Volunteer Spotlight – Raising self-esteem, one haircut at a time

Wood's Homes, Amy Shen, Volunteer, Volunteers

By Wood’s Homes Staff

Three years ago, Amy Shen had an idea.

She had done plenty of volunteering in Taiwan, and feeling like she was stable in her new job, she was hoping to do more in her new home, Calgary.

“I always felt blessed, and gained a lot in return when I gave back,” Amy says. “Personally, I feel great giving back.”


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5 ways anyone can support children’s mental health on May 7!

Wood's Homes, Children, Mental Health, Children's Mental Health Day

By Sanita Dhillon, Communications Assistant – Wood’s Homes

Did you know? Only 1 in 5 children who need mental health services will receive treatment.

As a nationally recognized non-profit children’s mental health centre, Wood’s Homes helps 20,000 vulnerable children and their families from across Canada each year. We provide 35 programs and services throughout Alberta and NWT.

In recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Day on May 7, Wood’s Homes is once again raising awareness of our services to help reduce stigma and encourage early intervention.

Help us support children’s mental health. This is how you can show your support on May 7: Continue reading

Volunteer Spotlight – Q & A with marketing committee volunteer

Wood's Homes, Volunteers, Volunteer

Wood’s Homes marketing committee member Kelli Stevens, right, and her Suncor colleagues volunteering at the annual holiday open house for Wood’s Homes youth and families.

By Vanessa Vernick, Community Engagement Co-ordinator –  Wood’s Homes


Q & A with Kelli Stevens, a volunteer on the Wood’s Homes marketing committee

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

I work for Suncor Energy and have spent most of the last 10 years there in Corporate Communications. When I’m not at work, I’m usually dreaming about where to travel next – I love exploring the different things the world has to offer. And at home in Calgary, that exploration often translates into trying new restaurants…which I try to balance out via my other hobbies: running and yoga. And of course, there’s no bad day that a good book and/or a bit of a Netflix binge can’t fix. Continue reading

16 reasons why we love our volunteers


By Wood’s Homes Staff

When you think of it, a volunteer founded and launched Wood’s Homes in 1914 when Reverend George Wood agreed to take in two children so their father could serve overseas.

Our work in helping children and families cannot be done without the help of our volunteers who contribute their time, energy, heart and skills to Wood’s Homes. Today, as we begin National Volunteer Week, we’d like to take our hats off to all those volunteers at Wood’s Homes who make a difference every day in the lives of our clients and our staff. Continue reading