Six-time Olympic medal winner in speed skating and cycling and mental health advocate, Clara Hughes, was the keynote speaker at the Bluewater Health Foundation fundraiser on Thursday, October 23 in Sarnia, Ontario. During the event Hughes spoke about the care her father received in the last few weeks of his life and how much that care left an impression on her.
“I’ll just never forget the humanity that all the nurses, all the caregivers gave to him,” said Hughes. “I think that our health care workers, particularly our frontline healthcare workers, are misunderstood in some ways because we don’t realize the difficulty of their jobs and the emotional toll as well.”
In addition to thanking the health care workers for their diligence in serving the public, she also spoke about how much of an honor it is to be an advocate for changing the stigma of mental health and how much it means to her to be a part of such a worthy cause. More than 250 people were in attendance at the event, and all proceeds went to benefit Bluewater Health’s mental health and addictions program.
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