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.


“I was hired at Catholic Family Service in the summer of 1985. I planned to work there for five years in order to fully benefit from their matching RRSP program. I remained for 27 years!! Those years were spent at the Louise Dean Centre. I entered the doors with some trepidation as I was not . . . Continue Reading

September 12, 2017


“I found out about the Never Too Late program through a friend who sent me the link captioned “Free school!!!” It was the perfect time for me to go back to school. I had recently beat seven years of addiction and, on top of that, just found out I would be having a baby! I . . . Continue Reading

August 10, 2017


“I was asked by Greg Campbell, the CEO at the time, to come on the Catholic Family Service Board. I’m not sure when that was – about 15 years ago, I think. I knew that the agency was involved in personal counselling and marriage preparation, but I was overwhelmed when I found out everything CFS . . . Continue Reading

August 8, 2017


“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: “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


“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


“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


“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


“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


  “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

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