closed, we continue to be available to you. We are working remotely, reaching out to families to provide virtual therapy and coaching sessions, and check our voice mail and email twice a day.

Send us an email through or give us a call:
Peterborough 1-888-779-9916
Cobourg 905-377-0192
Lindsay 1-888-706-4734
and we will connect you with someone who can answer your questions.

We encourage you to check Facebook, Twitter and our website for resources and information.

Your family is in our thoughts. Wishing you good health.


Diane Pick

COVID-19 Update 31 March 2020

Dear Five Counties Families,

The health and safety of our families and staff is always our priority.

Today the Ontario Government announced that schools will be closed to students until May 4 and an extension of the Emergency Order requiring non-essential businesses to remain closed until April 13, 2020.

As a result of this news, all face-to-face Centre services will be cancelled until May 4.

Our incredible team continues to be available to support you as they work remotely and offer support to our families. If you have questions or concerns, you can reach out to our team by calling your therapist ( or via email at our email account. We are checking our voicemail and email daily. We will also share information and resources on our social media sites. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this time. You and your family are very much in our thoughts and we look forward to seeing you and your children soon.

Diane Pick

Message from our CEO

Dear Five Counties Families, 

Children, youth and families are the heart of Five Counties Children’s Centre. This unprecedented public health emergency has left families reeling with the ongoing closures of services that support families. The health and safety of our families and staff are of the utmost concern and were at the forefront of our very difficult decision to cancel our services to families.

We will continue to share information as the environment changes and impacts the services we offer. We cannot plan too far ahead as we have seen the pace at which things change.

This is a difficult, and perhaps scary time for our families. Some of our Five Counties Kids have vulnerabilities that may put them at increased risk.

Our incredible team continues to be available to support you as they continue to work remotely and offer support to our families. If you have questions or concerns you can reach out to our team by calling your therapist ( or via email at our email account. They are checking their voicemail and email daily. We will also share information and resources on our social media sites. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this time. You and your family are very much in our thoughts and we look forward to seeing you to your children soon.

Diane Pick

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Five Counties’ Welcomes Our New CEO

Five Counties is Happy to Welcome Scott Pepin to Our Five Counties Family

After an extensive national search, Five Counties Children’s Centre (Five Counties) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Scott Pepin as our next Chief Executive Officer.

Scott is a collaborative, client and family-focused, visionary leader who brings a unique blend of innovative system improvement experience with diverse health care expertise. His experience includes, most recently, 11 years with Ontario Shores as Director, Mental Health and Addictions for the Central East Region and previously leading the integration of Ontario Shores with Northumberland Hills Hospital, Campbellford Memorial Hospital and Peterborough Regional Health Care Centre, where he opened a Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit and Child and Adolescent Urgent Care Clinic.

“The Board welcomes Scott to Five Counties Children’s Centre,” says Adam White, Board Chair. “We have every confidence that he will make a tremendous contribution to our organization and help Five Counties continue to achieve its mission in support of the children and families we serve.”

Scott holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work degree from Bridgewater State University, as well as an Associate’s Degree in Business. Further, he has specialized training in several other areas, including solution focused therapy, indigenous cultural safety training, health care risk management.

“I’m honoured to be joining such a great organization that has an incredible history of improving the lives of children and families,” says Scott Pepin, who will assume his new role with Five Counties Children’s Centre on July 20, 2020.

The Board wishes to recognize retiring CEO Diane Pick for her outstanding leadership and commitment to Five Counties, its staff and clients. We thank Diane for her many contributions to Five Counties and the children’s treatment centre sector and wish her the very best in her retirement.

Ms. Diane Pick Retiring June 2020

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will act as the Search Committee for Diane’s successor. Four Corners Group has been retained, led by Ms. Suzanne Clark, to conduct a national search. Suzanne will engage with staff, families, partners and community during October to develop the position profile for the CEO, with a goal to announce the successful applicant in the Spring of 2020, prior to Diane’s retirement in June. Suzanne recently led a successful search for the CEO at the Children’s Treatment Network of Simcoe York, the Executive Director of the Durham Children’s Aid Society and the CEO of the Geneva Centre for Autism.

