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Pan Am Torch Relay at CAMH

Pan Am Torch Relay at CAMH


[music playing] I was one of three thousand torch
bearers for the Pan Am Games. If you think about ten years ago,
can you imagine that CAMH would have been chosen
as a destination for this type of event. Where I started, towards Dovercourt, there were a number of people there,
and there was picture taking and we lit the torch and I have to tell you,
the symbolism of that is so powerful. I didn’t expect that, it was a
very emotional experience for me. And then coming down,
I saw that there was a crowd, and that the crowd was building. And I was just swelled with pride at my
organization and the people in my organization. Catherine, some people
might not sense immediately the connection between the
Pan Am games and mental health. Can you help us connect the dots? When you think of the athletes,
the obstacles that they’ve faced in their journey to achieve a dream. And then you think of all the people
who seek our services, If I were to choose the one important
thing that enables their success, is that they have people who don’t give up on them People that support them, people that surround them and people that cheer them on till the end. Fantastic! To have me be the end runner here was, I think, a real testament to the fact
that there’s an increased awareness of the importance of mental health, that it’s understood to be part of health, and that CAMH is leading in the field. [music playing]

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