B.C. first responders will be recognized and supported when former NHL star Theo Fleury comes to Kelowna next year.
Fleury, a 15-year hockey pro turned motivational speaker, comes to Kelowna to bring attention to the mental health challenges first responders face at the event named, Inspire Kelowna.
In partnership with the BC First Responder Resiliency Program, the Kelowna Professional Firefighters’ Charitable Society and the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund, Fleury shares stories from his own personal recovery to recognize the help first responders need.
In 2009, Fleury’s autobiography detailed his life’s struggles during his professional career which included drug addiction, sexual abuse and mental illness. Playing with Fire was a Canadian best-seller and gave insight to Fleury’s life as a Stanley Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist all the while battling his inner demons.
On the event’s website, it reads that 22 fire responders were lost due to suicide in 2018.
The Inspire Kelowna charity event will support firefighters and other first responders across the province.
“Audiences will leave Inspire Kelowna feeling motivated to confront challenges and heartened that quitting is never an option,” reads the site.
Inspire Kelowna is Jan. 11 at the Kelowna Community Theatre.
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