Petition update

Rally for Riverview Update

Coalition for a Healthy Riverview

Apr 21, 2017 — We continue to grow stronger!

We are very pleased that MLA Selina Robinson made a statement in the Legislature in March and MP Fin Donnelly made a statement in Parliament on April 11th calling on the Federal Government to support the work of the CHR.

We were also present at the announcement on April 17th by John Horgan committing to keeping the Riverview Lands in public hands and used for the purposes of Mental Health (see attached photo) as well as committing to dedicating a Ministry to Mental Health and Addictions.

We now have over 900 people signed up to our Coalition for a Healthy Riverview facebook group.

We feel that we are getting close to attaining the momentum and support we need to restore Riverview as a modernized Centre of Excellence for Mental Health set within the existing arboretum and surrounding green-space.

Our next action is the RALLY FOR RIVERVIEW to be held on the public lawns of the Riverview Lands. This is an unsanctioned event so it is critical that we have a huge turn-out and media presence. We already have several hundred people expressing interest in attending, prior to reaching out to the media.

We are asking everyone who is concerned about the lack of modernized, accessible mental health and addictions care to come out and stand with the Coalition for a Healthy Riverview in sending a clear message to all our political candidates that we must keep Riverview in public hands for the purpose of Mental Health.

Please attend the Rally and help us to spread the word far and wide. As you know, we have received an overwhelming number of petition signatures and heart-felt, sometimes devastating :( comments from people with respect to mental health and the need to re-open modernized Mental Health and Addictions services at Riverview.

Here are the details:

Sunday April 30th
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Speakers and live entertainment
People, including families are encouraged to picnic and enjoy an afternoon together under the trees.
Enter at Colony Farm entrance for directions
No washroom facilities on-site
Speakers include:

Fin Donnelly
Member of Parliament (Port Moody-Coquitlam)

Selina Robinson
MLA (Coquitlam-Maillardville)

Matt Toner
Deputy Leader of the Green Party

Dr Elaine Golds
Founding member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists, a well known local environmentalist and an outspoken advocate for retaining the Riverview Lands.

Kofi Bonnie
Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Mental Health Program at St. Paul's Hospital, a Psychiatric Nursing Instructor at Douglas College and a very engaging speaker.

James Bobick
Horticultural Supervisor for the City of Port Coquitlam, CHR member with passion and expertise around the botanical aspects of the Riverview Lands

Dr Amy Lubik
Guitar and vocals

We hope that we can count on your support to help us keep the Riverview Lands in public hands for the purpose of Mental Health.

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