On Thursday, February 17th, the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association will unveil the jerseys it will wear at the Canada Winter Games. All players will wear a purple heart with the letters “D.I.F.D.” on their left chest.
Team Ontario (OWHA’s Canada Winter Games Team) vs Team OWHA Selects (1994 & 1995 birth year)
Westwood Arena, Toronto
Thursday, February 17, 2011
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Luke Richardson will coach and Luke’s daughter, Morgan will be a player for the OWHA select team that will play against Team Ontario.
In November 2010, Daron Richardson, a very talented and bright young lady tragically took her own life. Daron played for the Kanata Ottawa Senators Bantam AA and was a member of Team James at the 2010 Ontario Winter Games. She was the daughter of Ottawa Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson. Luke is Head Coach of Kanata Ottawa Senators Intermediate AA team. Daron’s sister Morgan plays for this team.
Rather than keeping this tragedy to themselves, the Richardson family decided to raise awareness of teen suicide and depression in hopes of preventing further tragedies like Daron’s from occurring. As a result, young people and communities within North America have responded by creating a number of Do It for Daron (D.I.F.D.) activities in an effort to encourage people to speak up, stand up, and make a difference.
The Ontario Women’s Hockey Association has joined the effort to raise awareness about youth mental health issues.
Do it For Daron…..
TALK – have that conversation, raise mental health issues with your children, with your doctor, with their teachers
EMPOWER – empower your children to reach out when they are feeling overwhelmed or down
TAKE ACTION – encourage your children to take positive action in their lives and
discuss their fears
The likelihood that you will suffer from a mental disorder at some point in your life is 1 in 5;
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15‐24 year old Canadians. More than 4,000 young people die prematurely each year.
Involvement brings empowerment, empowerment brings action and action is positive!!