On Friday, March 2, Garrett McFadden and McFadden’s Movement donated a grand total of $20,000 to mental health resources WES For Youth Online and the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo-Wellington branch.
McFadden, originally beginning the Movement in September 2016, donated $3,000 each to the mental health resources in March 2017. Since then, through the continued support of countless people, the Movement was able to more than double its donation totals this season, presenting a $10,000 cheque each to WES For Youth Online — a free youth online counselling service created in memory of Wes Cameron, a close family friend of McFadden’s lost to suicide — and CMHA Waterloo-Wellington, a way for McFadden to give back to the city of Guelph.
Included in the cheque presentation prior to the Guelph Storm versus Flint Firebirds game were 10 of McFadden’s Movement’s Ambassadors — a program that sees McFadden host youth at each Storm game, giving others the opportunity to share their mental health story. The Movement was proud to have the following MM27 Ambassadors assist McFadden in the presentation (pictured from left to right): Dana Schaffner, Aidan Mead, Sydney Lagassie, Aaron Schlosser, Logan Peters, Teasha Hurdle, Anika Berringer, Ryan Broadhagen, Taylor Bowman, and Lucas Stuart.
Storm owners Rick Gaetz and Barb Underhill, who via their very own Stephanie Gaetz Foundation generously matched the winning 50/50 total of $6300.00 at the 2018 CHL Top Prospects Game held in January by the Movement, also joined McFadden on ice as part of the donation.
The Movement was proud to welcome WES For Youth Online Executive Director Jenn Mulcaster, Wes’ Mom and co-founder Yolanda Cameron, and CMHA Waterloo-Wellington Executive Director Fred Wagnor, to receive the donations.
McFadden’s Movement extends a very big thank-you to everyone who made this incredible donation for mental health resources possible.