A pair of Cowichan-based Island Health employees are cycling across Canada this summer to raise funds and awareness about mental health, homelessness, substance use and brain injuries - and how these issues are so connected.
Wayne Bourgeois and Ron Pachet are embarking on an inspiring journey – a cross-Canada cycling adventure they call Road to Recovery.
"Our mission is to raise awareness and funds for the interconnected issues of mental health, homelessness, substance use and brain injury, which affect millions of Canadians every day," says Wayne. "These challenges are often intertwined, and addressing one can have a ripple effect on the others. We have chosen to donate all proceeds raised from this campaign to the Cowichan Brain Injury Society, an amazing organization located in Duncan that offers support, education and advocacy for individuals affected by brain injuries and their families."
The cause is close to their hearts – both work in Mental Health & Substance Use Services in the Cowichan Valley.
Wayne and Ron will cycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast, covering more than 7,000 kilometres and connecting with communities of all sizes. Along the way, they'll share powerful stories of resilience, strength and hope, collaborate with local organizations, and raise awareness about the complex challenges faced by those grappling with mental health, homelessness, substance use and brain injuries.
The pair will begin their ride home from Newfoundland on June 28, with a goal to be back on Vancouver Island by the end of September. You can support their efforts and follow their journey on their Facebook page.