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Phone: (403) 266 – 1634
If you have a Social Work Diploma or higher, you must submit proof of registration with the ACSW before your application can be processed. For details, see ACSW website.
Registered social workers (RSW) may request module certificates for the ACSW upon completion of training. Certificates are only provided to RSWs to count towards Category A continuing competency credits with ACSW and each module counts for 3 credited hours. You must explain how this activity meets the personal learning goals you have set out for yourself by submitting a Category A Summary Form to the ACSW along with the certificate(s) provided. Upon completion of classroom training, you may count your volunteer hours on the crisis lines towards Category B credits. Non-RSW volunteers do not receive certificates for classroom training.
Selection is without discrimination and is conditional upon suitability of volunteers.
All information on this form will be kept confidential, unless harm to self or others is disclosed Information collected will only be used for the purposes of volunteer management. No personal info is shared outside of Distress Centre.
Completed Child Welfare checks (documentation completed during the group interview) are mailed directly to the volunteer applicant. A volunteer will not be permitted to begin their solo work on the Crisis Lines until the Distress Centre receives a copy of the completed Child Welfare Check that has been mailed to the volunteer applicant’s home address. Not providing this document will delay the start date of their commitment.
Distress Centre is a critical service in the social infrastructure of the city. As volunteers, you are the first point of contact for someone seeking help when they cannot cope on their own anymore. Due to the scope and the nature of the role, volunteers must maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct in their interactions with the community.
Below are Distress Centre’s 3 non-negotiable policies. Breaking any one of these is grounds for immediate dismissal without discussion. Please click on the box to indicate that you have read, understood, and are able to abide by the policy.
Please copy the below link and send it to two references to complete. Work, Volunteer or Academic References only (no personal references such as family, friends, etc.)
Applications are only considered complete upon reception of 2 references.