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Annual Report 2021 - Building the COVID-19 Mental Health Relief Fund through our fundraising efforts

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the delay of our signature fundraising event, not once, but twice, we weren’t sure how our community would respond. The answer is tremendously!

We were overwhelmed when our guests, existing, and new sponsors recognized there was never a more pressing need and continued their support of the virtual Shine the Light Gala with NHL All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist Theo Fleury as the guest speaker. We experienced this outpouring of support once again when we transitioned our one-day walk/run/yoga fundraiser to a week full of virtual wellness, mindfulness and physical activities followed by a Choose your own Adventure virtual 5k with Get Your Mental Health in Motion. Both events raised nearly $130,000 for the COVID-19 Mental Health Relief Fund. 

We know that supporting mental health and addictions care is critical in the wake of the pandemic. With a goal to support improvements to mental health and addictions care for patients in the hospital and in the community, we launched the Give. So no one gives up. campaign with a goal of $500,000 for the COVID-19 Mental Health Relief Fund. Thank you to all of our donors for the generous support to date.

 The funds raised will support:
  • Free mindfulness programs for youth, frontline workers, and the community to build resiliency and reduce burnout.
  • Free Mental Health First Aid Training for people across the region to teach the skills needed to help in a mental health crisis.
  • Renovations in the hospital to support patients, enhancing comfort and safety on their recovery journey.
  • The purchase of new equipment and technology to offer accessible, leading-edge mental health and addictions care.
  • Research projects in collaboration with partner organizations to evaluate the pandemic and the mental health care approaches used to support youth, frontline workers, and the community.

                                                                                                                                                 “COVID-19 has altered our world markedly. The mental health burden of the pandemic spans all ages, communities and demographics. As we adapt to this new reality, providing rigorous mental health support is paramount. Multi-disciplinary teams from Waypoint are working tirelessly to find innovative solutions to address this growing demand and respond to these evolving needs.”  

- Dr. Nadiya Sunderji,  Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Waypoint