KW Counselling Blog

Introducing Greenspace

posted by Staff

KW Counselling Services has started using a secure, online platform called Greenspace to measure/learn about how people progress in their counselling. Research shows us that counselling outcomes are improved when clients measure their progress throughout the counselling process.

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Newcomer Leadership Development Seed Grant

posted by Scott Williams

We are very grateful to be receiving a Seed Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to enhance our Newcomer Leadership Development program. We are receiving $73,100 over 12 months to develop the enhanced curriculum that will include practicum placements for participants at other local agencies and organizations. Participants will also be encouraged to apply for City of Kitchener Neighbourhood Grants, with our guidance.

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Farewell from Leslie Josling

posted by Leslie Josling

Leading up to my departure from KW Counselling Services (KWCS), I’ve been clearing out the massive filling cabinets in my office. They are full, not only of memories of my time here, but also of documents dating back to 1950, created under three executive directors over the course of almost 70 years.  This exercise offers fertile ground for reflection and meaning making, as I weigh in on which documents created by Alvis Stayt, Bernard Porlier, and myself are still worth keeping.  This has given me a chance to reflect on our legacy and our place in history; which of our actions as leaders stands the test of time? When future executive directors are cleaning out the files from 2006-2018, decades from now, how will they view our efforts? Will they be struck by how much has remained the same?  Will they be impressed by our clinical interventions, parenting education, and community development? Or will they be dismayed at our limited understanding of brain science, mental health treatment and inclusivity? What, if anything, will inspire and give them a sense of purpose? 

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TBT – New Executive Director

posted by Scott Williams

As we prepare to say goodbye to our Executive Director, Leslie Josling, I thought it would be appropriate to look back at the beginning of her time here in 2006. Here is a brief article by Frank Etherington in The Record (click on the image to enlarge):

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Farewell to Leslie Josling

posted by Scott Williams

Leslie Josling’s last day with us as our Executive Director is October 1, 2018. Our Board of Directors is hosting a wine and cheese to bid Leslie farewell. Please join us on Thursday September 13th. Feel free to stop by any time between 6 and 7:30pm. We’ll be in Grand River Room B at the Delta Waterloo (110 Erb St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 0C6).

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Leslie Josling’s Resignation

posted by Paul Rossi

In the 68 year history of KW Counselling Services, we have been fortunate to have had three incredible executive directors steering the agency. Alvis P. Stayt served as Executive Director from 1950-1975 and was succeeded by Bernard Porlier from 1976-2006.  In 2006, we welcomed Leslie Josling to the agency as our new Executive Director. Now, it is with mixed feelings that I have to announce that Leslie Josling has accepted the position of Executive Director at Family Counselling Centre of Brant.  Leslie’s last day with us will be October 1, 2018.

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Ways to Mental Wellbeing

posted by Scott Williams

KW Counselling Services is pleased to be part of the Mental Wellness Network of Waterloo Region.  The group was formed in 2012 and its mission is to promote mental health and wellbeing for all.  Our two principle objectives are community awareness, and partnership and capacity building. You can read more about the history of the group and its work here.

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