About Shelterlink

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What We Do

Stratford/Perth Shelterlink provides Perth County youth ages 16-24, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, with shelter, basic needs, support, community aid and advocacy services.

Mission and Vision

Stratford/Perth Shelterlink exists to provide Perth County youth ages 16-24, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, with shelter, advocacy services and basic needs.

By providing homeless and at-risk youth with the basic needs of food and shelter, they will have more opportunities to make good life style choices, stay in school, find employment or attend counseling.

Community Awareness and Advocacy

Shelterlink educates the community and raises awareness of the causes, needs and effects of homelessness in Perth County. To arrange a speaker or a presentation call Bev Hagedorn at 519-272-2294.


Stratford/Perth Shelterlink is governed by a Board of Directors. Every effort is made to seek Directors that bring various perspectives from all sectors of our community including families, education, medical/health, business, city and rural life.

Since Stratford/Perth Shelterlink serves all of Perth County, we attempt to have representation from all corners of Perth County. The term of office is four years and includes involvement on one committee in addition to the ten (10) regular Board meetings held during the year.

Interested individuals can request more information by contacting the Shelterlink office at (519) 272-2294.

Below is a list of the current Stratford/Perth Shelterlink Board Members:

Charlene Gordon – Co-Chair
Trevor Neeb – Co-Chair & Treasurer
Graham Rae – Secretary
Sam Coghlan
Brent Furtney
Martin Ritsma
Kimberley MacMaster
Jill Carter
Sara Brown
Tammy Whaling
Dayna Prest
Amy Robern
Terry Finnie

If you would like to contact a Member of the Board, please do so by emailing them at info@shelterlink.org.

If you are interested in reading the Stratford/Perth Shelterlink 2016 Annual General Meeting Report, please take a look here, Shelterlink AGM Report 2016.


Stratford/Perth Shelterlink does not sell, barter, trade, or give your personal information to third parties.

We store and maintain your personal information in conformity with the requirements of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic documents Act (the “Act”) and the Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information (the “Code”) created and approved by the Canadian Standards Association (“CSA”).

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Shelterlink Wish List

We could use your help! Shelterlink is in need of the following items for the Living Options for Youth program. Please consider donating.

  • Free Passes
  • Single Bed Sheets
  • Grocery Gift Cards
    • to buy fresh items for our Breakfast Program
  • Staples Gift Cards
    • to buy much needed school and office supplies
  • Quarters for Laundry
    • $0.25 x 4 = 1 load

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