Thursday, April 30 2020 – Toronto, Canada. It is with deep sadness that Crisis Services Canada announces the passing of its founding President of the Board, Alison Caird, on Monday, April the 27th. Alison was a formidable force for suicide prevention in Canada, as well as the distress centre community.

Instrumental in helping to transition the vision of the Canadian Distress Line Network for a national suicide prevention line into reality, Alison worked tirelessly on behalf of the service as its first President of the Board. This leadership role was undertaken in addition to her job as Executive Director of Distress Centres of Toronto and Spectra Helplines. In that role, she merged the two organizations while managing both during a time of significant sector change. Crisis Services Canada recognized Alison’s many contributions in awarding her the inaugural Alison Caird Award for Distress Centres Excellence, in April 2019, an award that will be presented yearly in her honour.

The thoughts of the CSC Board and staff are with Alison’s family, friends and colleagues during this time of mourning.

For the press release on the recognition of Alison Caird with the Alison Caird Award for Distress Centres Excellence, please click here.

Crisis Services Canada (CSC) is a not for profit organization, operating the Canada Suicide Prevention Service, Canada’s first and only national suicide prevention helpline, launched 2017. CSC brings together distress centres to ensure that anyone anywhere in Canada, at any time, can reach out to access support via media of their choice.

If you or someone you know has suicide related concerns you can call to connect highly-trained compassionate responders who will provide support. Call CSPS any time at 1-833-456-4566. Text support is also available at 45645 from 4PM to 12AM, Eastern Time.

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