Kelty Partners with the Canucks for Kids Fund to Raise Awareness of Mental Health Issues

on October 21, 2011

by Andrew

The Kelty team and our partners at Fraser Health (FH) are honored to be working with the Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF). In memory of long-time Canucks forward Rick Rypien, a gift of $50,000 was donated through the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF) to develop a website that will help BC youth and young adults, as well as family members and friends, to recognize symptoms and better understand the challenges of mental health.

Our team recently met with TC Carling, the Executive Director of the Canucks for Kids Fund. TC stated: “We are committed to this partnership because we realize that by encouraging the community to have open conversations about mental illness we can start to break down the stigma that silences us. Rick Rypien was dedicated to helping young people and those in need. Through this partnership with BCCHF, BCMHAS, FH and the support of the Vancouver Canucks we can work together to ensure Rick’s passion to help those in need are well served.”

By enhancing mental health literacy, this partnership will improve early recognition of mental health concerns, encourage the use of effective self‐care strategies, and facilitate navigation of mental health services in BC. 

The new partnership will include:

  • the launch of a new online initiative, and

  • an awareness campaign to help support the many youth and young adults experiencing the beginnings of mental health challenges.

The website will officially launch in January, with additional details to be announced in the coming months. With the support of the Vancouver Canucks, the new website will also feature the “37 RYP” logo, which all Canucks players are wearing on their helmets throughout the 2011-12 season. The site will educate young adults on the life and challenges faced by the Canucks’ friend, teammate and family member, Rick Rypien.

Stay tuned for more – we will keep you updated about this work as we progress!


I am very excited to be a part of the Kelty team and the new partnership with the Canucks!

What a great way to honor Rick.

Julie Collette

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BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Health

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.