CCO: The Beginnings

By Megann Wall

This year we celebrate CCO’s 43rd anniversary, but its origins began in Roger Moyer’s heart long before. As a teenager, Moyer had an interest in counselling and a fervor for giving his friends advice. Even into adulthood, as he went on to pursue degrees and held various jobs, his heart remained for counselling. When Roger and his wife Diane wound up in Ottawa, initially Roger was an Associate Pastor at Central Alliance Church (which became Cedarview Alliance Church and Eastgate Alliance Church). He left in 1978 to start the Ottawa Christian Counselling Service Association in the church basement of Westboro United. From there, God took the reigns; more staff came on board and donors began donating.

Looking back at the decades, the Moyers recall God as mysterious as He wove Roger’s childhood desires into reality, but now see His presence at every juncture. At countless times, finances were taken care of and people were led to donate or join their staff. To them, the most rewarding part of this journey is to have been able to offer a safe place for those in need of a mental refuge, as well as having had the opportunity to speak into others’ lives. When people are given the opportunity to be heard, helped and understood, “[they] can do really good things.” says Roger.

Now retired, the married couple humbly revolve their lives around simpler and quieter things: their church, their friends, and their ever-growing family.

STAFF UPDATES

A HUGE THANK YOU TO LINDA

After ten years of dedicated, voluntary service to CCO, Linda Colwell has stepped away from her role as Executive Director and  Board Member of CCO. Under her strong leadership, CCO has experienced continued growth allowing many people in our community to receive the help they need. With her wealth of knowledge and passion for excellence, Linda has been an incredible blessing to CCO. We pray that God would richly bless her as she continues to serve Him.


KERRI GUTHER    

Kerri Guther joined the CCO team last year as bookkeeper, and is now our Business Director.  She has spent over thirty years serving in different churches both as a volunteer and on staff. As a military kid and a Pastor’s wife, living in many communities, provinces and even countries has brought many different opportunities to develop a heart for people. Along the way she has acquired administrative and finance skills that make leading CCO’s business side a great fit. Mentoring and championing volunteers and ministry leaders over the years has always been a passion and will continue to happen by supporting the therapists and staff. She counts it a privilege to work with this great team who are helping to heal the community with care and compassion.


KAREN DUVAL

Karen Duval is our Client Care Coordinator.  She is usually the one who will lovingly listen to your story and help you get started with an intake process. She also handles the subsidy processes for CCO.  Karen received her Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and her MBA from University of Ottawa. After retiring from a career in the finance industry several years ago, Karen is enjoying working part-time in an environment that strengthens her Christian faith and makes a difference in the lives of people in her community. 

WE WELCOME YOUR HELP

God works through ordinary people to accomplish his purposes. If you have a big heart for helping, have time and talents to donate to CCO, please consider volunteering on the FUNDRAISING  or SOCIAL MEDIA committees. Contact Rosanne at wall.rosanne@gmail.com

CCO believes strongly in the power of people praying together to accomplish God’s purposes. If you would like to partner with us to pray for CCO, our PRAYER TEAM will send you monthly emails with specific prayer requests. Connect with us at prayercco@gmail.com

We are looking to hire new therapists, especially those qualified to see couples and or children. If you or someone you know is a qualified psychotherapist and a member of CRPO, we’d love to hear from you.

COVID UPDATE

Although most of counselling sessions are taking place online at this time, our agency is taking the highest level of precautions to make the office a safe environment for our staff and clients. The number  of clients/therapists in the office suite is limited to align with space capacity restrictions. Therapists complete a Covid wellness test online through the Ontario government’s website, and send the passed results to the business director each time they are going into the office. Clients coming in the office are masked, use hand sanitizer, complete a questionnaire and have their temperature taken. Use of masks and appropriate six foot distancing are maintained during counselling sessions. Surfaces and door handles are wiped down after each person leaves the office suite. 

Mental Health Challenge of the Month

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By Megann Wall

Did you know there are different kinds of rest?

In 2017, Saundra Dalton-Smith, M.D. published her novel Sacred Rest, in which she calls attention to seven different types of rest and how “one size does not fit all when it comes to rest”. She writes, “Everything you do draws from a different pool of energy. The best rest occurs when you revive the specific kinds of energy you regularly deplete.”

Creative Rest: Rest to motivate and inspire

Mental Rest: Rest for focusing on the important things in life

Physical Rest: Rest for your precious body to heal and ease

Social Rest: Rest to cherish and enhance relationships

Emotional Rest: Rest to express your deepest feelings and inner-genuinity

Sensory Rest: Rest to quiet the background noise

Spiritual Rest: Rest to connect with the unseen and to feel part of something   bigger


Although now platitudinous, we all know this pandemic has made a challenging season nearly an unconquerable barrier. Over and over in the Bible and in our own lives, we see God highlighting rest for renewal, peace and purpose.

This month, we challenge you to set aside some time – your decision on how often and when – and take personalized, conscious, intentional rest to be rejuvenated.For more self care tips, you can visit https://www.wdgpublichealth.ca/blog/10-self-care-strategies-beat-winter-blues

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