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One of Canada’s Best Workplaces, Again

GPTW Canada Best 2011
GPTW Canada Best 2011

Waterloo, ON – For the second consecutive year, Lutherwood has been identified as one of Canada’s Best Workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute of Canada. The results identify Lutherwood as one of the top 10 best workplaces for women and 13th overall in best workplaces across Canada.

“One of the most enjoyable experiences for me is to see our team recognized and rewarded for their hard work,” said Lutherwood CEO, Dr. John Colangeli. “Every day, our employees strengthen the lives of people living in our community. This can be very demanding but is also rewarding and fulfilling. To support our employees, we are committed to building a culture where we engage not just their minds and hands, but their hearts too. We create a supportive environment where employees want to come to work and contribute to our mission. It is this culture, created by our caring employees, that made Lutherwood one of Canada’s top workplaces for a second consecutive year.”

Annually, the Great Place to Work Institute of Canada surveys more than 200 Canadian companies ranging in size from 50 to 50,000 employees from all sectors. A key part of the survey is the response to the questionnaire all permanent employees were asked to complete last fall. The survey assessed how Lutherwood is doing from the employee perspective and then benchmarks the results against other organizations. The survey audited our human resources policies, procedures and practices and our resulting culture. More information on the survey and award is available on their website at

Lutherwood is a not-for-profit organization that provides a wide range of children’s mental health, employment, housing and family counselling services to more than 18,500 people in Waterloo Region and Wellington County.

"I focus on children and youth because they don't have the experience to cope with life's challenges that the rest of us do. They are our future, and I think it is important that we support them to keep their hopes and dreams alive."