2014 proved to be another year that tested our resilience and our commitment to each other as a community. We continued to show our determination and passion toward rebuilding our cities and towns following the Southern Alberta flood of 2013. And though we celebrated many accomplishments, we also began facing the effects of a downturn in the economy that has created and will continue to create hardships for many families, friends and the community as a whole.
Difficult events can bring people together and have proven to strengthen our sense of community. They have underscored the fact that we are all in this together. And most importantly, they have got people talking about mental health.
There has been a profound and welcome shift in the conversation about mental health in Calgary. We are beginning to see a new frame around depression and mental health issues. As this sensibility continues to emerge – where people are more open and frank discussing mental health – there is a tremendous opportunity to go deeper, bring our community closer and ultimately reach more people who need help.
At Calgary Counselling Centre, we see people every day who have found the courage to reach out and ask for help. But for many more, seeking help can be an almost insurmountable obstacle. As you read through the pages of this annual report, you will learn of our achievements and read of our many successes throughout 2014. We’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish, but as we look ahead to 2015, we know that we can do more.
We know that together with a growing group of vocal, active and engaged members of our community we can achieve even greater outcomes and ensure even more people can get the support they need when they need it.
We’re all in this together and together we can create a better future. What are we waiting for?