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Feb. 10, 2015
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife and her dog Ollie will take part in the “Wednesdays Chilling with Dogs” program at the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at noon on Laurier’s Waterloo Campus.

The program is a free weekly service that involves dogs as a form of therapy. It is primarily aimed at university students who miss the day-to-day interaction with their family pet as a result of living away from home. The centre's clinical director, Kristine Lund, who is actively researching the benefits of pet-assisted therapy, isn't surprised by the program’s appeal.

"It has been found that interacting with pets reduces blood pressure, helps manage stress and can elevate mood,” she said. “For students, balancing the various demands of student life by interacting with dogs (and pets) can be an important resource in handling their stress."

Fife and Ollie’s visit will also help to increase awareness for the recently established Delton Glebe Counselling Centre. Located in Waterloo and serving the Kitchener-Waterloo region, the counselling centre adds resources to the community’s increasing need for mental health services. In addition to individual, couples counselling and art therapy, the centre offers counselling services for children (ages four to 17) in the form of play therapy.

For more information about the Wednesdays Chilling with Dogs program, which is open to the public, visit glebecounselling.ca. For more information on the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre, visit www.glebecounselling.ca.

The Delton Glebe Counselling Centre is located at 177 Albert Street in Waterloo, adjacent to Laurier’s Waterloo Campus.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Kristine Lund, Clinical Director
Delton Glebe Counselling Centre

T: 519.884.0710 x2246

E: klund@wlu.ca

Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications and Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070

E: kcrowley@wlu.ca


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