In the past it’s been an honour to be involved with expeditions which have raised awareness of those struggling with respiratory diseases and diabetes as well as those who are disabled here at home and students throughout the developing world through our Top of the World Society for Children.
Today I have a formal invitation for all Albertans to be part of an exciting event for an incredible cause right here in the Canadian Rockies, along with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Foundation and the Calgary Health Trust, who are Reaching the Summit for Mental Health and Wellness to heighten awareness and raise funds for veterans and their families who are suffering from the devastating consequences of depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other forms of mental illness.
On June 25, 25 climbers, including members of the military, will seek the summit of Mount Buller, and 50 hikers will scramble to the pass to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Cecil Buller, who was killed in action leading the PPCLI. One group will be led by Laurie Skreslet, the first Canadian to climb Mount Everest, and it is my great honour to lead the other climbing team. To register or donate, please visit calgaryhealthtrust.ca and follow the links.
Mr. Speaker, alpine experiences may culminate in standing on top of the world, but they can also include risking your life to save another, treating horrendous injuries, getting there too late and carrying down the body of your mate, and dealing with the bottomless demands of a society that simply cannot relate to what you’ve gone through.
But that cannot compare, Mr. Speaker, with the experience of Corporal Ryan Forest, who writes:
"When I returned [from Afghanistan], I came back a different man. I was withdrawn, paranoid, not sleeping, jumpy, depressed and the list [goes on]. It took a panic attack that seemed to last an entire night that led me to get help . . . [that] literally saved my life."
I encourage all Albertans to join us as we thank the men and women who literally put the lives of others before their own.
On May 18, 2016, Dave Rodney spoke to the impact of community support for those with respiratory diseases.
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