Jack.org 2014 Annual Report
A message from the Board Chair
When we founded Jack.org we had no idea how deeply our message of “no more silence” would resonate with young people. What started as a series of workshops and presentations has grown into a national network of young leaders. And I couldn’t be more proud.
2014-2015 has been a year of exponential growth for Jack.org. We piloted a national student chapter program. We trained twelve youth speakers to lead talks at schools and community organizations. And we more than tripled participation in the annual Jack Summit.
The rapid expansion of our youth-led programs is both exciting and challenging. It’s forcing us to think hard about how we scale programs like Jack Talks. It’s testing our ability to iterate and adapt. And it’s reinforcing the importance of constantly evaluating and improving our programs.
Thanks to the strength of our network of young people, Jack.org is increasingly being recognized as a leader in the mental health field.
I’m particularly proud to report that in January, Eric, Jack.org’s Founder and Executive Director, was appointed to both the Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council and the World Bank – World Health Organization Advisory Group on Scaling Up Mental Health, where he’ll advocate for youth mental health. In June, Queen’s University also recognized his efforts to raise awareness and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health with an honorary doctorate.
None of this would be possible without a tremendous amount of support from our donors, volunteers and sponsors.
This year, you helped us raise $1.3 million. More than one third of that came in the form of sponsorship, registration fees and donations from the Jack Ride. This year, the Jack Ride attracted a record 650 riders and 100 volunteers. Many of them were participating in honour of a loved one, including one young man who raised over $29,000 in memory of his friend.
We have come so far in such a short time. The journey wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible outpouring of support from people like you.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you.
Jack Chapters are founded by student leaders on high school, college and university campuses across Canada.
They are the “doers”, the volunteers who make it all happen by starting conversations about mental health with their peers.
On Bell Let’s Talk Day, the Jack Chapter at St. Clement’s School ran a “What Do You Want to Talk About?” Polaroid campaign. Students and staff wrote what they wanted to talk about on a whiteboard and took a photo with their answer. By the end of the day they had over 300 photos of students and staff.
But the conversation didn’t end there.
“Later in the day, we had plans to live stream a talk by Clara Hughes but ran into technical issues. What happened next was extraordinary.
Our two Jack Chapter student leaders took to the stage and moderated a 40-minute conversation among the student body focused on mental health awareness. It was a powerful afternoon and one that couldn’t have been planned!” Megan Clay, teacher St. Clement’s School
“After the event, I noticed a change in the way people communicated about their emotions. At my school, a lot of people used language incorrectly. For instance, it was common to hear phrases like 'my mom is acting so bipolar' or 'I'm so OCD about notes.' I think it was due to a lack of awareness and understanding of the terms people were using.
I noticed after our conversation about language, people used the words more carefully. They understood that throwing the word 'bipolar' around could make someone who lives with bipolar disease feel unsafe and unsupported if their condition is used as a joke. The discussion that we had together as a school was even more valuable than Clara's talk. I don't think we would have felt confident enough to discuss the stigma surrounding mental health in front of such a large audience without all the empowerment that Jack.org provided us with and all the tools, support and feedback we received through the Jack Chapters program.” Dimple Khatter, student St. Clement’s School
- 28 active chapters
- 6 high school chapters
- 18 university chapters
- 4 college chapters
- 119 mental health awareness and anti-stigma initiatives
- St.FX and Windsor win club of the year
One of the most powerful ways to inspire students is for young leaders to share their experiences and spread the message that we all have mental health.
This is what Jack Talks is all about.
Jack Talks uses contact-based education, a model based on positive peer-to-peer interaction, to break down the stigma that surrounds mental health.
“It was such an amazing and powerful assembly. I know that the students really related to the university speakers.
Both our school counsellor and I have had many parents call to say that their child came home saying what a great assembly it was and could they come in to talk to us. They also mentioned that they normally do not talk about assemblies!" Alison Champ, Guidance Counsellor The York School
- 65 Talks
- 12 trained student speakers
- 14,600 audience members reached
Held every year in February/March, Jack Summit is Canada’s only national student-led mental health innovation summit.
It inspires students to change the way their communities think about mental health, and gives them the tools, skills and connections they need to get the job done.
“When I first applied to the Jack Summit, I knew nearly nothing about mental health other than that it was an issue that needs to be talked about. I was a little nervous that I wouldn't have much to contribute, but every single delegate and facilitator listened to and respected my thoughts and ideas and that made me feel like I could really do something! I wanted to find out how to get more involved.
I'm going into my first year at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, and there was a second year student from TRU who also attended the summit. We got to talking, and when we got home she told me she was starting the first Jack Chapter at TRU... And wanted me to co-lead with her!
This is exciting because this will be a great opportunity to not only combat mental illness stigmas, but to meet new people at a new school!” Will Primrose, delegate Jack Summit 2015
“While I was on the bus on my way home to Kingston, someone saw my hat and asked if I was at the Jack Summit this weekend. I said yes and he asked me if I could tell him what the summit was about.
I tried my best to communicate all the amazing discussions we had, the speakers we listened to and as much as I could think of. We talked about the stigma around mental health and how starting a conversation about mental health could be uncomfortable, but he agreed that it was an important conversation. He asked me why I chose to get involved and we talked more.
When I finally asked him how he'd heard about the Summit his answer surprised me. It turns out he went to elementary school with Jack!
