In July 2020, I completed the Imagine Ride, a 2,200 km bike ride in support of Jack.org. At the time, we were five months into the pandemic and were already starting to learn about the effects of COVID-19 on youth mental health. Lockdowns lead to isolation and longer wait times to access treatment for those who needed it most.
With the generous support of donors, I raised $31,000.
This year, the Imagine Ride takes on a special meaning. My purpose continues to be advocating for youth mental health and the work of Jack.org. But it is also about a journey back to health. In 2021, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I understand the anxiety and fear that come with a diagnosis. Of attending appointments alone due to COVID protocols. Of wondering whether or not treatment would be delayed. I am so grateful that I completed my treatment, and now have the opportunity to pursue my goal.
In 2022, I am riding for those who have struggled with mental health and their families.
Imagine Ride 2022
Starting in late August, I will be combining virtual rides at home on my trainer with longer rides on weekends to cover the 2,200 km. Be sure to check back for updates on my progress.
How It All Began
It started with an idea in July 2019. Imagine if we could:
myths and stigma surrounding mental illness, and make it okay to talk about it
our kids build resilience and other skills that promote mental wellness
earlier access to resources and supports for individuals and families of those in need
And since then, it has evolved into The Imagine Ride.
The Imagine Ride is about coming together to overcome adversity and ensure those at risk have access to the health supports they need. It’s about remaining resilient, purpose-focused and action-oriented at a time when our youth need us. It’s about saying no to fear. And it’s about standing together to lift up one another.
2020 Ride Gallery
I had the opportunity to meet the co-founder of Jack.org, Eric Windeler through a work event we hosted at RBC and was amazed and inspired by the work he and the Youth Leaders across Canada are doing each and every day.
As someone who has experienced depression, I understand how hard it can be to ask for help. Empowering youth to advocate for change, to bust down myths and stigma associated with mental health, and educate youth and families on how to provide support when a loved one is suffering, is something that is very important to me, especially as a mother.
A Little About Me
I’m not a professional athlete.
To be honest, I came to cycling later in life. In fact, when I had the idea of the Imagine Ride in 2019, I had never ridden more than 60 km, and didn’t even own a bike!
Since then, I have fallen in love with cycling and the freedom of the road. (and yes, I finally bought my own bike!)
But as I embark on the Imagine Ride 2022, I’m still just a 53-year-old wife, mother and working woman who wants to make a difference, raise money for Jack.org, and show my 14-year old daughter that I’m still somewhat cool.
"With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity."
We look forward to working with sponsors to reach our fundraising goal. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org