Cancelled: Ruth Kelly Thought Leadership Event – April 22 – Edmonton Convention Centre

Ruth Kelly Thought Leadership Series – With COVID-19 affecting all of our lives, BGCBigs and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region is doing what we can to protect the safety and health of the community, our children and their families.

We have been carefully monitoring the progression of COVID-19 and have been following the advice of the Canadian health authorities. BGCBigs and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region is committed to providing the healthy development of our community by providing safe places.

It is unfortunate as we understand the need for mental health supports are essential, especially at this time. However, due to directions from AHS as well as each of our organizations, we need to cancel the 3rd Ruth Kelly Thought Leadership series on April 22, 2020.

We thank you for your support, we will be issuing refunds for anyone who has purchased a ticket thus far and we will be in communication with you if our event has potential to be held at a future date.  

We know now, more than ever, that we all need to be supporting one another and staying connected. Please support your family, friends and community by reaching out to one another and finding out who needs support in these trying times. If you or any member of your family require any extra support during this time please visit:


BGCBigs and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region

To raise awareness about mental health in our community, we’re proud to share that tickets are now on sale for the Ruth Kelly Thought Leadership Series 3rd Panel on April 22nd, 2020 from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Edmonton Convention Centre, hosted by BGCBigs and United Way of Alberta Capital Region!

The Ruth Kelly Thought Leadership Series was created in 2019 as a way to honour Ruth Kelly’s memory for candid, respectful dialogue and debate over controversial or sensitive issues in our society.

About the panel:

Being patient with yourself and with others: A Conversation about Stigma, Help and Hope.

In the third panel of the Ruth Kelly Thought Leadership series, enjoy lunch and conversation with those who have navigated mental health challenges themselves, and with individuals who are closest to them. How can we as a community help lift the stigma and help support each other in loving one another for who we are? How do we have conversations about mental health and well-being in the family, in a respectful way?

This panel will be moderated by First Lady & BGCBigs Big Sister Sarah Chan.

Knowing that stigma exists around mental health and its challenges, it can take a lot of strength and courage for individuals to talk openly about their experiences. Panel members have gone through their own mental health challenges, and are willing to have a vulnerable conversation about their journeys and the supports that helped them (or not) through it all.

Let’s show up together and have these important conversations within our families and communities.