CALGARY, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - On Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at a special
ceremony starting at 10:30 a.m., Calgary Counselling Centre's education
program will become the Haskayne Learning Centre for Graduate and
Post-graduate Counselling Studies at Calgary Counselling Centre. Lois Haskayne
will speak at the formal inauguration of the Haskayne Learning Centre and will
make a special announcement.
"Our interest is in supporting the development of future practitioners,"
says Lois. "Educating counsellors in a rich learning environment ensures the
ongoing health of our community. The impact of Calgary Counselling Centre is
phenomenal. There are people in Calgary who literally owe their lives to a
visit at the Centre."
The Haskaynes' various accomplishments have been widely recognized and
acknowledged. Lois, a former school teacher and her husband Richard (Dick), an
officer of the Order of Canada, have played an important role in Calgary's
business landscape. Their continued personal commitment to Calgary Counselling
Centre started with Lois' decade on the Centre's board of directors, from 1992
"Dick and Lois Haskayne's personal and humble commitment to give back to
the community - that has given them so much - means they have given time,
money and even land to make a difference," says Robbie Babins-Wagner, CEO,
Calgary Counselling Centre. "The Haskayne Learning Centre will be an ongoing
legacy providing future counselling practitioners with exceptional training
opportunities. This will continue to ensure the students we train are
immediately employable and can make an instant impact post-graduation."
"Having the program named after the Haskaynes will create a heightened
profile for the quality of counselling education provided at the Centre.
Allowing us to use their good name - the prominence and credibility associated
with the name change - gives us support to expand our program, increase the
number of universities we draw on and help us continue the legacy of training
future counsellors. This is a gift we are honoured to steward."
Training counsellors since its inception in 1962, Calgary Counselling
Centre is recognized as a national leader for professional training for
therapists and is Western Canada's largest teaching institution. The Centre
was first formally recognized as an accredited training centre by the Canadian
Association of Pastoral Education in 1990 and has since been recognized
provincially and federally as a private educational institution training
graduate and post-graduate students in the fields of psychology, social work,
marriage and family therapy, and pastoral counselling. The 75 - 100 graduates
from the new Haskayne Learning Centre each year will go on to practice in
hundreds of communities throughout North America.
For further information:
For further information: Kathleen Bell, BA ABC Communications Officer,
Calgary Counselling Centre, (c) (403) 818-3085, (p) (403) 691-5905 or (e)