Shalom Counselling fundraisder coming up

Celtic singer/songwriter Debbie Zepick will be featured at this year’s Friend Raiser for Shalom Counselling Centre on Oct. 15.

The event will take place at the First Christian Reformed Church in Red Deer, with other performances including pianist Andrew Bromley and musical numbers from the Central Alberta Home School Choir.

Complimentary tickets are available at the door or by calling Shalom Counselling Centre at 403-342-0399. Things get underway with a silent auction beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Debbie Zepick has been crafting her own superb tunes for several years now – an engaging blend of folk and Celtic following themes of faith and the stuff of everyday life.

As one friend described her, “Debbie Zepick is a wife, mother of two piano/voice teacher, home school teacher, praise and worship leader, recording artist, and a very gifted song writer. This artist has a love for God, and her music has a wide range of styles enabling almost any listener to be touched.”

She’s also directed productions for the Red Deer Homeschool Players.

Proceeds raised will support individual and family wellness through counseling and education, with organizers passing the hat to collect your gift to help neighbours with subsidies for counseling.

During 2010/2011, Shalom Counselling staff helped 2,752 people. Of those, 1,407 were from Red Deer while the remaining clients were from surrounding areas.

Staff say that every year more clients come in for help and this year, it’s anticipated that some 800 families will be helped.

Shalom, which has operated in Red Deer since 1999, offers educational workshops on anger management, peer support training and maintaining healthy boundaries. Counselling services are offered at affordable rates, and this is done through subsidization from donations and fundraisers.

Staff help clients with issues ranging from depression, anxiety to marriage and family conflict, abuse, grief and addictions.

For more information, call the Centre at 403-342-0339 or visit