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Reader finds FCSS comments troubling

Posted on January 30, 2019 by Taber Times

I was interested to read the article about FCSS in the Taber Times (‘Impact of FCSS on southern Alberta a varied one’ Jan. 16).

FCSS has been around and has provided wonderful services and programs for our community for many years. I have worked alongside and in co-ordination with many of their staff members.

It is because of this long-standing relationship I have with FCSS staff that I take exception to Zakk Morrison’s statement: “We will now have more free time for counselling in Taber, where it is someone who is dedicated in the community and not sort of doing it from the corner of their desk.”

He is referencing a new staff person in the counselling department, but I can’t help but feel these comments are disparaging and defamatory to previous counsellors.

Bryan Bullock and Karen Lanser provided counselling for FCSS in Taber for many years. As their colleague, I can attest to their dedication and professionalism they put towards their work. Bryan and I sat together as president and vice president of TCAPS which is meant to support social programs in Taber. Bryan was dedicated to this community. Karen is a fellow social worker who provided her professional and dedicated services through FCSS for 21 years. Karen was dedicated to this community.

At no time did either of them do their work “from the corner of their desk.” I am happy to have known them and have learned a lot from them.

A concerned citizen,
Denise Franke

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