Pam Spurvey is no different than you or I. She has a past—we all do—but hers just happens to be out there for everyone to see. That’s because Pam is a peer support worker, and uses her lived experience as a tool to connect to others with pasts like her own, but who aren’t yet as far along on their paths to healing.
For her 65th birthday celebration on October 1st, the Foundation’s long-time supporter Krishna Gupta hosted a “Party with a Purpose” at the Hotel Macdonald, featuring cuisine from around the world. Joined by loved ones and guests, Krishna used the evening to focus on gratitude: for her friends, for food that gives spice to her life and for her family and their life together.
On Tuesday we observed World Mental Health Day at Alberta Hospital Edmonton—joined by Honorable Health Minister Sarah Hoffman, Alberta Health Services CEO Dr. Verna Yiu, and other distinguished guests.Those who attended sipped coffee, ate cookies, and admired the artwork made by patients at the hospital, followed by presentations on the future of mental health in Alberta.
This week was not only the kickoff to the hockey season—with Edmonton’s home opener between the Oilers and the Flames on Wednesday—but also the kickoff to a very special program co-founded by Chloe and Harrison Katz: Hockey Helps Kids.
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Books bring us together; they offer a common ground for empathy and discussion. This was once more proved to us at the Foundation during Edmonton’s latest Fringe festival, where we helped host the 6th annual Fringe Book Sale in coordination with staff and patients at Alberta Health Services (AHS). If you made your way to the Old Strathcona Fringe grounds this August, chances are you walked past it in your theatrical travels.
23 years ago, Steve Leskiw hit a rough patch. He retired from his teaching career and was at a crossroads in his personal life as well. He was selling used cars when a friend approached him. “Steve,” he said, “it looks like you’re searching for something.” This was Steve’s introduction to HU. Though it was a rocky start, he still uses the simple mantra today, only now he uses it to help individuals who struggle with addiction and mental illness find peace.
Taylor McDonald did double duty this year as second for curling Team Kelsey Rocque. She not only helped her team win gold in the 2017 Winter Universiade this past February, she also raised $4,830 for the Mental Health Foundation through her feature in 2017’s Women of Curling calendar.
When Scott Campbell attended our Mental Health Breakfast earlier this year, he was moved to do more than just talk. He decided to do something about mental health in his community. 100 days later, he was at the start line of Canada’s Toughest Mudder in Whistler, B.C. with 240 other competitors, after having raised $3,000 for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Edmonton while preparing for the event.
His contribution will change lives—not only because of the funds provided, but also due to his efforts to make mental health a community responsibility.