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Huddle NorWest

At our youth hub, you take the lead.

We’re a warm, vibrant social space that offers free counseling, youth employment services, addictions support, mental health services, primary care (seeing a doctor or nurse about your physical and sexual health), recreation, and more. Stop in, grab a coffee, charge your phone, relax and stay awhile. Here, you’re empowered to make your own choices toward the care you want, when you want it. Our services are free of cost and free of judgment. 

What we do

There are so many free events and programs you can join at Huddle NorWest, in-person or online! You’ll find health and wellness workshops, drop-in counseling, mental health skills groups like Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Mindfulness (CBTm), group activities like crafting or movie nights, community breakfasts, and so much more.

Where we are

New Location!
945 Notre Dame Ave
Winnipeg, MB
R3E 0M8

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact Us:
Phone: 204-221-9800
Email: youthhub@norwestcoop.ca

Phone and emails are not monitored 24/7. Visit our Contact Page for more resources if you need immediate help.

How to get here

How to get to the new Huddle site at 945 Notre Dame from 103-61 Tyndall Ave: 

  1. Take Bus 16 Island Lakes via Southdale (Stop ID: 30685).
  2. Take Bus 30 Downtown from Southbound McPhillips at Manitoba (Stop ID: 30491)
  3. Walk about 2 mins. 
  4. YAAAY! You’ve made it. 

Bus Routes:

30, 34, 36

Who we are

Kendra Monk (She/Her)

Huddle NorWest Coordinator

Kendra Monk (She/Her)

Hi! My name is Kendra. I have a Master’s degree in Family Social Sciences, and a Bachelor of Human Ecology, focusing in child and adolescent development. I am also a registered Professional Home Economist. When I’m not giggling with my two kids and partner, I love enjoying all things geeky (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel, and more!). My favourite food is lemon roasted potatoes and my favourite movie is Titanic. My other hobby is event planning for nerdy celebrations in Winnipeg!

Kaelee Vandenbogerd (She/Her)

Youth Mental Health Community Counsellor

Kaelee Vandenbogerd (She/Her)

Hi, my name is Kaelee! I’m a Registered Psychiatric Nurse that is eclectic in my therapeutic approaches, drawing on my additional training in anti-oppressive, trauma informed and harm reduction practices as well as in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. These are a few of my favourite things: cat videos, music festivals, travelling, and good belly laughs. I grew up in Northern Manitoba, and in doing so, I developed a deep connection to the wilderness and its healing potential. I feel there is much to be learned in nature! I love documentaries on history and science.

Emily Spence (She/Her)

Teen Clinic Counsellor

Emily Spence (She/Her)

Hi there! My name is Emily (she/her pronouns). I’m the Teen Clinic Counsellor with Huddle NorWest and I have a Bachelors of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba. Some of my favorite things include finding new restaurants around the city to try with friends, going for walks with my partner & our dog, or re-watching any Marvel movie for the hundredth time. I also love doing any summertime activities, such as swimming, bike riding, or going to the beach!

Charmaine Agsalud (She/Her)

Youth Mental Health Community Counsellor

Charmaine Agsalud (She/Her)

Hi! I’m Charmaine. My favourite pastime is playing Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch! I also love reading books and playing board games with my friends. I’m Filipino and was born and raised here in Winnipeg. I graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2021 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy.

Meghan Howell (She/Her)

Nurse Practitioner

Meghan Howell (She/Her)

Hi! I am Meghan! I am your nurse practitioner! My favourite thing in the whole world is to sitting down with a good book in one hand and a hot cup of coffee in the other. I am the mother of two tiny humans! My favourite food is anything made by my mother. There is no taste like home. Truly. Whether you have a health question or just need a listening ear, I’m here for you. Can’t wait to meet you!

Hayley Chartrand (She/Her)

Clinical Psychologist

Hayley Chartrand (She/Her)

Hi, I am Dr. Hayley Chartrand. I am a registered clinical psychologist. I completed my PhD at the University of Manitoba in 2018 and a child clinical psychology internship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2017. I love to travel, go for bike rides, walk my dog, and sleep in. My favorite food is sushi and I like to watch Saturday Night Live.

