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UBCO President and Mental Health Advocate, Santo J. Ono, will share on the current mental health epidemic and his own personal journey through depression and bi-polar disorder. “Suicide is a real risk for university- age youth and we need them to know they are not alone," says Ono.

On January 30, 2020, Pushor Mitchell LLP & Third Space Life Charity are proud to host This is What Hope Looks Like with Santa J. Ono, 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia. Tickets are $65 available through Eventbrite. Tickets include one drink ticket, grazing appetizers, and presentation by Santa Ono.

Professor Santa J. Ono is the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, a global centre for research and teaching with 64,000 students, 16,500 faculty and staff, and a $2.5 billion operating budget. Prior to his appointment in 2016, he served as president of the University of Cincinnati. Inside Higher Education named him America's most notable university president in 2015. As a professor of medicine and biology, Professor Ono has worked at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University College London, and Emory universities. Ono has used social media to spread awareness about mental illness and to share his own struggles as a high-achieving student who battled and beat depression. More Info on Santa Ono: https://president.ubc.ca/about-the-president/

This event is a fundraiser for Third Space’s Community Care Program. In 2018/2019, Third Space provided counselling to over 1,500 students at UBCO. Third Space now has a permanent space in the University to help meet the need. All funds raised will go to providing additional counselling services to UBCO students. As with all donations to Third Space, funds raised at this event will be doubled dollar for dollar by a private donor.

This event would not have been possible without the generous support of Pushor Mitchell LLP, RBC and RBC Dominion Securities.

Founded by Ken and Linda Stober, Third Space Life Charity is a registered charity focused on filling gaps in mental health care in our community. To date, the charity has provided over 1500 hours of free counselling on campus to UBCO students, and has provided subsidized counselling to hundreds of individuals. Mental health and hope. For everyone. https://www.thirdspacecanada.org/