Many people choose to volunteer to give back to a cause or organization that has a personal meaning for them and this is especially true for me.
In 2014 I realized that I was not dealing well with my mental health and decided to get help for the depression and social anxiety I was dealing with. Ontario Shores was exceptional in providing services that taught me the skills to take care of myself and my mental health.
Forty-six percent of post-secondary students report feeling too depressed to fully function and the number of students with identified mental health challenges has more then doubled over the past five years.
In response to such, Ontario Shores has established partnerships with Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech), McMaster University, and University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) to introduce Recovery Colleges within these post-secondary institutions. We are moving into our third semester of Recovery College courses at Ontario Tech, are planning to launch the first semester of programming at McMaster University, and pilot a Recovery College course at UTSC in the coming months.
One year ago, on March 11, 2020, the world changed in ways we could barely comprehend when the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic in response to the spread of COVID-19.
It was clear in the days that followed that we needed to adjust to a new normal, whatever that meant in those early days.
Each day we learned more about COVID-19 and how to keep our patients and each other safe. As an organization we moved to secure masks and PPE, we also had to adapt to evolving information as well as new protocols and guidelines being developed and implemented by government on a daily basis.