Stronger Together: A Love Letter to Our Donors
May 4, 2023
CMHA Mental Health Week
May 4, 2023
We love our donors. Each donation comes with a story, a reason for caring and a commitment to mental health. Each donation is an act of care.
Those who give what they can, those who donate monthly, those who dedicate their birthdays and side hustles to raise money for us; those who make the ultimate gift through estate planning. Organizations coming together to raise funds through team events.
Your generosity fuels our fight for mental health as a human right. Your stories inspire us and bring help and hope.
Why I Give: Stories from Supporters
“I believe that leaving a legacy to CMHA is like making a gift to my family’s future. This makes sure there’s always a warm and supportive place for them, even when I’m not here.” – An anonymous legacy donor
“Patricia Anne Foster was a nurse; caring for others was her life’s work and her legacy. A simple decision to include CMHA in her will made it possible for Patricia to continue helping more people get the care they deserve, far into the future after her work is done. CMHA is honored to be entrusted with Patricia’s legacy which will spark hope for so many.” – Margaret Eaton, National CEO, CMHA
“We all endured a lot during the pandemic – more than many of us realize – and mental health is an increasingly critical issue in the workplace, our homes and throughout our communities. I am proud that CBRE employees voted to make CMHA our national charity of choice. Not everyone can ask for help. Our gift is a reminder to move through this world with compassion, to talk openly about mental health and to be ready to offer support when people have the courage to ask for it.” – Jon Ramscar, President & CEO, CBRE Canada on why CBRE employees overwhelmingly chose CMHA as their charity of choice.
“I give to honour deceased family members who struggled with chronic, debilitating mental illness coupled with deep seated concerns about stigma. I get emotional thinking about how difficult it must have been to survive, let alone thrive, especially with scarce access to quality care. In my modest way, I’m putting a stake in the ground to say: why do we assign moral judgement to mental illness? Act for mental health – for all – now.” – Krista Slade, CMHA staff & monthly donor
“We’re all on our own mental health journey, but how much stronger together? I’m proud to see us all pulling to support mental health. In the last few years especially, we have come to see how essential community & human connection are for our mental health and wellbeing. I’m blown away by the generosity of Canadians.” – Andy Trewick, President & CEO, Graham Construction on the inspiration for Graham’s 5/5/5 for Mental Health raising more than $150,000 for programs in five provinces.
While each year 1 in 5 Canadians experience mental illness or a serious mental health concern, 5 in 5 of us have mental health. Together, we can create a future where everyone has access to the mental health care we deserve.
None of us can do this alone. Share your story. Act for mental health. Join the mental health movement and help us support Canadians in accessing the care we need and deserve.
Visit www.cmha.ca/donate to make a difference today.