Newsletter Archive


Robyn knew she needed a change because she wasn’t able to cope anymore. She was depressed and felt helpless and out of control of her life. She was constantly in a heightened state, had difficulty sleeping, and was unhappy and anxious.


You can alleviate many future challenges by talking about some critical key issues before deciding to make a long-term commitment.


When Julie Zelinski, principal at Lorelei School, learned that several Syrian refugees would soon attend the school, she contacted us. Julie was familiar with the success coach role at The Family Centre, but she didn’t need just any coach – she needed a success coach fluent in Arabic to support and connect with these students.


Brittany’s Story

January 15, 2018

Brittany, 21, recently completed a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Alberta and started her career as a registered nurse. When she was in junior high, she received supports from The Family Centre.


According to the experts, there are 4 specific steps that individuals work through before they actually are ready to attempt a significant change in their lives. It isn’t enough to just have a thought pop into your head at the end of December, such as “I’m going to lose 10 pounds by the end of January.” Setting goals and making a significant change in your life is a bit more complex.


Alone for the holidays

December 20, 2017

Holidays can be a lonely time for some. If you end up by yourself, there are a lot of creative ways to overcome the feeling of isolation.


For many who have recently lost a loved one, holiday season can be an especially difficult time of year. Holidays and special occasions often work by magnifying and intensifying the grief response, especially when the loss has been recent.


Our free drop-in counselling program is expanding again! Counselling is now available on Mondays at the Highlands Edmonton Public Library Branch from 1 to 4 PM and at the Penny McKee – Abbottsfield EPL Branch from 5 to 8 PM.


Elaine’s story

December 1, 2017

Elaine has been seeing a mental health therapist at The Family Centre for five months, but coming in for the first appointment was not easy for her. “I sat in the parking lot for 40 minutes and did some soul searching before I decided to come in. I thought surely I could figure this out on my own. I am a professional; I am a strong minded individual,” Elaine remembers.


Susanne’s Story

November 20, 2017

Susanne moved to Alberta two and a half years ago in search of a better life. “I was really struggling with life itself, not knowing why—I was just having a hard time doing day-to-day functions,” says Susanne. “I couldn’t get help at home in New Brunswick; there just aren’t the resources.”