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.


“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


“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


“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


“I have been a volunteer baby cuddler at Louise Dean Centre now for about three years and, without a doubt, it is the highlight of my week. I have developed a deep respect for the young moms and also for the amazing caregivers who provide so much care and guidance to both the moms and . . . Continue Reading

April 26, 2017


“After retiring from a long career in the oil and gas industry, I was looking for volunteer opportunities in which I could provide support for individuals who may be facing a variety of challenges or obstacles. The role of mathematics and science tutor in the Never Too Late program offered by Catholic Family Service checked . . . Continue Reading

April 25, 2017


“We are the Glass family. We were fortunate enough to take part in the Families & Schools Together (F&ST) program two years in a row. F&ST is a program we thoroughly fell in love with and believe in wholeheartedly. It was a natural transition for us to volunteer as a family with the F&ST program . . . Continue Reading

April 25, 2017


“I was living in Saskatchewan with my grandparents when my aunt heard about the Louise Dean Centre. I wasn’t a fan of the idea at first. When my son and I moved to Calgary to live in Elizabeth House, I started attending Louise Dean in September 2014. At first it was okay, but it felt . . . Continue Reading

April 20, 2017


“About a year ago, I fell and broke my shoulder and arm. While I was recovering, I realized that I had fallen into a very deep hole. Normally, in a dark place I would use every resource I had and make the best of it. I am not a person to reach out; instead, I’ve . . . Continue Reading

April 12, 2017


“Families & Schools Together helps families in many more ways than one can imagine at the beginning of the program. It is far more than simply spending time and breaking bread with your kids. It is a chance to push aside the “noise” of the hectic week and really focus on relationships. The opportunity to . . . Continue Reading

April 5, 2017


“When I first met Catholic Family Service 20 years ago, I was a new social planner with the City of Calgary’s Family and Community Support Services. CFS had approached us for funding for the Families and Schools Together (F&ST) program. They wanted to bring this program to Calgary and Canada for the first time. I . . . Continue Reading

March 29, 2017

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