John Howard Society of Thunder Bay & District

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Mission Statement

The John Howard Society is a community based organization that supports people who are at risk or involved in the criminal justice system through service, reform, education and advocacy.


In 1947 Judge McKitrick of the Family Court Division realized the need for a social work agency to help in preventing crime in the community by assisting ex-offenders upon their release. Judge McKitrick, the founder and the first President of the John Howard Society of Thunder Bay worked with a group of concerned citizens who volunteered their time to visit inmates at the District Jail. In addition to volunteers the Society had one part-time case worker.

John Howard Thunder Bay has grown steadily over the years. In 1997 we became incorporated as a charitable non-profit organization, and in 2000 the society purchased the old YMCA building and opened Howard House, a 69 unit rehabilitative residential facility for ex-offenders. In addition to providing post-charge services such as housing, discharge planning and programming, we now provide pre-charge and diversion services such as bail and community service supervision, school based diversion (EJM) and youth programming in First Nation communities.

In 2009, we moved from our old location at the YMCA building to our current home at the old Central Park Lodge building now the John Howard Society of Thunder Bay & District. We have a 48 unit rehabilitative residence where we assist those in conflict with the law, at risk of conflict with the law, or experiencing homelessness in making meaningful life change. John Howard Thunder Bay also offers community programming including Mental Health First Aid.

In 2013, we had our inaugural Howard Ball, a masquerade dinner and dance featuring exciting entertainment and opportunities to win prizes and bid on silent auction items. This event benefited our rehabilitative residential programs and The United Way. Our next Howard Ball will be coming up on November 5, 2016. For information about sponsorship or ticket sales, please contact the fundraising office at (807) 623-5355 x. 507.

Board of Directors


  • Sandy Lychowyd

Vice President

  • Shirley DeWilde


  • Afton Brown


  • John Allan (AJ) Johnson


  • Paul Carr
  • Jennifer Duncan
  • Bill Liggins

Annual Report

Annual Report 2015/2016
Annual Report 2014/2015

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2015

Financial Statements

2015/2016 Financial Statement

CRA/ T3010

View our CRA/ T3010 Charitable Organization Designation

JHS Newsletters

Summer 2016 Newsletter
Spring 2016 Newsletter
Winter 2016 Newsletter