Ten years ago, if someone had told KPMG Ottawa office manager Deirdre Hendrick that she would one day speak at the Royal Ottawa Foundation’s Leaders for Mental Health Breakfast, her reaction would have been nothing short of incredulous.
“I’d say, ‘What? Are you kidding me?’,” said Hendrick during an interview to talk about her participation in the major fundraiser set for Wednesday, Oct. 6th. “And yet here I am. This is a big step for me, but I want to pay it forward.”
The long-time employee of KPMG is sharing her story of how a loved one in her family sought treatment for substance use disorder at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, and how his journey to sobriety put her on her own path to reducing stigma, providing support, raising awareness and educating others about recovering from addictions.
The Leaders for Mental Health Breakfast is once again returning to a virtual format, to be hosted live from a Minto show home in Barrhaven by sports journalist Ian Mendes, senior writer with The Athletic. The Royal’s president and CEO, Joanne Bezzubetz, and the new president of its foundation, Chris Ide, will be part of the show.
This year’s breakfast will highlight The Royal’s substance use disorder services. The pandemic has been linked to the deterioration of mental health and a spike in substance use among many Canadians, according to a series of surveys commissioned by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
The presenting sponsor of the breakfast is the Malcomson family. They own the Canadian Tire in Kanata and were recognized in 2018 with an award for their philanthropy by Ottawa’s professional fundraisers.
Both Hendrick and KPMG Ottawa managing partner Andrew Newman are table captains for the event. As well, the Big Four accounting firm has made a financial contribution through its foundation.
“KPMG has supported me so much in my volunteer work,” said Hendrick, who’s also active with the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa.
Deirdre Hendrick, office manager at KPMG Ottawa, is participating in the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health’s 2021 Leaders for Mental Health Breakfast on Oct. 6th.
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