* Please note that speakers will start promptly at 1:00, with a reception to follow *
Join Mayor Cam Guthrie for a special presentation to mark World Mental Health Day:
A Story of Resilience and Redemption with Rick and Heather Osborne
Speakers: Rick and Heather Osborne
Rick Osborne and his wife Heather have spent decades delivering outreach programs for youth in need. They were led to this work by very different paths.
Rick, one of Canada’s leading gang experts, was traumatized as a teenager and began a journey into drug addiction and street gangs that led to incarceration at the age of 21. He spent the next 25 years in 33 different federal prisons. In 1993, after breaking free from drug addictions, he began to reform his life and has since dedicated himself to working with at-risk youth. His story of redemption allows him to speak with unmatched credibility about the dangers of gangs, drugs, and criminal activity.
Heather has 22 years of experience teaching youth and adults with special needs in alternate settings, including prisons and hospitals. She provides educational support for people with experiences of addiction, anxiety, depression, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and other special needs.
- Spark of Brilliance presents the art installation “Letters to my younger self” - Adults with lived experience of mental health and addiction issues offer words of wisdom to their younger selves.
- Information tables with local mental health and addiction support agencies
Coffee and treats will be served
For more information:
Angela Heeley, Canadian Mental Health Association, aheeley@cmhawwd or 1-844-264-2993, extension 4056.