Message from the Chair

What an amazing year!

The 2015/16 school year was a pivotal one for Jack.org. With your support, we expanded significantly and refined our approach based on sound program evaluation. Our focus on empowering young leaders (now 2,500 strong) to create change has accelerated, and we’ve honed the ways we support them to do the work that is relevant in their unique communities.

Once again, our student network grew by leaps and bounds. In just its second full year, our Jack Chapters program spread to 85 high school, college, and university campuses in every province, starting 53,242 mental health conversations. We trained 43 young speakers to give Jack Talks at school assemblies and community events across Canada. And our fourth annual Jack Summit attracted more interest than ever, with 200 delegates attending Jack Summit in Toronto and 1,045 more from 25 schools participating at local summits nationwide.

These amazing developments have led to some exciting opportunities for Jack.org and the hardworking students in our network. In April, we were invited to the WHO/World Bank spring meetings in Washington, D.C. On this global stage, our students shared the work they are doing to build safer communities and make mental health a priority for youth everywhere.

This recognition continued into the fall, when Jack.org was invited to meet with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Victoria, BC. We were honoured to represent the fantastic work being done in the youth mental health sector across Canada, and to once again spread the message beyond our borders.

As always, we’re delighted to acknowledge the critical role our donors, volunteers, and sponsors play in making all of this possible. As our student network grows, so too does the support from individuals, families, and organizations committed to ending the silence around mental health.

I am humbled to be part of this movement. I am in awe of the passion and energy of our student leaders, and amazed by the support people like you provide for this important work. Together, we are all a part of this incredible journey to end the silence around mental health.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you.

 
 
 
Gillian Evans
Board Chair, Jack.org
 
P.S.: Special thanks to student leader Brittany Danishevsky of University of Guelph for her efforts in compiling the network stories and donor profiles that make up this year's Annual Report.

Gillian Evans is a Toronto-based philanthropist and a founding supporter of Jack.org. She has been intimately involved in Jack.org since its...