Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre

We offer free and confidential counselling and shelter services to women and children.


Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre is breaking the cycle of family violence by providing immediate shelter, counselling and prevention services throughout Northumberland County.


Together we are a community committed to healthy, respectful relationships free from family violence.


The Path To Help 


Click Here for a map of services available to help.


Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre appoints new Executive Director

Cobourg, ON – Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre appointed a new Executive Director last night at their monthly board meeting.  Nancy Johnston, the current Residential Services Manager with Cornerstone will step into the role on July 1st, 2-15.

Johnston has been at Cornerstone in a variety of roles since 2000, and the Residential Services Manager since 2009.   Prior to that she worked with three other women’s shelters and with Canadian Crossroads International in Sierra Leone.  Nancy is also a Peer Validator for Focus Accreditation.  She is a graduate of York University.  Over the past few years she has attended various management and leadership trainings.  Nancy developed the Shelter Managers Network, an active group that has benefited many shelters in the south central area of the Province.  Nancy works each year with Jane Lang, our Community Services Manager to develop and lead an excellent in-house training program for staff.  She has been a strong contributor to Cornerstone’s leadership and will continue to be a great asset to the organization in her new role as Executive Director.  With an excellent management team and a strong staff, Cornerstone will continue to grow and strengthen services to our clients and county, as well as contribute provincially.

Chair of Cornerstone’s Board of Directors Elaine Cortesis- Yates says “I am just thrilled to have Nancy as our upcoming Executive Director for Cornerstone. Her proven work ethic, vision and strong leadership skills will allow Cornerstone to maintain the excellence we have established over the years.”

For her part Johnston is looking forward to the transition: “I am honoured and excited to accept the Executive Director position at Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre.  I am passionate about the work that we do and the positive impact we have in the lives of individuals and families impacted by family violence. 

I look forward to continuing to work with a dedicated, dynamic and skilled staff team and Board of Directors.  We are committed to maintaining effective working relationships with community partners, our community members, donors and funders.” 

Linda Janzen, current Executive Director with Cornerstone will be retiring to California with her family. She will stay with the organization until August 1st when she will then embark on her new journey. 


Message from the Executive Director

Welcome to Cornerstone’s website.  As an organization committed to excellence in service we want to share with you our key strategic directions for the years 2014/2015 through 2016/2017. 

  1. Enhance Service Outcomes Through Collaborative Approaches

    With a continued commitment to working collaboratively, we will provide effective, evidence-based and accountable services that meet the diverse needs of our clients and the community. Our key focus is: “Excellence in Service.” Our program development model will continue to be grounded in proactively responding to the needs of the community.

  2. Expand Family Violence Prevention Initiatives 

    Building on Cornerstone’s family violence prevention work, we will create an integrated framework, clearly outlining our continuum of services. This will better focus our prevention work, support program planning, and strengthen our impact on the community.

  3. Develop a strategic and influential voice and presence on the issue of family violence

    Building on the success of the launch of our new name, Cornerstone will develop and implement a focused and targeted communications and marketing plan. We will broaden and strengthen our connections and points of influence with others working with victims of family violence. This will strengthen a broader systems response to family violence.

  4. Continue to Develop a Responsive and Resilient Organization

    Cornerstone will build our financial strength and resilience by enhancing fundraising and grant seeking activities.  Cornerstone will focus its efforts on targeted fundraising events, corporate partnerships and sponsorships, individual giving and planned giving.   This will include engaging volunteers, Board members and community members in this vital resource development work.




Cornerstone is Accredited!

We are very pleased to announce that we have been fully accredited by FOCUS Accreditation for four years. FOCUS Accreditation looks at all aspects of how an organization provides services – from how people are supported to the effectiveness of the operations. We look forward to maintaining accreditation as we move forward into the future.

Clear Your Browser History