Summer 2016 WithinReach Newsletter
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WithinReach Summer 2016
Help Reach celebrate our 35th Anniversary by donating $35 for 35 years
35 for 35 Campaign
Former Executive Director Paula Agulnik, Lawrence Greenspon, and The Honourable Madame Justice Rosalie Abella at the Lawyer Appreciation 5-7 event
With the support of the CCLA, ADR Centre, McNally Gervan LLP, & Fat Albert's/Ralph's, Reach Canada showed our appreciation to our legal volunteers who donate their time to help our clients. In an unprecedented event at the Courthouse atrium, on June 8th guests were treated to remarks from Lawrence Greenspon, The Hon. John D. Richard, The Hon. Madame Justice Rosalie Abella, and Frank McNally. Reach would like to sincerely thank all of our volunteers, past and present, and our sponsors for making this event possible.
Former Executive Director Paula Agulnik, Lawrence Greenspon, and The Honourable Madame Justice Rosalie Abella at the Lawyer Appreciation 5-7 event
Reach Canada Day

Reach’s June 8, 2016 Lawyer Appreciation Evening began with emcee Lawrence Greenspon proclaiming, on behalf of Mayor Jim Watson,  June 8 as “Reach Canada Day” and to be celebrated on an annual basis.
Greetings from the Executive Director

Hello everyone,

We are delighted to provide our Summer edition of our WithinReach newsletter.

What a difference a few months make in terms of weather! On April 10th, we held our successful 31st Annual RUN FOR REACH with ice on the ground and caps on participants’ heads. You can find photos of the over 400 participants in this newsletter. It is a pleasure to thank perennial race director, Joe DuVall, Chairperson, Manny Agulnik, the committee members and sponsors for their tremendous support of this event.

One month later, in over 30 Celsius, Reach participated, for the first time, as a Charity at the Scotiabank Charity Challenge at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. The 2016 total funds raised by all participating charities was over $800,000. We hope next year to increase our visibility at the Race weekend and have our own success story.

We are very excited that June 8, 2016 was declared REACH CANADA DAY by the Mayor Jim Watson. The proclamation was read out by lawyer Lawrence Greenspon at an Appreciation Event we held June 8th to thank the lawyers who volunteer to assist our clients. We were honored to have Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Abella, who spoke very highly of Reach, its volunteers and Paula Agulnik, retired Executive Director of Reach who gave over 30 years of outstanding work to Reach. See lovely photos included.

We hope everyone is saving the date for the Annual Celebrity Auction, which will be taking place on Wednesday November 2. Individual or group tickets (with partial charitable receipts) and corporate tables can be ordered. Please join us on November 2 and make this our best Celebrity Auction event! 

Finally, the Board and I are pleased to introduce our Fundraising/Special Events Coordinator Josie Fleming, who comes to us with a background in retail, a degree in Economics, and a Certificate in Event Management. Both Board and Staff are excited to be working with her and sharing our wonderful NGO.

Hope that you enjoy this issue as much as our committee had the pleasure of putting it together. Articles relating to disability and human rights issues are always welcome, as is your feedback.

Warm regards,

Guests at the Reach 35th Anniversary Celebrity Gala Auction
Save the date- Tickets onsale soon!

Reach Annual Celebrity Auction
November 2nd, 2016
St Elias Centre, 750 Ridgewood Ave, Ottawa
For Donation and Sponsorship Opportunities, contact
Reach Runs Polar Opposites!

Reach racers were given two opportunities this year to show off their running skills. The first, our annual Run for Reach, was held in early spring, on Sunday April 10 at City Hall, in which over 400 participants including runners, walkers, wheelchair racers participated. The second opportunity was a first time invitation to Reach to be involved as a registered charity at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.  Temperatures swung dramatically, from a low of -10C at the Run for Reach to a high of 33C on the May 28 Scotiabank Marathon at Race Weekend just a month and a half later!

While the two races may not have had much in common weather-wise, one mutual aspect was the stellar performance of Jason Dunkerley, honourary starter for the Run for Reach ( along with his brother Jon) and 5th place in the male 35-39 category of the Race Weekend 10km.

We would be amiss if we did not take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all the volunteers who woke up early and enthusiastic to make the Run for Reach a success. A big thanks to Marie – Claude who was a very organized and supportive Volunteer Coordinator!  We are also very grateful to our sponsors, in particular, Lumentum, Arnon, Dow Honda, the Running Room, and the Regional Group.

