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Can you outrun the stigma? One runner has dressed up as "the stigma" for multiple events, inviting participants to literally outrun him. Hundreds of students, teachers and members of the community came out to the University of Calgary on October, 18, 2015 to run, walk and volunteer for Outrun the Stigma, a student-initiated run/walk for mental...

Richard Hinse, Commander of Calgary's 911 Centre discusses the new partnership at a press conference at Calgary Police Service Headquarters on October 14, 2015. Distress Centre has partnered with the Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department and 9-1-1 to promote 211 for citizens in need. 211 is a telephone-based information and referral service that connects Calgarians...

Distress Centre was fortunate to have Angela Danko (pictured) assisting the Fund Development and Communications team this summer. My name is Angela Danko and I’m entering my last semester of my B.A in Psychology at the University of Calgary. This summer, I was chosen to be one of Nexen's Not-For-Profit summer students, where students get the opportunity to...

by Angela Danko CCC Jasminder Randhawa answering calls on the 211 lines. There is no such thing as an ordinary day at work for a Contact Centre Coordinator (CCC). "No day is ever the same," says CCC, Jasminder Randhawa. Each caller is different – they have unique needs, a meaningful story to share and a voice to be heard....

Image via ThinkStock. The federal government estimates that in 2014 Canada welcomed over 240 000 permanent newcomers. Immigrants bring enrichment to our country in ways not limited to manpower, purchasing dollars, knowledge and skills, and cultural variety. For newcomers, their experiences can be as varied as the newcomers themselves. Some find a welcoming community with jobs, new relationships, and...

  Keeley Davidsen (left), ConnecTeen volunteer and winner of the 2015 YODA for Peer Support, with Jerilynn Daniels of RBC, the organization that sponsored the category. Keeley Davidsen's experience with ConnecTeen began when she was going through her own issues and used our ConnecTeen services.  When a high school project provided her with the opportunity to promote ConnecTeen...

George and Donna Coutts have been happily married for 46 years since meeting on a blind date in Estevan, Saskatchewan. For most of their married life they have been globetrotting the world working and living in 13 countries over 35 years.  They both hail from Saskatchewan, but only George is a Saskatchewan Roughrider fan! George and Donna...

Kindness Matters volunteers spread cheer as they hand out wellness packs. Photo courtesy of Kindness Matters. Once a year for the last three years, Suzana Rymak has hit the streets of Calgary with a group of volunteers to pass out what she has dubbed as “wellness packs.” The packs, 200 of which were given out this year alone,...

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