YouthREX’s Southwestern Hub supports grassroots organizations working in Essex, Middlesex, Haldimand-Norfolk, Brant, Hamilton, Bruce, Oxford, Lambton, Huron, Chatham-Kent, Perth, Elgin, and Niagara

There are approximately 512,255 youth in the Southwestern region, representing 19% of the population.

Southwestern Ontario has a higher than average youth unemployment rate.

Despite covering cities like London, Windsor, Hamilton, and Niagara, rural communities make up a large portion of the Southwestern Ontario Region.



Academic Director
Dr. Peter Donahue
Director and Graduate Program Chair,
School of Social Work
King’s University College,
Western University

Hub Associate
Dr. Laura A. Hogarth
School of Social Work
King’s University College,
Western University

Academic Lead, Windsor Community Hub
Dr. Akin Taiwo
Assistant Professor,
School of Social Work
King’s University College,
Western University


Mary Kay Arundel
Coordinator of Field Education, King’s University College, School of Social Work

Graham Ashbourne
Program Director, Craigwood Youth Services

Matthew Chater
CEO, Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Christine Garinger
Research and Evaluation Lead, Mindyourmind

Yasmin Hussain
Program Manager, Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration and The Boys and Girls Club

Jason Smith
Manager, Fusion Youth Activity and Technology Centre

Shand Licorish
Youth Outreach Worker, London Intercommunity Health Centre

Heather Seddon
Youth Recreation and Community Developer, London Cross Cultural Learner Centre

Erika Sweitzer
Manager of School Based and Youth Diversion Services, St Leonard’s Community Services

Meagan Warwick
Northeast Youth Support Worker, LUSO Community Services



February 07, 2018
YouthREX 2.0 Launch


January 18, 2018
Supporting Youth: Nurturing Relationships while Navigating Boundaries

January 12-26, 2018
Critical Youth Work Certificate

November 2, 2016
Changing Better Together: Community eXchange

October 13, 2016
Communities of Practice Series: Solidarity and Systems Change: Youth Organizing for Change

June 24, 2015
Measuring Impact in Rural Communities (w/Fusion Youth Activity & Technology Centre)

September 1, 2015
Community of Practice – Photovoice and Arts-based Methodology, presentation from Dr. Bharati Sethi


These are the awesome organizations in the Southwestern Hub that YouthREX supported with program evaluation between 2015 and 2017. Stay tuned for a list of organizations that we are currently working with!

Mutual Support Systems of the Niagara Region
Fenwick, Niagara

The Salvation Army
London // CES Factsheet

Together We Flourish
Windsor // CES Factsheet

United Way London & Middlesex

WAYS (Western Area Youth Services)
London/Middlesex and Chatham-Kent

Windsor Essex Youth Strategic Action Committee

Windsor Youth Centre

YMCA of Western Ontario

Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Youth Roots of Hanover and Surrounding Area
Hanover // CES Factsheet