Obtaining counselling services in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is a challenge for many. The Legacy Counselling Centre opened its doors in January 2015 to supplement existing services. It has an inter-faith board of directors and will provide interdisciplinary mental health services.
The Legacy Counselling Centre has:
- 3 counselling rooms
- 3 full time counsellors, 1 specializing in child & youth counselling
- 1 administrative director
- Access to meeting rooms for consultation
- Seminars and workshops are available to employee groups, churches, service groups and other organizations on various topics (e.g. stress, depression, abuse, marriage, and parenting.)
Shortly after arriving in Fort McMurray in August of 2008, and subsequent to his election as Lead Pastor at the Family Christian Centre, Rev. Edwin Rideout set out to conduct his own evaluation of the social needs of the Wood Buffalo Region. In a subsequent meeting with Mayor Melissa Blake during the Winter of 2009 he posed a simple but profound question: “When considering the unique role of the Church in Fort McMurray, and having a good understanding of the great works already being accomplished by many of our community-minded Churches, what would you say is an area of concern the Family Christian Centre should focus upon?” Without hesitation, Mayor Blake responded, “There continues to be a tremendous need for counselling; especially in the areas of family/relational dynamics and addictions.” Over the next several months, Edwin continued his evaluation relative to the perceived ‘social needs of the Wood Buffalo Region.’ For the most part he concluded that the Provincial and Municipal Governments, together with the non-profit sector are providing exceptional coverage. Our citizens are generally well care for; However, there was significant evidence indicating the need for additional counselling services; especially in the area of family/relational dynamics, Youth and Children services, and substance abuse. After further information gathering, much reflection, and conducting a series of ‘vision-casting’ sessions with the Board of Directors at the Family Christian Centre; a new mission for the Family Christian Centre was established — one which included the establishment of a Counselling Services for Wood Buffalo as a major element. The first attempt to establish a Counselling Services was made in the Fall of 2010; however, a year later a decision was taken to revisit the model —the financial cost to provide for the necessary staff was a major obstacle. Eighteen months later the miracle occurred! Early in December 2013, Edwin received a phone call from Dr. Dell Bouck, owner of the Legacy Group of companies. Over coffee at his office, Dell committed to a long-term partnership with the Family Christian Centre, for the purpose of establishing a Counselling Centre to serve the Wood Buffalo Region. The very first cheque was presented to Rev. Edwin Rideout a few days later, in the amount of $300,000.00. Another year would slip by as final plans were formulated, staff recruited, and space to house the Centre secured. This brings us to a second major miracle: Securing a minimum of 5,000 ft2 of space @ $60.00 ft2—The going rate in Fort McMurray — would consume a significant portion of the budget. Thankfully, late in 2013 The Family Christian Centre received approval from the Regional Municipal of Wood Buffalo to expand its Centre. This would free up 5,000 ft2 of space necessary to provide for Counselling Services. Finally, January 01, 2015 the Legacy Counselling Centre opened it’s doors to serve the needs of the citizens who call the Wood Buffalo Region home. This continues to be a journey of faith. Additional funds and staff are needed. Holistic and compassionate care are necessary ingredients to ensure people who fall on hard times are nurtured back to wholeness!
People come to Legacy Counselling Centre to …
- pre-marital counselling
- marriage concerns
- parenting issues
- child behaviour concerns
- practical problem solving
- conflict management
- stress / fear / depression
- anger management
- anxiety/ grief
- addictions / codependency
- sexual concerns
- spiritual issues
- employment issues
- identity issues
- eating disorders
Education and support around:
- domestic violence
- separation / divorce
- adjustment to losses
- family violence and abuse
- sexual abuse
People come to find PEACE and JOY.
We select our team based on:
- Professional qualifications and affiliations
- Counselling skills and expertise
- Sensitivity to the spiritual dimension of life
- Commitment to personal and professional growth
Galina MacKenzie, Professional Counselor
Galina has a great compassion to see those who are hurting to come to wholeness. As a result, she has gone from serving bag lunches to those who found themselves on the streets of Toronto, to supporting individuals, couples, and families from all walks of life who have struggled with mental health and addictions. Completing her Bachelor of Theology in 1995, Galina continued her studies, and obtained a Masters of Divinity/Counselling Major in 1998. Galina then served with the Salvation Army for 14 years in various positions providing counselling and support to the Region of Peel homeless population in Ontario. She later took up employment in London, Ontario as an Addictions Counsellor. Galina has recently moved to Fort McMurray with the love of her life, Curt, and their two handsome boys, Joshua and Marcus. She is now excited, and very humbled, to step into this role, dedicated to continue to care and support those who may be distressed and struggling emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Ashley Stacey, Professional Counselor
Ashley was born in Fort McMurray and returned to live here with her family at the age of 12
She has always had a passion to help people, with a special interest in working with children. Ashley has gained valuable experience in this area through volunteering opportunities with the Hub Family Resource Centre and the children’s program at her community church, along with, her job as a summer recreation programmer with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Ashley has received her Bachelor of Social Work through the University of Calgary, which has diversified her experiences in also working with youth, adult and senior populations. She feels especially drawn to the areas of addictions, mental health, suicide prevention/intervention, grief and loss, senior care, and children.
Glenda Pollard, LCC Administrator
Since childhood, Glenda has had a desire to serve and care for others. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and has worked as a registered nurse in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta. During her nursing career she gained valuable experiences, having worked in various disciplines including medical, cardiac care and long-term care.
Glenda and Danny, her husband of 23 years, have two sons, Daniel and Jared, who are the pride of their lives. They moved from Ontario and have lived in Fort McMurray for 15 years.
In 2010 she made the decision to stay at home, devoting her time to family, while also working part-time as an administrative assistant. She is looking forward to her newest role, offering administrative support to the clients and counsellors at Legacy Counselling Centre.
WHAT’S THE COST?
It is Legacy’s aim to provide professional services at affordable rates. Therefore fees are based on a sliding scale according to individual means to pay. We understand that every individual’s circumstances vary, so please call our office at (587) 536-6619 for any questions regarding fees or our services. For those 19 and younger, counselling services are at no charge.
Employee and Family Assistance
The Legacy Counselling Centre works with employers to offer professional counseling services to employees and their families. Counselling is available for individuals from two years old and up.
Donations to The Legacy Counselling Centre will enable us to offer subsidies to families/individuals with limited income. Please make cheques payable to the Legacy Counselling Centre/Family Christian Centre. (Income tax receipts will be issued). Donations can also be made online care of Family Christian Centre. When donating online, please specify that your donation is being made to Legacy Counselling Centre.
At Legacy you will discover:
- Quality counselling provided by highly trained and experienced counsellors.
- A safe place to be heard and helped; a place where you are treated with dignity and compassion.
- Non-judgmental staff who are devoting their lives to assisting others toward a path of holistic living.
TALK TO US
Contact us anytime and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
Phone: 780-791-3366 ext. 232 Email: email@example.com Address: 160 Dickins Drive, Fort McMurray, AB T9K 1R4