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50 Stories Part 50: Volunteers are Everywhere

2020-12-22T19:27:23+00:00

Image: ConnecTeen volunteers (Amy Li on the right) at the 2014 Calgary Hitmen game in support of ConnecTeen. Read - 50 Stories Part 49 There would be no Distress Centre without the original group of volunteers, so it seems only fitting that our 50th story focuses on our volunteers. What follows are a few volunteer [...]

50 Stories Part 50: Volunteers are Everywhere2020-12-22T19:27:23+00:00

50 Stories Part 49: Bringing People Together

2020-12-15T15:04:18+00:00

Image: The Distress Centre staff and volunteer team at Outrun the Stigma 2019. Read - 50 Stories Part 48 A partnership between many different organizations and individuals created the initial Drug Information Centre in 1970, and partnerships continue to be vital in enabling the current Distress Centre to serve the community. Some partnerships provide financial [...]

50 Stories Part 49: Bringing People Together2020-12-15T15:04:18+00:00

50 Stories Part 48: Navigating the System – 211 in the 2010s

2020-12-08T17:29:21+00:00

Image: 211 staff celebrate with cake after we successfully renewed our AIRS accreditation. Read - 50 Stories Part 47 The 211 service continued to expand in the last decade. It is still free, multi-lingual, and confidential. Certified Community Resource Specialists answer 211 calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week, helping callers find appropriate [...]

50 Stories Part 48: Navigating the System – 211 in the 2010s2020-12-08T17:29:21+00:00

50 Stories Part 47: Joan Roy – From Practicum to Executive Director

2020-12-01T15:02:38+00:00

Image: Joan Roy speaking at our 2014 Lend An Ear Breakfast. Read - 50 Stories Part 46 The unfortunate passing of Executive Director Carol Oliver brought a period of leadership instability to Distress Centre, until the Board appointed 25-year staff member Joan Roy to the ED position in June 2013. Joan recalls the offer: [...]

50 Stories Part 47: Joan Roy – From Practicum to Executive Director2020-12-01T15:02:38+00:00

50 Stories Part 46: Eyes In and Fingers Out – Board support in the 2010s

2020-11-24T19:16:36+00:00

Image: The 2018-2019 Board of Directors at our 2018 Annual General Meeting. Read - 50 Stories Part 45 Over the last decade Distress Centre’s Board has kept to its governance role, with a focus on strategic planning. They defined the organization’s primary role as crisis intervention, and with support from major funders FCSS and United [...]

50 Stories Part 46: Eyes In and Fingers Out – Board support in the 2010s2020-11-24T19:16:36+00:00

50 Stories Part 45: A SORCe for the homeless

2020-11-17T12:57:30+00:00

Image: On June 2, 2017, SORCe was honoured with a Community Justice Award from Alberta Justice and Solicitor General. The award recognizes excellence and innovation in community partnerships, in the areas of victims’ services, youth justice, restorative justice and other crime-prevention efforts. Read - 50 Stories Part 44 In 2013, Distress Centre returned to its [...]

50 Stories Part 45: A SORCe for the homeless2020-11-17T12:57:30+00:00

50 Stories Part 44: It’s A Disaster

2020-11-10T19:12:59+00:00

Image: Riverfront Avenue in Calgary after the 2013 flood. Photo by Ryan Quan. Read - 50 Stories Part 43 In 1970, the idea of a two-day concert with accompanying sex, drugs and rock and roll was considered enough of a pending disaster to cause the formation of the Drug Information Centre. In 2013, Calgary faced [...]

50 Stories Part 44: It’s A Disaster2020-11-10T19:12:59+00:00

50 Stories Part 43: A Circle of Support

2020-11-03T12:48:16+00:00

Image: Distress Centre staff at the 2019 United Way Parade. Read - 50 Stories Part 42 Distress Centre has always depended on corporate, government and private funders in order to fulfill their mandate in the community. In 2019, for example, 40 organizations provided major funding to DC, many of them long-term partners. To list all [...]

50 Stories Part 43: A Circle of Support2020-11-03T12:48:16+00:00

50 Stories Part 42: Face-to-Face for 50 years

2020-10-27T09:00:33+00:00

Image: Distress Centre counsellors in 2017. Read - 50 Stories Part 41 The professional qualifications for Distress Centre counsellors have increased over 50 years, as has the complexity and number of clients they see. Less than 300 sessions in 1970 became 1,650 in 2010 and 2,900 in 2019. The majority of referrals now come from [...]

50 Stories Part 42: Face-to-Face for 50 years2020-10-27T09:00:33+00:00

50 Stories Part 41: The 5th Decade

2020-10-20T14:15:28+00:00

Image: Jerilyn Dressler (middle) accepting the City of Calgary Award for Community Advocate Organization in 2018. With Mayor Naheed Nenshi (left) and Ward 10 Councillor Ray Jones. Photo courtesy of the City of Calgary. Read - 50 Stories Part 40 At the start of 2010, no one could have predicted that Distress Centre would be [...]

50 Stories Part 41: The 5th Decade2020-10-20T14:15:28+00:00
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