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Ball hockey game raises funds and awareness for mental health support

April 18, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

A ball hockey game organized in memory of a local girl aims to raise awareness of mental health support in Simcoe County.

Alisha Wilson, a victim of suicide, died last year, and the impact of her death has touched many people.

The idea for a ball hockey game to raise awareness of mental health issues also raised funds for New Path – an organization that offers a range of mental health services to children, youth and their families in Simcoe County.

New Path has a team of dedicated and highly skilled staff providing mental health support to many local families in the community that are struggling with mental health.

Nicholas Chiasson, a friend of Alisha’s came up with the idea for the game.

“We need to honour Alisha’s life and raise awareness for mental health,” Nicholas said. “Many of us are still struggling with the loss of Alisha and kids need to know there are places in the community to turn to or help.”

Ball hockey players from around the region formed two teams to play on the surface at Alliston Memorial Arena on Sunday, April 14.

“All the ball hockey players are in Alisha’s age group. Several teams came together to join in on this,” said organizer Kate Howes. “Most them also play ice hockey. The event was Nicholas’s idea and there’s a bunch of us who came together and helped him out with it. This is memorial for Alisha and to bring awareness to mental health. There’s a lot family here. All the donations today are going to New Path.”

Organizer Michelle Albanese said that even though they are raising funds during the event, awareness that services are available is even more important.

“For me it’s not just about the money. It’s putting awareness out for these kids and what sadly happened with Alisha. There is support – you don’t have to go that route.”

New Path has walk-in, free support at locations in Alliston, Barrie, Bradford, Collingwood, Midland, and Orillia.


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