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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

‘My intention last year was to inspire hope through connection. My intention this year, is JOY’ ... Emily Olsen

Back in June I posted a conversation that I’d had with Emily Olsen ... “What if we started having different conversations? What if people could be viewed as normal AND have struggles with mental health stuff?

I’d asked for the opportunity to speak with her because like me, and millions of other Canadians, she had gone through her own journey with mental health ... and it was a subject she said could talk about all day long.  

It took her up on that offers and first asked, “How do people take those first journeys to get there ...” 

If you didn’t have a chance back then, to read the conversation we had, I hope you will now .... just CLICK HERE

Meantime ... the reason for this flashback to a few months back....

For those in the area, or those wishing to spend a bit of time in a great part of BC, the second annual Connection Project -- a storytelling event on the subject of mental well-being -- is being held on Friday October 4th.

At the event you’ll hear seven stories of individuals impacted by mental health on stage at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sydney.

It’s inspired by the idea that through sharing and connecting with one another through stories, we are better off as individuals, as families, and as communities. This event aims to add to, and illuminate, the conversation about mental health and well-being.

And, as they say on the event website ... through joy, hope and inspiration, our speakers will share their stories related to mental health that will connect the community and individuals going through similar experiences.

And to quote Emily, regarding last years event ... “I believe that on a deeper level, each person was able to recognize their own struggles. Regardless of what that struggle looks like, we ALL feel it. When we don’t feel it, we get sick, addicted, depressed, anxious, and suicidal. We fall out of love with life”.

My intention last year was to inspire hope through connection. My intention this year, is JOY”.

To find out more about the Connections Project, and Octobers event, CLICK HERE


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