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May 26, 2019

Toronto, Ontario and
Devon, Alberta


Canada's Biggest Awareness Event for Emotion Dysregulation

Presented by The Sashbear Foundation

Join mental health leaders, families/friends and youth as they walk together as one!

Toronto Walk Details 


The Sunnyside Boardwalk, Toronto


May 26, 2019  10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Registration starts at 9:00 am – arrive early!

NOTE: Online registration closes on Saturday, May 25th at noon.
Online donations/pledging remains open.
You can register in person on the day of the walk, May 26, at 9 am.

Special Guests:

Olympians Heather MacLean and Brittany MacLean  Sisters and Olympic swimmers, friends of Sasha Menu Courey during her Etobicoke Swim Club days

Pat Healy  Sasha Menu Courey's heart recipient and his wife Karen will be special guests at this year's walk. This is their 3rd Sashbear Walk

R.Shelley  Entertainer; will be singing a new song written specifically for the walk entitled "Other Side"

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 


  • To give strength to hundreds of people with lived experience; families and loved ones, mental health providers and educators

  • To fuel innovative initiatives like Family Connections, to continue its impressive expansion across Canada - spreading hope and skills in its wake

  • To challenge and invite family, friends and co-workers to make this a banner day for mental health in Canada

  • To enjoy a packed day of unity, mindfulness, knowledge-sharing and entertainment

Register now to participate or donate/pledge or both.

NOTE: Online registration closes on Saturday, May 25th at noon.
Online donations/pledging remains open.
You can register in person on the day of the walk, May 26, at 9 am.


Together we are making a difference!

Emotions Selected After Completing
the Family Connections Course


In the Media

Published on: May 17, 2019 | Last Updated: May 17, 2019 2:28 PM EDT
Family raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention

The Maxwell family is continuing to raise awareness around mental health, suicide prevention and the services available to families with the second Tom’s Walk on May 26.

Tom's Walk will be taking place for the second year on May 26, raising awareness for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. The Maxwell Family (pictured) who have organized the walk through the Sashbear Foundation, lost their son Thomas in March 2018 to suicide. (File photo)


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.


“With Family Connections program skills, there is a renewed sense of calm in our home. This program has helped us to accept our currently reality so we can be active participants in creating a new one.

“This new found perspective on communicating in a way that honours the value of everyone assists in building meaningful relationships with all who cross your path.”


Take a look at the 2018 Sashbear Walk

Watch Wajih Adbalnour's beautiful images of the 2018 Sashbear walk.

Experience the moment - making waves and spreading skills and hope.



Family Connections is better than anything we have encountered in almost 10 years of counselling and advice from mental health professionals”


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.


“The skills introduced in the Family Connections course have brought me to a place where I am better able to

1) accept our situation,
2) understand better our child’s behaviors
3) work as a team
4) make progress towards better communication with my child.”

“The biggest gift the program has given me is the feeling that there is hope for the future with my child.


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.

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 over 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:



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 Walk team is looking forward to seeing you on May 26!

Lynn Courey,
Founder and President
The Sashbear Foundation  |

The Sashbear Foundation is a volunteer-run Canadian Registered Charity

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