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The Miner-Journal is a Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper published at the office of Koskie Publication, 606 Veterans Avenue in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, Canada – Potash Capital of the World.

The Miner-Journal is proud to serve the Potashville area. This area includes the communities of: Esterhazy, Stockholm, Dubuc, Atwater, Bangor, Spy Hill, Tantallon, Yarbo, Gerald, Rocanville, Churchbridge, Langenburg and Bredenbury.

July 25, 2016 issue

2013 July 25

July 25, 2016 issue

Community support for the Hope, Honour and Heroes Walk/Run exceeds all expectations
May 30, 2016 issue
2013 May 30
by Glorianne Kada

by Glorianne Kada
Community support for the Hope, Honour and Heroes Walk/Run held in Stockholm on May 15 truly exceeded all expectations of the event organizers.
Over 250 people attended the mental health awareness event. Donations totalling $11,500 were still rolling in days afterward. These proceeds will be distributed between MacDonald School and Saskatchewan Mental Health Association. The Hope, Honour and Heroes Walk was a combined effort between sisters Shawna Hegedus-Davis, Brandice Hegedus-Marcynuk and Crystal Hegedus-Salkeld, as well as Macdonald School.
Many people entered teams or walked privately for themselves or in support of people they know who struggle with mental health issues and suicide.
“You would see a team and think who are they walking for?" says Shawna. Team Hegy walked for family member Scot Hegedus who died of suicide in November 2009.
“We were there for the same reason but everybody is at a different place as well. For some it was very new to them. We have had almost seven years,” says Shawna.
One of the main focuses of the event was to break the silence surrounding mental health issues and suicide. The sisters aim to start those hard conversations in the community. For some people the topic can be uncomfortable to talk about, but the event is a starting point.
One of the prominent moments of the event was the speech given at the end of the day by Brandice who spoke about her brother Scot’s suicide and the family’s healing journey since then.
“I knew I had to speak at the end. I felt like I had something to say and I felt like people agreed with me. It’s personal and its very opinionated on my perspective about everything. I feel like it’s something that the more we can talk about that, I feel like more people are going to have more to say. That was the point, just to lay it all out there,” Brandice explains.
People did have more to say, as the sisters found out after the event.
“After everything was said and done we just sat together and we were receiving texts and emails saying thank you, thanks for doing this, we needed this, I needed this, or see you next year,” says Shawna.
When the sisters went home after the event, Brandice explains how their phones were going off and dinging like crazy with messages from people who attended. The sisters read the messages and shared with each other what people had to say.
“I think that alone is what made everything worth it for us,” says Brandice. “People felt the energy from that day and they were touched by that.”
Even in the days before, the sisters were receiving emails from people who said they struggled with depression and would be attending the walk. Shawna talks about going downtown and people catching her in the grocery store and saying that the event is just great because their kids needs this or their spouse needs this.
“The amount of emails that were being sent to us privately floored me. I am not sure that we expected that,” says Brandice. “I really don’t know what we were expecting, but it wasn’t this. I didn’t think we would affect so many people before the day it even happened.”
Bringing the Hope, Honour and Heroes Walk/Run Home
The Hegedus sisters took their first steps towards healing at the Andrew Dunn Run held in Winnipeg Man. They have been participating in the run for about five years now.
It all started when Crystal saw a flyer for the Andrew Dunn Run being held in Winnipeg where she lives. Sisters Shawna and Brandice were on board immediately and told Crystal that they were doing that run with her.
Shawna explains how in the time shortly after their brother’s suicide, their family wasn’t in a good place. So when Crystal contacted them and asked them if they were interested in putting in a team, that run is what started the healing process.
Now the Hegedus sisters are paying it forward to the community where they grew up with their brother. The sisters have been planning to bring home an event for mental health awareness because there is not anything else like it in the area.
“We have always wanted to do something locally, and we didn’t know how to go about doing it,” explains Shawna. “That’s when Reg Leidl contacted me and asked if we would be interested. Reg knew we participated in the Andrew Dunn Run. He knew Scot as well.”
The sisters formed a committee with Mcdonald School to organize the event. Brandice explains how it was important to Reg Leidl, principal of Mcdonald School, to create a mental health awareness event for people to come out and be together. The event was aimed at youth and families with their kids. It became much bigger than that and reached out to a larger audience of people from all ages who are struggling with mental health issues.
Shawna highlights the future plans to continue their partnership with Macdonald School to host an annual event. “We strongly feel that if you can grow happy healthy kids, that’s the start. What they are doing there is amazing.”
“We couldn’t have asked for a better first annual run,” Shawna credits the amount of people and the sense of community to creating a successful day. “At the end of the day, it was the people that mattered the most! Everyone at the event had their own stories or reasons for attending. It was incredible and overwhelming at times, to see such a large number of people come together with one focus: to break the silence, rebuild hope and remember those with honour.”

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