Who we are

We are a Crisis Prevention Centre that supports all individuals when experiencing stress, emotional distress, loneliness, and suicidal thoughts.

VISION

Everyone has the emotional resiliency to meet life’s challenges.

MISSION

Empowering individuals to meet life’s challenges and building their capacity to support others.

CORE VALUES

Compassion, Respect, Empowerment, Responsiveness, Wellness.

Our Story

  • Our Start

    Some Other Solutions Society for Crisis Prevention has been rooted in the city of Fort McMurray since 1986. The organization was originally conceived as a Suicide Prevention Program operated by the Family and Community Support Service (FCSS), and was originally established to address the problems relating to crisis, and offer workshops to raise awareness about suicide to Fort McMurray’s 35,000 residents.

  • 1986

    Some Other Solutions

    In 1986, City Council felt it could operate more efficiently as its own separate society. With the aid of funding from the Province of Alberta, Some Other Solutions was formally established.

  • 1987

    Helpline

    In 1987, with the funding from FCSS and United Way Fort McMurray, the Some Other Solutions Helpline was created. That year, Some Other Solutions received approximately 106 calls per month, making their community impact undeniable.

  • 1988

    GROWING GRIEF PROGRAM

    In 1988, the organization expanded to add the Growing with Grief program, offering awareness campaigns, a bereavement library, and support groups to offer aid to individuals who have suffered a loss. Near the end of that same year the Teen Line was added.

  • 1990

    HELPLINE INCREASED REACH TO REMOTE AREAS

    In 1990, Some Other Solutions solidified its Helpline service with support from the Wild Rose Foundation. With this support, the Helpline now included a 1-800 line to extend its service to many remote areas throughout North Eastern Alberta.

  • 1997

    STUDENT ASSISTING STUDENTS PROGRAM (SASP)

    In 1997, the Student Assisting Students Program (SASP) was introduced. This program was designed to support teens in the Wood Buffalo region, recruiting young student leaders to take part in peer support activities. This service expanded to include a Mentoring Program to help children and youth develop coping skills and create positive role models in their lives.

  • Over the next number of years, Some Other Solutions evolved so that their services may be categorized under three core programs.

    The Growing with Grief Program became known as the Health and Wellness Program, including Grief and Loss and Suicide Prevention services.

    The SASP and Mentoring program became part of the Child and Youth Program, including many other in-school and after-school programs.

    The Helpline became known as the Crisis Line, and is operated through the Information and Referral Program.

  • 2014

    211

    In 2014, the Information and Referral Program continued to expand when it introduced 211 Wood Buffalo into its programming. The 211 service is presented in partnership with The Support Network in Edmonton, and offers an information database to direct people in the Wood Buffalo region to community resources and support services. Through this new service, Some Other Solutions is more readily equipped to provide the citizens of Wood Buffalo with the support they need.

  • 2018

    YOUTH VOICES WOOD BUFFALO

    In 2018, Some Other Solutions acquired the Youth Voices Wood Buffalo social media platform. This platform was originally created to highlight how youth in Wood Buffalo would improve their community. Now under the management of Some Other Solutions, the organization’s capacity has increased so that it may offer youth in the community a safe and accessible platform of expression.

  • Now

    As Some Other Solutions continues to grow and develop its programs and services, the organization and its team of dedicated staff are committed to becoming a permanent fixture in the Wood Buffalo region.

    Through the united effort of the all their programs and initiatives, Some Other Solutions aspires to achieve their mission to empower individuals to overcome life’s challenges and building their capacity to support others.

Our Team

Jason King

Executive Director

Patience Akenbor

Operations Director

Madeline Austin

Information and Referral Manager

Linda Sovdi

Health and Wellness Manager

 

Isy Castillo

Child and Youth Program Manager

Lize Bam

Health and Wellness Coordinator

Ifeoma Rita Uzorchukwuamaka

Volunteer Coordinator

Pattie Dwyer

Youth Engagement Facilitator

Lydia Bednarz

 Community Outreach Worker

James Rouse

 Community Outreach Worker

Justin Shaw

Events and Marketing Program Coordinator

Eva Murithi

Front Desk Receptionist

Our Board

Some Other Solutions is governed by an exemplary group of individuals who make up the Board of Directors. They bring exceptional skills, vision and experience from a variety backgrounds to lead strategic direction, governance and accountability. 

The Board is committed to ensuring Some Other Solution remains an accessible, innovative and compassionate agency that delivers excellent service and resources to our community.

Ryder Spence– Chair

Ryder joined Some Other Solutions January 2017 as a director. Since his move to Fort McMurray in February 2016, Ryder has sought out a source to fuel his passion for volunteer work and found that when he was referred to Some Other Solutions. Ryder believes strongly in supporting the community that he lives in and quickly identified with the values of SOS, and recently he has taken on the Chair role.

Ryder is currently a Commercial Relationship Manager and has worked with Servus Credit Union for seven years. He previously served members of the Credit Union at their Red Deer, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge branches, providing relationship management, credit analysis, and operating, real estate and construction financing. Ryder believes in building relationships with members through open, honest communication. When he is not at work Ryder enjoys snowboarding, exercising, and travelling.

Each person we meet or serve all have the ability to choose their direction in life; what we do is partner with them, hold them capable, empowering them to face the many challenges and obstacles life may present.

Jason King, Executive Director

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