Chimo Youth Retreat Centre

Our Children,
Youth and
Our Best!






















































miyo otôtêmiwêwin

About Us

Chimo is a place where children, youth and families can learn all kinds of skills, information and tools to help them succeed. We provide multiple services including group care homes, independent living, and family support programs.

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.

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 children, youth and families.

We are a charitable, not-for-profit organization.


Our Name: Chimo




The syllabics above are how “Chimo” is represented in Inuktitut, and it loosely translates to ‘friend’ or ‘friendship’.

As the Cree language does not have a direct translation for 'friend', it was recommended by Cree speakers and scholars that a good translation from Inuktitut to Cree is miyo otôtêmiwêwin (Me-you Oh-too-team-oo-we-winn) meaning ‘good relations’.”

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 Values

Chimo believes that all people have the right to:

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

Our Vision

We envision a community 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 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.

Group Care Home Programs

Transitional Supported-Independent Living Homes – TSIL

These TSIL homes provide support and assistance for youth in preparation for further independence.

Find out more about TSIL Program here...


Pregnant and Parenting Homes – TSIL

These TSIL homes provide support and assistance to pregnant and parenting youth to develop positive parenting skills and independence.

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


Solo with Supports

This group care home program provides support to youth with Children Services and/or FSCD status and teaches living skills and life skills to teens requiring extra supports as they move towards adulthood and supported independent living.
Link to SWS Program here.

Find out more about the SWS Program here...

Community-Based Programs

Life Management Training Program

This program provides one-on-one training and supports to youth and young families to accomplish their goals.

Find out more about the LMT Program here...


SOLO Independent Living Program

This program provides one-on-one supports and living allowance for youth living independently in the community.

Find out more about the SOLO Program here...


Solo with Supports Program

This program provides a range of supports and group home care options including Roommate Mentor living arrangements, youth work and Chimo 5 group care home.

Find out more about the SWS Program here...

Family Wellness

Family Programs – Collaborative Service Delivery (CSD)

Family Wellness Program

The Chimo Family Wellness team works in partnership with the Edmonton Region CFS to support children, youth, and families to become safe, happy, healthy, and well.

Find out more about the Family Wellness Program here...


Kinship Care Program

The Chimo CSD Kinship Care Program provides support to family caregivers to ensure that children and their caregivers have the supports they need to remain healthy, happy, and safe.

Find out more about the Kinship Care Program here...

Our Team



(780) 420-0324


Margaret Martin

Executive 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

Nikki Lepine

(780) 408-4890 ext 2229

TSIL Group Care

Joan Brophy

(780) 420-0324 ext 1233

Solo with Supports

George Dean

(780) 420-0324 ext. 2231


Jeralee Konchuh

(780) 237-8170

Family Wellness and Kinship Care - Collaborative Service Delivery (CSD)

Rosina Harvey-Keeting

(780) 229-3367


Tanya Alkais

(780) 229-3367

Contact Us

To contact staff in individual programs, see Our Team

Main Office

Main Administration, T-SIL, LMT, SWS

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


Email: Administration | T-SIL | LMT | SWS
Ph: (780) 420-0324
Fax: (780) 426-0393


Transitions Office


11715 G 108 Ave NW
Edmonton AB T5H 1B8

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

Family Wellness and Kinship Care - CSD

#107, 101 Broadway Blvd
Sherwood Park, AB, T8H 2A8


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

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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, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway / Saulteaux / Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.


Chimo Indigenous Cultural Team
The Chimo Youth Retreat Centre has an Indigenous Cultural team who works with our children, youth and families in sharing knowledge, engaging in traditional practices or teachings and promote understanding, awareness, appreciation and preservation of Indigenous culture and traditions.

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