Hope for Mental Health Reception pays tribute to our supporters
Hope for Mental Health Reception pays tribute to our supporters

Amber McAuley
Amber McAuley sharing her thanks
and acknowledgement to all those
who've helped her in her personal
journey with mental illness 
Each year, Waypoint invites our supporters to join us on GivingTuesday to kick off the giving season. It’s an opportunity to express our gratitude to donors, sponsors, volunteers, partners and all those who donate their time and resources to support our patients and clients, including staff. The time, effort and money given makes all the difference. 

More than 100 guests were treated to a special viewing of the Keys to Our Past video series created by the Waypoint Research Institute. They also heard thanks and acknowledgement from Amber McAuley who shared her personal journey with mental illness, including hospitalization at Waypoint. 

John Barrett-Hamilton, Waypoint’s Board Chair was excited to announce Jessica Holmes as the speaker for the 2018 Fundraising Dinner. Mark your calendars for March 2, 2018 when the Royal Canadian Air Farce alum will present Depression The Comedy, using her particular blend of humour to share a frank account of how it took two years to be diagnosed with depression. 

The evening concluded with Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall announcing a $175,000 pledge from the County of Simcoe towards a new youth mental health campaign called I Have Hope. The centrepiece of this county-led initiative is a train-the-trainer program for Mental Health First Aid for adults working with youth. Portions of the funding will also support regional awareness campaigns and anti-stigma strategies together with regional partners. Thank you to all those who attended and to each and every one of you who give back to our patients and clients every day.

Kicking off the I Have Hope campaign