If you would like more information about the search process or have a comment or question, please contact Ms. Suzanne Clark at Four Corners Group at or call 416-593-0900 ext 2234.

Our CEO Diane Pick is retiring June 2020, after 14 years as Chief Executive Officer of Five Counties Children’s Centre (FCCC). Diane leaves a strong legacy at FCCC and within the children’s development and rehabilitation sector in Ontario. While we will miss her and her outstanding commitment to FCCC’s clients and families, staff, volunteers and community partners, we wish her the very best in this exciting next chapter for her and her family.

Throughout her tenure, Diane has ensured that children and families remain at the centre of our work. Over the last 14 years, as a result of her leadership, FCCC has seen significant transformation and innovation. Under her leadership, FCCC has become known for its commitment to the highest quality service possible and, in 2018, FCCC received a three-year accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)—the highest standard an organization can receive. Diane has also worked closely with community partners to implement the vision of Coordinated Service Planning: One child, One Plan, One Team.  Within FCCC, she has fostered an organizational culture of respect and excellence. As a past client of Five Counties, I am deeply grateful for the way she has always made decisions that have led to better service and better outcomes for children and families.

Over Diane’s tenure as CEO, FCCC has expanded operating out of 5 locations serving Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton Counties. In addition to expanding FCCC’s service footprint, the Centre achieved many milestones related to improved service delivery for our clients and families throughout her tenure, including:

  • A partnership with Northumberland County that welcomed the Special Needs Resource Consultants to the FCCC team.
  • Provincial recognition for the Full Day Kindergarten Pilots.
  • Implementing a best practice model of inter professional service delivery through a partnership with the University Health Network/Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – Advance Practice Leaders.
  • The transfer of the School Based Rehabilitation Services from the Local Health Integration Network to FCCC.

Diane will leave the Centre having developed a strong leadership team and having created a solid foundation of excellence for its success in the future. The FCCC Board of Directors has contracted Four Corners Group to work with them to conduct the search for Diane’s successor.  The Four Corners Group will conduct extensive consultation to develop the qualifications, experience and personal qualities that we seek in our new leader.

We are extremely grateful to Diane for her exceptional leadership and commitment to FCCC and wish her the best as she prepares to transition to an exciting new chapter. The FCCC Board of Directors is optimistic and excited about the future of FCCC, as we continue to work together to achieve our vision of “building abilities for life”.

Adam White, Chair
FCCC Board of Directors

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Thank you to our Community Supporters


Thank you to our #HelpingHands for your generous donations to our “Help at Home” program. This program provides much needed tools for clients in Peterborough, Northumberland and City of Kawartha Lakes who can’t come to the Centre yet due to Covid-19 to receive their treatment in their own home.















Brian and Julie McRae know first hand the importance of a helping hand.

WILD FOR HOPE organizers Julie and Brian McRae and event sponsor Brian Fitzsimons and Kelly Pecena of Fitzsimons Financial Group Inc. donate specialized adaptive equipment for use in Five Counties Children’s Centre’s Loan Program, providing families the opportunity to trial adaptive equipment for special needs individuals without incurring financial cost.

Their son Jase was born 14 weeks premature, weighing only 813 grams. Jase was so fragile that his mother was not able to hold her new baby boy for over a month. After 119 days in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), they were finally able to bring Jase home. A few months later, came the devastating news. Due to a suspected fungal meningitis infection while in the NICU, Jase was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP), accompanied by severe hearing loss in both ears, a common result of meningitis.

Now age 6, Jase has been equipped with bi-lateral cochlear implants to assist with his hearing. His speech has been delayed due to the inability to hear for the first two years of his life. He requires 24-hour care due to the severity of his CP which is focused around his core strength and motor skills. As a result of his disability, Jase is unable to crawl, sit up, roll over, or feed himself, etc. The subsequent financial burden for both specialized equipment and care is a serious concern for their family, a concern felt by all families affected by CP.

