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Sashbear Web Walk 2020

Sunday, May 24 4PM EST







Make Waves with Us!

We are living in uncharted and extraordinary times. Therefore, we must become extraordinary.

Given the current situation surrounding COVID-19, the Sashbear Foundation will nonetheless continue to champion mental health support. Now, more than ever, families struggling in quarantine across Canada need help. 

We have not cancelled The Sashbear Walk. We’re going full-STREAM ahead instead. 

You are invited to participate in The Sashbear Web Walk. A virtual workout and online presentation inspired to unite us all together when community matters most.

Join us for an interactive, entertaining, and mindful digital experience on May 24, 2020. 

We will provide you with an easily accessible link to the event closer to the date of the event via newsletter, word of mouth and social media. 

Prior to the Web Walk, we challenge you to get active and share your movements with the hashtag #SashbearWebWalk2020 and #SashbearChallenge. Dance in your kitchen, play with your dogs, sing with your kids, go for a jog. Get creative. And wear orange! Even apart, we can move as one. 

Funds raised will go to Sashbear initiatives such as free Family Connections™ Program across Canada. With your help, families will continue to get the resources they need to care for their loved ones with emotion dysregulation. 

You can play your part in lifting up others in this difficult time. Please consider a donation to the Sashbear Foundation and/or by having your own physical activity sponsored by clicking the link below.




 Mark your calendars: Sashbear Web Walk 2020

Sunday, May 24 4PM EST

a live online celebration


Special Guests:




Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D

co-developer of the NEABPD Family Connections™ Program

Director of Training in Family Services McLean Hospital,
Professor Emeritus University of Nevada, Faculty HMS/McLean Hospital

Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized researcher, teacher and supervisor of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Director of Training in Family Services and a senior DBT supervisor for 3East programs at McLean Hospital. Dr. Fruzzetti has developed many successful DBT programs for people with BPD, related problems with emotion regulation, and programs for couples, parents, and families. His research focuses on the connections between severe psychopathology and interpersonal/family processes, and their interplay with emotion dysregulation. Dr. Fruzzetti is Vice-Chair of the Board for the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder and on the Board of Directors for the Linehan Institute.



Noah Reid

American-Canadian Actor

Noah Nicholas Reid is an American-Canadian actor, musician and former voice actor. He is known for his performances in several films and television series, including the critically acclaimed CBC comedy Schitt's Creek.



Brandon Marshall

NFL Footbal Player

Brandon Marshall is an accomplished NFL wide receiver. Over his 13 season career, Brandon has made 6 Pro Bowl appearances, winning Pro Bowl MVP honours in 2012. His achievements include numerous NFL records, as well as franchise records both the New York Jets and Chicago Bears. Off the field, Brandon has been active in raising and spreading awareness of BPD. His work has included partnerships with the University of Michigan, the rapper Logic, Glenn Close, his wife Michi and the Steven Schwartzberg Foundation. Brandon founded Project 375, which is focused on ending the stigma and stereotypes associated with mental illness.



Heather Maclean

Canadian Swimming Olympian

Heather MacLean is a Canadian Olympian in the sport of swimming after competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games on the 4x100m freestyle relay. She is the former Canadian record holder in the 200m freestyle and enjoyed her career swimming for the Etobicoke Swim Club, the UBC Thunderbirds and at the Vancouver National Swim Center. Heather retired from swimming in 2014 and since has pursued a career in nursing currently working as a Labour and Delivery nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital. Heather talks openly about the challenges with her mental health as an elite athlete as well as a health care worker. Heather has been heavily involved with The Sashbear Foundation for the last few years and was the Walk Coordinator for this year's walk.



Brittany Maclean

Specialist, Athlete Marketing and Olympian Legacy, Canadian Olympic Committee

Brittany MacLean represented Canada at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. At Rio 2016, she swam the third leg of the 4x200m freestyle relay that won bronze in national record time. MacLean announced her retirement in late October 2016, ending her career as the Canadian record holder in the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle events.



