Volunteer Spotlight: Lisa


Volunteer Spotlight: Lisa Lisa joined Distress Centre as an Online Services Volunteer in September 2021. Though she initially applied to volunteer to meet a requirement of her educational program, she quickly found that what she gained from volunteering went far beyond college credits. “I don't really look at it as what I do for [...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Lisa2022-11-26T00:16:33+00:00

Why volunteer?


Why Volunteer? After a long day of work, school, or whatever you have going on, you’re likely looking forward to getting home and relaxing. Your couch is calling your name and you haven’t had a moment to just breathe all day. Life is busy. So, why make time to volunteer? Why spend the energy [...]

Why volunteer?2022-11-18T16:15:31+00:00

Staff Spotlight: Kaiden Jobin


Staff Spotlight: Kaiden Jobin At three in the morning, when most people are asleep, Kaiden Jobin is listening. He’s listening to a man who can’t sleep because he’s worried about his job. He’s listening to a woman who’s starting to realize her drinking is a problem. He’s listening to a senior who feels [...]

Staff Spotlight: Kaiden Jobin2022-11-08T01:06:12+00:00

Vitality through vulnerability: guest post from a volunteer


Vitality through vulnerability: guest post from a volunteer Guest Author: Lisa Wilder My name is Lisa, and I started my journey with Distress Centre Calgary in mid-September as an online services volunteer. I have what I call a “wondering mind.” Although this can take me off on all sorts of tangents, it should [...]

Vitality through vulnerability: guest post from a volunteer2022-10-18T16:18:35+00:00

Volunteer Spotlight: Ahsan


Volunteer Spotlight: Ahsan 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, [...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Ahsan2022-10-10T20:54:32+00:00

Staff Spotlight: Adrian


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 [...]

Staff Spotlight: Adrian2022-10-10T21:27:55+00:00

Volunteer Spotlight: Anika


Volunteer Spotlight: Anika 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 [...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Anika2022-11-18T17:08:44+00:00

Looking back on 2021 at Distress Centre


Looking back on 2021 at Distress Centre 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 [...]

Looking back on 2021 at Distress Centre2022-10-11T22:26:51+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: Mortaza2022-11-18T16:05:53+00:00

5 reasons to volunteer remotely (written by our volunteers!)


5 reasons to volunteer remotely (written by our volunteers!) When you become a remote Online Services Crisis Line volunteer for Distress Centre, you get to make a difference in the lives of others, from the comfort of your home! Online Services volunteers provide crisis support through online chat and email to anyone who [...]

5 reasons to volunteer remotely (written by our volunteers!)2022-10-10T20:34:18+00:00
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