Vera McCready Retires from Rewarding Career
After working with the Calgary Counselling Center for over 20 years, Vera McCready announced her retirement on May 19, 2015. In addition to providing therapy services to clients, Vera served as a College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) Supervisor, overseeing Provisional Psychologists completing their CAP residencies
“I’ve somewhat had ‘an affair’ with Calgary Counselling Centre for 20 years,” Vera jokingly said in regard to her relationship with the Centre. “It is very near and dear to my heart. I’ve felt supported by the Centre both professionally and personally.”
Throughout the 20 years of her richly rewarding career, Vera developed a passion for both couple counselling and the Residency Program. For her tremendous contribution to the training and supervision of over 100 Residents, she has been honoured with a plaque for ‘Distinction in Supervision’. She has also been nominated as CAP Supervisor of the year. She has trained Psychologists now practising across Canada from coast to coast. For her outstanding results in counselling, she has continuous referrals from previous clients and community leaders.
“The ongoing training of students and staff at the Centre is just incredible; I have only the highest regard for the training program that I’ve been proud to be a part of,” Vera explains. “I also love helping couples develop and maintain their relationships. The highlight of my career has been walking with people through their troubled waters.”
Vera explains her counselling strategy as being solution focussed therapy, and shares that from her own family of origin – she had been raised to live by that orientation. Her interventions consist of keeping the focus on positivity. She believes in building on what is working, rather than focusing on what the problem is.
When asked what her plans were for her first day of retirement, Vera said, “I am just going to ‘be’. As opposed to what I am going to do, I will just ‘be.’ That means just allow myself to think, feel, and experience without any plans.”
CEO Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner says Vera will be greatly missed.
“We’re sad to see Vera leave but are happy for her to begin this next chapter in her life,” Robbie explains. “We’ve been fortunate to have been able to benefit from her experience and knowledge throughout the years, which has translated into her many contributions towards improving the lives of our clients.”
Vera emphasized her tremendous appreciation for her fellow staff members, residents and clients, and will leave behind a legacy full of achievements and optimism.