The Canadian Mental Health Association says receiving 25 thousand dollars from Cranbrook’s WHL team is overwhelming.
Executive Director Carey Fraser says the money from the Kootenay ICE will increase support for all members of the community.
She says part of the funding will be injected into their new Sexualized Assault Response Team.
“We’re going to put more money towards training there and more money to reaching out to those who have been victims of sexualized assault,” Fraser says. “Then we’re going to use part of that money toward further counselling services and we’re probably going to gear that towards boys and men.”
She says the support from the Kootenay ICE is essential for reaching out to people of all ages.
“I think that the team has a real heart for what we are doing here in the Kootenays, I think they understand the work we are doing,” Fraser says. “So not only is the donation impactful, but the partnership means a lot to us as well, being recognized that mental health is important.”
Fraser says making the donation ahead of Friday’s game also helps them reach residents who might not know what services the CMHA offers.
– Canadian Mental Health Association Executive Director, Carey Fraser