We are excited to announce that Delisle Youth Services is merging with Oolagen Community Services. To highlight the merger, we will be featuring a series of youth stories from youth who have been impacted the services at Oolagen. By merging, we will have:

  • More resources available
  • More professional development for our staff
  • More knowledge sharing between Oolagen and Delisle
  • More counselling options for youth and families
  • Increased depth to our programming

We are #strongertogether! For more information on the merger, please visit our official announcement: http://www.delisleyouth.org/files/documents/Merger%20Announcement%20Website.pdf

Elizabeth’s Story

At 16, Elizabeth was a bright, ambitious girl who had already endured more than her share of social ad family challenges when her mother took her own life.

Determined to “get over it and move on”, Elizabeth seemed fine on the outside. But she wasn’t fine. Her ongoing grief and guilt, combined with her self-imposed pressure to get top grades and be perfect were taking a mental and emotional toll. She began experimenting with drugs, staying out all night and having violent arguments with her brother and father.

After coming to Oolagen Elizabeth said her therapist helped her figure everything out, including how to stop associating everything that happened to her with her mother’s death. Oolagen also advocated for Elizabeth with authorities at her school and also helped her learn coping skills to manage the pressures of high school…and the pressures Elizabeth put on herself.

After graduating from high school Elizabeth was accepted into the Honours Communication Studies program at Carleton University in Ottawa…and one of the first people she shared this happy news with was her Oolagen therapist because, to quote Elizabeth, “she played a huge part in my success”.


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