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New partnership with Organic Ocean Seafood Inc

The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation is pleased and honoured to partner with Organic Ocean Seafood Inc. The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation was formed in 2001 when Kelty, the 17 year old son of Kerry and Ginny Dennehy, took his life from depression related suicide. Since 2001, the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation has raised over $7 million for depression-related suicide. The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation has worked with a multitude of organizations to provide resources such as the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre at BC Children’s Hospital, The Kelty Dennehy Resource Centre at the Hope Centre at Lions Gate Hospital and the online mental health therapy tool KELTYS KEY with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. We are very proud to be the BC regional of partner of the national organization JACK.ORG

For those who suffer from mental illness such as depression, COVID 19 has made it extremely difficult to obtain the resources that they need in a timely manner. Organic Ocean is a company that not only prides itself in providing healthy food to our community but also in supporting those who are addressing the social and mental issues that COVID 19 has left us with. Our mutual association will raise mental health awareness and reduce the stigma of this terrible disease helping sufferers to realize they are not alone and that they can cope with the challenges to lead happy productive lives. Using URL:, ten per cent of all sales from February 1, 2021 to April 30, 2021 will be donated to The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation.

The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundations thanks you for your support. You are helping to make the so needed difference for mental health. Organic Ocean will ship too many communities across Canada so I encourage you send this information on to your friends and family. Here are just some of the communities they will ship to

Please remember when placing your order use ONLY this URL to make sure your donation goes to the foundation

March 11, 2021 | SEE ALL POSTS | Breaking News

We're Back for Mental Health

On Sept.12 at Buffalo Bills 630 PM,the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation is holding a fundraiser called WE’RE BACK. This will be a unique dinner club-dance format featuring Fabulous George and The Zodiacs and Vancouvers own Barney Bentall. Get your tickets soon as we always sell out ( $50) and buy them right here on line. Fairmont Chateau Whistler has a special rate of $259/ nt plus tax,so skip the work stuff and make a long weekend out of it. There will be amazing auction items and other surprises at the event and come on folks, honestly, when is the last time you stayed up late and rocked your socks off at Buffalo Bills? Really!!

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May 22, 2019 | Events | Breaking News | Publicity
Kerry and Ginny receive Order of BC

Kerry and Ginny receive Order of BC

Ginny and Kerry Dennehy were awarded the Order of British Columbia along with 14 other exceptional civic leaders who have dedicated their lives to their passion and as a result made a significant different to our province, Canada and the World.

December 12, 2018 | Breaking News | Publicity
Ginny Dennehy receives a doctorate from Fraser Valley University

Ginny Dennehy receives a doctorate from Fraser Valley University

Ginny Dennehy awarded Honorary Doctorate of Law at University of Fraser Valley for her years of dedication to improving the landscape of youth mental health in Canada and working to remove the stigma of mental illness. To be chosen as an Honourary Doctorate is the highest honour bestowed on an individual. Ginny is a person who has distinguished herself in terms of service, living the values of the University of Fraser Valley, in hopes of inspiring the graduates as they move forward in their lives.

June 12, 2015 | Breaking News | Publicity

Kelty On-Line Therapy Program Announced

Help is just a click away, as VCH introduces the Kelty Online Therapy Service

Recently, the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation donated $500,000 to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation to help fund the development of the Kelty Online Therapy Service at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) - an innovative set of online tools and services to expand support for patients and families impacted by mental illness.

The Kelty Online Therapy Service will offer both self-help and therapist-guided online programs that address common mental health issues. The programs will comprise a series of learning modules that use video, animation and interactive tools such as games, workbooks and role-plays. The modules will be available anytime to anyone, anywhere in the world.

