About Us

The organization was founded in 1988 by four social workers from what was then the Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre. Wendat developed a range of services not just for adults with a mental illness, but also for seniors with care needs. It currently offers 11 programs, employs 65 people and serves close to 2,000 individuals annually.

From the beginning Wendat has had a focus on housing.  The very first programs offered by the agency were a Housing Registry and a group home called Wendakay House, funded through the Community Mental Health branch of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

In 2001, we were ranked one of the top psychiatric rehabilitation programs in the world by a five-year study funded through the World Health Organization, following which we received a provincial program award of excellence from the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. To date, Wendat has received more than 18 awards of excellence, most of which were for excellence in service delivery.

In 2007, Wendat expanded its mandate to include a focus on seniors.  The first two programs were a mobile social work service and a transition program to facilitate seniors with behavioural challenges moving from hospital to Long Term Care.  In 2010, our services for seniors expanded with the agency’s designation as a Community Support Service with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.  Under this umbrella, Wendat began providing services to frail seniors through an Assisted Living Program, structured Day Program and a Congregate Dining service.
In 2016 Wendat completed construction on a 23-bed supportive housing residence for seniors with care needs.  Located in Penetanguishene, it is one of the first truly affordable assisted living facilities in Ontario.


Wendat Community Programs is funded by many partners within our service communities. Special thanks to:

  • Ministry of Health and Long Term Care/North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network
  • Fundraising Activities
  • Donations
  • Grants

Management Team


Andrea Abbott-Kokosin Executive Director
Sherry Allan Program Manager, Adult Mental Health Services
Deborah Montgomery  Supervisor Crisis Services
Heather Cusson Supervisor Case Management
Zina Thomson Supervisor, Psychogeriatric Services
Charlotte Nicholson Financial Administrator
Darlene Forget Program Supervisor, Social Club
Kathy Jolie Program Supervisor, Seniors Supportive Housing


You may reach any of us by telephone or using our contact form.  E-mail: It is an unfortunate reality of the present Internet that communications carried over it are neither secure nor verifiable. Do not send personal information by e-mail.