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David Granirer, a comedian, counsellor, speaker and author, headlined our Lend An Ear Breakfast.

David Granirer, a comedian, counsellor, speaker and author, headlined our Lend An Ear Breakfast. On the morning of September 21st, 2017, we gathered in the beautiful Odd Fellows Hall for our 7th Annual Lend An Ear Breakfast. Comedian, David Granirer, from Vancouver, BC, headlined the morning. He is a stand-up comic, counsellor, mental health speaker and...

ConnecTeen, talk on your terms. Image of teenage girl looking into the camera

The teen years are a stressful and challenging time. Teens deal with a lot. They have heavy school workloads and many work part-time jobs or juggle extracurricular activities and sports. They experience relationships starting and ending, and many struggle with their body image, depression and anxiety, or experience bullying from their peers. That’s why teens need...

18-year-old Jasper has conquered more boundaries in one year than he ever thought was possible. Jasper arrived at Distress Centre Calgary in May 2017, as a first year social work student from Mount Royal University. As a new social work practicum student, Jasper was both eager and anxious to begin his two-month placement, and with...

Gulya Taubaldieva (left) with DCC receptionist, Fitore Bajraktari, at our Annual General Meeting on May 10th, 2017.

Gulya Taubaldieva (left) with DCC receptionist, Fitore Bajraktari, at our Annual General Meeting on May 10th, 2017. Gulya Taubaldieva was born and raised in Nukus, Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan; a country that was originally under the USSR until it became an independent in 1991. As a young adult, Gulya pursued advanced education by completing her Master’s Degree of...

Carol Markusse, a successful business professional, was enjoying life with her husband and two children. Carol thought she had it all. She had obtained her undergraduate degree in business and later completed her Masters of Business Administration from Devry Institute of Technology in Calgary. Although her life seemed complete, Carol was unsettled and felt that...

On June 1st, 2017, we introduced Jerilyn Dressler as our new Executive Director at Distress Centre. Jerilyn grew up in a small community in Saskatchewan where there were few resources available in her community for those who needed mental health or addictions support. This inspired her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a career...

Ian* lost his job in early 2016 and has been unable to secure long-term employment since then. Adding to the stress of not being able to find work, Ian has health problems he's been dealing with for months. He lives with excessive pain and is feeling hopeless. As a father to three, he worries about no...

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