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A huge thank you to everyone who participated and helped us raise awareness of mental health and reduce stigma! We are pleased to have raised some monies in support of our programs and services. Be sure to follow us on our Defeat Depression Facebook Page and Twitter Page.


The Canal Pursuit for mental health is a 750 km run by Clay Williams along the Trent Severn Canal from Port Severn to Trenton, across to Kingston, then up the Rideau Canal to Ottawa ending on Parliament Hill at the Centennial Flame. To help raise awareness and funds for mental health issues in cooperation with the Mood Disorders Society of Canada.

DATE: AUGUST 28, 2015 to October 18, 2015 (PAST)
LOCATION: Starting at Lock #45 in Port Severn and ending on Parliament Hill
OCTOBER 17 RUN: Starting at Bain Park entrance near CFB Trenton. Ending at Kingston Mills lock just north of Kingston.


MDSC President, John Starzynski, Presents Clay Williams with the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, Marg Starzynski Award for Mental Health Leadership.
Clay, through the record setting Canal Pursuit run this year, exemplified personal dedication and leadership.  Gaining strength from the personal experiences within his family, Clay and the Canal Pursuit team have greatly increased awareness of mental health issues, and have rallied the running community and engaged so many people to make change and to talk about mental illness. Our most sincere congratulations and appreciation to Clay and his team.

A Special Thank-You from Clay

In the early stages of the run, I was pretty confident, felt strong and the crew and I had many of our necessities planned out, or at least had a general idea of what we were going to do. But as the run progressed and became more physically demanding, I became much much more dependent on the crew and the pacers for ALL of my decision making, and the crew had less and less pre-arranged. I am SO thankful for all of the pacers and spouses and friends who passed on messages, answered our calls for help, brought supplies, washed stinky laundry, offered encouragement and prayers, and took care of me, the cranky old runner who was never really sure what time it was or what day it was. Also, as the run progressed, all of the short (and long) conversations that I had with pace runners and people we met in the road have been a confirmation that what I was doing was really important, because depression affects many more people than I had thought.


On Sept 13 at 3pm, I was called to the lunch room at work. My boss, Ian Wells, VP of Operations, had asked everyone in the company to get together, in my honour. He had put together a presentation about my run, including some photos from our Facebook page and the course map, as well as the CBC News clip about the end of the run in Ottawa. The presentation ended with a Q&A session, and presentation of a significant donation, from the company and from the employees!

Clay's employer's Sumitomo Drive Technologies represented by
Ian Wells, VP of Operations presents him with a sizable donation.



CBC Ottawa on Friday, the short piece about Canal Pursuit 

Connect with us through our page Canal Pursuit Facebook and Canal Pursuit Twitter 

Schedule-Approximate times at each location:
Opening Ceremonies
Stonewall Lane & Port Severn Road, Port Severn

 6 AM August 28
 Run starts near Lock 45 in Port Severn
  7 AM
 August 28
 Orillia near Casino Rama / Atherley
  10 PM
 August 28
 Kirkfield  7:30 AM August 29
 Bobcaygeon  9:30 PM August 29
 Burleigh Falls
  9:30 AM
 August 30
 Peterborough  7:30PM August 30
 Campbellford10 AMAugust 31
 Quinte West
10 PM
 August 31
 Davis Lock
 6 PM
 September 2
 Newboro 3 AM
 September 3
 Smith Falls
 5 PM
 September 3
 Kemptville 4 AM
 September 4
 Ottawa- Parliament Hill
 7:30 PM
 September 4
CFB Trenton to Kingston Mills7:00 AM
October 17 

Check out our informational video at https://vimeo.com/117718135


Join the Move For Mental Health Challenge. Clay will be resting for two hours after every 10 hours of running, but depression never rests. So, during those two hours, we encourage you to get active with your own fundraiser! You can run, walk, cross train, spin, knit, swim.....just move!

This is your chance to participate and help us raise awareness of mental health and reduce stigma when you register for the Move For Mental Health Challenge.  Create your own fundraising page, upload a photo, share your inspiration and ask your friends and family to donate/sponsor you. Register Now!

Inline images 1A special thanks to Mr. Harold Albrecht of Kitchener-Conestoga for his support. Mr. Albrecht joined Clay on a training run to support mental health awareness and promote Clay's Canal Pursuit for Mental Health.

Harold Albrecht, MP Kitchener-Conestoga
Chair, Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development

 News Release - Canal Pursuit for Mental Health.pdf

Clay Williams & Harold Albrecht, MP Kitchener-Conestoga, St. Jacobs
 Clay Williams, Opening Ceremonies, Port Severn (Click here to see more photo's)





 Overdrive Automotive - KitchenerConnor Chiropratic
 Loaring Personal CoachingRoot's Canada
 Sweet U Printing Knots 'n' Joints Wellness Therapy
 Maple Tap Farms eLoad
 StaplesParks Canada


 Mr. Pierre Poilievre, MP Nepean-Carleton The Township of Brock
 Lou Rinaldi, MPP Northumberland-Quinte West
 City of Quinte West
 Garfield Dunlop, MPP Simcoe North
 Township of Ramara
 Mayor Bryan Paterson, City of Kingston Township of Rideau Lakes
 Mayor Shawn Pankow, Town of Smiths Falls  Municipality of Trent Hills
 SEGBAY Chamber of Commerce  Town of Smiths Falls


Click here to listen to Clay's interview with Ted Michaels 


Join the run! Fill out the online registration form by selecting the  Register Now button.
Once you have registered, the system will automatically create a customizable fundraising page for you to invite friends to pledge you. If you know of people who might want to register, but who don't have access to the Internet, please have them contact the local Event Coordinator.  Contact Us

We are raising funds to support mental health initiatives of the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. Show your support through a   Donation today!

We can always use a helping hand. If you are interested in volunteering at this local event, or would like to become part of our local organizing team, please complete this online Volunteer Form.
Spread the word to your friends and family and ask for their support.
Connect with us through our page Canal Pursuit Facebook and Canal Pursuit Twitter

Your participation is very important to us because RAISING AWARENESS and ERASING THE STIGMA associated with depression are important goals of this event. Regardless of whether you're providing a donation, we welcome you to participate! Please Register Now!

Local Event Hosts

Event Goal
$15,000.00 CAD
$0.00 CAD
$12,594.51 CAD
$12,594.51 CAD
Top Fundraisers
1 - Clay Williams
$4,145.00 CAD
2 - Saskatoon Fundraisers
$2,641.91 CAD
3 - Kimberley Van Delst
$735.00 CAD
4 - Rachael Bell
$160.00 CAD
5 - Rae Mcdonald
$150.00 CAD