All posts by Kayleigh Clapperton

Men’s Breakfast for Mental Health – June 11, 2019

Men account for 4 out of 5 deaths by suicide in Canada. This is a staggering statistic. How many times have you heard the expression “be a man”, or “man up”? In today’s society, men are socialized to believe that showing emotion and expressing feelings is a “feminine” thing to do. That crying or reaching … Continue reading Men’s Breakfast for Mental Health – June 11, 2019

The Importance of our Youth

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. – Franklin D. Roosevelt Youth, more than any other group, struggle with maintaining good mental health. The challenges youth face are unique. Young people often don’t have the knowledge to recognize that they have a mental health … Continue reading The Importance of our Youth

The Meaning Behind Your ConvoPlate

  It’s the smile on your face as you complete the finishing touches on your plate. It’s the excitement in the pit of your stomach when you see your plate make its first pass. It’s the heartwarming gratitude you feel, knowing the plate YOU painted has made a difference in supporting mental health.   That … Continue reading The Meaning Behind Your ConvoPlate

Plate Story Series: #ConvoPlate 219

  66 passes, 19 cities, 16,239 miles… that’s just a taste of how far #ConvoPlate 219 has travelled.      In May of 2016, students of Assumption Catholic Secondary School organized the production of Beneath Our Skin. Written and directed by students of Assumption, Beneath Our Skin is a play devoted to raise awareness of and support the mental and emotional well-being of youth. … Continue reading Plate Story Series: #ConvoPlate 219

Plate Story Series: #ConvoPlate 292

  The Clipper Round the World Race is unlike no other. It is the only race in the entire world that consists of eleven identical yachts, each accompanied by its own skipper to guide the Clipper crew through the race. It gets even more interesting when you hear who is sailing the 70-foot watercrafts. With … Continue reading Plate Story Series: #ConvoPlate 292

Plate Story Series: #ConvoPlate 205

  The students of Ms. Buchmann’s class at Kirkland Lake District Composite School had one goal in mind for #ConvoPlate 205, designed by Bea Calingasan: get Canadian CBC television personality, Rick Mercer, to come to their school and pass him the plate. The students received the plate from MP Charlie Angus in May of 2016, after the school … Continue reading Plate Story Series: #ConvoPlate 205

Keeping the Conversation Going

  “We met the Burlington Foundation, and we met a team of caring and compassionate individuals that really helped us get our thoughts organized.” – Brian Hansell, President of the Paul Hansell Foundation   In partnership with the Burlington Community Foundation (BCF), the Paul Hansell Foundation Fund was established in memory of Paul Hansell, who … Continue reading Keeping the Conversation Going

Plate Story Series: #ConvoPlate 111

  On September 26, 2016, TERRA Garden Centre Waterdown joined forces with the Paul Hansell Foundation to take part in the #ConvoPlate initiative. TERRA was excited to join in on the mental health conversation by designing seven plates, each hand painted with a positive message.    “I think mental awareness and mental health is really on … Continue reading Plate Story Series: #ConvoPlate 111