ESSB Cycle for a Cause: Ride Don’t Hide 2018

From June 25th to July 1st, students from various schools in the Eastern Shores School Board will be biking around the Gaspé Coast to raise awareness for mental health. At this point, the students have cycled 183km and raised $700 so far! The schools represented are: Metis Beach School, New Richmond High School, New Carlisle High School, The Anchor Adult Education Centre and Evergreen High School. These hard-working students as well as their leaders will be biking more than 600 km over 7 days. The main reason why these students are participating in such a long and demanding bike ride […]

Ambassador for Ride Don’t Hide: the Elwins

The Elwins are an Indie rock band from Keswick, Ontario. The band consists of Matthew Sweeney, Travis Stokl, Feurd and Francesco Figliomeni and they are currently on a tour through Canada and the United States. Mental health has been something that is important to the band for a long time. CMHA is happy to have them on board as ambassadors for Ride Don’t Hide. We are a rock band from Keswick, Ontario consisting of Matthew Sweeney, Feurd, Francesco Figliomeni and Travis and mental health has always been important to the band. Having the opportunity to spread awareness through Ride Don’t […]

Ambassador for Ride Don’t Hide: Noelle Montcalm

Noelle Montcalm is a Canadian Olympic athlete and specializes in the 400-meter hurdles. She competed for Canada in 2016, in Rio, for her Olympic debut. Noelle attended the University of Windsor and studied Collaborative Nursing BScN. We are very proud to have Noelle Montcalm as an ambassador for Ride Don’t Hide. Whether you know someone who has faced challenges with their mental health, or through your own personal story, we have all been affected by mental illness in some way. It is no wonder, we all have a head on our shoulders and we all have a brain inside that […]

Ambassador for Ride Don’t Hide: Silken Laumann

Silken Laumann was an Olympic rower for the Canadian women’s rowing team and in 1992 she overcame a devastating injury just 10 weeks before competing to claim Bronze for Canada in the 1992 Olympics. Silken continued to row for Canada until retiring in 1999 with three Olympic medals. She now works as an inspirational speaker and is an author, writing her memoir “Unsinkable”. Her book documents her life as she was challenged with obstacles in her athletic and personal life. Her journey has been an incredible one and we are very proud to have Silken as a Ride Don’t Hide […]

Why I Ride series: Michael’s story

Michael first joined Ride Don’t Hide because a friend, noticing that Michael had become involved in cycling, suggested he try the Ride Don’t Hide event. His friend had known about the program because his Mom was on the planning committee and felt that it would be a good fit for Michael. “It’s special to connect a suggestion from a good friend to support a cause that I hold dearly in my heart.” Riding long-distances greatly appeals to Michael, but the more involved he got with Ride Don’t Hide the more passionate he became about the fundraising side. “The real credit […]

Why I Ride series: Myles’ story

Myles first joined Ride Don’t Hide in 2014 and explains that there were two significant reasons why he wanted to get involved and support people with mental health challenges.   Myles had a friend that went through a tough time with Mental Illness, and he wanted to help but didn’t know how. The struggle and uncertainty surrounding this experience left a lasting impression on Myles, “I knew he had to help.” The second reason started in 2011 with the suicide of former Canucks hockey forward Rick Rypien.   In 2013, Myles read an article published in the Province News Paper, where […]

Why I Ride series: Heather’s story

Heather joined Ride Don’t Hide last year and in her first year was the top fundraiser for the Lambton-Kent branch of CMHA. She will continue her efforts this year and ride for mental health to support, contribute and help those who suffer from mental challenges. Mental health has always played an essential role for Heather; she explains that “Sadly, we have lost immediate family to mental health issues and when we almost lost another family member, I knew I had to do more to help.” The need to do more brought Heather to Ride Don’t Hide; she describes the program […]

Why I Ride series: Brenda’s story

Brenda will be riding in her second year for Ride Don’t Hide. She loves the event and feels like she is truly making a difference. As time has passed she has noticed that people now have better at understanding of mental health and just how prevalent it is, as we all know someone that struggles with at least one form of it. Brenda first became involved with CMHA’s Ride Don’t Hide, in 2017, “I am an avid cyclist and am always looking for new rides. When I was presented with the opportunity to ride in support of mental health, I […]

Why I Ride series: Amie’s story

Amie’s involvement for Ride Don’t Hide began as a rider in 2017. She now sits on the 2018 Canadian Mental Health Association, Peel Dufferin, Steering Committee. She is a regional ambassador and the Telemedicine Nurse Coordinator for CMHA Peel Dufferin.   Amie first began her journey for Ride Don’t Hide in 2017 as a cyclist for the 100km route, impressed with the positive and encouraging environment she would find herself wanting more. In August 2017, with the help of Nisha Lewis, Manager of Communications and Resource Development, she joined the steering committee for the 2018 preparations of RDH under the […]

Fundraising Tips and Tricks for your 2018 Ride Don’t Hide!

Ride Don’t Hide is almost three weeks away, and we know you’re working hard to raise funds! By raising funds, you are helping youth, families, and individuals in your community get the help and support that they need!   If you need some new and fun ideas to assist you, we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks that are sure to help you achieve your fundraising goals:   Teach a seminar on a topic you know. Lead or get someone to lead a nature walk, an architectural tour, a historical tour, a sailing trip, a rafting trip, or […]

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