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Meet our new CEO: Robyn Romano


Meet our new CEO: Robyn Romano 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 [...]

Meet our new CEO: Robyn Romano2023-02-08T18:46:35+00:00

Donor Spotlight: Lori and Jim Ryan


Donor Spotlight: Lori and Jim Ryan 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 [...]

Donor Spotlight: Lori and Jim Ryan2023-02-08T18:46:37+00:00

Get to know Cheryl Bernard, Lend An Ear keynote speaker


Get to know Cheryl Bernard, Lend An Ear keynote speaker Cheryl Bernard competed on the Canadian women’s curling team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She felt a huge amount of pressure to win the gold medal while competing at home and as the Skip, she had the last rock to take [...]

Get to know Cheryl Bernard, Lend An Ear keynote speaker2023-02-08T18:46:40+00:00

Get to know Kaiya Gamble! Local singer-songwriter speaks and performs at Lend An Ear 2021


Get to know Kaiya Gamble! Local singer-songwriter speaks and performs at Lend An Ear 2021 Kaiya Gamble first started singing after her school music teacher approached her parents and told them that she has perfect pitch. Her parents put Kaiya in piano and voice lessons and she loved it. After about a year [...]

Get to know Kaiya Gamble! Local singer-songwriter speaks and performs at Lend An Ear 20212023-02-08T18:46:41+00:00

Volunteer Spotlight: Mortaza


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 [...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Mortaza2023-02-08T18:47:50+00:00

Donor Spotlight: Shamir Ladhani


Donor Spotlight: Shamir Ladhani 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 [...]

Donor Spotlight: Shamir Ladhani2022-10-10T20:34:59+00:00

Volunteer Spotlight: Elissa


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 [...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Elissa2022-10-10T20:37:06+00:00

Volunteer Spotlight: Mark Li


Volunteer Spotlight: Mark Li Mark Li began his volunteering journey at Distress Centre in October 2020, when he made a strong first impression on our Training Coordinator, Trevor. “Mark shocked me when I asked a question to the training group and he pulled out a colour coded binder with the answers to my [...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Mark Li2022-10-10T20:41:10+00:00

Volunteer Spotlight: Katherine Peters


Volunteer Spotlight: Katherine Peters “Being part of Distress Centre has enriched me as a person and a social worker. It has given me the tools to better understand and apply these tools to crisis intervention. As a human it has opened my eyes to a world of mental health struggles and humbled me. [...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Katherine Peters2022-10-10T20:43:22+00:00

Volunteer Spotlight: Romit Panesar


Volunteer Spotlight: Romit Panesar Some people know from early in their lives what they have passion for. The vast majority however, discover which areas interest them through experience and exploration. For Romit Panesar, a crisis line and leadership volunteer at Distress Centre, an unexpected introduction to mental illness is what drove him to [...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Romit Panesar2022-10-10T20:02:27+00:00
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