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Worship Mayor Michael Fougere

His Worship Mayor Michael Fougere and

The Caring Place

thank you for your support of the

MAYOR’S LUNCHEON

In Support Of Mental Health

Tuesday, May 8th with keynote speaker

Dr. Patch Adams

Note from The Executive Director of The Caring Place

Friends. Thank you to the many of you who support the work we do at the Caring Place Regina.! Patch deliberately raised some controversial ideas — some of which resonate strongly and others that don’t.

I liked his idea of “being people that belonged in tribes”. I think of that as our familial groups – our families and extended families, our close friendship groups, and for many of us our faith families. I know these are the people I lean on in both times of joy and sorrow. These are the people who walk beside me and whose fellowship makes my life meaningful and who I am excited to learn to know better throughout my lifetime and into eternity.

I liked Patch’s ideas of peaceful confrontation through debate and humour and thoroughly enjoyed his interaction with 250 middle years student’s !

Some of his ideas provoked more thought. He clearly has been hurt by and has struggled with organized religion. Reflecting on that I thought it was true of many people throughout history – then I rejoiced that I don’t hear Christ call us to religion but rather to relationship! For me that relationship is what sustains me during times when troubles and pressures seem insurmountable and enhances the times when my joy overflows.

I saw in Patch a man who dared to stand for what he believed in and who has dedicated his life to building up peoples self confidence and joy. I am challenged to dare to make as big a difference in my life!

Thank-you Patch for being you. The world is a better place because you are part of it.

Gwendolyn Friedrich

This is a mental health presentation all of us can get behind.

Adams was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Anna Campbell Stewart (née Hunter) and Robert Loughridge Adams.

His maternal grandfather, Thomas Lomax Hunter, was the Poet Laureate of Virginia. His father, an officer in the United States Army, had fought in Korea, and died while stationed in Germany when Adams was a teenager. After his father’s death, Adams returned to the United States with his mother and brother.

Adams has stated that upon his return he encountered institutional injustice which made him a target for bullies at school. As a result, Adams was unhappy and became actively suicidal. After being hospitalized three times in one year for wanting to end his life, he decided “you don’t kill yourself, stupid; you make revolution.

Courtesy Wikipedia

You know the story now meet the real man behind the hit movie “Patch Adams” starring Robin Williams.

Hunter Doherty “Patch” Adams (born May 28, 1945) is an American physician, comedian, social activist, clown, and author. He founded the Gesundheit! Institute in 1971. Each year he organizes a group of volunteers from around the world to travel to various countries where they dress as clowns in an effort to bring humor to orphans, patients, and other people.

Adams is currently based in Urbana, Illinois. In collaboration with the institute, he promotes an alternative health care model not funded by insurance policies.

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