An arts, garden and play program where children may joyfully express themselves as creative individuals of value.

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Our Story

Under The Willows was conceived of and founded by Dr. Ruth Pickering, a retired Child Psychiatrist and Narrative Therapist whose 40 years of clinical practice led her to develop this summer program for children and youth with lived-experiences of trauma to experience joy, grow in imagination and feel safe enough to just be children while they engage with their own creativity and those around them.  

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Dr. Ruth Pickering (she/her)

Founding Executive Director


Jody Boston

Program Director

Program Highlights

At Under the Willows children are invited to express themselves as unique individuals of value who are creative and competent. 


Donation by Cheque

c/o Under the Willows

Lynwood Charlton Centre,

526 Upper Paradise Road

Hamilton, ON L9C 5E3

(please specify that your cheque is for Under the Willows)

Donation through Canada Helps

To donate through Canada Helps please visit the Lynwood Charlton Centre page:

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original artwork courtesy of EMERY SILVA


Friends of Willows

Under the Willows is made possible by the generous support of private donors and the following organizations:

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"Willows is fun! I really liked the paper mache fish I made. I also loved the music and puppets"

Contact Us

We are always happy to hear from you.

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Program Administrator, Kori Pop (she/her), at

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