Not only do volunteers donate 100% of their time, they undergo vigorous training programs to ensure the services we provide are of the highest caliber. They start every shift with warm hearts and big smiles, ready to support British Columbians through a time of emotional distress or educate youth and community members on mental wellness.
In 2013, our volunteers donated more than 64,000 hours, an approximate donated value of $1.2 million. It is safe to say, without the support of our incredible volunteers, we would not have the resources to provide a 24-hour service, 365 days of the year. THANK YOU to all of our amazing volunteers! We look forward to celebrating your successes at our Volunteer Appreciation Night later this month.
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The day was highlighted by thoughtful speakers, including Kevin Breel, Victoria native and TEDxYOUTH 2013 speaker; Wes Rypien, brother to Rick Rypien, the hockey player who tragically took his own life in 2011, and Kevin Bieksa, hockey player and close friend of Rick Rypien. Musical performers, youth panels, and health care professionals also took the stage to engage in a collective conversation aimed at de-stigmatizing and educating about depression, substance abuse issues, and mental illness.
The Crisis Centre was in full force at the event, engaging with the students and providing “supportive listeners” to those young people who wanted to reach out and chat with someone if they had something on their mind. It was a great opportunity to speak with the young people that our services are created for, as well as be involved in the ever-important dialogue focusing on the mindfulness of British Columbia youth.
Pictured Above: Cindy, Heather, Michael, Brea, and Lindsay
A few of our “Supportive Listener” volunteers, thank you for being there!
The Crisis Centre is honoured to be the recipient of $5,330 from the Memory Remains Fundraiser – an event organized by Kylee and Jeff Lapierre (pictured in above photo with their son and Crisis Centre’s Executive Director, Ian Ross). With approximately 250+ people in attendance, along with Canucks’ Dale Weise, the evening was a great success.
Kylee and Jeff Lapierre have been organizing this fundraiser for a few years now to honour their late brother/brother-in-law, Trevor, who died by suicide. Kylee and Jeff talked about the importance of suicide awareness and prevention in the community – and how the Crisis Centre’s programs and services are a lifeline for people in distress. Our own Crisis Centre volunteers, Aman Sharma (past Community Education Volunteer) and Kim Sumpter (current Community Education Volunteer) also shared their inspiring stories from the frontline.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly to the Crisis Centre’s Youth Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Program, which empowers young people with the skills and tools to help themselves, and their peers, to cope with stress and deal with crisis.
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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is a 2 day course for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Certificate provided.
Upcoming ASIST trainings:
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Crisis Centre
Workshop Registration Information
ASIST Tune-Up (version X.6)
A half-day training refresher for participants who have completed the ASIST workshop (version X.6 – offered prior to August 2013). Free to those who have taken ASIST with the Crisis Centre.
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Crisis Centre
A 3 hour training in ‘suicide alertness’ that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.
Upcoming safeTALK trainings:
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Crisis Centre
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This “online hub” also serves as a call to action for communities to join together and collaborate in supporting suicide prevention and to share their initiatives and ideas with us. We ask that every home, community, business and service organization take practical steps towards becoming suicide safer.
WSPD initiatives that will be posted on September 10th, 2013:
- Conferences, open day events, educational seminars or public lectures and panels;
- Articles for national, regional and community newspapers, blogs and magazines;
- Interviews and speaking spots on radio and television;
- Memorial services, events, candlelight ceremonies;
- Cultural or spiritual events, fairs or exhibitions;
- Brochures, posters and other practical information.]]>
Crisis Centre’s 44th Annual General Meeting, May 1st, 2013, welcomed 50+ staff, Board members, volunteers, and community partners – including a heartwarming, inspiring, and powerful presentation by Volunteer Alumnus, Aman Sharma. Aman recounted his amazing journey of “Little Steps” – from the shock of his brother’s suicide, to a long battle with mental illness, depression, and psychosis, to his recovery and the path he took to give back to others through volunteering.
We welcome you to read his full story here: Little Steps
Suitable for anyone in contact with individuals at potential risk for suicide, this workshop will provide participants with the skills needed to successfully intervene on behalf of those at risk.
The workshop will be facilitated by Lu Ripley and Akhila Blaise.
Please note that participation in the two complete workshop days is required.
Click here for a downloadable poster, and here for the workshop registration information (also available in PDF format here).
(From left) Ian Ross, Executive Director of the Crisis Centre and Joe Grech, SVP National Customer Solutions Delivery of TELUS
The Crisis Centre was thrilled to receive a generous donation of $16,500 from TELUS in May 2013. The funding from TELUS will go directly to our Youth Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Program. A big thanks to TELUS for their ongoing support over the years! Their generosity has allowed us to expand our capacity to serve a greater number of youth in our communities.
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The Youth Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Program provides hope, education & training for at-risk youth. For further information about this program, particularly Youth Community Outreach and YouthInBC.com, please click on these links:
March 28th, 2013 – The Crisis Centre was honoured to receive a generous donation of $15,000 from Loyal Protestant Association in March 2013. The funding from Loyal Protestant Association will go directly to YouthInBC.com programs and services. We would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude to Loyal Protestant Association for their ongoing support over the years.
In 2012, YouthInBC.com provided much-needed emotional support to 61,909 youth located in urban and rural communities across the province. This year, we are planning on expanding the capacity for an increased level of service and we could not do this without the support of our donors.
For further information about our YouthInBC.com programs and services, please visit: http://www.youthinbc.com.]]>