Our Stories

Everyone at Ontario Shores plays a role in enhancing mental health care. Through daily activities, special projects and positive interactions, staff, patients, volunteers and family members work in partnership to foster an environment of discovery, recovery and hope. The hard work and enthusiasm shown by each person involved in the journey to recovery is reflected in our patients’ happiness, well-being and success.  We encourage individuals to share their stories and talk about their accomplishments with pride to advance mental health care and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. See some of our stories below.

How to I participate?

To share your story, or to invite one of our speakers please visit  My Story. My Voice. »
Andrea Marshalla
Andrea - Staff

Andrea's Story
Andrea Marshalla
Doreen - Staff

Doreen's Story
Amanda
Amanda - Staff

Amanda's Story
Julia
Julia - Staff

Julia's Story
Julia
Tracy - Staff

Tracy's Story
Natalie painting on canvas
Nalalie - Patient and Artist
Quiet. Artistic. Humble.
Natalie's Story
Sharlene
Sharlene - Patient
"It's a Wonderful Program"
Sharlene's Story
Yvonne
Yvonne - Patient
"I know I have someone that will listen"
Yvonne's Story
Jennifer
Jennifer - Patient
"I Needed Something More"
Jennifer's Story
Jessica
Jessica - Artist
"I Now Feel Like I Can Be Successful in Life" 
Jessica's Story
Michelle
Michelle - Family
"Mental Illness is the Same as any Chronic Illness" 
Michelle's Story
Nate
Nate - Patient
"I Feel Like I Can Help Others" 
Nate's Story
Utaya
Utaya - Patient
"I’m Very Focused and Independent" 
Utaya's Story
Valene
Valene - Patient
"I Pushed Through My Fear and Started Off Small" 
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Roxanna
Roxanna - Patient
Real Talk on Let’s Talk: This is Mental Illness 
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Robin
Robin - Patient
"I wasn't a bad kid" 
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Carley
Carley - Patient
"Nothing Felt As If It Was Going Right" 
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Brian
Brian - Patient
"I Want to Share My Story to Help Others" 
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Binah Moon
Binah- Artist
"I feel like I always struggled to fit in and I was able to create a beautiful ..."  Read Story
Chelsea
Chelsea - Patient
"I felt like I was never meant to live to see 17." 
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Janet
Janet - Patient
"I am learning how to relax and control my illness." 
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Julie
Julie - Staff
"I take this opportunity to give back in a very meaningful way." 
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Matthew
Matthew - Patient
"Mental illness is only one part of my life, not my life." 
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Rhonda
Rhonda - Family Member
"Our home environment gradually became more and more unbearable'" 
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Rima
Rima - Patient
"We want other families to learn from our experiences." 
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Team Shayne - Family Members
"Every member of our team, those who contribute and share in our pain help to raise money for a great cause." 
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Amanda
Amanda - Volunteer
"It's been an extremely rewarding experience." 
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Simon
Simon - Volunteer
"I encourage students who are looking for research opportunities in mental health to look into Ontario Shores." 
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Mariam
Mariam - Volunteer
"I love it. I want to be here. I want to be a part of this organization." 
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Phyllis
Phyllis' Story of Recovery
"When I first came to Ontario Shores I wasn't well, but I'm feeling a lot better now."
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Dr. Pamela Wilansky-Traynor
Pamela - Psychologist
"Right up until adulthood our brain is continuously changing."
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Brad - an Ontario Shores outpatient
Brad - Patient
"When the doctor told me I had a mental illness my first reaction was denial."
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Maddie - an Ontario Shores Volunteer
Maddie - Volunteer
"You can't walk down the hall without at least three people saying hi."
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Alicia - an Ontario Shores Staff Member
Alicia - Staff
"I started working at Ontario Shores two years ago."
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Sarah - an Ontario Shores Volunteer
Sarah - Volunteer
"The patients have taught me more about myself than I have taught them."
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Sandra - Daughter
"Remember, one phone call can make a difference."
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Steve - a Father of Ontario Shores patients
Steve - Father
"I started noticing behaviours that just didn’t seem right."
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