Despite the rain, WSPD was full of warmth and healing.
Although the barbeque burgers turned into delightful dessert treats served inside and the rain kept coming down, World Suicide Prevention day was still a very healing day for our community with well over 150 in attendance. Seeing the butterflies spread their wings despite the gloominess, summed up the beauty of releasing these transformative creatures into the air in honour of those we lost to suicide. We were also fortunate to hear the empowering words of local family physician Dr. Glenn Pearce who challenged both his colleagues and patients to be more open and communicate more directly with one another.
Earlier in the day, Wilfrid Laurier hosted an event featuring Juno award winner and suicide advocate Susan Aglurkark and the aboriginal community. Beautiful singing accompanied by drumming and a traditional round dance where anyone could participate was a highlight. In addition to Laurier students, Scott Chisholm from the Collateral Damage Project and firefighters from Kitchener and Waterloo participated in this moving ceremony.
Thank you Waterloo Region for coming together in such a healing way in support of World Suicide Prevention Day.