The project is being led by Dr. Christine Korol, a VGH psychologist with extensive experience in integrating technology in evidence-based therapeutic practice, and by Dr. Theo De Gagne, the Regional Psychology Practice Leader at VGH. "What will be unique about the Kelty Online Therapy Service is that we will create our own library of interactive courses, including depression, anxiety, grief, addictions and more. Patients will be able to access the programs whether they are on an inpatient unit, outpatient group or connected to a therapist in the community - and therapists in different services will be able to see the work their patients have previously completed, improving continuity of care," Dr. Korol explains.

The online therapy service will also provide interim support for patients waiting for referrals. It will give patients the flexibility to get treatment outside of regular business hours and from their homes. The on-demand access also means greater accessibility for individuals living in remote areas where counselling services are not as widely available or for those who are unable to leave the home.

The development of the program is underway with plans to release the first module by the end of 2014. The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation is proud to support this cause to significantly improve the lives of those affected by mental illness - closing the gaps and bringing us closer to completing the circle of care.

The Foundations gift is part of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation $82 million campaign to create a new Mental Health Centre that will dramatically improve how patients are able to access care and the environment in which their healing takes place.

The new, eight level, 90,000 square foot mental health centre - named Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre in recognition of the family's $12 million lead gift - will replace the badly deteriorating Health Centre, currently located at West 12th Avenue and Health Street. It will look and feel completely different from what exists today. With 100 private patient rooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom, it will be the largest purpose-built facility of its kind in the province caring for people with mental illness from all walks of life.

August 22, 2014 | Breaking News

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre Opening at New Hope Centre at Lions Gate Hospital

Hope is on the Way

The HOpe Centre (The Greta and Robert H. N. Ho Psychiatry and Education Centre), which has been taking shape at the corner of 13th Street and St. Andrew's Avenue on the Lions Gate Hospital campus in North Vancouver is slated to be fully operational by October.

A visionary facility that will provide enhanced integration of both inpatient and outpatient mental health services, the HOpe Centre will offer an unprecedented synergy of compassionate support and resources for those experiencing mental illness.

One special feature of this support will be a comprehensive information resource centre for individuals and families struggling with mental health issues. This new information centre, to be named The Kelty Dennehy Mental Health Resource Centre, was made possible through a $500,000 donation from the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation.

"We're hoping the resource centre becomes a focal point where people will not only be able to get resources about mental illness, but will also be able to gather and seek out others who are dealing with similar issues," says Ginny Dennehy. "Having funds available for community education is critical in helping all people understand the signs, symptoms and issues surrounding mental health."

The Dennehy resource centre will include both a large resource room and a smaller resource room, together featuring a comfortable seating area, computer stations with internet access, a TV-DVD player and educational literature including books, journals and brochures with information about mental illness.

As a centre for clinical excellence, the contemporary-style HOpe Centre also features The Djavad Mowafaghian UBC Medical Education Centre and a permanent home for BC Ambulance Services. Inherently healing in its design, The HOpe Centre has a lightness, openness and accessibility that helps dissolve the stigma of mental illness.

August 22, 2014 | Breaking News
Park Place CIBC Wood Gundy Donates $15,000

Park Place CIBC Wood Gundy Donates $15,000

The Foundation is thrilled to have another partner onboard. David Melloy and his Park Place CIBC Wood Gundy team donate $15,000

April 16, 2013 | Breaking News
Szocs Family Donates $100,000 to Enough is Enough Campaign

Szocs Family Donates $100,000 to Enough is Enough Campaign

Andy Szocs, a leader and supporter of the Foundation since day one donated $100,000 to the campaign with the challenge to others of donating generously.

Andy and Cheryl are passionate about removing the stigma from depression to make it comfortable for others to come forward for help.

April 12, 2013 | Breaking News
Breathe Fore Life Scholarship

Breathe Fore Life Scholarship

We are happy to announce that our 'Breathe Fore Life' Yoga scholarship in memory of Riley Rae Dennehy will be awarded to a yoga teacher at the Victoria Yoga Conference - Feb 1-3, 2013
See Events 'Fore' Life section for more information.

Application Deadline is December 31, 2012

November 13, 2012 | Events | Breaking News

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