Speak Up

Tell us about mental health-related barriers to physical activity

Take the Enabling Minds survey at

Your responses to the Enabling Minds survey will help us understand the issues that create barriers and prevent access to physical activity programs and services at community centres, private fitness clubs, health care providers, public parks, schools, sports clubs, and other organizations.

We want to hear from:

  • Individuals with lived experience of mental illness
  • Caregivers, friends and family members of people experiencing mental health issues.
  • Individuals and organizations that provide sport, fitness or recreation services in Ontario (including employers and managers, fitness instructors, occupational therapists, frontline staff, membership coordinators, and marketing and communications staff)
  • Volunteers in the sport, fitness and recreation sector
  • Consumer/survivor initiatives and self-help groups
  • Peer supporters
  • Mental health service providers
  • Researchers with an interest in physical activity and mental health
  • Community organizations providing supports or services for people with mental health-related disabilities
  • Anyone who can help us understand barriers and identify solutions

The survey will take about 20 to 25 minutes to complete. You may pause at any time, save your answers, and return later to finish the survey. Responses are completely anonymous.

If you have any questions about the survey or require assistance in completing it, please contact:

Mary Catherine Mehak Enabling Minds Project Coordinator


Got “Junk”? Why not donate?

What might be “junk” to you, has the potential of becoming amazing pieces of artwork!

Spark of Brilliance is looking for supplies that can be used in Art and Craft workshops!

The possibilities are endless, but here are some ideas of things, that instead of sitting in your junk drawer or closet, could be used more creatively:

  • ribbon and trim
  • beads and buttons and other embellishments
  • stickers
  • knitting, crochet and embroidery supplies
  • Tools: scissors, glue sticks glue guns
  • fabric – scraps are great, too!
  • paper materials – magazines, old books, music sheets, postcards, old photos, wrapping paper, tissue paper…

If you are interested in donating supplies to Spark of Brilliance, please email Marcey at or call 519-763-4014 ext. 207.

Spark of Brilliance is Looking for Creative Volunteers!


Spark of Brilliance is a non-profit organization that promotes healing and recovery through the expressive arts for people living with mental health issues and their support allies.

We provide arts-based workshops at no charge for our participants.

We are looking for individuals who would like to share their artistic and creative talents with others!

  • painting
  • theatre
  • knitting
  • crocheting
  • embroidery
  • mixed media
  • drawing
  • doll-making
  • ceramics and pottery
  • papier-mache
  • creative writing
  • woodworking and woodcarving
  • bead work and jewelry making
  • dance and movement
  • sewing
  • lettering
  • paper crafts
  • …and more…

There are a variety of volunteer activities just waiting for you to explore! We hope you find one of these volunteer opportunities to be matched with your personal goals.

If you are interested in sharing your talents and knowledge with Spark of Brilliance, please contact Marcey at or call 519-763-4014 ext. 207. We look forward to meeting with you!

Please feel free to print this flyer and share it with others who may be interested!