February 21, 2017

Physical health is only half the story

Updated Friday January 19, 2018 by Kitchener Sports Association.



PHOTO: Tana Nash, Executive Director of the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council, is shown accepting a $1,000 cheque from KSA President Bill Pegg. The donation is to help fund a safeTALK workshop, one of a series of three being sponsored by the KSA, Rotary KW and Campbell Fence & Deck at no charge to participants. 




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

at the Edelweiss Tavern

Speaker: Tana Nash

Executive Director, Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council


        The WRSPC is a local not-for-profit, voluntary council whose primary goal is the prevention of suicide. This is achieved by increasing awareness, eliminating stigma and knowing what to do when you or someone you know experiences thoughts or behaviours associated with suicide.
         In all walks of life, there are ups and downs, none more prevalent than in the competitive world of sports where highs and lows, and the pressures to perform,  are constants in the lives of athletes.
        Tana shared an overview of the council and a summary of a safeTALK workshop that will be offered by KSA. Tana spends her full time days dedicated to reducing the impact of suicidal behaviour in Waterloo Region. She is now combining her professional skills from 20 years as an advertising sales representative with her passion for advocacy around suicide prevention.  Education, awareness, advocacy for increased and better services, connecting to the community and breaking down the stigma surrounding suicide are key focuses. Tana and the Council were instrumental in having Bill C-300, a federal framework for suicide prevention, tabled in the House of Commons.  This Bill became law in December of 2012.
       After her presentation, and the QA period, KSA President Bill Pegg handed Tana a cheque for $1,000. The money is KSA's portion (along with Rotary and Campbell Fence & Deck) to help cover the cost of three safeTALK workshops. 

As always, this was an informal meeting. If you're involved in one - or more - of the local minor sports groups or want to become involved with one, our dinner meetings offer a great opportunity to learn about the local minor sports community and how we can help each other. 

Upcoming KSA dinners:  
March 21 (KSA safeTALK workshop: Dinner at 5:30 pm)
April 18th (Scholarship Awards with Samuel Baxter)
May 16 (Athlete of the Year) (Site TBD)

We hope you'll join us!


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