Nicolette Gittens (She/Her)

Peer Navigator

Nicolette Gittens (She/Her)

Hi! My name is Nicolette and I am the Peer Navigator at Huddle NorWest. I have a Bachelor in Human Ecology with a focus on Family Violence. Some of my hobbies include, reading, volunteering, knitting and learning how to cook all sorts of new things. My favorite type of food is Caribbean food, I wish I could pick one favorite but almost everything is too delicious! When I am not engaging in any of my hobbies I can be found watching an episode of Once Upon a Time (for the hundredth time), watching a Disney movie, connecting with family and friends or playing with my pet budgie.

Avery Garrioch (She/Her)

Youth Mental Health Community Counsellor

Avery Garrioch (She/Her)

Hello! My name is Avery. I am a Métis/settler woman and use she/her pronouns. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work degree. I utilize a client-centred, strengths-based approach in my practice, incorporating trauma-informed care in a safe, non-judgmental space. I enjoy beading, trying new recipes and being outside. I also love music, animals and coffee!

Hilary Edmunds (She/Her)

Youth Mental Health Community Counsellor

Hilary Edmunds (She/Her)

Hilary is an Indigenous woman and mother from Postville, Labrador. She has a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. Hilary’s passion for social justice and human rights movements is only matched by her dedication to eliminating barriers and providing opportunities for clients to grow and thrive.

Kierra Ferguson Edwards (She/Her)

Youth Mental Health Community Counsellor

Kierra Ferguson Edwards (She/Her)

Hi, my name is Kierra! I’m a registered social worker, with a bachelor of social work from Booth University College. Theories I utilize are trauma informed, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and client centred. Some of my favourite things to do are snowmobiling, having board game nights with friends, and reading. In the summer I love to have bonfires, go camping and fishing. My goal as a counsellor is not to eliminate anxiety or uncomfortable feelings but to learn how to cope and manage these. I believe the more we step out of our comfort zone we enhance our self-efficacy to develop coping skills that encourage awareness and facilitate growth.

Theo Biggs-Engel (He/They)

Summer Programs Assistant

Theo Biggs-Engel (He/They)

Hi my name is Theo (he/they) and I am the Summer Programs Assistant at Huddle! I am a student at the University of Manitoba in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, and a researcher in gender affirming care and health disparities. When I'm not in the Huddle lounge, I'm probably at the local farmer's market or re-watching The Office. Be sure to check out our Huddle calendar for upcoming lounge activities!

At Huddle, youth have a safe space to be authentically themselves. We welcome and respect people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, ethnicities, faiths, race/nationalities, and abilities.

We empower all youth, families, and service providers to show the same respect to others and to celebrate each other’s differences.

Get Involved

Our Youth Advisory Council is a fantastic way to create positive change in your community, to connect with youth with similar lived experiences and provide peer support. You’ll get the chance to help plan events, make decisions for our youth-led programming, and provide valuable guidance to other youth seeking support.

The mission of the NorWest Youth Hub Family Council is to create a real culture of change by facilitating the involvement of family and those who care about young people. The council promotes sustainable family engagement and active participation by ensuring that all members have a safe forum for support where their contributions are respected. We meet on a monthly basis and each member is encouraged to share their voice, work together, and alongside the Youth Advisory Council. The council is composed of family members/carers who have the lived experience of a loved one with mental health concerns, support youth in the community, or have been involved in mental health initiatives in any capacity.

Catch up with Huddle NorWest

Follow Huddle NorWest for updates on the latest events happening at our youth hub and helpful tools to live a healthier life.
Huddle is a safe space for youth ages 12–29, offering free, trauma-informed and culturally safe health services in a youth-friendly atmosphere.

Our youth hubs are located on Treaty 1 and Treaty 2 territories. These lands on which we gather are the traditional territories of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Anisininew, Assiniboine, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the birthplace of the Métis Nation.