Christalee Froese guest speaker at 15th An­nual CMHA Mayor’s Lun­cheon in Swift Cur­rent

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The Cana­dian Men­tal Health Swift Cur­rent is very pleased to an­nounce that guest speaker at the 15th An­nual CMHA Mayor’s Lun­cheon will be Christalee­Froese, of Mont­martre, SK.

Christalee Froese is a jour­nal­ist and au­thor by the strictest def­i­ni­tions, but the true def­i­ni­tion goes more like this: Mother. Writer. Creator. Seeker. The Saskatchew­an-based writer has degrees in Jour­nal­ism (U of R) and Po­lit­i­cal Stud­ies (U of S) and has been the ed­i­tor of weekly & daily news­pa­pers in Saskatchew­an and Bri­tish Columbia. Her jour­nal­ism work fo­cuses on writ­ing a syn­di­cated col­umn called ‘Ru­ral Roots’ and ex­am­in­ing in­ter­est­ing peo­ple and places for var­i­ous news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines across the coun­try and in the USA. In 2018, Froese re­leased her first book, Jour­ney to Joy, pub­lished by Your Nickel's Worth Press. The heartwrenc­h­ing book about Froese’s strug­gle with de­pres­sion be­came her pub­lisher’s fastest sell­ing book within three weeks and has now sold sev­eral thou­sand copies. She launched The More Joy Move­ment in late 2018 in an ef­fort to help those suf­fer­ing with de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety.

The Lun­cheon will be held Wed­nes­day, May 9th, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Event Cen­tre, Liv­ing Sky Casino. Tick­ets for the event are avail­able at Phar­masave­un­til Wed­nes­day, May 1. Pro­ceeds from the Lun­cheon are al­lo­cated, in full, to the pro­gram­ming for Mem­bers at the Swift Cur­rent Club­house.

CMHA Swift Cur­rent truly ap­pre­ci­ates the sup­port­ive in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses who con­trib­ute to the or­ga­ni­za­tion so that in­di­vid­u­als who strug­gle with their men­tal health can par­tic­i­pate in pro­gram­ming and ac­tiv­i­ties within a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment. In 2018-19, forty-five Mem­bers par­tic­i­pated in 100 dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties and events, and vol­un­teered a to­tal of 1787 times.

The im­pact of the ser­vice pro­vided by CMHA Swift Cur­rent is high­lighted in these state­ments by Mem­bers:

“The pro­grams of CMHA have en­cour­aged me to get through each day al­low­ing me to look for­ward to learn­ing new tools in life, food for nour­ish­ment, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties to sup­port my body, and free­dom to me spir­i­tu­ally.”

“I feel like the ‘fab­ric of the com­mu­nity’ as I am ac­quainted with many peo­ple and am not afraid of them know­ing I have a men­tal ill­ness.”

“The pro­grams of CMHA have ad­dressed my needs by pro­vid­ing a safe and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment. As I have cancer at the mo­ment, I have found se­cu­rity here at CMHA with all mem­bers and staff en­cour­ag­ing through treat­ments.”

“The speak­ers and pre­sen­ta­tions help me with life skills and cop­ing skills when deal­ing with ad­dic­tions. I find my con­fi­dence to face life in a healthy way.

With dif­fer­ent pro­grams and get­ting out into the com­mu­nity, I feel a part of it. The bowl­ing, play­ing pool, go­ing to the Lyric The­atre with the group helps me be a part of the com­mu­nity.”

“I like be­ing helped and cared for in ways I like, and to be able to help and care in the com­mu­nity in ar­eas I like.”

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