Family Services of Peel

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Family Services of Peel was established in 1971 as a non-profit, registered charitable organization to provide family and community support services for the people of Peel.

As a multi-service agency, we provide professional counselling, educational programs, employment support services, support for people with developmental disabilities and their families, as well as support for victims of violence and abuse.

Sensitive to cultural and social diversity, Family Services of Peel is a community-based agency that works to strengthen families, couples and individuals through guidance, coaching, mentoring, education and support.

To ensure the highest standards of care for our clients and community, we have experienced, qualified, and skilled professionals who work from a person centred anti-oppression, anti-racism framework.

Learn more about Family Services of Peel here!

The Challenge(s)


Our organization is looking to raise awareness with University of Toronto Mississauga students about perceptions, knowledge, and attitudes around human trafficking. 

Project Idea: 

Creation of Peer to Peer content and resources to inform the student body about the risks of human trafficking. Student volunteers on this project will work with Family Services of Peel to come up with a strategy to share information about human trafficking. 

The Project developed will: 

Be inclusive of all gender expressions: understanding that gender is a spectrum and not limited to strict categories of ‘girl’ or ‘boy.’

Focus on all relationships in young peoples’ lives, including self, peers, (chosen) family, friends, community, school, land, and dating/romantic/intimate relationships.

Consider systemic or root causes to inequity, including confronting sexism, colonization, anti-Black racism, homophobia and transphobia and ableism.

Understand the intersection of violence with factors such as race, class, gender and sexual identity, disability, immigration status, language or geography


The Project

Starting with the mandatory Social Innovation Project Kick-Off Day on October 26th, we are looking for a team of UTM students to work through these issues and come up with an innovative project plan and budget with this organization based on the challenge(s) they are facing. The Centre for Student Engagement will fund part or all of the project(s) based on the proposal(s).

Over the next 16 weeks, can a group of our UTM students come up with an innovative solution working with this organization? 


Each Social Innovation Project opportunity relates to a theme. The theme(s) for this project include: Health Related and Event Coordination.

Registration is now closed for 2019-2020 projects

There are a few steps before you can officially register for your project, please follow the steps below:

  1. Complete the mandatory online Volunteer Training module in Quercus. 
  2. Complete the registration form by Thursday October 24th by noon. (Register here)
  3. You will receive an e-mail confirming your spot in your project by October 24th.
  4. We'll see you on Saturday October 26th from 10am-4pm where you will meet your team, connect with your Communtiy Organization, and kick-off your project!


For all questions and feedback regarding Social Innovation Projects, please contact:

Michelle Atkinson
Community Engagement Coordinator