I think this really hit it home for me; it was like a second “ah-ha” moment: Jack was just like all of us.” Sarah Chin, delegate Jack Summit 2015
- 526 applications
- 200 delegates in Toronto
- 500 delegates at 13 satellite summits
- 802 tweets
- $51,918 raised by delegates
05. Finance & Administration
What’s all this “Finance and Administration” gobbledygook, you ask?
Honestly, sometimes we ask ourselves the same thing.
And then we remember rent, the auditors who prepared our financial statements, and how tough it can be to find the right people to do this important work.
Here's a breakdown of where funding for Jack.org's programs came from and how it was spent during the 2014 - 2015 fiscal year.
- $8,750 Cost to train and match one student speaker to Jack Talks for an entire year
- $1,346 Average cost per Jack Talk
- $7,939 Total amount spent on travel and accommodation to Jack Talks events
- $1,503 Average cost to bring one delegate to Toronto for Jack Summit
- $2,920 Cost to fly one delegate to Jack Summit from Iqaluit
- $4,430 Average cost to run a Jack Chapter for one year
- $173 Average amount spent on supplies per initiative by Jack Chapters
We don’t get to say it enough: Donors are our heroes.
Jack.org is a registered Canadian charity. We don’t receive any government funding and we’re not selling a product. 100% of the resources we invest in youth-led anti-stigma and awareness efforts come from donors. Whether you gave your time as a volunteer, made a donation, or sponsored an event, we want you to know how much we appreciate your generosity.
Without you, there would be no conversation.
Let’s taco ‘bout how awesome you are (Event sponsors)
- Hilary Alton
- Joan Armstrong
- Marc and Tracy Bibeau
- Jonah Davids
- William Deane
- Adam Excell
- Lorway Gosse Sr
- Lian Gregory
- Erin Hodgson
- Iain Jennings
- Alix Kempf
- Matt Kirby
- Karishma Kulkarni
- Mark Laing
- Dave LaForest
- Peter Jerome Lalonde
- David Leeper
- Kevin Leonard
- Claire McDonald
- Eugene Michasiw
- Matthew Murphy
- Lukas Schueder
- Max Silverbrook
- Petra Swayze
You know how there's a card section called "Blank Inside"? Well, if these people were cards, they'd be called "Beautiful Inside and Out". Also With a Nice Personality. (Donations were made in memory or in honour of the following people)
- The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
- The Slaight Family Foundation
You inspire us. And strangers, probably. Also, friends and superfans. You are the inspiration to many.(Supporters who contributed $100,000 or more)
- Air Canada Foundation
- Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- Bank of Montreal
- Bell Let's Talk
- Bob and Gayle Cronin
- Dave LaForest Memorial Fund
- Echo Foundation
- Eric Windeler and Sandra Hanington
- Hats On For Awareness
- Certus Automotive Inc.
- Les Centres D'Achats Beauward
- MaRS Discovery District
- Paul and Cheryl Robinson
- Queen's University
- RBC Foundation
- T.R. Meighen Family Foundation
- The Connor, Clark and Lunn Foundation
- The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation
- The Sanford McFarlane Family Foundation
- Vogue Charity Fashion Show
Your generosity is only exceeded by your good looks (Supporters who contributed $10,000 or more)
- Alanne O'Gallagher
- Bill and Dawne Benson
- Diana Miotto
- David Toyne and Gillian Evans
- Marc and Tracy Bibeau
- New York Fries South St. Burger Co.
- RBC Royal Bank
The force is strong with these ones (Supporters who contributed $5,000 or more)
- Alain Royer Consultant Inc
- Alison Fisher
- All Points Relocation
- All the staff and customers of Oil Thigh Designs
- Andre Desmarais
- Aqueduct Foundation - Savoy Pitfield Family Fund
- Brenda Podog
- Bruce Ambrose
- Capital Group Companies Global
- CRMfusion Incorporated
- Dan and Lynda Kirby
- Deraco Investments Inc
- Derek and Faye Jones
- Donna Poile
- E. & G. Odette Foundation
- E. I. du Pont Canada Company
- Elise Assaraf
- Flanagan Foodservice
- Frederick Sturm
- Gary Slaight
- Gay Evans
- George Cohon
- Gillian Bogden
- Glenn and Michelle Wilson
- Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc.
- GSP Foundation
- Helen Braithwaite
- Jacqueline Spayne
- Janet Norman
- Jean Charest
- Jeff Daley
- Jeff McNair
- Jeffrey Smith
- Jenny McAdam
- John MacDonald
- John Oyston
- Jonny Silverstein
- Josephine Chan
- Julia Plover
- Karen Grys
- Lara Sevink
- Larry VanderBaaren
- Letko Brosseau & Associates Inc.
- Magna International Inc
- Mansell Nelson
- Mark Noskiewicz
- Marsan Foods
- Michael Deane
- Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation
- Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School
- Paul Gaulin
- Paul-André Savoie
- Peter Kruyt
- Pierre LaForest and Barbara L. Campbell
- PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada Foundation
- Rob and Margaret MacLellan
- Robert and Pamela Deane
- Robert Morash
- Rotary Club of Iqaluit
- Ryan Stapleton
- Sacha Ruzzante
- Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation
- Sally Morris
- Sarah Milroy
- Scott Fenton
- Sharon Geraghty
- Sprott Resources Corp.
- Sun-Brite Drapery
- Susan Britton Payne
- Susan Witteveen
- Suzanne Legge
- The John David and Signy Eaton Foundation
- The McBurney Family Foundation
- The Susan, Sarah and Nicholas Latremoille Fund at the Toronto Foundation
- Timothy Greener
- Todd Sherman
- Wendy Thurston
- Bill and Sally Morris