2018 was quite the year for the Paul Hansell Foundation. We’ve created so many wonderful memories over the last 12 months that we wanted to share a few of our favourite moments.
January 4th, 2018
The Clipper Unicef Team 2017/2018 carry ConvoPlate 292 aboard their ship on leg 5 of the Clipper Round the World Race. Since its initial take-off in London, England back in August of 2017, the #ConvoPlate has travelled has travelled over 27,000 miles! Thank you to the Clipper Unicef racing team for keeping the conversation going all across the world!
March 24, 2018
A ConvoPlate was passed to a group of students at Western University in support of the Austen Berlet Campout for Mental Health. This campout, hosted anually at Victoria Park in London, Ontario, is in support of Austen Berlet, a student at Western who lost his life to suicide in 2009. All funds raised go towards CMHA Middlesex Crisis Support Centre services, and counselling services at Western University.
April 16, 2018
This was a big day as 15 new ConvoPlates were launched to members of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) Global Board and to EO’s CEO Carrie Santos. This was a great day aimed at sparking conversations about mental health around the world.
April 19, 2018
Brain Hansell, President of the Paul Hansell Foundation, travelled to Washington, D.C., where the World Bank Group and the Embassy of Canada hosted Moving the Needle: Mental Health Stories from Around the World. Ten new ConvoPlates were launched at this symposium, and the foundation was featured on page 23 of the summary report! Access the link below to read all about it. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/617351529998944991/pdf/127594-25-6-2018-16-36-2-MovingtheNeedlefinalversionsummaryreportjune.pdf
June 11, 2018
The Paul Hansell Foundation hosted its first major fundraising event: Mental Health From Under the Mask, featuring keynote speakers Clint and Joanie Malarchuk. The sold out night was in support of the mobilization of the ConvoPlate initiative. Special thanks to our ten ConvoStarters: Mohawk College, Great-West Life, Steer Risk Solutions, TERRA, Dana Industries, The Central Group, D&D Leasing, Investor.com, Tin Cup Grill, and Bill Gosling Outsourcing, who helped make the event happen. It truly was a night for the books!
These are just a few of the many wonderful memories we will remember from 2018. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to everyone who has and continues to take part in the ConvoPlate initiative. Your efforts to support mental health and make it part of our everyday conversation is truly admirable. We anticipate that 2019 will be even better!
Written by Kayleigh Clapperton, intern at the Paul Hansell Foundation