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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...

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 text: Looking back on 2021 img des: DC logo at bottom

2021 was another challenging but exciting year for Distress Centre Calgary. Though we faced, and continue to contend with, the difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we also experienced growth, transformation and were able to celebrate some substantial achievements. As we move forward into a new year, we wanted to take a moment to reflect...

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: view of person from the side. person speaking into a headset and looking at a computer img text: COVID-19 1 Year Later: Crisis Program Response with Distress Centre logo

One year of pandemic response at Distress Centre Calgary This is part one in our multi-part series exploring Distress Centre’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, one year after we first activated our business continuity plan and went remote for the safety of our staff and volunteers. It hasn’t been an easy journey; we’ve encountered many challenges and 2021 continues to challenge...

img des: Joan Roy speaking at a podium that has a Distress Centre sign on it.

Image: Joan Roy speaking at our 2014 Lend An Ear Breakfast. Read - 50 Stories Part 46 The unfortunate passing of Executive Director Carol Oliver brought a period of leadership instability to Distress Centre, until the Board appointed 25-year staff member Joan Roy to the ED position in June 2013. Joan recalls the offer: [caption id="attachment_20871" align="alignleft" width="385"]...

natasha against a blank wall

Natasha Dharshi began volunteering on the Distress Centre crisis lines in 2014. The experience she gained at Distress Centre and the skills she learned propelled her through every job she would work after Distress Centre, from forensics to homelessness to addictions, and ultimately lead her back to our agency five years later. Natasha moved out of...

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