Thank you Calgary for helping us celebrate our 60th anniversary in 2017. Throughout the year, we will share success stories from clients, volunteers, staff and supporters whose lives have been impacted by our commitment to build strong families.


“I have been a volunteer baby cuddler at Louise Dean Centre now for about three years and, without a doubt, it is the highlight of my week. I have developed a deep respect for the young moms and also for the amazing caregivers who provide so much care and guidance to both the moms and . . . Continue Reading

April 26, 2017


“After retiring from a long career in the oil and gas industry, I was looking for volunteer opportunities in which I could provide support for individuals who may be facing a variety of challenges or obstacles. The role of mathematics and science tutor in the Never Too Late program offered by Catholic Family Service checked . . . Continue Reading

April 25, 2017


“We are the Glass family. We were fortunate enough to take part in the Families & Schools Together (F&ST) program two years in a row. F&ST is a program we thoroughly fell in love with and believe in wholeheartedly. It was a natural transition for us to volunteer as a family with the F&ST program . . . Continue Reading

April 25, 2017


“I was living in Saskatchewan with my grandparents when my aunt heard about the Louise Dean Centre. I wasn’t a fan of the idea at first. When my son and I moved to Calgary to live in Elizabeth House, I started attending Louise Dean in September 2014. At first it was okay, but it felt . . . Continue Reading

April 20, 2017


“About a year ago, I fell and broke my shoulder and arm. While I was recovering, I realized that I had fallen into a very deep hole. Normally, in a dark place I would use every resource I had and make the best of it. I am not a person to reach out; instead, I’ve . . . Continue Reading

April 12, 2017


“Families & Schools Together helps families in many more ways than one can imagine at the beginning of the program. It is far more than simply spending time and breaking bread with your kids. It is a chance to push aside the “noise” of the hectic week and really focus on relationships. The opportunity to . . . Continue Reading

April 5, 2017


“When I first met Catholic Family Service 20 years ago, I was a new social planner with the City of Calgary’s Family and Community Support Services. CFS had approached us for funding for the Families and Schools Together (F&ST) program. They wanted to bring this program to Calgary and Canada for the first time. I . . . Continue Reading

March 29, 2017


“I got pregnant at 16, which was quite a shock. No one expects to get pregnant that young. I had dropped out of school already, but I knew that I had to get my high school for my daughter, so that she knows school is important. My mom found out about Louise Dean Centre when . . . Continue Reading

March 21, 2017


“I got pregnant at 16 and broke up with my daughter’s father a couple of months before she was born. It’s just been me and my daughter since day one. I was living with my mom with no income at the time. I had been attending Louise Dean Centre, but after she was born, it . . . Continue Reading

March 13, 2017


“I have been associated with Catholic Family Service my whole adult life. I was the youngest person they had ever asked to join the Board of Directors. I think I fit the profile of what they needed at the time. I was a woman working in business and a past client. I went for counselling . . . Continue Reading

March 7, 2017

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