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We are honoured to collaborate with you on such an important expression of solidarity and unity. As a foundation, we are absolutely floored by the support around the world. With your help, we have raised just over $50,000 and are still going strong—raising funds that will go to Canadian families to get the support THEY need to help their loved ones struggling with emotion dysregulation and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

MAY 24, 4 PM EDT

This is it!

Please click this link tomorrow a few minutes before 4 PM EDT to join our online celebration. You will be asked to register your e-mail address. Then you’re in! It’s that simple. We hope to have made the experience as easy and uncomplicated as possible so you can enjoy the Web Walk. All guest microphones, webcams and chat will be deactivated to mitigate any disruption during the event.


Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D

co-developer of the NEABPD Family Connections™ Program

Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized researcher, teacher and supervisor of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Director of Training in Family Services and a senior DBT supervisor for 3East programs at McLean Hospital. Dr. Fruzzetti has developed many successful DBT programs for people with BPD, related problems with emotion regulation, and programs for couples, parents, and families. His research focuses on the connections between severe psychopathology and interpersonal/family processes, and their interplay with emotion dysregulation. Dr. Fruzzetti is Vice-Chair of the Board for the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder and on the Board of Directors for the Linehan Institute.

Noah Reid

Noah Nicholas Reid is an American-Canadian actor, musician and former voice actor. He is known for his performances in several films and television series, including the critically acclaimed CBC comedy Schitt's Creek.

Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall is an NFL wide receiver and record holder for the most receptions in a game

Heather Maclean

Heather MacLean is a Canadian Olympian in the sport of swimming after competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games on the 4x100m freestyle relay. She is the former Canadian record holder in the 200m freestyle and enjoyed her career swimming for the Etobicoke Swim Club, the UBC Thunderbirds and at the Vancouver National Swim Center. Heather retired from swimming in 2014 and since has pursued a career in nursing currently working as a Labour and Delivery nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital. Heather talks openly about the challenges with her mental health as an elite athlete as well as a health care worker. Heather has been heavily involved with The Sashbear Foundation for the last few year's and was the Walk Coordinator for this year's walk. 

Brittany Maclean

Brittany MacLean represented Canada at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. At Rio 2016, she swam the third leg of the 4x200m freestyle relay that won bronze in national record time. MacLean announced her retirement in late October 2016, ending her career as the Canadian record holder in the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle events.

Kim Berly

Kim Berly began making his way as a professional musician in the summer of 1966 when The Stampeders moved from Calgary to Toronto in pursuit of fame and fortune; Kim had just turned 18. Five years later, after honing their skills working six nights a week in the bars and dance halls of Ontario, Quebec and upstate New York, the band broke worldwide with Sweet City Woman and went on to have a string of hit songs including Wild Eyes, Oh My Lady, Minstrel Gypsy, Carry Me, Devil You, Ramona, Hit the Road Jack, Then Came the White Man and Playin’ in the Band. 

Kim played drums on all and was the lead voice on many of these songs. The Stampeders toured extensively in Canada, the US, and Europe and, to this day, continue to play theatres and festivals in Canada and the U.S. Kim and the Stampeders have received numerous awards over the years including a JUNO for Group of the Year, JUNO for Song of the Year, SOCAN (Society of Canadian Songwriters and Publishers) Lifetime Achievement Award. Kim has received two SOCAN awards for his songs Oh My Lady and Minstrel Gypsy. 

Karen Wadell

Karen Waddell is a Certified Trauma Sensitive MBSR Teacher trained at The Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society @ University of Massachusetts Medical School, department of behavioral and preventative medicine and The Mindfulness Centre at Brown University, R.I. She also holds diploma in Community Service Work. 

Karen teaches the transformative 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course in classroom and also one-to- one MBSR informed Meditation Instruction on-line around the world.

She is currently sitting a three-year term on THE CAMH Constituency Advisory Council. 

John Ralston

John Ralston and his wife, Karen Waddell, have been involved with Sashbear for the past 7 years. John is one of Canada’s most established actors and is best known for his TV series LIFE WITH DEREK, DEGRASSI and HBO’s LIVING IN YOUR CAR. As well as a recent guest appearance on NBC’s ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST, John has two films that are presently streaming on CraveTV: READY OR NOT and STOCKHOLM with Ethan Hawke. This year John is also awaiting the release of the Quebec feature film NADIA, BUTTERFLY which chronicles a female Canadian swimmer’s imminent retirement while competing at the Tokyo Olympics. 

Spread the word: share the event by any means or tag us on social media @sashbearorg #SashbearWebWalk #SashbearChallenge

All the funds raised go directly to supporting families and loved ones struggling with their mental health, and especially now, in these difficult times.

Thank you!




Funds raised will go to initiatives like the Family Connections™ Program. In 2019, Sashbear ran over 80 Family Connections™ groups. Overall, these groups reached 1,100 family members by teaching them the skills needed to reduce stress, increase empowerment and better support their loved ones on their mental health journey.

This year, with COVID-19, Sashbear has shifted its focus to online skills delivery—“alone, at home, and together”. Sashbear continues to shine bright in the mental health community, spreading the message of skills and hope through conference engagements and research projects all over the world.

"Without Sashbear, my family would be shattered in millions of pieces. I have learned to look at my loved one with new eyes.

Sashbear has brought back love, tranquility and hope into our family!"


We are unbelievably excited to share an hour of celebration and togetherness with you. See you at the Web-Walk!

Yours in skills and hope,

The Team at The Sashbear Foundation  |

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