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Defeat Depression walk raises $59K for NISA

Northern Initiative for Social Action is an organization run by and for people with lived experience of mental health challenges
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Ken Porter, national program manager for Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC), presents a cheque to Martin Boucher, executive director of NISA.

The Mood Disorders Society of Canada recently presented the Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA) with a cheque for more than $59,000.

The funds are the proceeds of the ninth annual Defeat Depression walk, which was held May 28 in Bell Park.

Ken Porter, national program manager for Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC), presented the cheque to NISA on Sept. 1.

“We are incredibly proud to work with NISA and the Sudbury Defeat Depression organizing team,” said Porter.

“Thanks to their hard work and the amazing support of participants and local as well as national sponsors like Vale Canada, the ninth annual event in Sudbury was an inspiration to everyone. It clearly demonstrated how passionate the people of Sudbury are about mental health.”

“The event far exceeded our expectations,” said Martin Boucher, executive director of NISA.

“The supportive response from our community really showed us how much Sudburians care about well being, reducing stigma, and access to resources for those experiencing mental health challenges. Proceeds from this fundraiser will help us provide high quality support to those in need as we all recover from a difficult pandemic experience.”

NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action is an organization run by and for people with lived experience of mental health challenges/mental illness.

The orgnizations develops occupational skills, nurtures self-confidence and provide resources for recovery by creating opportunities for participants to contribute to their own well-being and that of their community.

Staff, volunteers and members are people with lived experience of mental health challenges/mental illness.