“Fill the Pig, Feel Better” community campaign raises $50,000 for Pathstone Mental Health

Kids, companies, clubs and many others adopted hundreds of pigs (piggy banks) from a Meridian Credit Union location in Niagara and filled it with donations, in support of Pathstone Mental Health.

The brand new initiative was launched at the end of January, encouraging the Niagara community to contribute, essentially stuffing the pig, to support children in Niagara who are struggling with mental health issues, and receiving help from Pathstone.

Each filled pig equalled anywhere from $50-$100 which represented numerous one-on-one sessions with a Pathstone therapist either through the walk-in clinic, by calling the 24/7 crisis hotline or in a longer multi-session therapy program.

We were so excited to see the engine of the community kick into overdrive on this campaign. Pigs were given names, were dressed up and showcased on social media. They were taken on vacation and songs were written about them. We saw kids going door to door with their parents, asking their neighbours to donate. This campaign revived good old fashioned fundraising and has shown our younger community what being philanthropic is all about. Our Niagara community was truly generous and is so supportive of the mental health work we are doing with kids and their families in Niagara. We are thankful to be able to celebrate a great joint achievement with Meridian in raising $50,000.
Kim Rossi- Director of Philanthropy & PR –Pathstone Foundation

The engagement of this fun and interactive fund raising campaign was high. Meridian employees across all communities in Niagara put power into the campaign in demonstration of our pride and commitment to children’s mental health. Partnerships are important in building community and there were many partnerships that contributed to a very successful first year of Fill the Pig Feel Better. The stories from supporters were plentiful and it became obvious that we are fortunate to have an agency like Pathstone contribute to growing lives and making Niagara a better place. Money is one of the biggest stressors for people today and thanks to the generosity of community, Pathstone families have access to programs and support they otherwise would not have without significant financial costs. Thank you to all the participants and donors in the inaugural year of Fill the Pig Feel Better. We all benefit from the lasting positive impact Pathstone has on the lives of our youth and their families.
Shelley Dix-District Vice President- Meridian

If you want to support the “Fill the Pig, Feel Better” campaign online, you can visit “Fill the Pig, Feel Better” and donate.

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Taps, Apps & Laughs

Taps, Apps & Laughs is a night to enjoy local beer & wine, tasty food and hilarious comedy with 150 guests. The comedy show will feature local comedian David Green with 3 opening performances by Michael Moses, Brenda Lennie and Marc Calaguiro. On April 4 from 7 to 11 p.m., guests will enjoy $2 app tasters and raffle prizes at Beechwood Golf and Social House.

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Turntable Trivia

Turntable Trivia is retro music-themed trivia night from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s, taking place on March 29 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Canadian Polish Society in St. Catharines. This sold out event of 272 guests, will feature music, mystery prizes and food & drinks.

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Rise and Shine Yoga

Rise and Shine Yoga is a wellness-packed morning starting with a yoga class followed by a breakfast buffet, mimosas and smoothies, silent auction on March 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Meridian Community Centre in Pelham. This event is sold out with 128 guests.

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Designer Handbag Bingo

Designer Handbag Bingo is a classic game with a stylish twist where designer bags are up for grabs on March 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Amici’s Banquet and Conference Centre in Thorold. This event is sold out with 281 guests.

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Actress Mackenzie Phillips announced as 10th Annual Hope Award Gala guest speaker.

Pathstone Foundation is excited to announce the 10th Annual Hope Award Gala presented by RBC will welcome Celebrity Guest Speaker, Mackenzie Phillips to the stage of Fallsview Casino’s Grand Ballroom on Friday, June 7th.

This American Actress and Author rose to fame with breakout parts in the 1973 movie, “American Graffiti” and ‘70s sitcom, “One Day at a Time.” Phillips currently plays “Barb” in Season 6 of “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix and will star in the upcoming revival of “One Day at a Time,” also on Netflix.

