ShoppersLOVE.YOU Run For Women 2016 - A Record Breaking Year
The fourth annual Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women in support of integrated mental health at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre was a resounding success!
A record breaking 1,100 participants from all over Metro Vancouver ran or walked 1, 5 or 10km in the Shoppers LOVE.YOU. Run for Women on Saturday, May 7, 2016 and over $50,000 was fundraised for the hospital.
Our tenacious and dedicated team captain, Ann Pederson, Director of Population Health Promotion helped to encourage nearly 100 staff and family members from BC Women’s Hospital with her inspiring words. Incredible fundraising efforts were made in support of the campaign by staff members. Edwina Houlihan, Senior Director, Patient Care Services Ambulatory set this year’s record from the hospital by fundraising over $1,000 dollars. And Anna Bloomfield, Administrative Manager, Diagnostic & Ambulatory Programs and her inspired team from Diagnostic Ambulatory Program (DAP) launched a fun pub fundraiser at the Delta Lion Pub, raising over $500.
Some of the funds generated by this Run have helped the hospital’s Fir Square Combined Care Unit finance it’s Expressive Arts Therapy Program, which was highlighted in Ann’s opening remarks and showcased at the event. The Art Therapy program is giving at-risk mothers an additional set of tools and new skills to proactively manage their emotions to express themselves and thereby supports their mental and emotional health and their journey to become better mothers. At the run, participants were able to connect with powerful and emotionally charged artwork from the program in a display created by Fir Square Program Manager, Jill Mahy, and Art Therapist, Lee Kwidzinski.
BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre integrates mental health initiatives in many other ways. From offering counselling services in the Complex Chronic Diseases Program and supporting women in the heart health promotion program as they work to reduce their personal risk factors for heart disease, to providing counseling to the women and men who have experienced a sexual assault and providing HIV+ women with peer support, BC Women’s seeks to provide women with the physical and mental support they need. This is consistent with the understanding that there can be no health without mental health. We are grateful that Shoppers Drug Mart has continued to support integrating mental health care within the program offerings of BC Women’s.
Visit our facebook album – Shoppers Love You Run for Women 2016 to see the photos!