Success Stories

On this page, we are honoured to share personal stories from the clients, volunteers, donors and community partners who are #BuildingStrongFamilies with us.


“When I contacted Catholic Family Service, I was utterly desperate with worry about my two sons aged 15 and 16. As a single mom, I have had significant challenges with both of them. I was increasingly worried about the younger one’s school attendance, cannabis use, temper outbursts and quite abusive behaviour towards me. Our relationship . . . Continue Reading

December 4, 2018


“About 15 years ago, Mike Theroux, a partner in the Bennett Jones law firm and currently board chair for Catholic Family Service, started providing pro bono legal services for the young women at Louise Dean Centre. Today, members of Bennett Jones’ litigation group, including myself, are continuing that tradition by giving legal advice to the . . . Continue Reading

October 18, 2018


“My mom came to Canada from the Philippines in 2011. My dad and I followed in 2015. I had already graduated from high school in the Philippines, but here I went into Grade 11. After the first school year, I went on vacation to the Philippines. My friends and my boyfriend were there. While I . . . Continue Reading

October 10, 2018


“My two kids and I recently finished the Families & Schools Together (F&ST) program at St. Isabella School. The kids gained a lot of confidence. At first, they were so quiet and shy, but now they can stand up and speak in front of a big group. The program seemed so easy and so simple, . . . Continue Reading

July 26, 2018


“I have two amazing kids, Matthew and Alyssa. Unfortunately we have been through some tough times together over the past few years. The biggest challenge I have endured during this time has been finding support for the kids when they needed it most, which left me feeling overwhelmed and helpless on numerous occasions. After more . . . Continue Reading

July 17, 2018


After attending two sessions of the Families & Schools Together (F&ST) program at St. Isabella School, all four members of the McLachlan family served as volunteers during the Spring 2018 session. Here are their impressions of the program: WILL: “F&ST allows you to see how equal you are to other families. We all have the . . . Continue Reading

July 12, 2018


“Last year, my daughter and I enjoyed the Families & Schools Together (F&ST) program as a family. It was great; I just loved it. When we enrolled in the program, it was a difficult time for my daughter and me because of my separation. I am from Peru, so it is even worse when you . . . Continue Reading

June 26, 2018


“If you had asked me, when my journey with Never Too Late started, if I would be in front of a crowd giving a speech, I probably would have laughed. But I guess things change; I know I surely have. When I first showed up to the NTL program, I was in a terrible headspace: . . . Continue Reading

June 5, 2018


“This was the last family photo taken before our mom Rosalie Szuch passed away in 2004. She was an English teacher and librarian at Louise Dean Centre for about 35 years. When she retired, they named the library after her. One-and-a-half years after that, she passed away. There was a huge turnout at her funeral; . . . Continue Reading

May 10, 2018


“I’ve always thought of myself as a person who never finished anything. It started when I dropped out of high school and went into the workforce. I was making good money; I was a little naive and thought it was all about the money. I guess I made a little too much, because addiction found . . . Continue Reading

March 22, 2018

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