Philanthropy: A Key Piece of the Puzzle at Calgary Career Counselling

June 14, 2017

Calgary Career Counselling is coming up on its eighth anniversary in July, and, as I reflect on these past years, I am proud not only about the firm having helped thousands of Canadians, but that we have donated our time and services to many individuals and organizations along the way.

As a career and workplace psychology practice, we abide by the Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists. One of the ethical principles in our code is called Responsibility to Society, and an important aspect of this principle is helping those who can’t afford our services. As psychologists, we are asked to :

Contribute to the general welfare of society (e.g., improving accessibility of services, regardless of ability to pay) and/or to the general welfare of their discipline, by offering a portion of their time to work for which they receive little or no financial return.

 

There are three key ways that we have made sure to honour this principle alongside our fee-based practice.

  1. We have partnered with not-for-profit organizations to support specific populations that need but cannot afford our services. One of these is Discovery House, which provides safe housing and supports for women and children fleeing domestic violence as they transition from short-term shelters. Each year we help women from Discovery House by donating the time of one of our psychologists to offer our comprehensive career planning process. Determining a fulfilling yet realistic career direction brings hope and motivation to these women during a difficult transition in their lives, and Calgary Career Counselling is proud to be a support. We have also gifted our services to support fundraisers, including Stars Ambulance.
  2. We are strong advocates of providing education and training to the Calgary community. We donate our time to speak at community organizations and associations, educating their members and staff about key aspects of career planning and job search strategies. We have done sessions over the years at the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, as well as at schools (both parent and student sessions), and career expos, such as our latest at the Alberta Works career fair.
  3. We volunteer on various committees that make a difference in our community. For example, Bryanne Manvelier currently helps on the communications committee of the Career Development Association of Alberta. I volunteered on the Sheldon Kennedy Centre’s committee to raise money as part of the release of the moving documentary, Swift Current last year. We are strong believers in giving our time to causes and organizations we believe in.

 

Overall, Calgary Career Counselling donates the equivalent of at least $20,000 per year through our pro bono work, sponsorships, and community partnerships.  We plan to continue doing so; giving back is not only encouraged by our ethical code but is also one of our values as an organization.

 

Dr. Laura Hambley
Founder, Calgary Career Counselling

 

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We’re a private organization offering fee-based services, but many extended health plans cover Registered Psychologists. Further, we regularly donate our time to helping those in need with career planning presentations and individual career counselling. Our current relationships include The Calgary Women’s Immigrant Association and Discovery House.

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