Friday, July 26, 2013

Day 75: A Day in Fredericton

By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 8:21 AM

First impressions of a nice little city (pop. About 75k), remain until we leave. Parks along the St. John’s River, UNB, set in hilly terrain, cool shops and restaurants, guys driving cabs that could be your father or grandfather, reasonable prices, general good vibe.

We are happy to be back on the rally circuit, doing what we do best, triggering thought and discussion, educating against stigma, describing our vision about a Kelty Mental Health Centre in every major hospital in each province, inviting audience up to describe their struggles or relate stories about mental illness and promote Gin's Choosing Hope, sell some t shirts and lastly to stay on and have others approach us about their personal stories. At today's rally Gin had a lineup of people wanting to speak to her and I am approached by a mother with a 14-year-old daughter who has struggled with depression for years. Although her eyes mist over when her mother tells me her story, she tells me that her daughter has become a mentor for others in her school who may be vulnerable. It feels good for me to give her a hug, encourage her to continue her mentor ship and urge her to buy a road bike.

After a massage, shower and a relax, we part ways, Gin off to promote her book at a local shop and Q Dawg and I over to the pool hall where we try to figure out the bigger surface with lightning nylon tabletop. Gin and K dawg meet up with us there later. All day we have been busy on the cell and Internet planning forward for rallies at St Johns, Wolfsville and especially Halifax. With lots to do and think about we digest a tasty Indian dinner on our walk home and the silk before 10.


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