Kim Berly

Drummer, Vocalist and Songwriter

Kim Berly began making his way as a professional musician in the summer of 1966 when The Stampeders moved from Calgary to Toronto in pursuit of fame and fortune; Kim had just turned 18. Five years later, after honing their skills working six nights a week in the bars and dance halls of Ontario, Quebec and upstate New York, the band broke worldwide with Sweet City Woman and went on to have a string of hit songs including Wild Eyes, Oh My Lady, Minstrel Gypsy, Carry Me, Devil You, Ramona, Hit the Road Jack, Then Came the White Man and Playin’ in the Band. 

Kim played drums on all and was the lead voice on many of these songs. The Stampeders toured extensively in Canada, the US, and Europe and, to this day, continue to play theatres and festivals in Canada and the U.S. Kim and the Stampeders have received numerous awards over the years including a JUNO for Group of the Year, JUNO for Song of the Year, SOCAN (Society of Canadian Songwriters and Publishers) Lifetime Achievement Award. Kim has received two SOCAN awards for his songs Oh My Lady and Minstrel Gypsy. 



Karen Wadell

Canadian Actor, Film Maker, CFM MBSR Teacher

Karen Waddell is a Certified Trauma Sensitive MBSR Teacher trained at The Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society @ University of Massachusetts Medical School, department of behavioral and preventative medicine and The Mindfulness Centre at Brown University, R.I. She also holds diploma in Community Service Work. 

Karen teaches the transformative 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course in classroom and also one-to- one MBSR informed Meditation Instruction on-line around the world.


She is currently sitting a three-year term on THE CAMH Constituency Advisory Council.  


John Ralston

Canadian Actor

John Ralston and his wife, Karen Waddell, have been involved with Sashbear for the past 7 years. John is one of Canada’s most established actors and is best known for his TV series LIFE WITH DEREKDEGRASSI and HBO’s LIVING IN YOUR CAR. As well as a recent guest appearance on NBC’s ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST, John has two films that are presently streaming on CraveTV: READY OR NOT and STOCKHOLM with Ethan Hawke. This year John is also awaiting the release of the Quebec feature film NADIA, BUTTERFLY which chronicles a female Canadian swimmer’s imminent retirement while competing at the Tokyo Olympics.


To join the Sashbear Web Walk Celebration:


To join the live online celebration on Sunday, May 24, 2020, 4pm EST just click on the following link:





 The Sashbear Web-Walk is an inclusive experience. Everyone is invited.


Join us for a celebration of hope.






For more information, please visit www.sashbearwebwalk.com.

We are thrilled to be moving forward with our 8th annual Walk.

We’ll see you soon.


The Sashbear Foundation 



COVID-19 Update


April 6, 2020

We are starting to resume the interrupted FC groups via online video conferencing to address the need for social distancing and self-isolation

For suggested resources specific to Covid-19 go to our main resource page here

Yours in skills and hope

The Sashbear Team


April 3, 2020

We are in extraordinary and uncharted times, and the situation is changing rapidly every day. With this, we are monitoring all government health reports and recommendations, and have addressed the need for social distancing and self-isolation by cancelling our current and upcoming in-person Family Connections workshop groups across the country.

We have not taken this decision lightly. Given our mandate to support families, we feel strongly that in current environment, supporting families is even more important than ever. To that end, we are working rapidly and thoughtfully on how we can move online.

Look for updates here as we share plans to learn together in this new and ever-changing environment.

Our commitment is to supporting our families and loved ones.

We will also change how we deliver our annual Walk and are revising plans for May. More to come on that very soon.

We wish you health, peace and loving kindness.

The Sashbear Team


Helpful Resources during these difficult times

NEABPD, which oversees Family ConnectionsTM internationally, is offering a series of webinars for family members who are supporting a loved one with BPD or Emotion Dysregulation during this difficult time. They are covering many of the topics we discuss in Family Connections groups, including the Transactional Model, Validation, and Limits.

You may register for upcoming webinars here

These webinars are also being recorded and you can watch the recordings here


Sashbear Vision

Making waves on Mental Health by building environments for the advancement of life coping skills.



