Success Stories 2017-05-27T05:23:54+00:00

#60YearsinYYC

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.

TIFFANY GOEBEL

“Who wouldn’t want a night without cooking during the hectic week? A night when my family would HAVE to sit together and talk? A night where my kids could play with other kids and my husband and I could have a treasured fifteen minutes alone? When Catholic Family Service was promoting Families and Schools Together . . . Continue Reading

July 20, 2017

TANYA AND TRISH REMATA

Tanya: “My mom thought being busy with the Athletes Mentoring Program might help with the anxiety issues I had. AMP made me feel more confident and social near people. I learned to trust new people and open up to new friendships. My mentor Anna is so patient and kind and I feel comfortable with her which . . . Continue Reading

July 6, 2017

ANGELA MARTIN

“This photo was taken in 1998, the year I was a parent volunteer for Families & Schools Together. The program was just getting started in Calgary and the principal at Blessed Damien School (now St. Damien School) asked me to volunteer. Actually, I had no idea what to expect. I just said sure, I’d get . . . Continue Reading

June 28, 2017

GREG CAMPBELL

“I never pictured myself as a CEO. But after working for CFS for a year and a bit, the CEO at the time, Fr. Jack Kirley, called me into his office. I thought, “What did I do?” He shared with me his intention to retire and encouraged me to consider applying for the position. I . . . Continue Reading

June 14, 2017

MEAGAN LEDREW

“Family time is the most important gift we can give to our children, but in an age full of demands, it can also be the hardest to give. With all of us trying to balance our lives, we also have our children and their activities piled on top. They need to be here at a . . . Continue Reading

June 14, 2017

RAE RANKIN

“I saw the Families & Schools Together flyer at the school and, as a single mom, thought, “Oh, I wouldn’t have to cook dinner one night a week!” It ended up being way more than that. The boys were in Grades 2, 3 and 5 that year. We have a very chaotic life, so for . . . Continue Reading

June 7, 2017

TRICIA THOMAS  

  “A few years ago, after a life-changing diagnosis and several medical procedures, I was left low in spirit. The concept of moving forward was blanketed with a dense fog of isolation, grief, pain and unanswerable questions. My colleagues at Catholic Family Service helped me to emerge back into a place of hope with their . . . Continue Reading

May 31, 2017

DANTE GIBSON

“My name is Dante Gibson and I was mentored by Parker in the Athletes Mentoring Program. Parker plays on the U of C Dinos volleyball team. At first, I was really shy in the program. I didn’t want to talk too much. Then the group and my mentor starting sharing our personal experiences in life . . . Continue Reading

May 23, 2017

DONNA VENNARD

“This photo was taken in 1992, shortly after I met my daughter Shauna for the first time. I gave her up for adoption when I was in Grade 10. The only people who knew I was pregnant at my high school were the guidance counsellor, Shauna’s father and a few of my friends. My father . . . Continue Reading

May 11, 2017

HOLLY JENKINS

“When I first came to Catholic Family Service as a volunteer, I was halfway through my first degree at St. Mary’s University with the intent to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. I found myself trapped in my own personal bubble of school, work, sleep, repeat. I needed to do something that would make . . . Continue Reading

May 9, 2017

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