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Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region

Charles Laframboise
Executive Director
Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region

P.O. Box 3457, Station C
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1Y 4J6

TEL: 613-238-1089
FAX: 613-722-5217

E-mail: office@dcottawa.on.ca

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Aboriginals (First Nation, Metis, Inuit); Visible Minorities or New Canadians; Disadvantaged; LGBTTQ; Men; People with disabilities or medical conditions; Youth (16-18 years); Youth (11-15 years); Children (0-10 years); Seniors; Women; Youth (19-24 years); Homeless

We are the people who are here, day or night, 24/7, to answer the calls from those who are reaching out for help. Callers may have simple questions. Or they may be in crisis. Either way, with more than 225 volunteers answering over 50,000 calls a year, we provide an integral, important and vital service in the community.

At any given time of day or night, people out there require our help. Whether they’re depressed, lonely, overwhelmed or so distraught they’re contemplating suicide, they will find a supportive and caring person at our end of the line. People of all ages, races, genders and social-economic groups call our confidential service, trusting that we’ll always be here. And that’s a trust we will simply never betray.

Our volunteers. We couldn’t do what we do without them. Although they come from all walks of life, they do have some things in common - they give not only their time, but themselves. Patient, understanding and giving, Distress Centre volunteers are trained to listen, talk through concerns or provide community resource information. In other words, whatever is needed, our volunteers are there.

We provide training, not only for our own volunteers, but for other groups as well, including colleges and universities, social service agencies, businesses, government departments and police staff. Our professional trainers, renowned for their expertise and knowledge, have trained on topics as diverse as conflict management, communication skills, stress management, suicide prevention, crisis intervention and more.


Volunteer Opportunities

Become a Member of the DISTRESS CENTRE Board of Directors

The Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region has served the community for 49 years providing 24/7 crisis services to those who need to be heard. The Distress Centre is a well-recognized agency within the social services circle. With nearly 200 volunteers as front-line workers, the Distress Centre is there for those who phone us for help, whether they are in a crisis or require answers to a simple question. Last year, we answered over 54,000 calls from those in need.

Rewarding Work

The Distress Centre seeks driven, results-oriented individuals from the community to join its Board of Directors — people like yourself, who are committed to bettering their community through active volunteerism and are willing to invest a portion of their time in a worthwhile cause.

The ideal candidate has knowledge and/or experience relating to mental health, or in a functional area such as Human Resources Management, Finance, Communications, General Management, or in another relevant field, and is interested in governing and promoting the Distress Centre. Experience in community outreach or networking, fundraising or communications would be an asset. Prior experience on a Governance Board would also be useful.

Join the DISTRESS CENTRE’s Board of Directors!

For more information and to apply, visit www.dcottawa.on.ca,
call 613-238-1089 (ext. 224), or e-mail claframboise@dcottawa.on.ca.

Location: P.O. Box 3457, Station C, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4J6
Deadline: Mar 26, 2018