The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Thunder Bay, ON edition

Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or psychological, everybody goes through tough times in their lives. Lifestyle Citizens’ founder Josh Martin was 28 years old when he experienced his biggest challenge yet: an aggressive form of leukemia. Inspired by his journey, the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook is a free collection of real-life stories, practical advice and local resources in the Thunder Bay community geared at helping people who are facing adversity.

Scroll below to download your FREE copy and to find local resources.


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    The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

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    Community Resources in the Thunder Bay area

    One of the most important lessons Josh learned from his health crisis was the importance of community. Whether it was accessing peer support programs, using the Cancer Society’s shuttle service to get to appointments or tapping into educational materials from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, community resources played a big role in his success.

    Whatever obstacle you face in life — personally, professionally or otherwise — be sure to consider the resources available in your community. Fortunately, the Thunder Bay area boasts all kinds of organizations and programs focused on helping folks overcome a variety of obstacles.

    Below, you’ll find information about some of them. This listing is by no means exhaustive, but it will hopefully give you a flavour of the kinds of resources available in your own backyard.

    Mental health

    Crisis response services
    Toll-free: 1-888-269-3100

    Canadian Mental Health Association – Thunder Bay

    Adult Mental Health Services
    (Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre)

    Directory of local mental health and addictions services
    (Thunder Bay District Health Unit)

    Local mental health services for youth

    Local maternal mental health services

    Therapists in the Thunder Bay area

    Local anxiety counsellors

    Local depression counsellors

    Physical Health

    Find a local physiotherapist

    Alzheimer Society Thunder Bay

    Canadian Cancer Society – Thunder Bay & Northwestern Region
    1093 Barton St, Thunder Bay

    Senior services and long-term care

    Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre

    Services for older adults in Thunder Bay

    Meals on Wheels

    Hospice Northwest Services
    (palliative care support, support groups, resources for caregivers, etc.)

    Families & individuals

    The Children’s Aid Society of the District of Thunder Bay

    Children’s Centre Thunder Bay
    (support services for children and youth)

    Dilico Anishinabek Family Care
    (family, individual and community services for all Anishinabek people)

    Local community centres

    Grieving resources

    Local grief counsellors

    Local grief counselling contact information

    Local divorce counsellors

    LGBTQ Resources

    Thunder Bay Community & Residential Services
    (Salvation Army)

    Food programs and services in Thunder Bay

    Crisis and Emergency Support

    Shelter House Thunder Bay

    Anishinabe Women’s Crisis Home
    24-hour crisis line: (807) 346-HELP (4357)
    Toll-free: 1-888-200-9997

    Faye Peterson House
    24-hour crisis Line (807) 345-0450
    Toll Free 1-800-465-6971

    Employment & Financial

    Thunder Bay Credit Counselling Services

    Credit Counselling Canada

    Northwest Employment Works (NEW)
    (employment services)

    YES Employment Services

    Anishinabek Employment & Training Services


    Thunder Bay Multicultural Association

    Newcomer Settlement Program

    Thunder Bay Public Library – resources for newcomers

    Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are some local opportunities to consider:

    Volunteer Thunder Bay
    (local volunteer opportunities)

    Blood donor clinics
    (search “Thunder Bay” for nearby clinics)

    Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay

    Big Brothers Big Sisters
    (offered through Our Kids Count in Thunder Bay)

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