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Mental Health Move-A-Thon Supporters

Here they are! Meet our team of supporters and learn about what mental health means to them. They will complete 1 kilometre of physical activity for every donation received during our Move-A-Thon (May 2-8, 2022). Thank you to this team and to you for supporting mental health in our community.

Visit our Move-A-Thon page to nominate them to run, bike, or walk one kilometre for your donation.

 

ACTIVE TOGETHER

ACTIVE TOGETHER

(Erin Schmidt, Laura McCallum, Katie Misener)

What mental health means to us: 

“Mental health is just as important as physical health – we improve both when we are active together!”

Amanda Wood-Atkinson

Amanda Wood-Atkinson

Woolwich Counselling Centre Executive Director

What mental health means to me: 

“To me, being mentally healthy means that I can be the best version of myself – for myself, for others and for my community. It means being able to meet life’s joys and challenges with perspective, positivity and purpose.”

Andy Martin

Andy Martin

Woolwich Counselling Center Counsellor

What mental health means to me: 

“Mental health is a state of wellbeing that is based on our biology and environment, but which can be improved through diet, exercise, sleep and psychology.”

Beth Mason

Beth Mason

Woolwich Counselling Centre Program Director

What mental health means to me: 

“I describe mental health as the health of our emotional well-being and our ability to cope with life’s challenges. It involves the importance of sharing ourselves with others and understanding what we need to take care of ourselves. It is essential to live the most fulfilling life we can.”

Betty Dyck

Betty Dyck

Woolwich Counselling Centre Board Member

What mental health means to me: 

“Mental health involves an appreciation of life, good coping strategies, and positive self esteem. It is also a willingness to share one’s concerns and emotions and to reach out for support and encouragement from friends and professionals.”

Bruce Duff

Bruce Duff

Chef Duff at RiverSong Banquet Hall, Cafe & Culinary Centre

What mental health means to me: 

“Mental Health is not a concern for only some people but for all people. This pandemic has been a perfect example as it has affected everybody’s mental health in one way or another and will take time to heal beyond its ending.”

Brydon Brubacher

Brydon Brubacher

Agriculture Delivery/Field Technician

What mental health means to us: 

“Mental health is something that I know some of my friends struggle with, and a lot of the time I don’t know how to help them when I want to. So when I found out about this I felt like I had to do this knowing that this is an area where I can support them and others who struggle with mental health. Something I do know how to do.”

Clare Snider

Clare Snider

WOOLWICH COUNSELLING CENTRE BOARD MEMBER

What mental health means to me: 

“Mental Health is important at every stage of life, from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.”

Derek Osborne

Derek Osborne

Lead Pastor, Elmira Pentecostal Assembly

What mental health means to me: 

“To me, mental health means a fullness of life that everyone deserves to experience.”

Diane Martin

Diane Martin

WOOLWICH COUNSELLING CENTRE BOARD MEMBER

What mental health means to me: 

“Having the necessary tools to cope with life situations is important for one’s mental health. We are fortunate in Woolwich and Wellesley townships to have a counselling Center that offers many workshops or individual counselling to give people those tools.”

ELMIRA PET PRODUCTS: Health & Wellness Team

ELMIRA PET PRODUCTS: Health & Wellness Team

(Back Row: Amy Parker, Dana Ure; Front Row: Katie Sieling, Emily Shuh)

What mental health means to us: 

“We believe that mental well-being should be understood and supported from all aspects of a person’s life, including at work. We are excited to participate in this event as a way to support our community and to raise awareness of the services that are available locally.”

Ives Advantage Insurance Brokers

Ives Advantage Insurance Brokers

(Nick Lopers, Chelsea Keller, Cecilia Head)

What mental health means to us: 

“Having access to the resources to seek help. Mental health is more important now than ever before. When we focus on it, virtually every aspect of life can be better off. The importance of good mental health ripples into everything we do, think, or say.”

Janessa Bauman

Janessa Bauman

Woolwich Counselling Centre Clinical program coordinator

What mental health means to me: 

“Making mental health a priority means an intentional focus on overall wellness, as we build resilience as individuals and as a community. This is a preventative and inclusive effort to optimize social connections and life experiences.”

Jonathan (and Kai) Brubacher

Jonathan (and Kai) Brubacher

Woolwich Counselling Centre Board Member

What mental health means to me: 

“To me, mental health means growing in emotional resilience despite external factors. It connects to well-being as a whole on all levels and grows a capacity for self-awareness.”

Kathryn Seiling

Kathryn Seiling

Woolwich Counselling Centre Board Vice-Chair

What mental health means to me: 

“Making mental health a priority helps ensure that our community is productive and vibrant.”

Kim Basler

Kim Basler

Food Freedom and Mindset Coach. Speaker/Author

What mental health means to me: 

“With 30 years working in the health and fitness industry, my own personal journey with mental health struggles, and losing a family member to suicide, my message will always be that we are not meant to do life alone. Through our courage and vulnerability, may we all know we are never alone. To express our emotions and open up our minds to the tools and resources available. You matter and the world needs you.”

Mykayla Brubacher

Mykayla Brubacher

Student Pastor

What mental health means to me: 

“Mental health to me represents a large element of a person’s health and well-being. It is everyone’s right to be heard, listened to, and helped through their journey; as I, and many close to me have.”

Nadine Bengert

Nadine Bengert

WOOLWICH COUNSELLING CENTRE THERAPIST

What mental health means to me: 

“Mental health is having the capacity to both manage and express one’s emotions in a constructive way. It is the ability to have a growth mindset and think realistically. And it is also about having healthy relationships. For all these reasons mental health needs to be a priority both on an individual and community level.”

Pam Esbaugh

Pam Esbaugh

Pam’s Fit World (www.pamsfitworld.com), Certified Personal Trainer

What mental health means to me: 

“Working in the health and fitness industry has been quite an amazing journey so far in my life. The number one thing I have learned is that you can work out and eat healthy all you want, but if you don’t take care of your mental health, then you will always feel like something is missing! There is always someone to listen.”

Shauna Johnston and Carrie Harman

Shauna Johnston and Carrie Harman

Wellesley Jingle Run Coordinators

What mental health means to us: 

“Mental health impacts every area of our lives significantly and is so important. We can be healthy and physically strong but if our mental state is not a positive one it can be overwhelming, consuming and make the day to day feel impossible. Having proper tools and resources in our lives is so important and can make a good mental state more manageable. You are never alone!”

Tammy Mayer

Tammy Mayer

Woolwich Counselling Centre Board Chair

What mental health means to us: 

“Mental health impacts how we think, feel, and behave. Regularly focusing on our mental well-being ensures we have the coping skills to build resilience to stress, grow and contribute in our community and positively support our physical well-being.”