Distress Centre Halton is a non-profit charitable organization that provides telephone and online support to people 365 days of the year. We are a unique service in that we train volunteers for front-line work providing emotional support and befriending to people in distress or crisis.
Our service improves the health and wellness of people in our community and the quality of life of those who are feeling alone, isolated, and vulnerable.
Distress Centre Halton has a volunteer Board of Directors, 5 full-time staff and 3 part-time staff. We have 2 locations in Oakville and Georgetown. Currently we have approximately 200 volunteers between the two Centres.
Dara Eisner Clancy - Executive Director
Mark Howarth - Senior Manager, Administration & Operations
Brenda Buchanan - Manager, Distress & Crisis Program
Kathleen Legaspi, BSW, RSW - Senior Manager, TeleCheck Program
Linda Jaklich - Supervisor, Calendar & Shift Management
Victoria Bello - Coordinator, Volunteer Services
Rose Ford - Donor Management & Communications
Lauren Anastasi - Community & Volunteer Engagement, Hamilton
And our 200+ trained volunteers.
Gail Cartwright - Chair
Richard Darjes - Treasurer
Eric Hotson - Special Advisor to the Board
Florence Fiorino - Special Advisor to the Board
Kristin Madarasz - Social Media Advisor
Annual General Meeting Reports | AGM 2016/2017 | AGM 2017/2018 | AGM 2018/2019 AGM 2019/2020 | AGM 2020/2021 | AGM 2021/2022
Distress Centre Halton is an amalgamation of 3 small Centres that originated in the 1970s – Distress Centre Oakville, Distress Centre North Halton, and Telecare Burlington. In April 2019 the Centres legally amalgamated and officially became Distress Centre Halton.
Originally, volunteers answered the phone lines on Friday and Saturday nights only. As the demand for the service grew, the hours were extended to 24/7, 365 days of the year. In 2020 we responded to over 22,000 conversations.