Walk for Wellness and Suicide Prevention ‘founded’ by many

The Sept. 18th edition of the Lacombe Express had a greatly appreciated followup article about the recent Walk for Wellness

The Sept. 18th edition of the Lacombe Express had a greatly appreciated followup article about the recent Walk for Wellness and Suicide Prevention but there was one sentence that I really feel needs to be clarifi ed.

The article included the phrase, “Heather Jackson, who founded the Walk…..”. That is not accurate or how I want others to see it.

The event was born out of necessity and by a coming together of hearts and likeminded people who see the need for change and have committed their time, knowledge and/or personal experience to assist in helping others.

Barb Walker of Lacombe Neighborhood Place, Dawne Adkins of Suicide Information & Education Services in Red Deer and staff from Alberta Health Prevention Services and Mental Health and myself have all worked together to make this happen for the last three years.

It was suggested by me, yes, after my daughter and I attended a similar event in Edmonton after our son died by suicide.

But it was founded by the souls lost to suicide, the people who have attempted or contemplated suicide but found the strength to stay, and the thousands of people whose lives have been forever changed by a loss to suicide.

Without them and the many community members who have stepped up to volunteer, speak their personal truths, push for change and seek answers to this global issue, the Walk would not exist.

So I thank you all and will continue with my colleagues and friends in memory of those we’ve lost and in hopes that we can prevent more losses and more pain.

Heather Jackson

Lacombe

 

Just Posted

Lacombe Chamber celebrates 7th year of Passport to Christmas

77 Lacombe businesses taking part in shop local holiday initiative

Lacombe Seniors Bonspiel a success once again

There is already a waiting list for 2019

Lacombe Generals battle back but ultimately fall 5-4 to Rosetown

Red Wings ride three goals in three minutes on way to win in Lacombe

WATCH: Urban chicken coops a great source for community

Fafards have zero problems with urban hens during pilot project

Study shows early childhood development in Lacombe lagging behind neighbours

Early Years Matter Coalition study shows work needs to be done

WATCH: Urban chicken coops a great source for community

Fafards have zero problems with urban hens during pilot project

Deportation averted for Putin critic who feared return to Russia

Elena Musikhina, a vocal critic of the Kremlin, has been granted a two-year visitor’s permit in Canada

Auditor general takes aim at Liberals’ fighter-jet plan

Suditor general Michael Ferguson is about to release a new report on Canada’s attempts to buy new fighter jets

B.C. couple converts ambulance into a traveling home

The Revelstoke couple plan on touring B.C. ski hills then driving to Mexico

Shots fired near Chicago hospital, multiple victims: police

Police say at least one possible offender has been shot

Calgary bobsled death inquiry recommends infrared technology, safety audits

A judge found the deaths of 17-year-old twins Evan and Jordan Caldwell were accidental and caused by blunt-force head and neck trauma

Wetaskiwin RCMP searching for owner of missing urn

Police say the small blue urn, with label ‘BAIER’ at the bottom, was handed in recently

Examine ‘monstrous’ allegations of forced sterilization of Indigenous women: NDP

The issue of forced sterilizations will also be raised at the UN Committee Against Torture

Canada Post ‘cooling off’ period won’t resolve postal dispute, says CUPW

CUPW national president Mike Palecek says the union isn’t holding rotating strikes to harm the public

Most Read