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Join the Walk and help transform lives!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Walk Details


The Sunnyside Boardwalk, Toronto


Sunday, May 26   10 am - 12 noon

Registration starts at 9 am.

Register now to participate or volunteer or both.  If you cannot attend, you can donate.



Register online by
May 7th for $30

First 500 to register online receive a t-shirt

After May 7th registration is $35




My name is Beverly Petrovic and I am an alumni of Family Connections™, a program that helped save my relationship with my son. The skills I learnt from Family Connections™ I use everyday.  Validation is especially helpful in my job.  Sashbear Foundation helped me so I want to help the Foundation in return to help other families learn life-saving skills.

The Sashbear Walk is the Foundation’s biggest awareness-raising and fundraising event. Join the walk and help transform lives!

The walk is a symphony of families, people with lived experience, mental health service providers, community organizations, sponsors, entertainers, students, athletes and educators. Everyone is brought together as one, to share a mindful walk of awareness and celebrate that together we are making waves for those that struggle and their families. This year's walk includes music, a mindfulness bridge walk, Sashbear mascot, awareness passport activities and more.

John Ralston, master of ceremony—Actor from Life with Derek, Degrassi and most recently the motion picture “On the Basis of Sex”.

R. Shelley - Entertainer who will sing a song especially for the Sashbear Walk.

Heather MacLean - Olympic swimmer and friend of Sasha Menu Courey during her Etobicoke Swim Club days. She will be greeting participants at the finish line and handing out medals along with other Olympians. The first 500 participants to cross the finish line will receive a medal.

Don Campbell – Performer

REGISTER NOW to participate or volunteer or both.  If you cannot attend, you can donate.

Family Connections™ Current Participants

Now that you have learnt some skills on how to take care of yourself and your loved one, how about giving back to The Sashbear Foundation.  I know this course helped me so I wanted to give back.  The fact the course was free definitely made it possible for me to take it.  Talk to your group and maybe get a team together for the walk.  See you there.

Alumni of Family Connections™

As I said I am an alumni.  I would not be here today functioning as well as I do without this course.  I had to give back to say thank you. The facilitators were amazing and understanding.  It was nice to know that I was not alone.

Previous Walker

Thank you so much for taking time out and supporting Sashbear.  Without you contributing to this major fundraising event, it would be difficult to spread the awareness of mental health.  I hope to see you this year.  Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for participating in the walk.


Thank you for donating to such a wonderful non-profit organization.  By donating to The Sashbear Foundation, your are helping to run the free Family Connections program for parents/caregivers/siblings/partners so they can help themselves and their relationship with their loved one.  Please consider donating again this year.  Every bit helps.  From an alumni of Family Connections™, I would like to say thank you.

Current Sponsors


Car Park ManagementMcLean 3East


Broadleaf Health, Broadview Psychology, Centre for MindBody Health, Clearview Treatment Programs, DBT Path,Toronto DBT Centre


EBT3, Kingsbury DentalPainter Plus, Sage Living Toronto

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 is Family Connections™, a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) skills-based Peer-to-Peer program which provides skills to families. Family Connectios™ is an NEABPD program created by Dr. Perry Hoffman and Dr. Alan Fruzzetti.

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.

Thanks to your support, 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.  Last year over 1,000 participants benefited from this program which has been growing rapidly since 2012.

Go to to see videos and pictures from last year’s walk.




Help us promote the walk by posting on your social media accounts. #makingwaves and sharing our poster.

Here is the link to our printable poster



One day, One community, One message of Solidarity, Strength and Support Delivered, Like never before. And YOU can make it happen!
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Thank you and hoping to see you at the Walk!

The Sashbear Team  |

The Sashbear Foundation is a volunteer-run Canadian Registered Charity

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