The Surfer-Pack Project is a very real and unique opportunity to change the lives of others for the better and to make a positive impact on the community.

It’s a fact: We have displaced and homeless youth in our Communities (Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry & Akwesasne) and we do not have any shelters or temporary housing for these young people

A Surfer-Pack is a backpack filled with supplies that a youth would need as they surf from one couch to another – relying on the kindness of friends.

Who are the Invisible Homeless?

According to the Canadian Definition of Homelessness, the “hidden homeless” population falls under the category of the “provisionally accommodated.” It refers specifically to people who live “temporarily with others but without guarantee of continued residency or immediate prospects for accessing permanent housing.” Often known as “couch surfing,” this describes people who are staying with relatives, friends, neighbours or strangers because they have no other option.

While the studies found similar rates of homelessness among youth in rural communities to that of their urban counterparts, these same studies also found rural communities have unique youth experiences and face specific challenges for service delivery.

It is very difficult to get any accurate numbers about how many youth in our area may find themselves among this almost invisible population.

How Can You Help?

  • Sponsor a Surfer-Pack
  • Donate items to add to packs (eg. Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Combs and other necessities).
  • Make a monetary donation
  • Spread the word- Share this website on social media, tell your friends and family, let our community youth know about the Surfer-Pack Project because you never know who may need our help!

Through our social service experts, we know that these invisible youth exist, and some can be reached through them. We continue to seek additional stakeholders who may be able to identify and reach these youth as well, and we are proud to already have a strong distribution network in place.



If you need a Surfer-Pack or know somebody who does; just contact one of the distribution partners:

Surfer-Pack Distribution Partners (and growing):

For all other inquiries please contact Melanie Dawson at or (613) 407-1004 to find out more. 

The project’s primary stakeholders include:

The St.A’s Yayas (Youth and Young Adults), a youth group in Williamstown, Ontario initiated the Surfer-Pack project, a grass-roots initiative, to gather supplies and backpacks to create “Surfer-Packs” for youth in need.

If you know a young person who loves to give back and enjoys making a change, we would love to hear from them as they might be a great fit for the St. A’s YAYAs!