Nunatsiaq News
LETTERS: Nunavut June 06, 2014 - 10:21 am

Northwestel thankful to Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the residents of Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet for making Clara Hughes feel so welcome when she and the Clara’s Big Ride team visited your communities.

Northwestel was honoured to be involved in hosting such a great Canadian in the North and the events your community organized were unique, memorable and special for Clara.

If you didn’t see her while she was in town, six-time Olympian Clara Hughes travelled to Nunavut to share her story and message about mental health. She asked us to join together to end the stigma that surrounds mental illness and to help raise awareness about mental health issues.

Now that Clara’s ride has moved to other parts of Canada, we want to remind you that the mental health conversation continues. Northwestel knows how important it is to recognize mental health issues in our communities and to support those struggling with mental illness.

That is why we have launched a new pillar of our community investment giving program dedicated to mental health organizations and programs. As a northern company, we want our community investment contributions to make a difference in the lives of the people that live here.

We joined the Clara’s Big Ride team to make sure Clara Hughes’ message reached as many people in the north as possible. We will continue sharing this message through our actions and through our community investment program.

Our first commitment to the mental health community is to the Kamatsiaqtut Help Line.

We have agreed to provide the Help Line with $68,000 in cash and services over the next five years. We want to help this valuable organization continue the work that they do and enable them to enhance the service that they offer in the future.

Thank you again for sharing in Clara’s message and for being part of this event.

In particular, we thank Lori Idlout in Iqaluit and Daisy Panika in Rankin Inlet for coordinating such great events in their communities.

Keep talking about mental health and continue to follow Clara’s journey by visiting the website:

Paul Flaherty
President and CEO

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