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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Wes For Youth Hockey Tournament Underway

Walkerton | by Robyn Garvey  

Action will be spread out across different venues including: Walkerton, Durham & Mildmay.

The 7th annual Wes For Youth High School Hockey Tournament is taking place today and tomorrow.

14 teams (8 male and 6 female) from as far away as North Bay and Kitchener are participating in the two day high school hockey event.

The fundraiser involves high school students from across the province who come together to lace up their skates in support of free online Wellness and Emotional Support for youth.

The hockey action will be spread out across three different venues including: Walkerton,  Durham and Mildmay.

The annual tournament, inspired by youth aims to promote positive mental health through physical activity and team building on the ice.

As an added bonus special guest Clint Malarchuk a retired goaltender with the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres will be on hand to share his own struggles with mental health with the student hockey players, he will also provide a talk at Sacred Heart High School.

Spokesperson Janet Wright encourages the public to come to one of the participating arenas and cheer the kids on.

The big bye-out game between Sacred Heart High School and the Walkerton District Community School takes place today, (Tuesday 20th) the boys game begins at 11:45 and the girls at 1 pm.

Donations will be accepted at the door.

Wright says with the communities support as well as sponsorship dollars, they hope to raise 10 thousand dollars this year through the hockey tournament to provide more youth with greater help and resources to combat mental health.

Wes For Youth provides support to youth through online professional counselling in a safe, secure and confidential manner.

The hockey tournament was created in memory of Wes Cameron an avid hockey player who tragically took his own life in 2011 at the age of 16.

With the help of Wes' family - Wes For Youth Online was created to provide support youth struggling with mental health issues.

Wright says over the years Wes For Youth Online has outgrown its Bruce Grey borders and currently has over 800 youth registered from across the province.


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