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Blood donors: helping others
Ten years ago, cancer almost killed me. Blood donors saved my life. And for that, I just wanted to say thanks.
Gratitude. What’s so special about it, and how can we cultivate more of it in our lives to help us through tough times?
Life is awesome. Life is awful.
Sometimes life is an ice cream sundae smothered in chocolate. Other times it’s a flurry of kung-fu kicks to the gut.
When my sister Meghan got stuck in the mud, she learned a valuable lesson about the importance of letting go.
Community resources in Calgary, Alberta
One of the most important lessons Josh learned from his health crisis was the importance of community. Whether it was accessing peer support programs, using the Cancer Society’s shuttle service to get to appointments or tapping into educational materials from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, community resources played a big role in his success.
Whatever obstacle you face in life — personally, professionally or otherwise — be sure to consider the resources available in your community. Fortunately, Calgary boasts all kinds of organizations and programs focused on helping folks overcome a variety of obstacles.
Below, you’ll find information about some of them. This listing is by no means exhaustive, but it will hopefully give you a flavour of the kinds of resources available in your own backyard.
Distress Centre Calgary
(24-hour crisis line)
Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary
Youth Addiction and Mental Health – Help4Me
Alberta Health Services – Addiction & Mental Health
Addiction helpline: 1-866-332-2322 (24/7)
Mental health helpline: 1-877-303-2642 (24/7)
Victim resources – death and bereavement
(City of Calgary)
Grief Support Program – Calgary Zone
(Alberta Health Services)
Find a local physiotherapist
Alzheimer’s Society of Canada – Alberta
Canadian Cancer Society – Alberta
Heart & Stroke Foundation
119 14 St NW #200, Calgary
Seniors programs and services
(City of Calgary)
Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society
Kerby Centre for the 55-plus
Families and individuals
Calgary Region Child & Family Services
Ministry of Children’s Services
The Carya Society of Calgary
(counselling and development services for families and individuals)
Divorce therapists in Calgary
Family conflict therapists in Calgary
Women’s Centre of Calgary
Connect Family & Sexual Abuse Network
Sexual abuse/assault assistance: (403) 237-5888 or 1-877-237-5888 (toll-free in Alberta)
Domestic/relationship abuse assistance: (403) 234-7233 (SAFE) or 1-866-606-7233 (toll-free in Alberta)
Victim resources – Sexual assault and violence
(City of Calgary)
Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCSA)
Support & information line: 1-877-237-5888
Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter
The Mustard Seed Shelter
Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre
The Calgary Food Bank
Employment and financial
Calgary Career Counselling
Calgary employment services
(Government of Alberta)
City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre
Career guidance counsellors in Calgary
The Credit Counselling Society
Immigrant Services Calgary
Centre for Newcomers
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association
The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth
Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are few local opportunities to consider:
Propellus – The Volunteer Centre of Calgary
Volunteer opportunities with the City of Calgary
Blood donor clinics
(search “Calgary” for nearby clinics)
Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area