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Welcome to FIREFLY



Who We Are

FIREFLY is a multi-service, non-profit organization providing a wide range of services for children, youth, and families in communities across Northwestern Ontario. We are dedicated to supporting and strengthening the health and well-being of families, children, and youth through emotional, physical, developmental, and community services.

What We Do

Under the governance of a volunteer Board of Directors, FIREFLY is an accredited organization with a team of respected professionals working with input from and in partnership with children, youth, families. and service system of care to achieve the best possible outcomes for young people and their families.

The expertise of our professional staff are drawn from the fields of social work, speech and language, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, developmental services and early childhood education.

Our History

FIREFLY has a proud and progressive history with over 40 years of deep roots in the delivery of quality children’s services and supporting partnerships in care. The Lake of the Woods Child Development Centre began in 1976 as a small store front service and, in 1980, a neighbourhood house held the Patricia Centre for Children and Youth’ children’s early years of children’s services. Over the years, new programs were added and other programs joined to support a wide range of services.

In 2011, with the amalgamation of the Lake of the Woods Child Development Centre and the Patricia Centre for Children and Youth, our name changed to FIREFLY.

Today, FIREFLY is a leading provider of mainstream children’s services in the area with over 150 staff serving in communities across the Kenora and Rainy River Districts.

FIREFLY offices operate on the original lands and territories of the Anishinaabeg, ​the Mushkegowuk and the Métis peoples. Treaties 3, 5 and 9 were signed upon these lands. ​We strive as guests on these lands to honour our responsibilities to care for this land and uphold ​the Treaties that were signed therein.