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There are many ways to describe Distress Centre Calgary counsellor, Edwin Morales. Most people would describe Edwin as compassionate, enthusiastic, and driven. However, if you ask him, there is one unique word that can summarize him entirely: Perspective. Although, this word is not common to describe someone in their entirety, the word couldn’t be more...

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...

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...

Michelle and her husband Peter Rowbotham at our 2015 Christmas Party. When Michelle Wickerson came in to interview for a position at Distress Centre (DC), what would be her first job in the social work field after completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Calgary in 2002, her interviewer, Joan Roy, had already filled the...

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....

Robyn Romano (middle left) at our 2015 Calgary Hitmen game is support of ConnecTeen. When Robyn Romano, Contact Centre Supervisor at Distress Centre, thinks about what drove her to pursue social work, she recalls back to when her mother was in palliative care and she observed the home care nurses who cared for her. “I realized I...

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