HUGE THANKS! to YLC Board member and Founder of The Little Black Dress Affair Linda Y Young-Gardiner and her LBDA team in Calgary for a fantastic effort in putting together a major Gala event in 4 months for YLC - yes, just 4 months!
It was a great evening of fun, sharing some very real situations of suicide and survival, music and dancing all in aid of Your Life Counts - with special messages of good wishes from The Right Hon Stephen Harper QC MP, Prime Minister of Canada, Harold Albrecht MP and Carol Todd, mother of Amanda Todd. To read more about the evening and to read the special messages received from the Prime Minister, Mr Albrecht and Carol Todd click here. Stay tuned for details of the amazing Gala event planned for 2014!
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Jim Thomson Key Note Speaker:
Tattooed down the arm of former NHL tough guy Jim Thomson is a list of dreams that have come true in his pursuit of a professional hockey career. His talent and tenacity won him the right to play with the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Mighty Ducks and with Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings. He played 115 regular season games and racked up 416 penalty minutes. Jim was a tough guy, and he was feared on the ice.
What most didn't know about Jim was he was racked with fear himself. Night after night, game after game, he was expected to face opponents who were geared to show him their vicious side in order to win. Drugs and alcohol became constant companions, a way to self-medicate and cope, as Jim navigated his way through his professional hockey career.
Today Jim is a sober, joyful and energetic man. He has taken some of the worst life has thrown his direction and transformed it into teaching opportunities leading others towards brighter futures, and to students, charities and corporations around Canada who want to hear about success, overcoming obstacles and making their own dreams come true. To know Jim, to spend time speaking with him and hearing him speak, is inspiring. From his childhood experiences, his NHL career, and his striving for sobriety and hope, Jim truly knows that dreams do come true. At his heart he's a teacher...and he delights in working together with everyone who wants better for their lives.
Called a "puke" by Don Cherry on-air only strengthened Jim's resolve to spread the word that drug addiction and alcohol abuse by many professional athletes can be directly correlated to violence in their sport. And although Jim no longer uses his fists to get a point across, he is nonetheless a spirited presenter with the credentials and changed life to match.
Jim is a YLC Advisory Board Member, a YLC Ambassador and a Speaker - visit Jim's "Dreams Do Come True"
Jim will be available for Media Interviews.
Each year, over 1 million people die by suicide worldwide. More people than those who die from war, terrorist attacks and homicides... Brian Mishara, Psychology Professor, University of Quebec. Canada & Past President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)