CONFIDENTIAL CHAT
img: Lee with mountaints and a lake in the background

To sum up everything Lee did for Distress Centre Calgary in just a few paragraphs is impossible. The impact of her generosity, advocacy and spirit is immeasurable. [caption id="attachment_22848" align="alignright" width="434"] Lee and her husband Neil after making a donation in 2014.[/caption] Distress Centre rarely has caller stories to share, as most people don't want others to...

img des: Ahsan standing in front of large falls.

Content Warning: mention of suicide Ahsan has been volunteering with Distress Centre and our ConnecTeen youth program since 2015 but he still remembers the call that changed the way he handles crisis calls. Ahsan answered a call from someone who told him they were having thoughts of suicide, they had a plan to attempt suicide and they...

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...

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