Garden Party Raises $400,000 for Adolescent Mental Health

Garden Party Raises $400,000 for Adolescent Mental Health

Calgary Counselling Centre was chosen again to be part of the W. Brett Wilson Garden Party, which raises awareness and funds for mental health. This year focused on adolescent mental health.

“We’re extremely grateful to have been chosen to be part of this important community event,” explains Robbie Babins-Wagner, CEO of the Calgary Counselling Centre. “Brett Wilson is a philanthropist and a visionary who understands the crucial value non profits bring to our community and the significant impact they can have in a person’s life. Brett continues to be such a
strong voice which makes a significant difference in our community, particularly around mental health.”

This year’s party was held on June 23, 2015 in the beautiful garden of Mr. Wilson’s Calgary home. The event raised approximately $400,000 – which was approximately $100,000 more than last year – for four local mental health charities which included the Calgary Counselling Centre. Every Facebook and Twitter post containing the hashtag #OMGP during the event also resulted in a 50 cent donation to the Sheldon Kennedy’s Children Advocacy Centre.

Brett Wilson spoke to about 1,200 philanthropists, community leaders, government officials, and mental health champions who attended. His speech addressed the issue of mental health among children and youth and said that we as a society need to help the younger generation overcome their struggles. He also emphasized that we also need to continue our work at breaking the stigma around mental health, because it truly does affect all of us.

Calgary Counselling Centre CEO Robbie Babins-Wagner, Katrina Bradley, Chief Development Officer, Caitlin Simpson, Fund Development Officer, and board members Nancy Laird and Mary Lougheed also attended the event to help raise funds to support Calgary Counselling Centre’s Defy Depression initiative.

Calgary Counselling Centre wants to thank Brett Wilson and all of those in attendance for their generosity and support of mental health in our community.5





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