Celebrating Volunteers on the Distress Lines

Provincial Recognition of Distress Centre Volunteers

2016 Spirit of Volunteerism Award Nominees and Recipients:
download the PDF.

Provincial Recognition of Distress Centre Volunteers

2015 Spirit of Volunteerism Award Nominees and Recipients:
download the PDF.

Provincial Recognition of Distress Centre Volunteers

2014 Spirit of Volunteerism Award Nominees and Recipients:
download the PDF.

Provincial Recognition of Distress Centre Volunteers

2013 Spirit of Volunteerism Award Nominees and Recipients:
download the PDF.

Provincial Recognition of Distress Centre Volunteers

2012 Spirit of Volunteerism Award Nominees and Recipients:
download the PDF and the special edition insert.

Provincial Recognition of Distress Centre Volunteers

2011 Spirit of Volunteerism Award Nominees and Recipients:
download the PDF.

DCO in the Media

DCO and its member distress centres have recently been featured in national and regional media.

Distress Centres in Ontario offer help with mental health issues, thoughts of suicide

August 12, 2014 press release from DCO

Distress Centre Ottawa on CTV News Ottawa Morning News

Distress Centre Ottawa on CTV News at Noon

Distress Centre Ottawa on CTV News

Distress Centre Ottawa offers help in wake of Williams news

580 CRFA News Talk Radio – Distress Centre sees increase in calls from new clients following Robin Williams’ death

What if my child is a ticking time bomb?

CBC Radio's Ontario Today on June 18, 2014: When you see parents in the news about mass murders, trying to make sense of their child, do you see yourself? Open lines with Toronto psychiatrist Dr. Marshall Korenblum.

Losing Jobs, Losing Sleep, Global National with Kevin Newman, March 13, 2009

Reporter Christina Stevens visited with DCO staff, and various distress line volunteers to learn about the calls distress centres are receiving and how our volunteers support those who fear job losses or have lost their jobs.


CBCnews.ca, April 1, 2009: Distress centres brace for suicide calls amid recession

Distress centres say they've been inundated with calls from people contemplating suicide in the midst of the economic downturn.

CBC Ontario Morning, March 18, 2009

You can also download the interview to your computer.

Wei Chen anchors a morning program that features interviews with people who can help you make sense of the news. She enquires about how distress line volunteers handle calls related to the economic downturn and its effects on individuals and their families.

CBC Cross-Country Check-up, March 15, 2009

You can also download the interview to your computer.

Guest host Tom Harrington asked the question “How is the ‘Great Recession’ affecting you? Hear Liz Fisk, DCO Executive Director and Tom Harrington discuss the impact on Ontarians and how Distress Lines provide a valuable service to their communities.

CTV Newsnet, March 13, 2009

CTV Newsnet anchor Jacqueline Milczarek discusses the impact of the economic crisis on Canadians and what distress centre volunteers are hearing and saying on the lines.

DCO News Release, March 13, 2009

Distress Centres recognize the Social Impact of the Economic Crisis

Guelph Mercury, March 17, 2009: Recession pushing crisis lines to limit

Crisis lines across Ontario, including in Guelph and area, are being inundated with calls directly linked to the recession.