Mackenzie is the author of two books including the courageous New York Times bestselling memoir “High on Arrival.” She’s now making a different impact as a director at the Breathe Life Healing Center in Los Angeles where she specializes in trauma, drug and alcohol treatment and recovery.

The daughter of “The Mamas and the Papas” lead singer John Phillips, Mackenzie is a survivor of substance abuse and a visible and outspoken advocate for addiction awareness and education. She will bring her knowledge and voice to the stage on the subject of recovery and share stories of her near fatal drug addiction, suicide attempts, depression and the dysfunctional environment she grew up in.

Mackenzie will also talk about her gains through therapy and her work as a rehabilitation counselor. She will also share the proven tools and holistic approaches she has used in her own life and with those who are on their way to recovery.

In addition to welcoming Mackenzie’s personal mental health journey, we will also celebrate the impact Pathstone Mental Health has made in Niagara over the past year. The opening and expansion of the Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic is what the community asked for in their push to increase immediate access to mental health services for their children. We will also honour a champion in mental health with the Hope Award.
Kim Rossi – Director of Philanthropy & PR, Pathstone Foundation

This truly unique night is not to be missed.

Tickets/Tables are NOW on-sale online – Choose your table at seat at

Date: Friday, June 7th
Location:  Fallsview Casino – Grand Ballroom
Itinerary: Reception (Cash Bar) passed appetizers (6PM) – Dinner (7PM) – Mackenzie Phillips (8:45PM) – Event to close (10PM)
Tickets: $165 pp / $1,650 per table (10 seats)

Select your seat and purchase tickets online at:

*There are still opportunities for sponsorship.

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Expanding Walk- In clinic service

Pathstone donors responds to calls from the community, expanding Walk- In clinic service.

St. Catharines, ON (February 11th, 2019) – Beginning Today, Pathstone’s Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic will be even more accessible. The clinic, which currently offers immediate, one-on-one mental health counselling three days each week will expand to five days per week.

With calls from the community to increase mental health service and access to it, the Foundation reached out to our loyal donors. We had overwhelming support from Niagara residents and commitments from the Fowler Family Foundation and Medavie Health. The  expansion of the Walk-In Clinic was only made possible through these donations. We will need to continue to fundraise to keep this service and hope to be able to count on the community for help.
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthopy & PR – Pathstone Foundation

The Fowler Family Foundation has been privileged to be a supporter of the Pathstone program over the past few years.  The recent decision to extend the hours of available services speaks to the Pathstone Team’s commitment to the community. 
Dave Fowler, Fowler Family Foundation

As a not-for-profit health solutions partner, Medavie is committed to improving the wellbeing of Canadians. Through investments in programs and innovative solutions, we, including our operating companies Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Health Services, help Canadians live well and enable easier access to quality health care in our communities. We are pleased to support Pathstone. Ensuring youth have access to mental health supports when and where they need them aligns with our Foundation’s belief that all Canadians, especially young Canadians, should have access to the tools and supports they need to live their best lives.
Bernard Lord, CEO, Medavie

One-on-one Mental Health counselling for children, youth and their parents and caregivers is now available Monday through Thursday from 9am – 7pm with the last appointment taken at 6pm, and on Friday from 9am – 4pm with the last appointment taken at 3pm.

Located at the Branscombe Mental Health Centre in St. Catharines, this five day per week clinic will offer single session, one-on-one service with a Pathstone Mental Health clinician.

Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – New Days & Hours of Operation

Dates: Monday – Friday

Times:  Mon- Thurs 9am – 7pm (last appointment taken at 6pm) / Fri- 9am – 4pm (last appointment taken at 3pm)

Location:  Branscombe Mental Health Centre, 1338 Fourth Avenue in St. Catharines, Ontario

No Appointment * No fee * No Health Card required

*Please note, parking at BMHC is $2 for the first hour, $4 MAX.

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Wellness Walls pilot project arrives at Niagara Catholic schools, supporting Mental Wellness

Today, on Bell Let’s Talk Day, six Niagara Catholic District schools and The Fleming Centre in Lincoln became Wellness Wall Ambassadors, in support of mental wellness.

