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Ontario Miss Mid West and the Mount Forest Lions Club partner up to purchase a Buddy Bench

The Mount Forest Lions Club presented the Ontario Miss Mid West Pageant and #GetInTouchForHutch with a cheque for $700 at their Oct. 19 celebrity bingo night. The funds will be used to purchase a Buddy Bench, which will hopefully be placed at Wellington Heights Secondary School. Pictured, from left: Lion Vern Job; Lion Christine Pfeiffer; Barbara MacArthur, president of the

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Preventing Youth Suicide

Steven Hutchison took his own life in a university dorm room three years ago. His emotional struggles happened in silence. No one close to him realized how deeply his pain reached. Each year, the organization #GetInTouchForHutch holds a fundraising race in Arthur, north of Guelph, in memory of the young man, and to help facilitate dialogue about suicide – encouraging

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Buddy Bench to Inspire Inclusion, Empathy

ABERFOYLE – It’s a seemingly simple piece of furniture, but organizers say it has the power to inspire empathy and inclusion – and perhaps even spark a new friendship. On March 23, Aberfoyle Public School was presented with a “Buddy Bench,” a designated seat in the school where students can sit if they’re looking for a friend to play with

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Buddy Bench to Show Kids They are Never Alone

KENILWORTH – A bright red bench will adorn the Kenilworth Public School playground to help kids see they are never alone. Myrna Hutchison of the Get in Touch for Hutch group presented the school with its “Buddy bench” on Jan. 29. Hutchison referenced the Disney Pixar movie Inside Out to explain emotions and that it is okay to feel sadness

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Battle for Mental Health Raises $10,000

MOUNT FOREST – With the puck drop in front of a packed arena, the 3rd annual “Battle for Mental Health” kicked off at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex on Dec. 22. The charity hockey game between Get In Touch For Hutch and Wes for Youth Online raises money in order to break down barriers for those suffering from

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Dedicated Bench in Arthur

A Buddy Bench, donated to St. John Catholic School, was moved from in front of the office to the outdoors in the playground at the border between the older and younger students play areas. Present for a brief ceremony were Paula Coffey, right, on behalf of the #GetInTouchForHutch group, along with Shirley Coffey, left, on behalf of the school council,

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