By Katherine Matiko, Communications Coordinator, Catholic Family Service

PLEASE NOTE: The Alumni Breakfast has been postponed until early 2019! Watch for further details coming soon.

Catholic Family Service is hosting an alumni breakfast on Friday, October 26, 2018 for former students, staff and interested community members at Louise Dean Centre, a school for expecting and parenting teenagers.

“Louise Dean Centre has a 50-year history in Calgary and I am amazed how many people have a link to the Centre,” said Jim Campbell, Managing Director of Stakeholder Relations. “There is a special affinity and affection for the place in Calgary and an unrealized potential of support.”

The breakfast is intended to “ultimately encourage people to contribute to Louise Dean, whether it is through donations, volunteer time or in-kind donations,” Jim said.

Former students are one of the greatest sources of support, he said. “There’s no doubt that teenage pregnancy is a tough bump in the road, but many students have gone on from that bump to be very successful community members.”

Guest Speaker Colleen Shepherd is an example of that success. In 1983, she attended Louise Dean Centre at the age of 16. Despite great adversity, Colleen raised her daughter, pursued post-secondary education and eventually became the director of a high-profile organization. Now an entrepreneur focused on empowering women, Colleen will share her inspiring story at the breakfast.

“Thousands of young women have attended Louise Dean Centre over the years,” Jim said. “We want to give them the opportunity to reconnect. Anyone formerly associated with Louise Dean – students, staff, volunteers, donors – is invited join us on October 26.”

“We are calling the breakfast ‘Celebrating Success’ and that’s exactly what it is – a celebration that I believe will lead to great things and help build the Louise Dean community for the long term.”

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The Louise Dean Centre is a partnership between Catholic Family Service, Calgary Board of Education and Alberta Health Services. Louise Dean Centre provides expecting and parenting teens, their children and families with educational and health care support, as well as helping them deal with the emotional and social needs that come with pregnancy and parenting.