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Canada Life announces support for mental health through art therapy programs

October 25, 2019

Patrick Corrigan, General Director, Opéra de Montréal, Jo-Anne Duchesne, Director of Operations, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, and Monique Maynard, President, Quebec Affairs, Canada Life.

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The organization’s current commitments to help improve Quebecers’ mental well-being total more than $250,000

Montreal, October 25, 2019. . . Canada Life announced today its continued commitment towards mental health by supporting innovative projects such as art and music therapy programs with the Art Hive of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and YO’péra of Opéra de Montréal. Celebrating the organization’s commitment to mental health in Quebec, Canada Life hosted this morning a mental health break at the Art Hive of the Museum during which some of its employees and other participants took part in an art therapy activity guided by Stephen Legari, Educational Programs Officer, Art Therapy at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and experienced first hand the beneficial effects of art on mental health.

“It was amazing to see first hand how art can help improve the mental health of Quebecers, which is one of our key priorities across Canada,” said Monique Maynard, President, Quebec Affairs, Canada Life. “There are so many innovative initiatives from organizations right here in Quebec. We are proud of our partnerships with these organizations. They are truly at the forefront when it comes to mental health.”

One such organization is the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

"Canada Life has supported us for several years, and this year, they’ve made an important gesture towards the community by renewing their commitment to the development of the Art Hive and our art therapy programs,” said Danielle Champagne, Director General, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Foundation. “Thanks to their support and significant actions in favour of mental health prevention in Montreal, we can bring the expertise of our teams to health organizations and their patients."

Canada Life is also excited to be the first corporate donor to Opéra de Montréal's YO'péra project. The project brings together young people, aged between 15 to 24, who suffer from mental illness and who are reinventing themselves through creation to facilitate their return to the community.

"Opéra de Montréal is very pleased to have found in Canada Life a partner that is sensitive to the benefits of music and a creative approach to working with young people struggling with mental health issues,” said Pierre Vachon, Director, Civic Impact and Education, Opéra de Montréal. “The YO'péra project, in collaboration with the CHU Ste-Justine, allows about 15 young people to be the artisans, artists and performers of the process of creating a mini-opera, inspired by an existing work. This co-creation project gives them access to the power of art in all its dimensions and leads them on a transformative adventure of self-discovery."

In addition, Canada Life is proud to support the Canadian Mental Health Association, Quebec Division, the Fondation de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, and the Groupe entreprises en santé – all to help support, research and provide tools to help ensure a better life for people affected directly or indirectly by mental health problems.

About Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life are leading insurance, wealth management and benefits specialists, focused on improving the financial, physical and mental well-being of Canadians. Under the new Canada Life brand, we help Canadians achieve their potential, every day. Our customers across Canada have trusted us to provide for their financial security needs and deliver on the promises we have made. Together, we serve the financial security needs of more than 13 million people across Canada and provide a wide range of products and services for individuals, families and business owners.

As an Imagine Caring Company, we support the principles of corporate citizenship and benchmarks for community investment established by Imagine Canada. Our companies contribute at least one per cent of pre-tax profit in support of the communities where our employees and customers live and work. This includes $13.3 million in contributions to non-profit, charitable and community organizations in 2018.

Media Relations:

Élise Bilodeau
Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Québec
Canada Life
514-350-4640
elise.bilodeau@gwl.ca

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