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Paddling With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge

Paddling with PTSD June 15 2015

Paddling with PTSDThe Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge is pleased to welcome Trevor Petersen of “Paddling with PTSD” to the Cobourg Waterfront on June 15th. Trevor is ex-military and lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Beginning June 13th Trevor will commence a journey from Toronto to Ottawa on a stand-up paddleboard, using Ontario’s lakes and rivers, to raise awareness of PTSD.

As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, Trevor returned from Afghanistan in 2007 and was diagnosed with PTSD. He was deemed incapable of functioning within the military the following year. Trevor enrolled in the return to work program while awaiting his release. His attempts at sustaining employment continuously failed leading to a downward spiral in his mental health. In 2010, Trevor was medically released from the military. This was an enormous transition, leading to isolation and despair and life became increasingly more unbearable.

As part of his recovery, Trevor decided to learn how to paddleboard, finding it both therapeutic and fun. In the summer of 2013, he was deemed unemployable due to his injury. His desire to be a productive member of society and his love of paddle-boarding were the deciding factors for creating the “Paddling with PTSD” expeditions. Trevor’s goal is to raise awareness of PTSD and to inspire others that are suffering with this illness to strive for a better and more fulfilling life. Last year, “Paddling with PTSD” took Trevor through Alberta to Manitoba. To review last year’s expedition and other information, visit their website The following link provides information about Trevor and his goal of-the-year-paddling-for-ptsd

Trevor is expected to arrive in Cobourg at approximately 5:00 pm., on the beach beside the Cobourg Pier at the bottom of Division Street. CMHA HKPR will have an information booth, beginning at 4:00 p.m., including information on PTSD and our Mental Health Programs and Services. A puppet show presented by CMHA HKPR’s Kids on the Block will take place at 4:15.

Upon his arrival at approximately 5:00 p.m., Trevor will be greeted by local dignitaries and CMHA HKPR Board Members Patti Ley and Starr Olsen, of Cobourg. We welcome the community to join us to celebrate Trevor’s epic journey and learn more about mental health, including PTSD. Any interested skilled kayakers, canoeists and paddleboarders are invited to join Trevor anywhere along the route and are encouraged to be part of the Cobourg welcoming committee.

For the 2015 journey, Trevor has chosen to raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association. Donations can be made to the local CMHA on line at or by sending a cheque to 415 Water Street, Peterborough, Ontario K9H 3L9 or you can make a donation at the event, on June 15th.

For further information on this event please call Kerri Davies at CMHA HKPR 705- 748-6687 ext. 1048 or

Paddling with PTSD

Youth as Agents of Change Training

KWIC Seed for Justice

Great opportunity for youth in our community!

Date: Saturday June 6

Time: 10 AM – 4 PM

Location: Sadleir House

YOUTH AS AGENTS FOR CHANGE is a one-day training bringing youth together to explore youth activism, & develop leadership skills & network with their peers! Local youth have helped us shape the course of the day, so we will be doing some fun leadership development activities, and possibly having an inspiring guest speaker in the morning. After lunch, we will have an afternoon of 2 thought-provoking and skill building workshops on anti-oppression, allyship, and conflict resolution! To the end the day, we’ll open up the circle to some adult allies to share their stories, experiences, and give participants a chance to ask questions and converse.Youth as Agents for Change

The funding for this opportunity is intended to engage youth age 14-19 who may be experiencing marginalization in our community, such as youth who identify as queer, trans*, female, Aboriginal, racialized, newcomer, or from low-income families (some exceptions for allies may be made). The workshop is intended as an intentional space to foster youth networking, leadership & skill development. 25 spots available.


  • Opportunity for free training & networking! Build up your resume, toolkit & make new friends!
  • Intentional space for youth to come together & support one another!
  • Free lunch & bus pass for youth!

    Link to registration is:

Multicultural Canada Day 2015

Multicultural Canada Day

Last year, over 11,000 people enjoyed sharing the foods, crafts and performances brought to Peterborough by newcomers from around the world. Food and craft vendors, sports demonstrations (11am – 1pm), stage performances (1-3pm) and activities for the family – everyone welcome!

With the support of Canadian Heritage, the City of Peterborough, IGNITE Toronto 2015, Generation Solar, Country 105 and Energy 997, the New Canadians Centre Peterborough invites you to participate in the Multicultural Canada Day Festival at Del Crary Park. Each year the New Canadians Centre brings together a fantastic group of international food and craft vendors and stage performers from around the world- all celebrating the rich cultural diversity of Peterborough and Canada.

Through the Day
From 10:00 am until 3:30 pm tents and tables will fill Del Crary Park.  There will be the opportunity to try foods from around the world: Thailand, Russia, Bangladesh, the Caribbean, Greece and many more.  We have new vendors this year who will feature Persian and Mexican cuisines. The New Canadians Centre BBQ will also be on hand for those who prefer their hamburgers and hotdogs.

We encourage everyone to bring their own dishes and cutlery so that we can continue our efforts to Green the event.

From 11:00 am to 1:00pm, join us for great examples of sports that hail from different cultural traditions. The facilitators welcome audience participation. Our multicultural stage show will run from 1:00 to 3:00pm. A wide range of performances will be showcased.

Fun Family Activities (11:00 am – 1:00pm)
Jiu Jitsu, Zumba, Fencing, Archery

Stage Show (1:00-3:00pm)
Wshkiigomang Woman’s Native Hand Drum Singers, Kawartha Music Company, Jerry Jerome & the Cardells Steel Pan Band, Peterborough Scottish Country Dancers, Kawartha Gymnastics, Huairapungo Ecuadorian Ethnocultural Group

Our popular mock Citizenship test will be on hand for everyone to try out, and new activities have been set up to test your knowledge of provincial symbols, flowers and animals. Children can enjoy the face-painting, henna tattoos and field games at the Kids Zone.

Don’t miss out on your chance to win $630 worth of downtown restaurant gift certificates with our “Around the World in 20 Dinners” raffle draw! Raffle tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and are available at the New Canadians Centre, Shish Kabob Hut, Cosmic Charlie’s and Black Honey. The winner will be drawn on July 1 between 2:45 and 3:00pm and will be contacted if they are not present at the draw.

We are looking for volunteers to help with park set up and clean up, NCC BBQ tent, Kids’ Zone activities, water tent, dishwashing tent, and more. If you and your friends can help us for any part of the day, please fill in this application form and email it to Liana Honsinger ( Workplace teams are welcome! Application forms are also available at the NCC office.


Multicultural Canada Day 2015


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