They cut through 20 inches of ice with a chainsaw to gain entry into the frigid waters below. The temperature outside is somewhere between -12 to -14. It feels like minus 20 with the windchill. The lake water sits at 33 degrees fahrenheit which is close to 0 degrees.
"What’s your motivation for doing this??!"
"The VISABILITY!", the diver in the middle responds.
"I just wanted to dive all year around." says the diver on the right.
Four years ago, the Kingston and Queen’s community lost one of its own.
Since then, we’ve come such a long way in having vital conversations on mental health. Over the last two days, 200 attendees from all across Canada, every single province and territory gathered in the heart of Toronto to Unleash the Noise.
Let’s stigmatize the stigma and celebrate our stories. It isn’t just about the 1 in 5 who will suffer from a mental health problem but the 5 in 5 because the truth is: we all have mental health.
While travelling to Africa, I was fortunate to have found some Humans of Kingston along the way. Here’s one of them.
She founded a Boys and Girls club in Moshi, Tanzania, a safe haven for former street kids and she also helped build a home for dozens of children in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.
"They inspire me!" she said.