Shoppers Drug Mart renews their commitment to Women and Wellness with an $18,000 donation

Shoppers Drug Mart store owners confirmed their commitment as the presenting sponsor of the 10th Annual Women and Wellness Fundraiser dinner in support of CMHA Niagara at a corporate regional meeting held in October in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The owners presented a cheque for $18,038 to representatives from Women and Wellness and CMHA Niagara.

Women and Wellness is a fundraising event organized by volunteers in support of CMHA Niagara’s immediate and brief services, including crisis support. These programs are available across Niagara Region and offer individuals timely access to the services needed to prevent or intervene in crisis situations.  CMHA offers a range of locally available and readily accessible services that can provide alternatives to emergency room visits.  Some of CMHA Niagara’s immediate and brief services include Urgent Support, Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) and Safe Beds.

The 10th Annual Women and Wellness event will take place on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Centre, St. Catharines. The event features a dinner, keynote speaker and auction tables. Over 400 people are expected to attend. This year’s keynote speaker is Elizabeth Manley, an Olympic silver medalist in figure skating. Elizabeth will share her story of coming back from depression during her Olympic career and her work as a mental health advocate.

The Associate/Owners of the Shoppers Drug Marts in Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, Port Colborne, St. Catharines and Welland were in attendance to present Women & Wellness Chair, Judy Willems and CMHA Niagara’s Executive Director, Tara McKendrick with a cheque for $18,038.00. Each year, Shoppers Drug Mart stores hold a Spring Beauty Gala in May. The day includes various cosmetic activities and promotions.  Funds were raised to support the Women and Wellness event that provides funding to CMHA Niagara.

If you would like more information on Women and Wellness please visit and follow the Facebook page @WaWNiagara to learn more about when tickets go on sale, event sponsorship, how to support our auctions and more.

Visit CMHA Niagara for more information on our mental health programs and services or call the Mental Health and Addictions ACCESS Line at 1-866-550-5205 ext.2 for 24/7 confidential support, information and referrals to over 100 mental health and addictions services available in Niagara.

Fast facts:

  • By age 40, about 50 per cent of the population will have or have had a mental illness.
  • Almost half (49 per cent) of those who feel they have suffered from depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor about this problem.
  • Of Canadians aged 15 or older who report having a mental health care need, one-third state their needs have not been fully met.

Resources available:

Urgent Support Services: Mental health counsellors provide same day service to individuals by exploring their immediate concerns and offering assistance with crisis management and problem solving. These services are available from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday at 264 Welland Avenue in St. Catharines and 6760 Morrison Avenue in Niagara Falls.

COAST (Crisis Outreach and Support Team): COAST is a  24/7 crisis outreach and intervention service offering immediate telephone counselling and on-site crisis outreach intervention as needed.. Call 1-866-550-5205 ext.1 for 24/7 confidential support.

Mental Health and Addictions Access Line: Provides support, information, and referrals to over 100 services available in Niagara. Call 1-866-550-5205 ext. 2 for 24/7 confidential support.

About Canadian Mental Health Association, Niagara Branch

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Niagara Branch is one of a network of over 135 branches that offer mental health services in communities across Canada. For more than 50 years, CMHA Niagara has been providing mental health programs and services in Niagara to assist individuals 16 years and older with reaching their short and long-term mental health goals  CMHA Niagara exists to strengthen mental wellness in the Niagara community to create a Niagara where mental health is recognized, supported and optimized. Recognized as a respected partner in the community-based mental health system, CMHA Niagara provides a continuum of mental health services including crisis intervention and support, case management, housing and employment.