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Ontario Shores Gave Me Hope

“I can apply mindfulness throughout my day to cope.”
Heather Gallagher
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I was sitting in a general hospital for major depression disorder and generalized anxiety disorder and told I was being transferred to Ontario Shores. 

I had been feeling like I had hit rock bottom.  I knew I could only go up from here.  I was very anxious after hearing this information but was assured I would receive the treatment I needed.

At Ontario Shores I was immediately greeted with kindness.  There was no judgement.  I enrolled myself into Recovery College and recreational activities.  The facilitators created a safe, welcoming and supportive environment.  The facilitator helped me feel good about myself.  My favourite course was Mindfulness.  I learned the power of being in the moment. The past represents depression and the future anxiety.  I learned that being in the moment provides relief and non-suffering.  I started to feel more hopeful and positive about the future.  I knew I was not alone.  I felt connected to others.

The course gave me the opportunity to engage in something meaningful.  I felt like I had a purpose.  I can apply mindfulness throughout my day to cope.

The recreation staff kept us busy with town visits.  I felt in touch with the community.  We played cards, games, gym visits, bingo, etc.  I started to feel confident again to integrate back into the community.

Ontario Shores provided me with a sense of hope that I hadn’t felt in a long time.  I now feel more optimistic about embracing my future.


This story is part of our 2022 - 2023 Annual Report.  We announced the release of our report during our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 2023.  The report was created with input, support and contributions by a team with lived experience, who shared their journey at Ontario Shores.

The report highlights the organization's accomplishments and partnerships. We invite you to view the report by following the link here. We hope you find this report informative and insightful, and we welcome your feedback.

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