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Thunder Bay Counselling takes a look back to celebrate the future:
Commemorates the evolution of counselling services in Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay, ON, June 1st, 2017 – Today, Thunder Bay Counselling Centre welcomed past and present staff, volunteers, board members and the community to join the organization in celebrating 50 years in Thunder Bay. Several events were held throughout the day to commemorate the milestone and the evolution of counselling services in the community. Attendees took a journey into the past to present day through themed historical era rooms at the centre, which included speakers and interactive displays. Keynote speakers also shared stories of their involvement with the centre from early beginnings to new programming.
“To celebrate today, it is important for our team and the community to reflect on the past. We are very excited to be celebrating our 50th year of service. Thunder Bay Counselling has evolved tremendously throughout the years, assisting almost 100,000 people. We have provided timely access to mental health services that touch the lives of men, women, children, youth, families and couples;” says Thunder Bay Counselling, Executive Director, Nancy Chamberlain. “People over the years have reported that they feel heard when they talk to our counsellors; They feel safer, are more aware of their options and find positive ways of coping and most importantly, they have hope. There is no doubt that Thunder Bay Counselling has had a positive impact on the lives of the people in the community.”
Thunder Bay Counselling started out with very humble beginnings. Back in 1967, a group of dedicated individuals identified an unmet need in the local community and incorporated the Lakehead Family Service Agency. “Despite some tough times that nearly resulted in the organization closing at one point, our dedicated staff and volunteers were able to persevere. Over the years, Thunder Bay Counselling responded to the needs of our diverse community and introduced new programs and services to meet those ever-changing needs;” explains Thunder Bay Counselling Board Chair, Nelson Sidorski.
The organization currently serves more than 5,000 clients every year in Thunder Bay and across Northwestern Ontario. Services are provided in Addiction & Mental Health, Budget & Debt Management, Child & Youth, Counselling, Education & Training and Employee Assistance.
79-year-old Armand Danis was President of the board for the organization in 1973. Today he expressed appreciation to Thunder Bay Counselling. “I have so much gratitude for everyone involved. This organization has been crucial in our community, ensuring that people are aware of support and counselling services that are available. I truly admire what the organization is doing and believe counselling has very positive outcomes. You are providing people with tools that will change their lives forever. Thunder Bay Counselling has made Thunder Bay a better place.”
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