Open Minds, the Douglas Foundation’s signature event, took place Thursday, February 21, at the Théâtre Paradoxe.

More than 500 guests attended this fantastic event, co-chaired by Marie-Claude Boucher (BCF), Michel Brutti (Jarislowsky Fraser) and Debra Margles (Michael Kors Canada). Thanks to the support of our many partners and generous donors, the Foundation was able to raise more than $435,000 to support mental health research and patient care.

Throughout the evening, guests danced to the rhythms of DJ Thomas H, and enjoyed the delicious dishes prepared by Beatrice Ristorante. Guest auctioneer, Selwyn House’s headmaster Hal Hannaford, also helped raise the roof.

Marisa Giannetti, Chair of the Douglas Foundation Board of Directors, highlighted the efforts of the co-chairs and the organizing committee, chaired by Sarah Ivory, to rally the community around the event and ensure that the event keeps getting better.

In Quebec, one in five people will suffer from a mental health disorder during their lifetime – the impact is also felt by family, friends and colleagues.  The World Health Organization estimates that by 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of disability in the world, just behind heart disease, making it urgent to act.