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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Community Events Supporting Five Counties Children’s Centre

Five Counties’ Game Day with the Cougars on January 25, 2020

Nick Scarr-Cromas with the Cobourg Cougars

Be in the stands on Saturday, 25 January 2020 at 1:30 PM to watch the Five Counties’ newly signed player Nick Scarr in action with the Cougars! The game takes place at the Cobourg Community Centre750 D’Arcy St, Cobourg.

Tickets are $12 and available at Five Counties Children’s Centre by contacting Lois at 705-748-2337 x 380 or

Canadian Tire Family Day with the Peterborough Petes February 17, 2020

Sponsored by Canadian Tire, this event brings Petes’ fans and Five Counties supporters together for a great Family Day hockey game. Who will the Petes newest draft team members be? Come to the game against to find out!

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Buy your tickets at Five Counties to support our kids – call 705-748-2337 x380 or email to purchase yours.

Join us at the Peterborough Memorial Centre 12:30 pm to play tabletop hockey, get your face painted and create with giant Lego! Game time is 2 pm. There is the opportunity to skate with the players after the game.


The Lindsay Muskies supporting Five Counties Children’s Centre

Muskies ‘draft’ new player and assistant coach on Oct. 20 in support of Five Counties Children’s Centre

Five Counties’ own Ryan and Kendra have been drafted to the Lindsay Muskies for a very special game against the Wellington Dukes October 20, 2019 at the Lindsay Recreation Complex.
Ryan, 10, has been drafted as the team’s seventh skater and Kendra, 14, as an assistant coach for the game.

A portion of ticket sales and game day activities will support Five Counties Children’s Centre.

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Winterfest 2019

Two weekends of glitter and games raised more than $42,000 for Five Counties Children’s Centre through its Winterfest events in Lindsay and Peterborough.

Winterfest highlights the beauty and excitement of the holidays, by bringing family and friends together to participate in activities as they begin celebrating the holiday season. Games at events included giant Lego, tabletop hockey and crafts, in addition to the very popular Frozen cast photo booth. Raffles for decorated Christmas trees, toys and other prizes added to the excitement of the events.

Olaf and Max reeling in the fun at Winterfest!

“Five Counties is fortunate to have such generous support from our community. We thank our sponsors, volunteers and event attendees who made this year’s Winterfest such a success,” says Diane Pick, CEO. “Without your donations and support, the specialized programs and services that are making the most difference to our kids and families would not be possible.”

This year, organizers focused more on children trying skill-building activities, just like we do with our clients when they come for therapy. A fabulous array of trees still added sparkle to the mall. This year’s goodies include Leaf, Senators and Raptors tickets, trees filled with fishing gear and Frozen 2 movie passes and much more.

Event proceeds help support the children and families who receive assistance through the programs and services provided by Five Counties Children’s Centre. The Centre is dedicated to supporting children and youth with physical or developmental challenges and their families. Five Counties started treating children in 1975, serving 100 children in the first year and now treat more than 4,000 children each year. More than 500 of those children receive their treatment through fundraising activities like Winterfest.

Winterfest in Lindsay and Peterborough is the family event of the season, highlighting the beauty and excitement of the holidays. These fun-filled events bring family and friends together to participate in exciting activities and kick off the holiday season celebrations. Taking place at Lindsay Square from Friday, November 15 through to Saturday, November 16, 2019 and Peterborough Square from Friday, November 22 through to Saturday, November 23, 2019 event proceeds support the children and families who receive assistance through the programs and services provided by Five Counties Children’s Centre.

Now in our seventh year in Peterborough and fifth year in Lindsay, the proceeds from Winterfest have helped provide therapy and support to the more than 4,200 children who use the services of Five Counties Children’s Centre each year. Children & youth from birth to nineteen have access to services like Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation, Social Work, and Augmentative Communication.

Lindsay Winterfest 2019  Friday, November 15 9:00 am – 9:00 pm and Saturday, November 16, 2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm presented by the Rotary Club of Lindsay and sponsored by Canadian Tire; Post Church and School Envelopes; HMA – The Benefits People; McLaughlin Dental Centre; Wilson Tire; EFTO Trillium Lakelands; and Horizon Family Dentistry.

Peterborough Winterfest 2019 Friday, November 22 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday, November 23, 2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm sponsored by Cambium Environmental Consulting and Harco Enterprises; The Gardens of Peterborough; Paxton Transport; Chemong Home Hardware and Building Centre; and BWXT Nuclear Canada.

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Five Counties’ CEO Retiring June 2020

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


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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