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Meet our Volunteer: Lori

My name is Lori. I am an entrepreneur driven towards creating a women’s healing centre in Calgary to promote the well being of all women.

My attraction to volunteering at Distress Centre came from my desire to explore the deepest needs of those in crisis to be more clearly informed as to what services I need to provide at my Centre.

The insight, clarity and focus I have attained through my volunteer work has been significantly more inspiring than I ever imagined. I have discovered that we as a collective have the responsibility to listen support and nurture one another if we are going to make a shift in this consciousness. The struggles and tribulations experienced by those reaching out are shared by all of us.

What's unfortunate is that we are conditioned in our society to believe that we all need to create this front that we are perfect, we do not have any issues and the most devastating - that we are supposed to go through this life alone and figure everything out by ourselves. The truth is that if we were more vulnerable and lived in an environment where there was unconditional love and support without criticism and judgment, then we would flourish as individuals and our self-destructive tendencies would lessen.

Distress Centre has given me the opportunity to support those in need from a place of true compassion, empathy and genuine concern for their well-being. I have been blessed with the opportunity to provide unconditional love and support, and to find the greatness in each individual in their times of crisis, when they are unable to see that in themselves.

My work here has been more rewarding than any job I’ve ever had or any project I’ve ever worked on. When I think about my experience on the phone lines or I know I have a shift coming up my heart expands with this indescribable feeling of joy, something I have never experienced before. It’s a knowing that during every call I am having a positive impact on someone’s life whether great or small. When they hang up the phone my only hope is that their perspective on themselves or life in general has shifted, even just a little bit.

I offer gratitude to those who commit themselves to this profession on a daily basis and I hope you know the impact you are having on the world one person at a time.

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