Free Registration Opens on March 15th!

Join us virtually April 22, 2021 at 11:00AM as BGCBigs and United Way Alberta Capital Region presents The Ruth Kelly Thought Leadership Series: Love Me For Who I Am.

This virtual speaker’s series will focus on lifting the stigma and navigate mental health challenges in the family. Our speaker panel have gone through their own mental health challenges and are eager share their unique journeys to break the barriers on the important of well-being within the family.

Mental Health in the Family Speakers:

  • Neil Campbell – at the age of nine, Neil was molested by a trusted neighbor, the abuse continued for a year. He followed the path of many survivors including depression, substance abuse and attempted suicide. By sharing his story, Neil hopes to let other men and boys know they are not alone and help is out there.
  • Brian McNary – Brian was diagnosed with Schizophrenia in 2014. Brian struggled in his early twenties – dealing with addition, depression and isolation with led to homelessness. Brian has spent the last four years as a support working assisting others with mental and physical conditions and volunteering his time to enrich the community. You can find his story, listen to his music, and read his poetry and thoughts about life at

  • Averie McNary – Averie has 30+ years as a lawyer and policy maker, three post secondary degrees, and a couple of decades as a mom to three active sons (including Brian) … and she thought she knew it all. But then came a some very unexpected years of trial, error, and a whole lot more learning and experience – this time about serious mental illness and how family and community can support the person on his recovery journey.

  • Sarah Chan – Sarah Chan (MA) is a musician, teacher, social advocate, and mother of two. As a small business owner, she runs a private piano studio that services over 30 students each week. As a social advocate, Sarah founded and Chairs Dentons Make Your Mark: United Way’s youth activation program. She also co-Chaired United Way’s campaign cabinet from 2016-2018. And, she currently serves as a board member on both the Telus and CN community giving boards in Edmonton. Sarah is a mentor with BGCBigs; an Honorary Patron for YESS; a member of the mentor team at the Peter Lougheed Leadership College (UofA); and, a public speaker focussing on community change and youth & women in leadership. Sarah loves to dabble in the performing arts. She is one half of mèi mèi, a ukulele. She also races sails boats and rides bikes.

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