Distress Centre Calgary (DCC) has provided 24-hour crisis support in Calgary and southern Alberta since 1970. We do this through our 24-hour crisis line, email, daily chat, and daily text for our youth. We also have professional counselling for clients with issues that cannot be resolved over the phone. If you need help finding a social, community or government service, 211 is available by phone and online chat. Our Coordinated Access and Assessment (CAA) program serves Calgarians experiencing homelessness out of the Safe Communities Opportunity and Resource Centre (SORCe). All of our services are free.
We do not define crisis. We do not judge. Anyone can call us day or night.
Mission: Provide compassionate, accessible crisis support that enhances the health, well-being and resiliency of individuals in distress.
Jerilyn Dressler began her work with Distress Centre as a crisis line volunteer from 2001-2003, before completing her Bachelor of Arts in psychology at the University of Saskatchewan in 2007. Upon returning to Calgary she rejoined the Distress Centre team, providing professional support for crisis line volunteers. Jerilyn joined Distress Centre’s leadership team in 2008 and has held several different positions at the leadership level. She later began the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Calgary. In 2015, Jerilyn completed her Masters of Social Work with a specialization in Leadership in the Human Services. Jerilyn subsequently published the work she completed during her MSW practicum at the Calgary Homeless Foundation, in a publication entitled Exploring Effective Systems Responses to Homelessness.
At the national level, Jerilyn sits on the InformCanada board and the Executive Committee of the Canadian Distress Line Network, which provide leadership and guidance in the fields of information and referral and crisis support, respectively. Jerilyn was appointed Executive Director on June 1, 2017. Jerilyn is an authentic, collaborative, and transformative leader who brings her passion and vision to every team and project she is a part of.
Director of Operations
Chief Financial Officer
Diane Jones Konihowski, C.M. B.Ed. LLD (Honorary)
Director, Fund Development & Communications
Director of Programs at SORCe
211 Program Manager
Clinical Services Manager
Resource Development Manager
Organizational Performance Manager
Mike Velthius Kroeze
Crisis Program Manager
Board of Directors
Distress Centre Calgary is governed by an exemplary group of volunteers who make up the Board of Directors. They bring exceptional skills, vision and experience from a variety backgrounds to lead strategic direction, governance and fiduciary accountability. The Board is committed to ensuring Distress Centre remains an accessible, innovative and compassionate agency that delivers excellent service to our clients and continues to meet the emerging needs of our community.
Board of Directors 2019-2020
Janet Segato, Chair – SAIT
Sandy Pound, Vice Chair – RBC
Emilie Johnson, Vice Chair – Heidrick & Struggles
Duncan Melville, Treasurer – The Boston Consulting Group
Brad Regier – Clark Builders
Beth Pollock – Gibson Energy
Shauna Moscovich – Moscovich Strategy and Research Consulting
Tonino Rizzuti – ENMAX
Michael Sclafani – University of Calgary
Linda Dietsche – Newalta Corporation
Amanda Kousiniouris – Enerflex Ltd.
Our 2019-2020 Board of Directors with Executive Director, Jerilyn Dressler.