Once again we're celebrating the end of another No Surrender Hockey Challenge in the battle to end the stigma associated with mental illness and help the community we live in.
Thanks to the efforts of the players, participants, volunteers and our amazing support system, we've raised $7000 for the CMHA Durham to support local Mental Health initiatives in Durham Region (http://durham.cmha.ca/). Our efforts will help the CMHA Durham provide a broad range of services to those in our community struggling with mental health issues. Those services include: information and education, case management, psychosocial rehabilitation, housing and primary healthcare.
Special thanks goes out to everyone who made this tournament and initiative possible:
Mireille Huneault, Kelly Weeks and the volunteers from CMHA Durham (Ben, Kristy, Chris, Dwight, Kaitlin, Jacquelin and Tara, apologies if I'm missing anyone) for all your help coordinating and volunteering this past week-end..
Tom Ansell, Katie Ansell, Melissa Duke, Bronwen & Riley Spiers and Liana Clements for your awesome timekeeping skills as well as the donation of your time.
Melanie Curley, photographer and baker extraordinaire!
Jen Stanton, Kathleen Childs, Leslie Stanton, Lorrie Pilling, Joe and all those who stopped in to help with registration, T-Shirts & Raffle sales and set up. You rock!
Thank you to our corporate sponsors for their generosity in supporting our cause this year; Bathe & McLellan Building Materials, McMurter and Associates, CK Group of Companies, East Penn Canada Chateau Vezeau Wines, Golding Graphics, Homes and Land Magazineand Jim Stanton & Associates.
A huge thank you to all those who supplied our bake sale with tasty treats! This was the largest bake sale yet!
To the organizing team: Deanne, Jim, Mireille and Jen, for all you did to help get this off the ground for a 4th straight year. Deanne, this wouldn't be possible without you - you are amazing!
This year the winners of the Glenn Curley Memorial Trophy are The Ben Stanton's (Ben you can thank Jeff Hass for the name). While The Goon Squad took consolation. The Ben Stanton's had to pull off a huge upset in the playoffs beating the tournament favourites and last years champions, The Plugs (formerly Chappy). Boys it's an incredible honour to win the championship trophy given it's namesake. This is the trophy we started with and it represents our drive to be the change we want to see in the world. So to each of you, we thank you for participating and for taking on the cause last week-end.
Jello Shooters are the winners of the Women's division beating a very talented team with an emotional connection to the tournament, the Verny's. Both teams laid it all out on the ice and it came down to 1 goal to decide the game. Way to go!
Russ' Rangers never looked back from game one onward, winning the Old Timer's Championship trophy and defeating last years consolation champs BungalowDen.com. Thank you to all the Old Timer's for your generosity and spirit!
To everyone who participated this year we appreciate it so much! Coming together over this cause is so important to the future of mental health in our community. When you think about the fact that 1 in 5 Canadians has suffered mental illness, that it costs the Canadian economy $51 billion annually, and that it is one of the leading causes of death among youth in Canada, we need to make this a priority. We need to be educated about it. We need to make it comfortable and acceptable to seek help. We need to respect and support one another. Participating in this tournament is not just about hockey. It mean's you're all a part of a community that sticks by one another and shows compassion to others even when it's difficult. It means you don't back down in the face of a challenge. It means you're supportive of your friends, family and colleagues. Most importantly, it means you're taking a stand and making a change. You're ending stigma. You're giving hope.
No Surrender Hockey Challenge
Founder of No Surrender Hockey Challenge.