The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Grey-Bruce Counties, Ontario edition

Local resources. Inspiring stories. Practical advice.

Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or psychological, everybody goes through tough times in their lives. 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 Grey-Bruce 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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Wiarton Fitness Centre is a full service, co-ed fitness facility located on the main street of Wiarton, Ontario. We offer personal training, fitness classes, yoga, tabata, spin, cardio equipment, and a weight/studio room. We offer monthly and weekly no commitment memberships as well as full day passes. Contact us today!
580 Berford Street, Wiarton Ont, N0H 2T0
Phone: 519-534-6000

mutable ARTS dance and aerial arts studio

Give your child the gift of movement! Our comprehensive dance and aerial arts program will have them dancing on the ground and in the air! We are located in Meaford and offer both school-year classes and summer day camps! Check out or email for more info.

The Simple Life Naturopathic is a boutique clinic space in Kincardine, Ontario that aims to simplify stress, relieve pain and boost mental-emotional health.  Dr. Lesley takes a back-to-basics approach to health care and digs to find the root-cause of any dis-ease.

At Talk & Play we specialize in working with Children, Teens, CouplesParents and Families, supporting Emotional, Behavioural, Relational, Cognitive & Developmental Disorders. Give us a call at 226-230-3433 for a free consultation, or visit
You are worth it, and it is possible!
Breathe Deep, and Believe!

We hold beginner’s meditation classes and special events, completely non-denominational and open to all levels of experience.  See website for details.

contact:  Susan McDonald ph: 905-753-2731 (cell)

Offering therapeutic and relaxation massage sessions for the whole family. Promotes improved circulation, pain relief, stress relief and so much more. I’m also a VoxxLife Independent Associate – offering wearable neurotech products that help your whole body work at its best.
467 10th St. Hanover, ON. Unit #105 (Mon, Wed and Fri)
90 1st Ave S, Chesley at Rowntree Health and Wellness Spa (Thurs)
Massage website | VoxxLife website

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Community resources in the Grey-Bruce 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 Grey-Bruce 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

24/7 Mental health crisis line of Grey-Bruce

Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce

The Grey Bruce We C.A.R.E. Project
(mental health resources and support for youth)

Mental Health & Addiction Services in Grey Bruce

Mental Health & Addiction Services offered through Grey Bruce Health Services

Community Mental Health Teams
(based in Markdale, Owen Sound, Wiarton, Hanover and Southampton, with a satellite office in Kincardine and outreach to Chesley, Walkerton, Durham and Meaford)
Toll-free: 1-877-888-5855

Local therapists and counsellors

Local anxiety therapists and counsellors

Local depression therapists and counsellors

Mental Health Resource Library
Community Network Support Team
1101 2nd Avenue East, Suite 205, Owen Sound
8:30¬¬-4:30, Monday-Friday

Physical health

Alzheimer Society Grey-Bruce

Canadian Cancer Society
Bluewater Community Office – Owen Sound
1051 2nd Ave E, Unit 219
Owen Sound
519-376-6011 ~ 1-800-430-6228

Find a local physiotherapist

Find a local chiropractor

Find a local massage therapist

Home & Community Support Services of Grey-Bruce

Active Lifestyles Centre – Grey-Bruce

Seniors Services – Owen Sound

Grey Bruce Health Services

Public Health Grey Bruce

Families and individuals

Bruce Grey Child & Family Services

Grief and bereavement support programs
(Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce)

Local grief counsellors and therapists

Local relationship counsellors and therapists

Local divorce counsellors and therapists

United Way Bruce Grey front line programs

Children’s Services – Grey County

Children’s Services – Bruce County

YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce

Emergency support and shelters

The Women’s Centre Grey and Bruce
Crisis helpline: 1-519-371-1600 ~ 1-800-265-3722

Women’s House
(serving Bruce and Grey)
24-hour sexual assault services: 1-866-578-5566
Support line: 519.396.9655

Food banks in Grey and Bruce

Housing support and emergency shelters

Employment and financial

YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce – Employment Services

Local career guidance counsellors

Bruce County employment services

Credit Counselling Society

Financial literacy and budgeting resources
(United Way Bruce Grey)


Newcomer Information Bruce Grey

Bruce Grey United for Newcomers
(local resources and integration toolkit)

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

Volunteer opportunities in Bruce and Grey Counties

Blood donor clinics
(search your nearest town for clinics close to you)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grey Bruce

Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce