Community Recognition

Distress Centre is extremely proud when our volunteers, employees, programs and services are recognized within the community. We would like to thank our partners, supporters and members of the community for the following recognition:

Keeley Davidsen - Youth Of Distinction Award for Peer Support 

Congratulations to ConnecTeen volunteer Keeley Davidsen for winning the Youth Central - Youth Of Distinction Award in the Peer Support category! She received the award on May 2, 2015.

Keeley began volunteering on the ConnecTeen lines after using the services for help with her own issues and then creating a video on ConnecTeen for a school project. Keeley often goes the extra mile and picks up extra shifts when we need coverage on the lines. In 2014 she was the first to volunteer her time on Christmas Eve and also came in to support youth on Christmas Day. She also volunteers her time and talent outside of the lines, creating videos for us to use for donor stewardship and to showcase ConnecTeen's services. She updated the “U R Not Alone” video (created for the school project) to be shown at our 2015 Calgary Hitmen-ConnecTeen fundraiser event. Learn more about her volunteer work.

The Horbachewski Family - Outstanding Philanthropic Family Award

Congratulations to the Horbachewski Family for winning the 2014 AFP Generosity of Spirit award for Outstanding Philanthropic Family in November 2014.

Distress Centre Calgary nominated the Horbachewskis for their continuous support of our agency. In June 2014, Lee Horbachewski utilized her birthday to raise $10,000 for ConnecTeen. The Horbachewski's donated $30,000 to Distress Centre in March 2014. 50% of Lee's book sales are donated to Distress Centre. Perhaps more importantly, the Horbachewskis are huge Distress Centre advocates, often discussing the importance of our services. Lee is a former caller and credits the call to DC with saving her life. Due to the anonymous nature of our work, we have few people come forward and talk about their experiences using our services. For Lee to do so openly is priceless in terms of it's benefit to our agency. Read more about the Horbachewski's.

Hassan Riaz - Immigrants of Distinction Award

Congratulations to Hassan Riaz, one of our phenomenal ConnecTeen youth volunteers, for being recognized with a 2013 Immigrants of Distinction Award Youth Scholarship for 2013!

Hassan volunteers on the ConnecTeen line to help youth against bullying because he wants teens to avoid the struggles he had to endure growing up. To continue to build his bright future, Hassan has also participated in the Junior Achievement program for two years. Read more about Hassan and his inspiriational story.

Lorne Haggarty - Volunteer Calgary & CTV's "Volunteer In Profile"

In the 14 years he has volunteered for Distress Centre, Lorne Haggarty has helped countless people overcome crisis and seen firsthand the impact that a caring voice can have for someone in need of support.

In December 2012, Distress Centre was pleased to join CTV and Volunteer Calgary in recognizing Lorne as a Volunteer in Profile, celebrating the outstanding service and dedication Lorne has shown during his many years helping others on the crisis line.

In the following video from Volunteer Calgary, hear Lorne's story and why he's chosen to volunteer with Distress Centre:

You can also visit and read their interview with Lorne on his experiences as a volunteer.

Thank you Volunteer Calgary and CTV; and thank you Lorne for being an amazing volunteer and inspiration to all of us!

Meet our Executive Director

Jerilyn Dressler was appointed Executive Director of Distress Centre on June 1, 2017. Jerilyn has her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Saskatchewan and in 2015, she completed her Masters of Social Work with a specialization in Leadership in the Human Services. Since 2008, Jerilyn has held several different positions at the leadership level at Distress Centre. Jerilyn is an authentic, collaborative, and transformative leader who brings her passion and vision to every team and project she is a part of.

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