About The Alex
We work together. We walk together.
For almost 50 years we have served a community facing complex health challenges, including poverty, trauma, financial and housing instability, food insecurity, and a need for social and community inclusion.
The Alex envisions a healthy and caring community where everyone is valued and can thrive.
To improve quality of life through accessible and integrated health, housing and social services.
We are welcoming.
We welcome all humanity with dignity, respect and understanding. We create belonging, community, safety and a sense of home.
We build community and nurture relationships with each other, participants, supporters, partners and peers. Together, we are a team.
We have grit.
We listen, learn and grow. We make informed decisions and work transparently, with integrity, accountability and an unwavering commitment to excellence.
We care deeply.
We are genuinely compassionate and invested in people’s wellbeing. We honour and value each person’s story, seeing the hope and possibility in that story.
We promote empowerment.
We believe in self-determination, choice and each person’s inherent ability to lead their journey. We provide encouragement and support as we walk together.
We take responsibility.
We are tenacious and determined. We roll up our sleeves to get the job done and follow through on our commitments with passion and perseverance.
We are change-makers.
We are innovators, problem-solvers and leaders. We are responsive, resourceful, creative and nimble, finding ways to remove barriers, navigate systems and advocate for change.
Our leadership team and Board of Directors represent a dedicated multi-disciplinary team of almost 400 staff including medical staff, social workers, mental health specialists, peer supporters, educators, community facilitators, and an outstanding support team. As a team we know it takes the combination of our unique skills and expertise to make a difference.
Since 1973, The Alex has seen the whole story of health. We meet everyone where they are at and treat all people with dignity and respect. We tackle tough health and social issues and walk alongside people from crisis to wellness and from challenge to change.
Because life’s not simple, our solutions rarely come ready-made. And that’s OK. We tailor them to the person before us. The open hearts and creative minds at the Alex see what’s really needed – and invent the solution. We’ve seen the incredible transformation of thousands of lives.
We’re leaders within the health and social service community, and are constantly innovating in our approach to health, social and community care. When faced with challenges, we rarely ask ourselves ‘if’ and instead ask ourselves ‘how.’
“(The Alex) gave me purpose to be authentically me with no judgment”
The Alex Community Member
Stories of Impact
Social workers span across nine programs and services at The Alex. That’s because we know their support is as important to health as anything else.
Stacey, a Community Food Centre program participant, shares how our virtual programming has brought her family together during hard times.
In 1975, when she was just a girl, Beverly was taken from her birth parents after witnessing violent domestic abuse in the home. She was placed with foster parents and her older siblings all went to different homes.