About us

Who We Are & What We Do

Our story

The year 2013 was a significant year in the Ardglen/Orenda.  The year started with a tragedy – the shooting death of Kesean Williams.  It was a terrible time for the community.  A young boy was lost and it left many people in the community questioning their safety and what needed to change.

The year ended with what we believe is another significant event – the opening of The Journey Neighbourhood Centre.  The Journey’s opening was a response to more then just one tragedy.  It was a response to a community facing many challenges.

Ardglen Location

Journey Main Offices & Centre
9 Ardglen Drive
Brampton, Ontario, L6W 1V1

Orenda Location

Apartment Tower at Orenda Court
80 Orenda Court, Apt OB3
Brampton, Ontario, L6W 3M9

Come, Connect, Be Inspired

The Journey Neighbourhood Centre is committed to bringing hope and transformation to the Ardglen/Orenda communities, walking alongside children, youth and families as they take positive steps in their lives.

Our mission is realized through:

Relevant Programs | Authentic Connection:
Making a difference through practical assistance.

Transforming Properties | Changing Environment:
Creating a new environment and growing hope.

Advocating For Residents | Serving Community:
Standing with the community and against injustice.

The Journey Neighbourhood Centre is a Christian based organization. We are committed to the following values and guiding principles as we journey together with the community.

To bring hope and transformation through love, respect, compassion and helpfulness.
We believe that love, respect, compassion, and helpfulness bring new and abundant life to all people.

To develop and maintain meaningful partnerships in the community.
We are committed to working in partnership alongside the members of this community for the betterment of the community. We will build and maintain the trust of the people of the community.

To treat all without discrimination through dignity, respect and inclusiveness.
We value all people. We believe that all people are created and loved by God and are equal in God’s eyes; embracing people of all faiths, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and age. Everyone will be treated with respect and inclusiveness.

To act justly and fairly as trusted stewards.
We are faithful to the purpose for which resources are given, and we manage them in a way that brings maximum benefit to the community.

To provide opportunity for all to know God through our actions.
From the abundance of God’s love, and as followers of Jesus, we find our call to love and serve.
John 1:14 – The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighbourhood.

The staff of The Journey Neighbourhood Centre respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the Ajetance Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation as well as the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee peoples.

Important Information!

It is important to acknowledge those whose land we now live on; however, . . .

Land Acknowledgements are important; unfortunately, most people know little to nothing about the peoples who once inhabited this land, nor the circumstances that led to our present situation.  So, here are a few facts about the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, whose land we now occupy.

  • The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) are part of the Anishnabeg speaking Nation and they are related to the Chippewa.
  • At one time the Mississaugas owned all the land in southern Ontario from London to past Toronto, almost to Lake Simcoe and down to Niagara. The previous occupants of the land were the Haudenosaunee and Wendat peoples.
  • As European settlers came the Mississaugas and other First Nations were under great pressure, were left impoverished and were greatly outnumbered (100 to 1) and so ceded various tracts of land.
  • The Mississaugas signed the Ajetance Treaty, No. 19 on October 28, 1818 ceding the land now known as Caledon, Brampton and most of northern Mississauga. The treaty was named after Chief Ajetance
  • The Ajetance Treaty of 1818 gave each Mississauga £522.10 ($793.73 CDN – Sept 2022) each year forever.
  • In April 2015, MCFN had an enrolled population of 2,330 people, 850 of whom lived on the MCFN Reserve.
  • Their reserve is on 2,900-hectares of land on the Six Nations Reserve southwest of Hamilton, between Brantford and Lake Erie.
  • In 1787 the lands of Toronto were purchased from the Mississaugas. From the beginning the agreement was disputed until 2010 when a settlement was made for $145 million.  Each Mississauga received $20,000 and the rest put into a trust.

If you would like to know more about the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, then we would encourage you to check out the following links:

Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation – Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (mncfn.ca)

Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation – Wikipedia

Mississaugas – Wikipedia

Shrugs greet historic $145M Toronto land claim settlement | The Star

Toronto Purchase – Wikipedia

Five Years of The Journey

The Journey was Five Years Old in 2018!

The Journey Neighbourhood Centre celebrated five years of serving the Ardglen/Orenda community on November 21, 2018.  While is it important to remember the events of the past five years, it is equally important not to dwell too long on past accomplishments.  The challenges that were in our community five years ago are still the challenges the community faces today.  And, while we have accomplished much, there is so much more to do.

Since 2018 we have expanded our programming, navigated a world-wide pandemic, continued to be relevant and looked to a future of growth and bringing further transformation in our community.

5th Anniversary Booklet

Part of our celebration was to create and print a booklet that looked back over our five years of service to the Ardglen/Orenda communities. The button below will take you to a online copy of that booklet. Please be patient, five years of history may take a few moments to load.

5th Anniversary Booklet (PDF)


The Journey is a collaborative partnership with North Bramalea United Church (NBUC)Regeneration Outreach Community and Rapport Youth and Family Services.  These are just a few of the agencies with which The Journey has an affiliation.  But, most importantly, The Journey is a collaboration both with and for the residents of Ardglen and Orenda.

The Journey has received funding from multiple sources including the United Way Greater Toronto, the United Church of CanadaOntario Trillium Foundation, the Region of Peel and NBUC. We also have many other important Funders whom we would like to acknowledge.

And The Journey is connected to many partners, supporting agencies and organizations that we Appreciate.

In The News!

The Journey was featured on the Monday, March 28th edition of Global News Hour, on Susan Hay’s Making A Difference program.

The Journey has the privilege of working with many organizations and agencies.

Peel Region has a website filled with links to services ranging from Arts to Education to Health to Social Services to Bus Routes and more.

Updates & Reports

We want to keep you informed, so from time to time we will be posting our reports and updates, so please check back often.

Annual Report 2015-2016

Annual Report 2017

Winter 2018 Update: 2017 Review

5th Anniversary Booklet with 2018 Community Survey & Annual Report

Winter 2019 Update: 2018 Review

Spring 2021 Update

Annual Report 2021

Fall 2022 Newsletter

Summer 2019 Update

Annual Report 2019

Spring 2020 Update

Fall 2020 Update

Annual Report 2020

Summer Camp Special Report 2021

Fall/Winter Newsletter - 2021

Annual Report 2022