BMO has long been a sponsor of Mental Health programs and initiatives in our community. “Whether it’s managing the many everyday challenges life brings us, to dealing with our mental health or that of a loved one, reaching out for support is the first step,” says Bob Ferris, Regional Vice-President, BMO. “We are so fortunate to have Bluewater Health here in our own community to help us.”

BMO extended that support to Bluewater Health Foundation’s first-ever Block Party held as part of May’s ‘First Friday.’ The Foundation and BMO teamed up with Dan Edwards to plan this event as part of Dan’s ‘Do it for Sarnia’ Campaign to raise funds for Mental Health & Addiction Services at Bluewater Health. BMO’s generous sponsorship contributed to the event’s success, with nearly 500 people in attendance.

Davis Street was closed in front of the Refined Fool Brewery and guests enjoyed local beer and live entertainment by The Rapids and The Eric Etheridge Band. “The event itself supported local businesses, and raised awareness about mental health issues,” says Ferris. “Dan’s dedication and passion and his courage to bring his message to the community and set a goal to raise $150k for mental health services made this an easy decision.” BMO employees added to the high energy of the evening with a prize wheel and giveaways for guests.

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