(Queen’s Park) – Today, during a private member’s statement in the Ontario legislature, Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece recognized the second annual #GetInTouchForHutch race.
Pettapiece highlighted the strength and hard work of the Hutchison family, who have made a mission of removing the stigma that is attached to mental illness. He also celebrated the Arthur community, which has come together to honour Steven’s memory, raising awareness and funds for charities that provide essential services to youth.
The following is the text of his remarks:
“Today, I would like to recognize the second annual Get in Touch for Hutch race.
“On June 28 in Arthur, around 600 participants joined together to raise $50,000 for mental health initiatives and to end the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
“The walk and run honours the memory of Steven Hutchison.
“Steven was a great student, a talented athlete and had a strong presence in his community. Tragically, in 2013, he took his own life.
“Steven’s family, friends, and community have rallied together to raise awareness about mental health issues, and end the stigma that so many people face.
“That stigma is what prevented Steven from reaching out for help.
“His family is dedicated to ensuring that youth have ways to talk about their struggles. They have partnered with charities that provide youth the assistance they need, when they need it.
“To Kevin, Myrna and Stu – your drive and tireless work to remove the stigma that is attached to mental health is inspirational.
“To all those who were a part of this year’s Get In Touch for Hutch Race, thank you for your generous contributions and your involvement in this important cause.”