I am passionate about raising awareness and eliminating the stigma of mental illness and suicide.  Last year I helped organize a Defeat Depression walk in Campbell River, where I live. Four women who had all lost children to suicide got together to make a difference. We heard about the Defeat Depression walks and decided to organize one. We hoped we would get 20 people but on the day nearly 200 walked, many carrying home made signs remembering their loved ones.

Defeat Depression is a cross Canada campaign sponsored by the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. 

This year the walk will take place on May 25.  Here is a link to our website.  Please check it out.  We are raising money for the Campbell River Beacon Club which offers a wonderful meeting place, programs, outings and support to adults living with mental illness.  If you would like to sponsor me you can click the Pledge to Participant button and enter my name in the boxes. 


Victoria Broker and Barbara Swanston