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Volunteers Provide Some Other Solutions for People in Crisis - Fort McMurray

April 5th, 20161 Comment

Fort McMurray, Alberta

From April 10 to 16, Volunteer Canada, Some Other Solutions Society for Crisis Prevention (SOS) and many non-profit organizations celebrate Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers during National Volunteer Week (NVW). This year marks the 13th year Volunteer Canada has delivered the campaign in partnership with Investors Group, a longstanding supporter of NVW and Canada’s corporate leader in volunteer recognition.

Some Other Solutions Society for Crisis Prevention (SOS) ( provides a range of services to individuals when experiencing stress, emotional distress, loneliness, and suicidal thoughts. Some Other Solutions Society for Crisis Prevention helps empower individuals of all ages and backgrounds to find the tools and resources they need to better manage life challenges, through 3 main program areas:

  1. Information & Referral Program
  2. Health and Wellness Program
  3. Child and Youth Program

Alie Warnes, Executive Director states “Some Other Solutions could not achieve its mission to “empower individuals to meet life’s challenges and build their capacity to support others” without the contribution of volunteers. Because SOS is accessible through the Crisis Line 24 hours a day, we depend on volunteers to be there for people in need.  Whether callers are seeking resources to deal effectively with life challenges, or whether someone is thinking of suicide – knowing other people care can bring individuals hope, healing and wellbeing.”

In 2015, there were 868 calls that came into the Some Other Solutions Society for Crisis Prevention Crisis line.  The Volunteer Listeners complete an extensive training program prior to providing support and listening on the crisis line.  The crisis line handles many different types of calls from individuals needing support during a crisis.  “We look forward to celebrating the valuable role that our volunteers play in making a difference in the lives of our community residents,” says Madeline Austen, Madeline Austen, Information & Referral Manager who has been with Some Other Solutions Society for Crisis Prevention since 2006.

“The SOS Board and staff are so grateful to volunteers for giving of their time, that we are committed to providing the necessary training that will better equip volunteers to empower others.  So if you’ve been thinking of ways to support your community – consider the challenge of being there for your neighbours on the Crisis Line.” Alie Warnes, Executive Director Some Other Solutions Society for Crisis Prevention is currently inviting interested community members to join the Some Other Solutions Society for Crisis Prevention volunteer listener team and be part of making a difference in our region.

For more information, please contact:

Alie Warnes, Executive Director or Madeline Austen, Information & Referral Manager



Reader Comments (1)

charmaine hammond said on April 17, 2016

thanks for sharing SOS news with your audience, we SO appreciate you!

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