Join the Sashbear Walk to help transform lives!
May 26, 2019
Toronto, Ontario and
(FOR ALBERTA WALK DETAILS CLICK HERE)
Canada’s Biggest Awareness and Fundraising Event for Emotion Dysregulation
Register now to participate or donate/pledge or both.
Register by May 7 to save on registration costs!
$30 for adults
$25 for students
After May 8 registrations go up $5:
$35 for adults
$30 for students
Toronto Walk Details
(FOR ALBERTA WALK DETAILS CLICK HERE)
The Sunnyside Boardwalk, Toronto
May 26, 2019 10:00 am –12:00 noon
Registration starts at 9:00 am – arrive early!
Together we are making a difference!
All funds raised by the Sashbear Walk go towards programs that support families and youth struggling with mental health. The Sashbear Foundation is a registered Canadian charity founded in 2011. Our signature program includes NEABPD's Family Connections™, a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) skills-based Peer-to-Peer program which provides skills to families. There is no need for a referral or diagnosis and the program is free. Sashbear understands that families are on the front line in the battle to fight mental illness and they need skills and understanding. Our program is in high demand as many health providers such as CAMH, SickKids, and the Canadian Mental Health Association are referring families to us.
The Sashbear Foundation is leading the drive to expand access to the Family Connections™ program across Canada. We now have programs running in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.
Watch Wajih Adbalnour's beautiful images of the 2018 Borderline walk.
Experience the moment - making waves and spreading skills in hope
Meet Olympians Heather and Brittany MacLean at Sashbear Walk Finish Line
Canadian Olympic swimmers Heather and Brittany Maclean are back with us at the walk this year and want to continue talking about mental health and share the important work that Sashbear is doing. That’s why Heather and Brittany will meet walkers at the finish line to present medals. “This is very special to me,” says Heather. “Sasha and I stood on many podiums receiving medals together.”
Heather and Brittany MacLean grew up swimming with Sasha Menu-Corey at the Etobicoke Swim Club. Sasha died by suicide in 2011 and The Sashbear Foundation was created by Lynn Courey and Mike Menu in Sasha’s memory. Heather and Brittany represented Canada in the 2012 Olympics and Brittany represented Canada in the 2016 Rio Olympics where she won a bronze medal.“I am in awe of the amazing work that the team behind Sashbear has done to make waves not just locally, but around the world,” says Brittany.
Both sisters speak openly about their own struggles with mental health. “My mental health crippled my performance at many points,” says Heather. Two years ago Brittany wrote a moving essay about her mental health struggles which is posted on the CBC Sports website.
“I’ve dealt with both anxiety and depression throughout my swimming career,” says Brittany. They weren’t necessarily things caused by my sport, but it did affect the way I was able to train and compete.”
Both sisters have managed the difficult transition from Olympic swimming to normal life. They feel that by participating in the Sashbear Walk they can help to create awareness for others suffering to let them know they are not alone. Heather says, “Being an athlete, we’re viewed as people that are strong and that don’t have mental health issues, but we do.”
Meet, greet and walk!
Walk with us on May 26 and meet Olympians Heather, Brittany, founding Menu Courey family Lynn, Mike and daughter Kayla, and Sasha's heart recipient Pat Healy and his wife Karen.
Meet and greet service providers, sponsors, athletes, actors, educators, mental health advocates, politicians, Family Connections™ participants and leaders, family, friends and neighbours, etc.
R. Shelley - Entertainer who will sing a song she wrote for the walk.
John Ralston – Actor from Life with Derek, Degrassi and most recently the feature film On the Basis of Sex.
Don Campbell – Performer
Old Man Flanagan's Ghost – some members of the band will sing an A Capella song ...or two
Invite friends and family, and create a team
Register as an individual or create or join a team and invite others to join you or pledge for you. There are prizes for the individual/team that raises the most money. We have almost 20 teams already registered!
Share your page on social media
Inviting others to join you or pledge you or your team is easy! Just click on social media icons on your personal or team page to share:
Promote the walk, post on your social media #makingwaves and share our poster.
Here is the link to our poster and offline donation form:
In the Media
Sashbear’s work with families continues to gain recognition, not only in mental health conferences in North America, Europe and the Middle East, but also here at home with news coverage such as CBC Metro Morning and CBC news.
The Walk team is looking forward to seeing you on May 26!
Founder and President
The Sashbear Foundation