The Chimo Youth Retreat Centre was established in 1970 and serves youth and families in the Edmonton region.

Our great staff team provides a broad range of services to youth between the ages of 14-24 that include securing housing, training in personal living skills, relationship skills, parenting support, peer based groups, supports for independence and more! Together with our community partners we assist young people on their road to successful independence. Chimo also serves families through CSD.

We are located in the downtown area for easy access no matter where you live in the city. Take a tour through the website and if you don't find what you are needing, give us a call and maybe we can help point you in the right direction.



Chimo Youth Retreat Centre

Our Children,
Youth and
Our Best!

CARF AccreditedSafe Space


About Us

Chimo is a place where youth can learn all kinds of skills, information and tools to help them succeed as young adults! We have programs that provide housing, day programs and training programs to meet the individual needs of our youth.

In 1970 Chimo was founded as a private, non-profit society. The original mandate for the group care program was to provide interim care for youth in the Edmonton area. Over the years, as the needs of the community have grown and changed, the mandate, services and programs of the Chimo Youth Retreat Centre have kept pace.

The Chimo Youth Retreat Centre aims to reintegrate youth experiencing a range of challenges back into the community through a variety of supportive programs. It is our goal to provide an environment that fosters positive personal growth and we are committed to ensuring quality services to every one of our youth.

Our Mission

Chimo intends to provide services within a healthy environment for each individual or family we work with. The agency employs a holistic approach to delivering services and considers the cognitive, emotional, physical and spiritual strengths and needs of each child, youth and family. In everything we do, Chimo is committed to maintaining respect for the dignity and value of each person we serve. The agency seeks and supports partnerships in the community in order to share expertise, resources and to enhance service delivery. Chimo is committed to continuous quality improvement and ensuring best practices in its services for all children, youth and families.

Our Mandate

The Chimo Youth Retreat Centre exists to provide support and services to children, youth and families. These families will no doubt be experiencing some challenges in their lives. We wish to assist them in living safely and successfully in their chosen communities by providing competent services from caring individuals. Chimo provides services primarily within Alberta.

Our Vision

We envision a commjnity where all children, youth and their families live a happy, healthy life with a bright future. We will contribute to this vision by providing thoughtful, respectful and caring services to all those we serve.

Our Values

Chimo believes that all people are deserving of the rights listed below:

  • All people have the right to respect for their own dignity and value.
  • All people have the right to service without prejudice.
  • All people have the right to be free from abuse, neglect and harassment.
  • All people have the right to live with people who care for and respect them.
  • All people have the right to be involved in decisions that are made about them.
  • All people have the right to request contact with family and friends.
  • All people have the right to adequate health care.
  • All people have the right to privacy.
  • All people have the right to assistance to be the best they can be.

Our Team



(780) 420-0324


Frank Wingrove

Executive Director


Margaret Martin

Assistant Director

Melanie Young

Program Director

Joan Brophy

Program Director


* See the Leadership page for full bios and more info

Life Management Training

Sandra Bond

(780) 420-0324 ext.1232

SOLO Independent Living

Nancy Fedun

(780) 408-4890 ext 2222

Ross Farquhar

(780) 408-4890 ext 2238

TSIL Group Care

Joan Brophy

(780) 420-0324 ext 1233

Solo with Supports

Julian Wigg

(780) 408-4890 ext 2234

Collaborative Service Delivery (CSD) Family Wellness and Kinship Care

Mandy Halabi

(780) 229-3367 ext 4000

Accreditation Manager

Karen Hamdon

(780) 420-0324

Transition Home Program

"Chimo 9 and the staff are awesome! I loved living there and it was an experience that opened my eyes to the possibility of accomplishing my goals and striving towards my career."


Find out more about the Transition Home Program here...

Pregnant & Parenting TSIL

"Chimo 2 Parenting Home has helped me become more mature as a teenager and a parent. I really enjoy being their because the staff are respectful and fair most times. I think the Parenting Homes are a good opportunity for any teen Mom to take advantage of."


Find out more about the Pregnant & Parenting TSIL Program here...

SOLO Program


“The staff at Chimo Youth Retreat Centre give youth the spark for building a bright future.”

“Chimo is a good place for youth to start their life. They help you last and are very understanding. It is one of the best places for youth rescue.”


Find out more about the SOLO Program here...

SOLO with Supports

"The thing I love about Chimo was the opportunity it gave me to further myself in life. I learned how to better take care of myself, and that is something I take with myself into the future. I will continue to grow in the knowledge that Chimo provided me with. And I will treasure it always."


Find out more about the SWS Program here...

Family Wellness

Family Wellness Program


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Contact Us

Main Office

Main Administration, T-SIL, LMT

Evergreen Court
#103, 10585 111 Street
Edmonton, AB T5H 3E8


Ph: (780) 420-0324
Fax: (780) 426-0393


Transitions Office

11715 G – 108 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5H 1B8

Ph: (780) 408-4890
Fax: (780) 420-0410

CSD Family Wellness and Kinship Care

#103, 2016 Sherwood Drive
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 3X3


Ph: (780) 229-3367
Fax: (780) 426-0393

To contact staff in individual programs, see Our Team

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Land Acknowledgment

We respectfully acknowledge that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway / Saulteaux / Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.


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