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Two Successful June Run Events

Two perfect weekends on June 8 and June 16 provided a great season finale for Team Unbreakable runners, families and members of the community. The runs exceed our expectations for participation (Toronto’s run was at capacity) and fundraising.

Both events were culmination runs for schools in the Greater Toronto Area that have Team Unbreakable programs.  For three months they train to run the distance, while learning wellness tips to help with their mental health.

Creator of Run-Therapy Programs Modelled by Team Unbreakable Still Inspiring Youth

Social Worker Dan McGann had an idea that has gone on to help thousands of youth struggling with anxiety, depression and mental illness.

Dan has been practicing social work for 30 years. His signature run-therapy program that started at Credit Valley Hospital many years ago has been widely recognized for its help in treating youth. His concept of teaching teens to run in an effort to relieve stress and anxiety has been so effective that Dan has received awards, been sought out by media and spoken at numerous conferences. Team Unbreakable is based on his programs.

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Photo: (Left to Right)  Founder of CameronHelps (now TeamUnbreakable) David Harris and Dan McGann

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We caught up with Dan recently and asked him to elaborate on his work, his ongoing connection to Team Unbreakable and the popularity of his programs.

“I am very practical in my therapeutic approach – not much hand holding – more ‘what can you do about it? What action steps can you take to create something different?’ The reflective ‘how does that make you feel?’ is not really my thing – it’s important at points but I quickly want to move from that to some sort of action,” says Dan.

He continues, “That’s the whole point of the run group. I tell them that the worse thing anyone can do in the face of adversity is nothing – the best is do something … anything! Then I give them options or tools … what can you do – what kind of action. It’s really all about habits in what you chose to do with your body and what you chose to do with your focus.”

“After 14 years of doing the group now I have former graduates who have gone on to university and careers – nurses, business, and even a few social workers – come back and share their stories. That is so powerful and inspirational!”

Dan has a busy private practice and he still finds time to run the newly named Team Unbreakable at Trillium Health Partners group, which is now in its 14th year. A film crew has just completed a documentary on the run group and there is a possibility it will be considered to the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto this June. His group this spring has about 30 clients from 14-26 years old who are mostly battling either anxiety or depression

“I hope to start to slow down a bit at some point. I love what I do but I do look forward to more time with my family in the future.” I will always be grateful to Dave Harris and Cameron Helps/Team Unbreakable program – they have made an incredible impact in bringing the run group approach forward and offering it to so many!”

At a time when wait times for mental health services is many months, there is a desperate need for more Team Unbreakable programs. The school programs give participants tools should they experience the anxiety and depression that now plagues up to 25% of our students. Therapeutic programs like Dan’s at Trillium Health Partners offers his signature practical approach and empowers participants to become immediately active in their treatment. Four program coordinators currently develop volunteer coaching teams or support for more than 100 programs in Peel, Halton, Hamilton and Toronto. But we need your financial support to expand the program, says Team Unbreakable Director Carl Worrell.

 

Three Great Runs To Test Yourself To Be Bold Against The Cold

The annual fall semester Unbreakable 5k Bold & Cold runs are here again with three different locations to choose from if you want to run/walk or cheer on your favourite student. Toronto is holding the first run on November 26 while Peel is holding its 5K run on December 2, and Halton has its run on December 3. Here are the details for each of the runs. To register for any of the events, click here.

 

2017 PEEL UNBREAKABLE BOLD AND COLD 5K FOR YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

When: Dec 02, 2017 09:30 AM

Where: Heart Lake Secondary School, 296 Conestoga Dr, Brampton, ON

Please join us for the 2017 Peel Bold and Cold Unbreakable 5k for Youth Mental Health.

Since the Team Unbreakable focus is on completion, the event is clock timed but not chip timed. For the same reason, all finisher’s receive a medal. As in every running community, we encourage all participants to do their very best while supporting and motivating all the other participants.

Registration fee includes Event Buff, Finishers medal, and breakfast.

Where: Heart Lake Secondary School 296 Conestoga Dr, Brampton, ON L6Z When: Saturday December 2nd 2017 Run starts at 9:30am, please arrive early!

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2017 HALTON UNBREAKABLE BOLD AND COLD 5K FOR YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

When: Dec 03, 2017 09:30 AM

Where: Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School 2420 Sixth Line, Oakville, ON

Please join us for the 2017 Halton Bold and Cold Unbreakable 5k for Youth Mental Health.

Since the Team Unbreakable focus is on completion, the event is clock timed but not chip timed. For the same reason, all finisher’s receive a medal. As in every running community, we encourage all participants to do their very best while supporting and motivating all the other participants.

Registration fee includes Event Buff, Finishers medal, and breakfast.

Where: Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary, 2420 Sixth Line, Oakville, ON L6H 5Z8

When: Sunday December 3rd 2017 Run starts at 9:30am, please arrive early!

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2017 TORONTO UNBREAKABLE BOLD AND COLD 5K

When: Nov 26, 2017 09:30 AM

Where: Coronation Park, Toronto

Please join us for the 2017 Toronto Bold and Cold Unbreakable 5k for Youth Mental Health.

Since the Team Unbreakable focus is on completion, the event is clock timed but not chip timed. For the same reason, all finishers receive a medal. As in every running community, we encourage all participants to do their very best while supporting and motivating all the other participants.

Registration fee includes Event Buff (multi-use headband), Finishers Medal, and Breakfast.

Where: Coronation Park, 711 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M5V 3T7

When: Sunday November 26, 2017 Run starts at 9:30am, please arrive early!

