March 6, 2016 - Annual General Meeting

The Sashbear Foundation's Annual General Meeting (AGM) for year ending December 31, 2015 was a great event. It was inspiring to hear about the foundation's positive impact in 2015 and hear directly from our distinguished guest speakers from Hincks Dellcrest Centre, CAMH and YouthCan IMPACT project talk about how, together, through collaborations, we are making a bigger impact.

We want to thank George Brown College, for providing the space, CarPark for providing free parking, as well as all our guest speakers, members and volunteers - together as one we are making a difference.

Here's The Sashbear Foundation’s official and approved AGM Report for year ending December 31, 2015.

List of guest speaker presentations during the AGM with accompanying powerpoint slides:

Key note presentation: DBT at HDC Dr. Marshall Korenblum, Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Hincks-Dellcrest Centre and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and Dr. Helen O'Halpin, staff psychiatrist at Hincks Dellcrest adolescent residential programs. Dr. Korenblum and Dr. O'Halpin discussed the implementation of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) at Hincks-Dellcrest and report on the progress of the program.

Our Journey with Sashbear Lisa van der Laan and Natalie Yiu, Occupational Therapists at First Episode Psychosis Clinic CAMH talked about their journey with Sashbear and the positive impact that collaboration has had on their practice.

YouthCan IMPACT Dr. Johanna Henderson from YouthCan IMPACT project, Clinician Scientist & Head of Research Child, Youth and Family Services gave an overview of the YouthCan IMPACT project.

Here are some pictures from the AGM taken by professional photograper and Sashbear volunteer Larry Zeligson. Larry lost his son to suicide in 2014 and has been a tremendous advocate for early intervention for youth and availability of services. Thanks to him Sashbear had the opportunity to give presentations to elementary students in 2015:


  • 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 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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