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Q4 Update from our Executive Director, Jerilyn Dressler

Q4 Update from our Executive Director, Jerilyn Dressler

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As 2019 comes to a close, we look back on the year’s successes and challenges and plan for the year ahead. Here at Distress Centre, we have been reflecting on our last 50 years and getting ready for a big change. We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2020, and will move to a new, refreshed office space that will carry us forward into the coming years.

The last 50 years have brought many changes and ups and downs for Distress Centre. When looking back on the messages of former Executive Directors, their words from 20, 30, or 40 years ago are often relevant to the challenges we are facing today. How can we move the needle on the social issues we are facing as a community when it feels as though we are endlessly addressing funding and capacity issues?

We as a community have what we need to respond to those who are struggling. With increased and ongoing support from Calgarians who give generously of their time, talent, and treasure, and by coming together, we can create a community of care. By creating a community of care, we can ensure that those who can give and support others have avenues by which to do so, and those who need support can access it. These roles are not mutually exclusive – sometimes, the helpers need help, and people who need help can find healing and offer their support to someone else. This continuous cycle and loop is what makes our community a great place to live, and Distress Centre a wonderful place to work, volunteer, and access support.

Let’s remind ourselves during this holiday season that there are many Calgarians and Albertans who are struggling. In order to help, listen. Gain an understanding of the issue, and offer help in any way you can. You just might save a life.

Listening saves lives. Please donate this holiday season and help us save a life.

At Distress Centre, we save lives by listening. What’s your superpower?


In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, Distress Centre Calgary would like to honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations – Indigenous and non – who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.