Former Ontario Cabinet Minister joins charity helping to reduce teen suicide

Former Queens’ Park MLA and Cabinet Minister Dennis Timbrell has joined the board of directors of CameronHelps, a charity dedicated to reducing teen suicide in Canada.

The charity has supported and franchised a number of run-therapy programs in Ontario for teens and youth adults. Its focus is on the science of physical activity and its healing efforts in helping youth who are suffering from mental illness and depression.

“I am excited to be part of this very worthwhile organization that is growing rapidly and is addressing a very critical need. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers and we need more programs like this to help our youth,” says the Honourable Dennis Timbrell.

“CameronHelps is extremely fortunate to have someone with the experience and credentials of Dennis Timbrell join us. His understanding of the health system and his leadership will be very valuable assets to our board as we move forward to expand our programs beyond Ontario,” says CEO and founder, David Harris.

Dennis Timbrell started his career as a teacher before moving to a political career which began as an Alderman for North York Council. He was elected as an MLA for Ontario and in 1974 was the youngest Member elected to a Cabinet post. While at Queen’s Park Dennis served as Minister of Youth, Energy, Health, Municipal Affairs and Housing, Agriculture and Women’s Issues.

His dedication to the health community is reflected in many of his past roles, including Ontario Hospital Association president, Board member of St. Joseph’s Health System and President of the Ontario Blue Cross. In 1987, he established an Ontario consultancy called Healthgroup Development Corporation where he remains active. He has received numerous service awards, most recently the Diamond Jubilee medal to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s reign. Dennis has seven children and 14 grandchildren.

CameronHelps is one of the designated charities for the Mississauga Marathon. It also hosts an Unbreakable Father’s Day 5k run/walk in Port Credit and, new this year, an Unbreakable 5/10K run at Toronto’s Ribfest during the Canada Day weekend.