Our History

Our Peace Officers, Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Services, 911 Dispatch and Military Personnel face frustrating and devastating situations on the work front and then find themselves working hard to find a balanced life perspective on the home front.

  • Our Mission: Provide empathetic support that builds resiliency individually and within our First Responder and Military Families.
  • Our Vision: That all First Responder and Military Personnel have user friendly access to resources to build resiliency as an individual and/or as a family.
  • Our Values: Family, Empathy, Diversity, Inclusivity, Confidentiality, Collaboration, Integrity

Founded in 1997 by a group of Calgary and Edmonton Police Officers who felt there was a gap between the professional life and the transition to the home front. There was a period within a year of several suicides within Policing in Alberta and discovery of situations where First Responders were having difficulties in coming home because of the stresses they were carrying from work.

The sights, sounds and carnage have a way of building up within the human mind that is difficult to shake off. Sleeping in their vehicles and couch surfing at a buddies basement became a disturbing trend. Over the years, the Services that represent Police, Fire, EMS, 911 Dispatch and Military have developed different types of Peer Support resources and instruction to better assist ways of coping to the challenges of the profession.

Legacy Place Society includes the CONFIDENTIAL home away from home that supports First Responders and Military Personnel individually or as a family in providing accommodations during times of family crisis within marriages or for medical attention (Counselling, cancer, occupational stress injury, post traumatic stress, surgery, etc).

Since opening the doors in 2001, we have received over 35,000 nightly stays between the 3 locations (Calgary 2001, Edmonton 2004 and Red Deer in 2010). Military Personnel were added in 2010 simply due to lack of available resources for them and because of the cross over of professions once the military career has retired. Our audience consists of currently serving First Responder and Military Personnel and those who are retired veterans of these professions.

Our First Responders are human too. At the end of their shift and it’s time to go home, it’s quite difficult to disengage from the day’s events. Communication, adjusting to family routine and coping behaviors can be challenging within themselves of within the family.

Our programs detail many areas including participation with peer support, education bursaries, scholarships, leaving legacies, benevolence, resiliency workshops, humanitarian mission trips, and family camp to name a few.

The First Responder and Military Personnel Confidential Crisis Line is available from 6am to 10pm.  403-201-9945

Latest News & Events

  • Oct08

    Join the #MYLEGACY Campaign in support of Legacy Place Society

    Join the #MYLEGACY Campaign – the campaign presents a unique op

  • Sep23

    Dr. Kevin Gilmartin Nov 7, 2019 Calgary – Hosted by the Calgary Police Service

    REGISTRATION OPEN...The Calgary Police Service will be ho

  • Sep15

    September 19, 2019 Free Webcast First Responder Suicide Awareness Conference Calgary AB – Hosted by Legacy Place Society

      Jennifer Tejada, Chief of Police for the City of Emeryv

For Immediate Help:

Contact (403) 201-9945

If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis contact your
local crisis centre.