Cornerstone Counselling was born in the basement of Bonnie Doon Baptist Church of Edmonton in 1977. It was founded by Reverend Dr. Ernest Runions and Dr. Doug Spinney who had a vision for a Christian counselling agency that could help people during life’s most difficult moments. They believed that by providing affordable and professional mental health care, people would heal and have better lifelong outcomes.
When people in the community learned that subsidized counselling services were available in the church, they started calling to ask if they too could receive this valuable help. Our founders believed that everyone was worthy of love and acceptance, so they opened their doors to the community. Soon, the little counselling office was filled to capacity. It was quickly realized that they had tapped into a deep community need. They moved the counselling office out of the church and established it as an independent charity with a mission to serve the whole community by providing faith-based and secular counselling. Thanks to these early visionaries, Cornerstone has thrived and is continuing to help the next generation with compassionate mental health care.
Today, Cornerstone is one of the largest not-for-profit providers of subsidized counselling, psycho-educational workshops, and psychotherapy training in the Edmonton area. We serve the entire community from children as young as four years old to seniors and offer fee subsidies from our Way to Wellness Fund. Over the years, we estimate that we have helped approximately 85,000 people improve their lives and find their way to wellness.
The land on which we live, work, and prosper is Treaty 6 territory, the ancestral and traditional meeting grounds and gathering place for the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene, and Nakota Sioux. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for generations, and we are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders. We recognize the land as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside and gather on today.