About Us

About Us

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About The Caring Place

The Caring Place provides a place of safety and trust where people of all ages can find a caring professional to help them deal successfully with personal issues – mental health challenges or addictions.

The Caring Place was incorporated in 1991 as a non-profit, professional counselling centre. Over the years, The Caring Place has reached into the community and has drawn clients from across the province and from many lifestyles and economic levels. Our counsellors respect each client’s values, religion, race, and gender.

Our Staff

Counsellors at The Caring Place all have at least a Masters degree, with additional certification in various treatment modalities in addition.

Each counsellor has professional liability insurance and is held to a high standard in the Code of Conduct of the Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

The 2017-18 Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of professional men and women from the community who care about people with emotional, mental, and spiritual needs.


  • Brad Strom, Chair
  • Abe Toews, Director
  • Ruby Dietrich, Director
  • Sherry Lee, Director
  • Alex Coleman, Director

  • Rod Donison, Director
  • Karen Vogel, Director
  • Andrew Waithe, Director
  • Colleen Schmidt, Director

Our Staff

Counsellors at The Caring Place all have at least a Masters degree, with additional certification in various treatment modalities. Each counsellor has professional liability insurance and is held to a high standard in the Code of Conduct of the Professional Association of  Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Gwendolyn Friedrich

Gwendolyn Friedrich, M.Sc., CPC, is the Executive Director of The Caring Place. She is the mother of three adult sons and has over 30 years senior leadership experience in the health and wellness field.

Gwen has received a Premier’s Award of Excellence in Public Service, a Prime Minister’s Award of Innovation, and has been nominated by the YWCA for a Woman of Distinction Award. Gwen has a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health and is a Certified Professional Coach, whose passion is helping people become the best they can be.

Sam Berg

Sam Berg, D.Min., RMFT, has served at The Caring Place since 1996. From 1995 to 2011, his primary work was coordinating the marriage and family counselling program at Briercrest Seminary. His areas of counselling include couples and families, depression and grief, and working with adolescents.

As Director of Counselling Services at The Caring Place, he supervises the work of the other counsellors. He counts it a distinct privilege to have former students as current colleagues. He is married with two children and three grandchildren. He enjoys golf in the summer and curling in the winter. Sam is an EAP provider for Homewood Health, Shepell.fgi, Aspiria and Solareh.

Graham Tyson

Graham Tyson, BRE, MA, is married with two children and four grandchildren. He enjoys photography/editing, golfing, and walking. Graham has a Master of Arts degree in counselling with nearly 10 years experience. His areas of expertise are grief/loss, depression/anxiety, couple/family relationships, childhood sexual abuse, and addictions. Graham is a key facilitator for our Artistic Expression Groups that are run once a quarter.

He is certified for the assessment and treatment of compulsive gambling through Canadian Training Institute (CTI) and is trained for alcohol/drug addiction assessments. Graham is a member in good standing with the Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists (PACCP) and an approved EAP provider for Arete, Aspiria and Shepell.fgi.

Kevin Eby

Kevin Eby, MA (MFC), is married and the father of two adult sons. He lives at Caronport and has worked at The Caring Place since 2011. Kevin has over 20 years cross-cultural experience with First Nations people.

He is trained in Eye Movement Integration therapy (EMI), which is effective in treating past trauma. He appreciates the privilege of coming alongside people on their journey through life. Kevin is a member of PACCP and an EAP provider for Aspiria, Homewood Health, and Solareh..

Wes Bashforth, B.CM, MC

We has 10 Years of experience in pastoral & youth ministry. He specializes in  Depression & Anxiety, Relationship problems, Youth & Seniors. Wes is a  father of 4. He enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, camping and fishing

Kim Wolbaum, MSW, RSW is a registered social worker and works with youth, family and parenting. Kim’s key areas are grief, loss, anxiety, depression, relationships and career counselling. She is also an approved  EAP provider Aspiria & INAC. Though Kim’s home life is just as busy as her work life she does take the time to enjoy special time with family, and go camping and fishing

Ramona P. Wijesinghe , RSW, BA

Ramona is a Registered Social Worker. Her areas of specialty are domestic violence & sexual abuse, cultural awareness, advocate positive change. Ramona enjoys spending time with family and friends

Renate Selinger, BSW, RSW,

Renate is a Registered Social Worker, with 20 plus years of experience in the field of Social Work. A proud mother of three, she enjoys being involved in family activities and has a special love of animals and the great outdoors. Her areas of counselling focus on children, youth and individuals in the areas of depression, anxiety, self esteem and mental health, grief, bullying, separation and divorce. 

Tim Symons, BFA M.C. (Cand.) is a father of 4 who enjoys spending time with family, camping, music dancing and reading. Tim received his Undergraduate Degree in Movement from London England. At The Caring Place Tim works with individuals and relationships counselling in the areas of  depression, anxiety, youth, bullying and First Nations.


Heather Van Starkenburg, RSW

Heather is a registered social worker.  She specializes in addition, depression,  working with women, and multi-cultural & Indigenous issues. Heather has substantial experience in  Grief and Loss counselling. Heather’s interests include: her kids, fitness, volunteer work, nutrition, and staying on top of current research. 

Amanda Snell

Amanda Snell is the executive assistant to the executive director, Gwen Friedrich. Amanda has three children. She enjoys her role as a mother at home, and she enjoys her role at The Caring Place as well. Amanda has over 12 years experience in office administration. She believes everyone deserves the opportunity to be healthy, physically and mentally.

She stands behind and will support anyone that comes to her for help. Amanda enjoys spending time outdoors and participating in activities with her kids. She loves her family and friends more than anything.

Joyce Lee

Joyce Lee is a student counsellor at The Caring Place. She is working on obtaining a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology at Providence Theological Seminary. Joyce loves to travel with her family and friends.

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The Caring Place takes clients regardless of ability to pay.

As a result, many people who otherwise could not afford professional counselling find help at The Caring Place. Our Client Support Fund is currently running very low. So we need your help to help other people less fortunate!

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