Penticton Mental Wellness Centre joins new movement

The Mental Wellness Centre has joined the GivingTuesday movement to tell the stories of local families coping with mental illness.

For 22 years, Buy Nothing day has been happening on the Friday after U.S. Thanksgiving (Nov. 28 this year) as a as a day to protest and examine the issue of over-consumption.

Now, another special day has been added to the holiday mix.

BC Schizophrenia Society Penticton Branch has joined GivingTuesday, a global movement that harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners — charities, families, businesses and individuals — to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

Taking place December 2, 2014 – the Tuesday after Black Friday – GivingTuesday hopes to exploit the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping.

The Mental Wellness Centre (BCSS-Penticton) has joined the movement to tell the stories of families in the South Okanagan Similkameen coping when a loved one has a mental illness.

GivingTuesday, initiated in Canada by CanadaHelps, GIV3, and several other partners, marks the opening day of the giving season. The movement encourages individuals and organizations to join together and find innovative ways to give back to the charities and causes they support throughout the holiday season.

Canadians can learn how to get involved or sign up for free partnership at Each week, new organizations have joined the movement and are providing creative ways people can embrace GivingTuesday and collaborate in their giving efforts to create more meaningful results.

“We are really excited to support this new movement, and to help people connect with their communities,” said John Hallward, Chairman, GIV3. “It is about feeling great giving…in December and throughout the year!”12

For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website (, Facebook page or follow GivingTuesday ( and the #GivingTuesdayCa hashtag on Twitter.