Galloping for recovery

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ST. NORBERT

The Behavioural Health Foundation in St. Norbert hosted its first “fun run” thanks to the ongoing efforts of one of the organization’s former clients.

The five-kilometre run/walk took place on Sept. 18 and aimed to raise funds and awareness to support the work the Behavioural Health Foundation does for families and adults living with addictions and mental health in our community, organizer Sean Gallop said.

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The five kilometre run/walk took place on Sept. 18 and aimed to raise funds and awareness to support the work the Behavioural Health Foundation does for families and adults living with addictions and mental health in our community, said organizer Sean Gallop, 51.

“The Behavioural Health Foundation saved my life,” Gallop added. “I consider them my family and I consider it my home now. It didn’t just save my life, it saved lots of other peoples’ lives too.”

In 2006, Gallop was addicted to drugs and alcohol and living on the streets. He was introduced to the Behavioural Health Foundation through Health Sciences Centre’s addictions unit, and quickly fell in love with its services.

In 2007, when Gallop left the program, he was able to stay clean and continue volunteering and working with the organization before deciding to go to law school in 2018.

The Behavioural Health Foundation is located on a 15-acre site in St. Norbert, adjacent to the St. Norbert Community Centre and the Red River.

The organization offers women’s programming, addictions treatment services, intake and outreach as well as Indigenous, clinical and support services.

“All through my recovery I was a big runner and jogger. I used to run at a pretty high level and competed in some Iron Man challenges,” Gallop said, adding that he started a weekly volunteer cardio club at the Behavioural Health Foundation in 2014.

“I always wanted to do a fun run for the cardio club, so I thought we could do something that combines both. That’s where the idea came from. It’s for the community but also for the residents so they have something they’re training for all year.”

Gallop, 51, hopes the fun run, which is free to individuals accessing treatment services from any addictions facility in Winnipeg, will become an annual event.

“We’re trying to give them something to look forward to and work towards … something that gives them motivation to get on the right track in their recovery,” Gallop said.

The run also marked the Behavioural Health Foundation’s 50th anniversary.

“This is also a way to get our name out,” Gallop said.

“This is the first year, but there’s intentions of running this annually. It can be something for the residents to mark on their calendars and look forward to. It’s an opportunity to do something good.”

For more information about the Behavioural Health Foundation and to donate, visit www.bhf.ca

Kelsey James

Kelsey James
Community Journalist

Kelsey James is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. She graduated from Red River College’s creative communications program in 2018 as a journalism major and holds a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric, writing and communications from the University of Winnipeg. A lifelong Winnipegger who grew up in southwest Winnipeg, Kelsey is thrilled to be covering the neighbourhoods she still calls “home.”

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