Two great races, looking forward to seeing people participating at both next year!
Participants at the 31st annual Run for Reach
Participants at the 31st Annual Run for Reach, April 10 2016
Photo by Elodie Drew
Reach Law Student Intern Greg Allan at the Sparks Street Party
Beedell Family
David Beedell, Anna, Emily Beedell, William, Jillian
Executive Director Joanne Silkauskas with Honourary Race Starters Jon and Jason Dunkerley
Chantelle Bowers, Honourary Officer & Past President of Reach, and "the boys"
New Reach Website Header
Website Re-Lauch

Reach is thrilled to announce that the new and improved Reach website is now live! Please click here to visit our new site, learn more about our programs, and view pictures from past events.


National Initiative for Eating Disorders

National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of professionals, family members and advocates who have committed to raising awareness, advocacy and action since 2012.   Together, they strive to increase awareness that Eating Disorders are treatable, brain-based mental health illnesses and to decrease stigma and discrimination against individuals with Eating Disorders who deserve the same respect, support, treatment, funding, research and parity as every other physical and mental health illness in Canada.
NIED is currently in conversation with Reach Canada to host an event in Ottawa this fall.  Stay tuned!

Wendy Preskow
NIED-National Initiative for Eating Disorders
416 859 7571
Pro Bono Students Canada Annual Appreciation Reception

April 1, 2016
Pro Bono Students Canada is a student organization. The University of Ottawa Law School regularly matches volunteer law students with Reach for the course of the Academic year. On Friday April 1st, at Fauteux Hall, three of Reach volunteers were shown appreciation for their above and beyond assistance with Reach daily operations. Shown in photo are (from left to right) Seyoung, Rachel, Sahar

Educational Seminars

Reach seminars have been planned for the Fall and we look forward to learning from amazing professionals. Please save October 20, 2016 from 11: 30 am to 1:30 pm to learn about “Mindfulness with regards to Mental Health Issues and Life Challenges” presented by psychotherapist, Sonia Tanguay. On November 29 from 7 pm- 9 pm, there will be a presentation on  Wills, Estates and Power of Attorney presented by lawyer, Erin McNamara.

Other upcoming topics will include Eating Disorders: A Mental Health Matter (October) and Addictions and the Workplace (November).

Peer and Family Peer Support Programs

Sahar Rizvi
Common Law Student, U of Ottawa
Reach Canada recently spoke to the wonderful staff at Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa to learn about the rapidly expanding and invaluable services they provide to individuals who are encountering mental health challenges and their families in the Ottawa community. The services are offered free-of-cost, and are welcoming and free from stigma. This accessible community organization consists of a community of peers who use their lived experiences with the mental health system to provide support in order to promote hope, recovery, and wellness and cultivate a sense of community.
The Recovery Connections program offering peer and family peer support started in fall 2013. Individuals with mental health challenges are provided with one-to-one support by others who have encountered similar challenges. These human connections offer friendship, encouragement and companionship without the encumbrance of referrals or formal procedures. This collaborative union also allows individuals to see what others are doing and what helps them.
Drop-in peer support is offered in the Psychiatric Survivor’s lounge, which is a welcoming space open from Monday to Friday from 12 pm-4 pm at 211 Bronson Ave., Ottawa, in Rooms 313 and 314.
PSO also offers several free educational, recovery-focused workshops on a continual basis throughout the year. Those workshops become tools to enrich and empower lives. Stories have been shared, friendships formed and communities have been built. People have reclaimed their lives and have become the persons they always wanted to be. Inquire at PSO about WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) and Pathways to Recovery workshops.
The Family Peer Support groups help those who support individuals with mental health challenges to alleviate pressure and isolation. Those groups offer supportive encouragement in an environment where experiences are shared to gain a sense of community. This helps to prevent burn out, and grants an opportunity to discuss important and meaningful issues pertaining to family wellness. The Family Peer Support Groups run every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm at 211 Bronson Ave., Ottawa, in Room 215.
Family WRAP is a free, practical self-help recovery education series focused on: gaining control in your own life through self-care and understanding of self-care for the loved one; gaining a sense of control in the family as a unit and family self-care, understanding recovery concepts and sharing resources, tools and strategies.
For further information about Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa’s diverse programs and activities to support individuals and families, visit their website: or contact them at:
Tel:  613.567.4379
Toll-free: 1.877.550.4879
Fax: 613.567.4495
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