To lead a mental health reform by promoting awareness for the need of early prevention, recognition, timely intervention and access to affordable treatment of individuals with emotional dysregulation. Through our efforts, we will bring positive changes to create a more validating environment for everyone by::

  • Eliminating the stigma around emotion dysregulation
  • Promoting access to affordable treatment services leading to improved quality of life
  • Disseminating effective life coping and interrelationship skills
  • Informing and mobilizing family and friends to seek the skills training needed to support loved ones when they struggle


Sasha’s Story


On June 17th 2011, Sasha Menu Courey lost her battle to Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and died by suicide at the age of 20. Although she was a scholarship athlete and a gifted student with a promising future, the pain associated with the  disorder was too great and the system failed to support her needs.  Sasha struggled to understand why the treatment that was “air to breathe” was so expensive and difficult to locate.


What is BPD?

BPD is a serious mental disorder centered around the inability to manage emotions effectively. The symptoms include: fear of abandonment, impulsivity, anger, bodily self-harm, suicidal ideation, and chaotic relationships.


How prevalent is BPD?

Is it estimated that about 2 to 6% of the population is afflicted by BPD.  It is more common than schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.


How is BPD related to suicide and self-injury?

10% of adults with BPD die by suicide
55-85% of adults with BPD self-injure their bodies
33% of youth who die by suicide have features of BPD

  • We are all doing the best we can and we can all do better...
  • Let's remove stigma from mental illness and Borderline Personality Disorder...
  • We are all in this together, you are not alone...
  • Validation before problem solving...
  • Emotion Regulation Disorder is the new name for Borderline Personality Disorder...
  • Let's teach DBT skills in schools...
  • Let's intervene, let's intervene early...
  • Show me compassion and empathy first, don't just tell me how to change
  • Let go of judgments and believe in me so that I can believe in myself
  • Accept me so that I can better accept myself
  • We are all doing the best we can and we can all do better next time
  • Take care of yourself then you can attend to others
  • Be mindful - Observe, describe, participate effectively
  • Observe your own emotions rise and that of others, pause then engage effectively
  • Strive to be wise, not just rational or emotional
  • Change what you can, accept what you cannot
  • Validation is not agreement
  • Validate, Validate Validate
  • Be supportive, let go of judgements
  • We can't control having strong emotions but we can change how we respond to them
  • Hope is everything and is always there even when I cannot see it
  • BPD is more common than Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder combined 6%
  • The suicide rate of BPD victims is 400 times that of general population
  • BPD is the third leading killer of young women between the ages of 15-24
  • 1 of 5 seek help, 4 of 5 benefit from treatment
  • 4,000 young people die by suicide per year in Canada
  • I am not the disorder. I am a person
  • Stop the Stigma - by Speaking Up
  • Living with BPD is like not having an emotional skin
  • Genetic vulnerabilities and invalidating environment could lead to BPD
  • Breathe
  • Mindfulness is not what you think
  • Mindfulness is being present moment to moment
  • Mindfulness is just observing, paying attention to non-judgement
  • Patience, trust, non-striving and acceptance
  • Mindfulness does not come by itself..it takes practice
  • Let your breath be your anchor to observe thoughts as they arise
  • Observe thoughts as they come and go like waves on the ocean
  • Pay attention to what you are actually paying attention to
  • What we frequently think we become
  • Turning my auto-pilot off
  • Only that day dawns to which we are awake - Thoreau Walden
  • It is a radical act of love to just just down and be quiet for a time by YOURSELF
  • You are HERE!
  • Make each moment count!
  • I am a valuable part of all that EXISTS
  • I am Love. ALL is Love
  • The practice of mindfulness is not to follow your heart but to train your heart
  • It's OK, let it be
  • Smile at thoughts, they are empty. The only power thoughts have is the power you give them
  • The benefit will come to your life with consistent mindfulness practice everyday
  • Whatever you do to make it mindful!
  • Kindness is pure wisdom
  • Mindfulness is free or craving, want or hate
  • Be gentle to yourself as well as others
  • When you feel connected to someone that connection gives you purpose
  • Practice kindness whenever possible. It's always possible - Dalai Lama

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