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img text: Staff Spotlight: Adrian

Meet Adrian: Canada Suicide Prevention Service Training and Recruitment Coordinator at Distress Centre. Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) is a national network of existing distress, crisis and suicide prevention line services. Distress Centre Calgary is part of that network and volunteers and staff answer calls and texts from people across Canada in need of support. Adrian...

For anyone thinking of volunteering with Distress Centre, Anika has this advice: “Go for it!” And: “It’s not as scary as you think.” When a call, chat or text is received by Distress Centre or ConnecTeen, DC’s youth crisis support service, it’s true that the volunteer doesn’t know what the subject will be and that can feel...

And get to know Distress Centre’s off-site programs Candice Giammarino joined Distress Centre Calgary in July 2021 as the Director of Programs at SORCe. Prior to joining DC, Candice worked with the Calgary Homeless Foundation for over five years as a System Planner, and has over a decade of experience in the homeless-serving sector. Distress Centre is...

img des: Robyn Romano in the contact centre, standing in front of the DC logo on the wall.

Meet our new CEO! Though there’s a good chance this face is already familiar to you, as Robyn Romano has already spent 12 years of her career at Distress Centre and served in a number of roles, before being appointed Chief Executive Officer on October 12th, 2021. Robyn is a Registered Social Worker holding Bachelor’s and...

img des: Lori and Jim Ryan sitting at a table at Lend An Ear 2018

Lori and Jim Ryan have donated monthly to Distress Centre since 2014. In that time, they have provided monetary support, advocated for our agency and played a key role in organizing our 2018 Lend An Ear event. Jim spoke at the event, sharing some of his own struggles and triumphs, and had clearly emotional impact on the audience, receiving a standing ovation from some attendees. We...

img text: Volunteer Spotlight: Mortaza

Crisis line volunteer, Mortaza, is no stranger to giving back to the community. Before joining Distress Centre in the summer of 2020, he already held a wide range of volunteer roles, including: youth soccer coach, patient ambassador and mealtime volunteer at the University of Alberta hospital, and classroom volunteer at an elementary school. Mortaza was seeking...

img des: Shamir and his daughter Ambreena standing together outside.

Image: Shamir and his daughter, Ambreena, who is a Distress Centre volunteer. Shamir has donated monthly to Distress Centre since 2012. He was first introduced to our agency when a friend invited him to Lend An Ear, Distress Centre’s annual fundraising event, in 2012. He signed up as a monthly donor at the event and still...

img text: Volunteer Spotlight: Elissa

Crisis line volunteer Elissa* is no stranger to dealing with life’s hardships. She endured years of struggle and overcame many challenges before finding her way to Distress Centre, and she said that she’s been able to leverage the lessons she’s learned in her personal life to better support Distress Centre’s service users. Elissa worked as a...

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