Mental Health Initiative “Reboots” in Charles Clark Square


Wellness Wednesdays, also known as Walking Wednesdays, part of the Sole Focus Project for mental health awareness, are back for another season in downtown Windsor!

“Engaging in physical activity in nature is some of the best medicine for our mental health; it nourishes our bodies and revitalizes our spirits,” says Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor-Essex County Branch (CMHA-WECB) Chief Executive Officer Nicole Sbrocca. “The CMHA-WECB is pleased to be part of Wellness Wednesdays, where we enjoy both the mental and physical benefits.”

Wellness Wednesdays started eight years ago to encourage employees of Caesars Windsor and the City of Windsor to take a healthy fitness break during their workday. Participants enjoy a 1-kilometre walk through the downtown along the riverfront and back to work, and teal is the colour of choice to show support for the effort. 

“Fitness has always been a part of my life, so I know firsthand the benefits being active provides for both mind and body,” said Ward 3 Councillor Renaldo Agostino. “Having City staff and all the other agencies downtown walking is good for them both physically and mentally, and good for our core too, so please keep walking every day.”

The walk has grown over the years, with the University of Windsor, St. Clair College, Windsor Police Service, Windsor Fire and Rescue Services, and Windsor Public Library all taking part.

To learn more, visit the Sole Focus Project on the CMHA-WECB website.

Partner Quotes:

“Caesars Windsor is proud to walk with our community to take a stand for mental health in support of the Sole Focus Project. This walk gives us the opportunity to promote mental health education, awareness, and support for our employees.” - Kevin Laforet, President, Caesars Windsor

“Windsor Fire and Rescue Services is proud to support the Sole Focus Project. We are excited to join this Wellness Downtown Core Partnership to recognize the importance of mental health and wellness in our community.” - Windsor Fire and Rescue Services Chief Stephen Laforet

"The college is honoured to, once again, sponsor and participate in the CMHA's Sole Focus event. If they aren't enjoying the exercise and camaraderie of the walk-a-thon, I'm sure staff and students will be wearing their teal to show that all Saints are committed to destigmatizing mental health conditions, and to advocating for enhanced access to emotional wellness services in our community." - St. Clair College President Patti France

“Mental health challenges can affect anyone, including first responders. The Windsor Police Service is committed to supporting services and initiatives that enhance health and wellness for everyone in our community.” - Jason Bellaire, Chief of Police, Windsor Police Service
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