About Us

What Do We Do?

We provide resources, programming and leisure activities to each youth. Members can expect to come into a welcoming environment with choices on what activities they would like to participate in. Many programs and activities are prepared each night for youth, such as cooking, art, wellness, sports, photography, video games and many more. 

Who Do We Work With?

Youth between the ages of 10 to 18 are welcomed at QWYC. In order to become a member, a membership form must be submitted as well as a $5 yearly membership fee. 

Click Here to download the membership form 

Our History

Quinte West Youth Centre officially opened in the fall of 2011. Our initial purpose for coming together was to develop strategies to respond to a number of issues facing youth in Quinte West. We were aware that our cooperation, sharing of resources, expertise and coordination would lead to greater accessibility, visibility and success for all youth in the community. We recognized youth in our community needed a place to come for recreational and pro-social leisure activities, but also needed a place to be able to come for resources and supports.

Quinte West Youth Centre was formed under the Committee for Innovative Thinking for Youth (CITY) and CITY began looking at the creation of the centre to provide youth a place of their own; here, programs and activities are youth driven for youth. Quinte West Youth Centre does have staff on at all times with a variety of background with the commonality of wanting to support youth in our community. Quinte West Youth Centre also has a Board of Directors with the goal to continue finding supports to provide to our youth. 

Our Team​

Jessica Coolen

Executive Director

A graduate of Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies, as well as a graduate of Loyalist College with a Child and youth Worker Diploma. Jess has 9 years of experience working with youth within a variety of environments, such as employment, fostering and housing. 

Allie Dafoe

Program Coordinator

Allie Dafoe is a graduate of Trent University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; as well as a graduate of Sir Sandford Fleming College having received her Social Service Worker Diploma. She has also obtained her LBTQIA2S+ Positive Space training, and has been passionately running the Spectrum program at QWYC for 2 years. Allie works from an intersectional and anti-racism perspective, and strives to connect meaningfully with each youth member of the centre. When she’s not at the centre, you can find her curled up with a good fantasy book and a cup of tea.

Darlene Jones

Fundraising Coordinator

Darlene Jones is a graduate of Durham College, with a Diploma in Special Events Management with Honours.. Darlene, over the years, has worked for many different non for profit organizations, which, is one of her passions. Darlene has over 20 yrs of experience working with community groups

Our Board of Directors

Jared Phillip

Board Chair


Highland Shores Children's Aid Society

Josephine Robertson



Tim Hortons

Quinte West

Donald Lucas


Financial Adviser

Independent Broker with World Financial Group

Stephanie Stoddard


Registered Social Worker

Richard Stephens


Highland Shores Children's Aid Society

Joseph Miller

Senior Strategist

Intellectual Property Officer

University of Ontario 

Institute of Technology