The McRae family started the “WILD FOR HOPE” event and fundraiser with two purposes in mind. The first, to raise money for their son’s needs, both present and future, but to also assist families in similar situations who are not able to afford much of the adaptive equipment designed to assist those with Cerebral Palsy. Adaptive equipment for special needs individuals can be tremendously expensive, and most of it can only be used for a short time as children outgrow it quite quickly.

“While the majority of the proceeds from this fundraiser went directly to Jase’s Registered Disability Savings Account, we also wanted to assist other families who are not able to meet the expense of the specialized adaptive equipment.” said Brian. “We are extremely grateful to be able to include Brian Fitzsimons and Kelly Pecena from Fitzsimons Financial Group Inc. (, who is the major corporate sponsor for WILD FOR HOPE, helping make our dream a reality.”

The McRae’s donated to Five Counties Children’s Centre so the Centre could purchase the type of equipment they knew made a huge difference to them as a family and will make a positive impact on the families who come through the Centre’s doors. Five Counties is very thankful for the support they have received from the McRae’s. In the two years that Five Counties has been the beneficiaries, Wild For Hope has raised $11,160 for specialized adaptive equipment. The next Wild for Hope fundraising event takes place on March 28, 2020.

“Having this type of equipment donated to Five Counties Children’s Centre for our Loan Program allows our clients to try out and use items as they need them without a financial cost, which is incredibly valuable. The impact of having additional equipment to loan out is we can support more kids and families in more ways and continue to improve their day to day quality of life,” stated Marika Beaumont, Five Counties Program Manager.

RONA/Lowe’s 2019 Canada Heroes Campaign for Five Counties

Roberta and Brandon from the RONA store in Lindsay

Thank you to Lindsay RONA for supporting Five Counties Children’s Centre through your annual “Lowe’s Canada Heroes” 

The campaign, which ran September 1 – 30th involved an ‘at the till’ promotion as well as several events held over the month. And to top it all off, Lowe’s Canada will match 50% of all funds raised in store. 

At the end of the month, the Lowe’s Canada family will donate to organizations making a tangible difference in the communities they serve.

Thank you Fowlers Corners Lions Club for your support through “REV IT UP FOR KIDS” July 18th 2019!

July 18th the Fowlers Lion’s Club held a special Cruise Night for a special cause with all funds raised supporting Five Counties Children’s Centre & Camp Maple Leaf.

Great Food, Great Fun, Great Cause!

Thank you Cruise Night at Craft Works

Each Thursday evening from May 16 – September 12 during the summer Craft Works hosted one of the biggest happenings in town! Hundreds of classic cars arrived around 4:00 pm and fill the grounds!

Music, cars, and prizes for those showing off their vehicles including a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas EVERY WEEK – compliments of John Dewar’s Auto Source!

This event is one of the Lions’ largest fundraisers and we thank you for choosing Five Counties Children’s Centre as one of your chosen charities.

Thank you Stoney Lake Shed Market for Your Support!

The popular Church Shed Markets found a new home and a new cause this year, with the same mission to reuse treasures you no longer want or need, while sparing them from landfill.

To find out more, call Linda Hamersma at 705-652-9595.




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Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign supports Five Counties Children’s Centre!

We are so excited that Five Counties is the recipient of this year’s Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign taking place from Sept. 16th – 22nd in the Peterborough, Lakefield and Bridgenorth areas.

Need cookies for your event, picnic, road trip or any cookie emergency, you can order them by filling out this order form and bringing it to your local participating Tim Hortons Restaurant. Please give them 48 hours so they can have the smiles just right!

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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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Our 2018-2019 Annual Report is Here!

We’ve had a busy year!

Learn all about it in our Annual Report.









Want to keep up with what’s going on at the Centre? Visit our Facebook page Five Counties Children’s Centre and follow us on Twitter at @5CountiesKids !




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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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