Our Vision & History

Armagh provides women and their children with the best possible opportunity to overcome the devastating effects of abuse.

Our Guiding Principles

At Armagh we believe that:

  • Every person has the right to live without fear of physical, psychological emotional, sexual or financial abuse
  • Women and men should have equal opportunities to develop their potential to live full and rich lives
  • All women have the right to decide for themselves the direction which their lives will take, according to their personal values and needs

A History of Philanthropy

As a result of months of study and consultation with various agencies in the late 1980s, it was apparent that society was becoming increasingly aware of the plight of abused women. Assistance in crisis shelters throughout our community met only immediate needs of abused women and their children. After months of negotiating with government ministries, Armagh received approval and funding to proceed with a project, temporary second-stage housing for victims of family violence. A residential wing was renovated to provide eight self-contained apartments for women and their children. In 1991 Armagh welcomed its first residents into the program. It became, at that time one of six, second-stage homes in Ontario. Today there are approximately 20 second-stage homes, Armagh is the only second-stage housing programme in the Region of Peel, providing supportive housing for this vulnerable segment of the Region’s population.