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Dagma Koyi (Founder)

Dagma Koyi has over ten years of experience working with at risk youth. She is a professional

with a Bachelor degree in Social Work and a Certificate of Training in Crisis Intervention and

Clinical Traumatology. Dagma is also in the process of completing a Master’s degree in

Counselling with a specialization in Family Therapy. Dagma has both front line and supervisory

experience in the not-for- profit sector. Dagma’s passion and drive for the homeless population

has driven her to birth REST Centre

Charmaine Lane, MS.c., Psych (Co-Founder)

Charmaine is a trained psychotherapist and has worked in various capacities within the area of

counselling. She has a wealth of experience in the areas of assessment and testing, individual and

group counseling, vocation and life skill training, addiction and mental health, trauma (e.g.

sexual and physical abuse. Charmaine has successfully worked to reunite families that are

involved in the child protective sector.  She works from an anti-racism, anti-oppressive


Nick Beckett (Director of Youth Outreach)

Nick is currently in the process of completing his B.A. hons, at The Centre of Criminology,

University of Toronto. Once a homeless youth himself, he overcame all odds, and now lives to

instill hope in others. Besides studying, Nick works for a busy criminal defence firm, and is

actively engaged in the community as a mentor and speaker. Nick plans on attending

law school in the fall, we are very excited for him. 

Ben Bempah, PhD (Board of Director)

Ben is a public administration expert with over ten-years of professional experience in

undertaking public policy analysis, project management, proposal writing, economic

development, and quality assurance in both government and private sectors. Proficient in

statistical modeling, narrative reports writing, experienced in and capable of leading and

directing the development, interpretation and implementation of government-wide policy

legislations and regulations.

Through R.E.S.T., homeless youth in our community are learning how to "REST"!


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  • Almost one-third of Canada’s homeless population is 16-24 years old.

  • In Toronto, estimates range from 900 to 2,000 nightly — far more than can be accommodated by the 489 beds in youth shelters.

  • 43% of youth experiencing homelessness were in foster care or group homes.

  • Research indicates that foster youth tend to fare poorly in a number of domains in the transition to adulthood, and the shift to independent living may be particularly challenging.

Youth with experience in the

criminal justice system: Access to stable housing can be a key factor in success. Adequate housing and outside supports (employment, financial help) are too often unavailable.

Indigenous youth: History of colonization and cultural discrimination. Indigenous youth are overrepresented in homeless populations.

A majority of homeless youth face mental health challenges. This adds additional risks and obstacles to an already difficult experience.

Newcomer youth: Cultural isolation, language barriers, employment setbacks, family tension and stress –newcomer youth face a number of hurdles.

Youth fleeing violence and abuse in their households: Abuse in the home has pushed 61% of young females onto the streets.

Stand with us today in the fight to end youth homelessness