Dean Lynn Brittany

Photo: Dean Boyles, CEO of Swim Ontario, Lynn Courey, Co-founder of The Sashbear Foundation, and Brittany MacLean, Olympic Swimmer 


The Etobicoke Swim Club’s Hall of Fame Meet  - Sunday October 15th, 2022

On October 15th, The Sashbear Foundation hosted a free mental health talk for parents of swimmers competing at The Etobicoke Swim Club’s Hall of Fame Meet at the Etobicoke Olympium. "Supporting Your Athlete's Mental Health" was presented by Sashbear Program Manager Doreen Hyndman and Sashbear volunteer Karen Dunk-Green. Special thanks to Olympic swimmer, Brittany MacLean, for sharing some of her tips on how to help support your children’s mental health so they can be more resilient both in and out of the pool. And, warmest thanks to our wonderful team of Sashbear volunteers—Taruna, Jodi, Ann, Misako, Tony, Cheryl and Christiane, who spoke to hundreds of parents and children over the weekend about The Sashbear Foundation and Family Connections™. Together, we’re making waves for mental health! 


Brittany Presenting



Doreen Presenting


Lynn Handing out Pamphlets 


Ann Lynn Marlene Doreen


Doreen and volunteer at table 


Info Table





Sasha Menu Courey Memorial Relays - Sunday October 14th, 2012

This event was a huge success with over 130 relay teams participating! The event is a fitting remembrance of Sasha as her most outstanding performances were in relay events participating in many ESWIM record setting relays. Sasha still holds the ESWIM 11-12 short course 50m freestyle record of 27.26 set in 2004.

Thanks to Etobicoke Swim Club (ESWIM) for hosting the first Sasha Menu Courey Memorial Relays in Sasha’s honour and to Dr. Marilyn Korzekwa, Psychiatrist who has dedicated her career to research and treatment of BPD, for being our guest keynote speaker. Dr. Marilyn Korzekwa has been involved in the provision of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), the most proven, evidence-based treatment for BPD. Dr. Korzekwa is also a world class long distance swimmer ( - we could not have chosen a more fitting keynote speaker for this event!

This for fun event brings awareness to coaches, families and athletes about the importance of mental health support in sports. The goal of the relays is to emphasize a well-rounded approach to sports that involves a healthy body and mind. Athletes, their families and coaches invest considerable time and energy to the sport. The commitment required can and often does shape significantly not only schedules but social interactions for our athletes so it is important to ensure that they feel supported throughout the inevitable ups and downs that can happen both in and outside the pool. When stress becomes too much we want athletes to feel OK about reaching out for help.

We want to thank ESPN and Inside Toronto Etobicoke Guardian for attending the event.  ESPN sent a film crew for the event as part of a “Outside the Lines” story about Sasha and her legacy and Etobicoke Guardian wrote an article about the event.

Thanks to all those who participated in this event and became part of the wave on that weekend!

  • 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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