Distress Centre


Volunteer for 10 years at the Toronto Distress Centre, founded by United Church Reverend Gordon Winch, and trained by him in his compassionate `Befriending' approach to:

  • Be an active listener;
  • Befriend callers with empathy yet cognizant of boundaries as a helper;
  • Awaken self-awareness of callers about their own inner coping skills and strengths;
  • Assist callers in finding professional services suitable to specific needs;
  • Intervene appropriately in life-threatening situations, working with a volunteer team
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