No more silence - The Jack.org Story
February 4th, 1:00-3:00 pm
Our first speaker of the New Year is Eric Windeler, founder and Executive Director of Jack.org. Eric spoke to our group four years ago and we felt it was time to have him back to learn how The Jack Project became Jack.org.
Eric Windeler is a father and full-time advocate for youth mental health. Jack.org is the legacy of his son Jack Windeler who in March 2010, as a first-year student at Queenʼs University, tragically and unexpectedly died by suicide. Eric started Jack.org with his wife Sandra Hanington and their closest friends in May 2010. Since then, Eric has put aside his business interests and leads Jack.org full-time. Eric has an instrumental role in all aspects of the project and works tirelessly to inspire discussion about mental health, especially among young people. His efforts extend to fundraising and partnership development with key mental health experts and organizations across the country. In 2013, Eric was the recipient of the Champion of Mental Health award from the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and a recipient of the QE Diamond Jubilee Medal, celebrating his outstanding contributions to the field of Canadian mental health. Eric also sits on the board of Partners for Mental Health, a national charity.