Individual Event Kit pick up on race day between 7:30-8:30 in Coronation Park

Team Event Kits including buffs, bib numbers and swag will be delivered to school teams.

Parking: Paid parking available at Coronation Park and the surrounding area.

 

CameronHelps Adds to Board Expertise With Key New Members

CameronHelps has added three new members to its board of directors, adding significant business skills and mental health clinical experience to the charity.

Robert Bracey, CEO and President of Quartet Service Inc., Chad Harper, Vice-President of Confederation Freezers and Catherine Sabiston, Professor, University of Toronto (pictured here) were elected at the August 10, 2017 meeting of the board.

“Our new board members are extremely talented and experienced individuals in their fields and we are extremely fortunate that they have chosen to join us at this important juncture in our growth. CameronHelps has expanded rapidly over the past two years, but the demand for youth mental health programs is very high and the charity requires additional organizational skills, funding and resources,” says CameronHelps President and Founder David Harris.

“Robert, Chad and Catherine are uniquely suited to help the charity to grow during our next phase of development,” said Acting Chair Bob Wordham.  “Our Executive Director Carl Worrell and his program coordinators have developed a strong signature Team Unbreakable run program.  The primary focus of the new members in the expanded board will be fundraising in order to continue the program’s growth.”  Carl emphasized, “We are particularly pleased that Catherine Sabiston will bring her special expertise to support an evidence basis for program improvements.”

In addition to his duties as CEO and President of Quartet Service Inc., Robert Bracey (pictured left) served as Past-President of Venture Tech Network (VTN), North American’s biggest IT service provider association.   He has over 35 years’ experience in consulting, management and sales including roles at Nortel, Coopers & Lybrand and several boutique financial firms.

 

Along with his Vice-President role at Confederation Freezers, Chad Harper  (pictured left) is an active supporter of CameronHelps and the former Milton firefighter has pledged to raise $10,000 for the charity by running 10,000k over the next few years. He is also involved with the charity Food for Life a volunteer with the operations committee.

 

 

Catherine Sabiston, PhD is a Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Mental Health and she also has an established relationship with CameronHelps. The U of T Professor contributed a video that was presented to the Sudbury Rainbow District School Board about the positive impacts of physical health on mental health. She will bring to the charity the research rigor, reputation and resources of her department.

“Our search continues to round out and strengthen our board of director team. Expect some exciting additional announcements shortly,” said Bob Wordham.

The recent board additions helped to fill the void with the recent departures of Jennifer Brighton, director of clinical, and Keith Madley, director of finance. “The contributions of Jennifer and Keith helped CameronHelps to grow to the place we are today and I would like to express my deep gratitude for their long service to the board,” added David Harris.

CameronHelps wins Scotiabank Charity Challenge; Receives extra $2,000

Thanks to Robert Wordham’s Hacksaw Crusade which eventually raised more than $107,000 for CameronHelps at the Mississauga Marathon weekend in May, 2017, the charity ended up with the award for “largest total funds raised. This means the charity received another $2,000 from the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

Bob ran the Mississauga half marathon to celebrate his 80th birthday and to raised money for the charity. On May 2 he presented a cheque to CameronHelps for his fundraising and was congratulated by MPP for Mississauga South Charles Sousa, CameronHelps Founder David Harris, Executive Director Carl Worrell and Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Review Team Member Monty Fidda.

At a reception on June 2, the OTF gave a plaque to CameronHelps in celebration of their partnership. OTF grants have totalled over $350,000 to help with organizing Team Unbreakable run wellness and run therapy programs in the GTA and Hamilton regions.

At the Mississauga Marathon, Team Unbreakable runners raised over $4,000 from sponsors in addition to the money raised by Bob’s Crusade.

“We are very appreciative for all that Bob has done for the charity in raising funds and contributing his talents as a Board Member.  His accomplishments are significant and we salute his dedication and tenacity,” says CameronHelps CEP and Founder David Harris.”

Photo: (left to right) – Bob Wordham, David Harris, MPP Charles Sousa and Monty Fidda.

Toronto Area Youth Mental Health Programs A Runaway Success Thanks To OTF Grants

CameronHelps  completed a successful year of programming in Toronto area schools and in local communities, thanks to generous funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). A special event to celebrate the year was held on Sunday June 2 in Port Credit where local MPP Charles Sousa and Monty Fidda, an OTF Grant Review Team member, were on hand to congratulate the charity on the work it has been doing since receiving OTF grants in 2015 and 2016.

“The Ontario Trillium Foundation has provided annual funding to more than 50 schools, community, and health centres across Toronto, Halton and Peel, delivering much-needed youth programs that focus on mental health,” says Charles Sousa, MPP for Mississauga South.

In 2016, CameronHelps received a $225,000 grant over two years from OTF to develop a Team Unbreakable mental health wellness run program in Toronto in partnership with area schools. This was followed by a $138,900 grant over a two-year period to develop community programs in Halton and Peel. MPP Sousa personally congratulated one of the charity’s board members, Bob Wordham, on raising more than $100,000 for CameronHelps by running a half-marathon in May for his 80th birthday.

“The support we have received from the OTF has enabled CameronHelps to reach more “at-risk” youth who are suffering from anxiety, depression and mental illness,” said Executive Director Carl Worrell.

The charity is helping them to understand the positive benefits of physical health on mental health through our “Team Unbreakable” run-wellness programs, he said.

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca

[ Individuals in photo: (l to r) MPP Charles Sousa, CameronHelps Board Member Bob Wordham, Executive Director Carl Worrell and OTF Team Member Monty Fidda]