Be the Changing Face of  (me)ntal (heal)th. (dis)advantaged youth. (dis)abilities. RUN4CAUSE recaptures the essence of why I chose to run the San Francisco and Victoria Marathons to champion the programs and services with 3 great organizations. RUN4ACAUSE isn’t just about the power behind the sport & philanthropy movement, its about building awareness around the causes. Our next epic adventure ~ A SALON SERIES dedicated to changing the face and landscape of mental health, disabilities and youth at risk.


A brief conversation towards adaptive solutions towards youth, outreach and transitional services.  Let’s stop stigma in it’s tracks and change the face of (me)ntal (heal)th, (dis)advantaged youth at risk, and people living with (dis)abilities and significant life challenges. We challenge (YOU) to help stop this (dis)ease and start (em)powering our youth! Join the “Conversation.

 lib·er·at·ed ~ to be set free from opression . The act/process to achieve equal rights

trans·par·en·cy ~ implies openness, communication, and accountability in action 

Salon Series “Liberated Transparency”:

Organized salons are one way to reclaim the valuable art of public conversation and an authentic way to uncover new movements; that can be forged through a collective collaboration. A Salon is a way of capturing the depth of knowledge that exists within our networks, where the audience and speaker panel can openly discuss ideas, questions and solutions that resonate with them professionally, as well as personally.

This Salon Series showcases 3 speakers and an audience of 30 invited guests in the fields of mental health and populations facing significant life challenges in the areas of mental or physical disabilities and youth at risk.  All carefully selected and are thematically connected to 3 main conversation pillars: “Youth,” “Outreach,” and “Transition.”

When: Thursday December 8th, 2011

Where: TD Tower, Vancouver BC

Time: 6:oopm – 7:30pm (90mins – ish)

RSVP: Yes, Space is Limited. Only 30 guests invited to attend.

The Organizations:

OUTREACH PILLAR: The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a voluntary association that exists to promote the mental health of all people and the resilience and recovery of those with mental illness. Spearheading the national mental health strategy, they work with provincial and national health authorities, policy makers, government officials, and community divisions.

YOUTH PILLAR: Power to Be Adventure Therapy is an important service filling the rapidly widening gaps in the health, education and social service sectors. Working hard to breakdown barriers facing young people and families living with significant life challenges. Power To Be is the only organization that provides long-term support needs to three key user groups: at risk youth, youth living with a life threatening illness or disability and families faced with supporting a member living with a disability.

TRANSITION PILLAR: Vancouver Police Department:  the VPD Community Response Team operates several “cars” and teams that provide services/ support to Vancouver youth & mental health operators. The VPD works with the B.C. Ministry for Children and Family Development and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authorities – (MHES). An interdisciplinary approach consisting of police officers teamed up with social workers, nurses and community organizations.

Speakers will speak for 8mins each, brevity is the name of the game, guests are asked to deliberate and network, then fill out a 3 question artifact worksheet exercise and then engage in an open forum discussion period of Q&A (this is where the magic happens)!

In the themed Salon “Liberated Transparency” we ask ourselves:

What is my unique contribution to my community as the whole? How do I personally view mental health, mental illness, addiction, physical disabilities, disadvantaged populations etc? How could I empower others to reach beyond the confines of stigma facing these disempowered populations? These questions may seem vague, but they will lead into a more specific discussion of larger societal issues, that generate the most personal,  , and passionate discussions. I invite you to offer your unique and insightful opinions during this Salon Series.

My Mission:

To bring together passionate people and organizations dedicated to changing the face of mental health, disadvantaged youth, and populations struggling with significant life challenges; through positive motivators, re-education, new “out of the box” thinking and specific programs/services and adaptive  strategies that involve sport, nature and inclusion with others. I want to empower our youth and YOU to be the change.

Want to attend? Calling on youth & change makers…

I.AM actively seeking guests who are youth, local change makers – who are empowered to change the face of mental health & youth at risk and are leaders in their field –  who can make a strong contribution to the this discussion and the “idea worth spreading”  through their energy, influence, participation and connections to change our current landscape.

This is part of the “Join the Superhero Campaign & RUN4ACAUSE Action Network.”




I am what you would call a freelance do’gooder of all things bucketlist and philanthropically inclined. (a) Movement & Performance Coach (a) Social Crusader (a) Wannabe Superhero (a) Athlete (a) Advocate for Play (a) Compassion Junkie (a) Womens and Youth Activist (a) runner'of a' muck (a) Chief Fascia Facilitator (Yoga Teacher and MyoFascia Enthusiast) So, here it is, my BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) TO RAISE $1 MILLION DOLLARS before the age of 35! This is no small 'feet' to take on... A 10 year passion project; by which I harness the power behind the sports philanthropy movement by using my own middle of the pack talent - RUNNING! I am the founder of RUN4ACAUSE, and my goal is simple ~ to combine advocacy with sport and the foundation is to bring awareness to the power behind education, the power of our youth and women's economic empowerment worldwide! This blog is an ongoing Story Telling Series of my RUN4ACAUSE, where I aim to showcase the direct impact WE can make by empowering our youth to transform their world; by mobilizing them to engage in cultural exchange, gain a global perspective, and create and lead social change through the art of sport, and by the power of one voice. Imagine the possibilities! I hope this blog leaves you empowered, inspired and MOVED - so why don't you join me and RUN4ACAUSE!
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