This morning, students, staff and supporters kicked off the four month pilot project at St. Edward School in Jordan, building out the first theme wall, which focusses on bullying.

Students tend to not come to us directly, but their friends will tell us if they are worried about one of their peers. At St. Edward we also have a staff mental health champion on-site and are consistently engaging students on new mental health projects throughout the school year to keep them talking and taking action. Carla Bianco, Principal of St. Edward Elementary School  

This project, is presented by Pathstone Mental Health, in partnership with the Niagara Catholic District School Board, The Town of Lincoln, Spark Niagara, Niagara College and Digitall Graphics.

“This effort, was a year in the making. The goal of the Wellness Wall is to create an atmosphere of education, awareness and empathy for students and community. Using the February theme of bullying as an example, it’s important that kids are aware of what bullying looks like, how they can intercept it and to be aware of some of the signs that are linked to those who bully and to those who are bullied. – Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Mental Health

The Wellness Walls pilot project focuses on two themes, designed to educate students about a number of mental health issues they may encounter. Our goal is to empower students to take action, support fellow students, and to feel they can be leaders in bettering mental wellness at school. When Wellness Walls is rolled out to all Niagara Catholic schools in September, four themes will be unveiled throughout the school year.

Students will build out their own wall in a high traffic area of the school. They are encouraged to interact with the wall from posting messages of hope and encouragement to taking photos of the statistics presented, scanning the QR code which will take them to a video matching the theme, and even completing the online survey to give their thoughts on the project.

Teachers may also bring the content into the classroom for further discussion.

“At Niagara Catholic, we have highlighted mental health promotion in our Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, and this project brings that to life. It’s important for mental health programs to be visible in the schools, so that students can feel safe and comfortable talking about mental health.” – Andrea Bozza- Registered Psychotherapist, Mental Health Lead Niagara Catholic District School Board, Catholic Education Center

 “Niagara College recognizes the importance of mental health and wellness by ensuring that support is visible and accessible to students. We’re pleased to sponsor the innovative Wellness Walls initiative which will encourage open dialogue about mental health in our community.” – Lianne Gagnon – Director of Student Services, Niagara College.

 Why the Town of Lincoln felt it important to pilot this project both in schools and in the community.

“The health and wellbeing of our residents is paramount.  Supportive, holistic places where residents can participate in not only physical and social activity but maintain and improve their emotional and mental health ensure that we are realizing our community vision as a place to grow, a place to prosper and a place to belong.  Empowering our youth by building resilient, aware and compassionate individuals outstretches beyond home and school life.  Future leaders are a product of a community that supports them.” – Sarah Ane, Associate Director, Community Services, Town of Lincoln

 “Spark Niagara recognizes that strong mental health is an important part of strong community health, and that the business community has a vital role to play in promoting open conversation about mental health so that all members of our community can thrive.” – Dave Robitaille – Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Spark Niagara

 Participating Pilot Project Schools/Centres

  • Blessed Trinity (secondary school)
  • Our Lady of Fatima
  • St. Edward (kick off school)
  • St. John
  • St. Joseph
  • St. Martin
  • Fleming Centre
  • Town of Lincoln Summer Camp

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Past Event – Cut It Out

SAVE THE DATE – Sunday, November 18th. Thanks to our friends at Malia Hair Salon, YOU can help put an end to bullying and stop the stigma of mental health by joining us on November 18 from 11am to 6pm. Minimum $20 donation for all haircut and style services with 100% of the proceeds to support Pathstone Foundation. Support those who support us

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Past Event – Hike & Yoga with Movement Mobility Meditation

Join Nancy Drope of Movement – Mobility – Meditation on Saturday, December 15th from 8:30am to 11:30am as you stretch and hike the spectacular escarpment all in the name of a great cause. Witness the snow dusted trees and trails one last time before Mother Nature embraces winter. Your entry is a donation which will support Pathstone Mental Health in Niagara. For more info and to reserve your spot, please Space is limited so book TODAY! Support those who support us

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