The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Guelph, Ontario edition

Local resources. Inspiring stories. Good advice.

Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or pyschological, obstacles come in all shapes and sizes. And no matter who you are, everybody goes through tough times in their lives.

Lifestyle Citizens’ founder Josh Martin was 28 years old when he experienced his biggest obstacle yet: an aggressive form of leukemia. He survived, and although it was a gruelling ordeal, having cancer taught him a lot about resilience and overcoming whatever obstacles life throws our way.

Inspired by his journey, the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook is a free collection of real-life stories, practical advice and local resources in the Guelph community geared at helping people overcome obstacles.

Download your free copy of the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook [PDF 2.0 MB]

Community Resources

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 Guelph 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.


Alzheimer’s Society Waterloo Wellington

Canadian Cancer Society

Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington

Caregiver’s Support Groups (Hospice Wellington)

Guelph Food Bank

Guelph Wellington Breast Cancer Support Group

HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre

Prostate Cancer Canada Network Waterloo-Wellington

Waterloo-Wellington Healthline
(health services directory)

Family & individuals

The Drop In Centre
(affordable food, shelter, addiction & health services)

Family Counselling & Support Services

Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis
(services for women and their children facing abuse & sexual violence)
Crisis line: 519-836-5710 or 1-800-265-7233

Homewood Health
(mental health and addition treatment & support)

(child and parent place)
519-822-4141, ext 1533

Therapists in Guelph

Wellington County Social Services

Wyndham House
(youth housing, shelter & skills development)


(employment services)
Guelph: 519-822-4141

Second Chance
(employment counseling)

Wellington County Employment Resource Centre

Helping others overcome obstacles

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

Blood donor clinic
130 Silvercreek Pkwy N, Guelph

Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph

Guelph Big Brothers Big Sisters

The People & Information Network (PIN)
(local volunteer opportunities in Guelph-Wellington)