Date: May 8, 2019
Time: 7 – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Bingemans Conference Centre
7 a.m. Breakfast served
8 a.m. Guest Speaker Panel
9 a.m. Audience Q&A
9:30 a.m. Event concludes
Thank you to everyone who supported Mindful Mornings. We had an amazing morning talking about mental health. Everyone was encouraged by our guest speakers, Michael Landsberg, Jennifer Hedger and Corey Hirsch, who shared their stories about mental health and inspired us about how to create positive conversations and decrease stigma. Proceeds supported both Grand River Hospital Foundation and Carizon.
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One in five people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness at one point in their life. Trying to find support during this difficult time can be challenging. Providers like Grand River Hospital and Carizon offer a wide range of services that help individuals and families who live Kitchener, Waterloo and the surrounding area. By attending Mindful Mornings you are supporting these organizations and the services they offer to people who need them. Together, we can address this critical need in our community.
Michael Landsberg has been a prominent face and voice on the Canadian sports scene since 1984. With his unique style, he quickly became one of this country’s most polarizing personalities- perceived by some as forthright and others as arrogant.
In 2009 people began to agree more on Michael after he publicly shared his, then decade long, struggle with severe depression and anxiety. Since then, he has become one of this country’s loudest voices- pushing for all Canadians to see mental illness as a sickness, not a weakness. Michael frequently used his platform as producer and host of Off the Record on TSN to change people’s opinion of mental illness.
Michael has been an official spokesperson for Bell Let’s Talk Day since that initiative was launched. In 2015 Michael launched his own initiative, a not-for-profit, called SickNotWeak. SickNotWeak is dedicated to changing the way Canadians see mental illness. www.SickNotWeak.com gives a voice to celebrities and everyday folks to share their struggles and their views on mental health issues.
Jennifer Hedger anchors the 10 p.m. ET edition of TSN’S “SPORTSCENTRE”, providing viewers with all the day’s highlights from the world of sports.
A mainstay on TSN since 2002, Hedger’s popularity transcends sports and she has quickly become a fan favourite in both the sports and entertainment communities.
In addition to her duties at TSN, Hedger co-hosted Olympic Daytime on CTV alongside James Duthie during the London 2012 Olympic Games, and was the Whistler Host of Olympic Prime Time on CTV for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Born and raised in London Ontario, Hedger attended Western. It was during her studies at UWO that she sought help for depression and anxiety. It was not an easy ask. Hedger has battled mental health issues her entire life and gives an honest perspective on being a public person who lives with depression. She is a proud member of the SickNotWeak Community, and after years of keeping her battles private, she is now speaking out. By telling her own story, Hedger hopes to inspire others to work together to break the stigma of mental illness.
As a former National Hockey League goaltender, Corey Hirsch had a professional hockey career which spanned 13 years, playing or dressing in over 300 NHL games, making stops in New York, Vancouver, Washington and Dallas. Hirsch is known for his performance at the 1994 Olympics for Team Canada, earning Canada a silver medal and forcing a shootout in the gold medal game against Sweden.
During his NHL career, Corey would be plagued with debilitating panic attacks and obsessive thoughts, until he finally confided in a team trainer. Due to the stigma surrounding mental health struggles, Corey hid his illness from teammates until he eventually saw a psychiatrist and was diagnosed with OCD. This year Corey published his personal story in the Players Tribune, and continues to be an outspoken advocate by sharing his struggles with mental health while playing in the NHL.
- Currently Hirsch is the Sportsnet 650 Radio Color analyst for the Vancouver Canucks, returning to the network after serving as an analyst on their television broadcast from 2014 to 2016.
- Following his retirement in 2006 Hirsch served as an NHL goaltending coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues before transitioning to broadcasting.
- Named to the 1996 NHL All-Rookie team
- Roster member of the 1994 Stanley Cup winning New York Rangers.