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RBC Foundation Helps Young Moms Transition from High School

Even with a high school diploma, moving into the workforce or post-secondary studies can be challenging when you have a young child. This important transition will become easier for 30 young mothers at Louise Dean Centre next year, thanks to a $40,000 grant from the RBC Foundation. A Catholic Family Service pilot project called Beyond [...]

2018-10-01T21:57:13+00:00October 1st, 2018|News|Comments Off on RBC Foundation Helps Young Moms Transition from High School

Small Hands Make Light Work

It’s almost like Christmas at the Fairfield home when Aimée, 7, and her five-year-old sisters Erica and Kyla wake up on backpack stuffing day. Their mom Deanne gathers up practical items for new students in Never Too Late, a program that helps adult learners achieve their GED or high school equivalency. The girls then get to [...]

2018-09-13T20:07:16+00:00September 13th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Small Hands Make Light Work

When the Conversation Turns To Suicide

By Gabrielle Cebuliak, Counselling Intern, Catholic Family Service As the stigma around mental health issues begins to decrease, we hear more about the importance of mental health awareness on TV, in the news, and even from some friends and family. Unfortunately, despite great strides in advertisement and attempts to break through the barriers, the stigma [...]

2018-09-06T22:51:32+00:00September 6th, 2018|Anxiety/Depression|Comments Off on When the Conversation Turns To Suicide

So Why Families?

By Patricia Jones, CEO, Catholic Family Service Patricia Jones, CEO, Catholic Family Service Catholic Family Service offers high impact programs that build strong families. And that’s exactly who we are about: families. When we say families, we mean all families, regardless of who they are, where they come from, what they’ve been through, [...]

2018-08-21T22:49:21+00:00August 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Alumni Breakfast Celebrates Success

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 [...]

2018-09-18T21:25:55+00:00July 31st, 2018|News|Comments Off on Alumni Breakfast Celebrates Success

Scholarships Help Young Mothers Pursue Education

Catholic Family Service and the Unlocking Potential (UP) Foundation are guided by the belief that education is a route out of poverty for many of the people we serve. We are grateful for valued partnerships that allow us to award scholarships each year to graduates of Louise Dean Centre: young mothers who often face [...]

2018-07-11T15:47:27+00:00July 10th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Scholarships Help Young Mothers Pursue Education

A Poem by Shaylene Scarrett (White Eagle)

Intergenerational Trauma By Shaylene Scarrett (White Eagle) Was it a million star years ago, That the first people of South and North America were forced to flee home and had been trapped in prisons? To “take care” and “educate” The Indian in the child. Cutting off the braid, And stripping their identity from their tongue. This [...]

2018-06-19T20:01:47+00:00June 19th, 2018|Trauma|Comments Off on A Poem by Shaylene Scarrett (White Eagle)

Gala Raises $285,000 for F&ST Program

By Katherine Matiko, Communications Coordinator, Catholic Family Service Photos by Sharon Lynn Photography Generous sponsors, donors, table purchasers, volunteers and 530 participants came together to raise funds for the Families & Schools Together (F&ST) program at the Ninth Annual UP & Away Charity Gala May 3. Approximately $285,000 was raised that night, a record-setting total [...]

2018-07-30T22:08:28+00:00May 15th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Gala Raises $285,000 for F&ST Program

Lessons in Awkward from My Dad

By Shannon Kanda, Engagement and Intake Coordinator, Counselling Services, Catholic Family Service The tenth anniversary of my dad’s death was a few months ago. The weight of that occasion was unexpected and there were some uncomfortable and awkward feelings that went with figuring out what I wanted to do with it. Wonderfully, one of the [...]

2018-05-14T22:28:45+00:00May 14th, 2018|Parenting|1 Comment

CFS Moves Temporarily During Renovations

Catholic Family Service’s Central Office at Suite 250, 707 10 Avenue SW is undergoing renovations. From May 14 to August 31, 2018, our reception and counselling staff will be located a few steps down the hall in Suite 205. Our community services and administrative staff members will be working a few blocks away, at First [...]

2018-10-23T16:47:03+00:00May 8th, 2018|News|Comments Off on CFS Moves Temporarily During Renovations