Brian had cycled in and out of depression since the late 70’s. Five years ago, he was one of the clients I served while in placement at Canadian Mental Health Association Huron Perth. Following placement I chose to continue as a one to one volunteer serving Brian.
Brian and I have been doing something together almost every week for six years now. The highlight has always been an annual day trip to a location of Brian’s choice. We went to Grand Bend two years in a row and then we did a day trip together to Sauble Beach. He always ensured it was somewhere with a mini putt, and Brian is really competitive.
I think he won two of the three rounds. With another friend from his group we went to Toronto so he could see his beloved Detroit Tigers thump the Jays… and they did. His favourite trips however, have been to Comerica Park in Detroit to watch the Tigers play at home base. We had to get him a passport for those trips and Brian intends to get his money’s worth. He insists that our annual day trips will probably be to Comerica Park. We’ve already got this year’s trip planned. His friend from group, who in good nature ribs Brian about the Tigers, joined us last year and will be with us again this year, Tigers’ hats only of course.
CMHA HP has been an incredible support for Brian providing subsidized housing, case management services, one to one support, special needs loan and grants when needed, special events outing, and always with dignity and respect.
Dan Hyland – CMHA Huron Perth volunteer