Craigwood Youth Services Welcomes Lyn Ibson To Board Of Directors

London, ON – The Board of Directors for Craigwood Youth Services has accepted the nomination of Lyn Ibson, Creative Director of Marketing Strategies & Solutions, as a member of the Board, effective February, 2008.

Craigwood has been providing services to youth for over 50 years, beginning as a residential boys’ farm run by the Mennonite Committee of Ontario. Since that time, Craigwood has evolved into one of Ontario’s most respected Children’s Mental Health Centres.

Ibson said his interest in Craigwood work was piqued by his consultations with Robert Adeland, a former Craigwood Director and President of Marketing Strategies & Solutions. “I knew of Craigwood previously, but only in a limited way,” Ibson said. “I suspect that few people recognize the real scope of Craigwood’s mandate, or of its stature in the mental health community. As a board member, I hope I can offer some ideas and guidance to raise public appreciation of how much Craigwood does to support our kids and our families.”

According to Ibson, Craigwood has a well-composed board drawing from many resources in the community: legal, financial, education, police, social services and parents. “The leadership at Craigwood is outstanding,” he says, “from our Board chair, Barbara Decker-Pierce, and our Executive Director, Lothar Liehmann and throughout an extraordinarily dedicated management group. Despite this, Craigwood faces continuing challenges. Resources and funding are chronically scant, while the mental health needs of Ontario’s youth keep growing. The staff is committed to being the one place that families can depend on: to “help the hardest to serve,” so no youth in need is turned away by our mental health services system.”

With day treatment and residential programs based in London and Ailsa Craig, Ontario, Craigwood provides a continuum of care and counselling services to adolescents and their families in Southwestern Ontario. Clients are referred to Craigwood by other social service and youth justice agencies as well as by self-referral.


For information on Craigwood, contact:

Craigwood Youth Services
520 Hamilton Road
London, ON N5Z 1S4
(519) 432-2623