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Durham Family Court Clinic Team

The highly talented DFCC Team goes above and beyond in so many ways. Perseverance, dedication, determination, passion, compassion, empathy are just some of the many empowering words that come to mind when I think about my colleagues at DFCC. DFCC is a charity offering specialized services for young people and families including assessment, counselling, mental health supports, and supportive educational programming in Durham Region. Young people and families who access DFCC’s programs often face a myriad of barriers. Our Team, working collectively with the young person, their family and the community, helps break down those barriers to provide hope and build the necessary building blocks for health and well-being. Whether it is as an ardent and persistent advocate to access much-needed psychiatric support for a young person, notwithstanding many systemic roadblocks; being chosen by a student as a source of inspiration for a school presentation; being told by a young person many years later that “You guys saved my life”; getting donations for and putting together Holiday Hampers to help families out at a tough time of year; or a parent saying the experience working with the Team was very empowering and helped them cope and move forward, these are only a few examples of the DFCC Team doing whatever it takes to be there for young people and families. Driven by the commitment to provide hope and guided by values of collaboration, compassion, integrity and excellence, the DFCC Team are my heroes. As DFCC’s Executive Director I am humbled, proud and honoured to be a member of this team and work with an amazing group of committed professionals who make positive changes in our community daily.

— Nicola Crow, Executive Director, Durham Family Court Clinic