Desjardins employees support mental health in Toronto Corporate Run


The number of employees registered for the September 26 race almost doubled to 230 from 120 last year.

Joe Daly | Desjardins Group

Desjardins employees in the GTA came out in force for the 36th annual Toronto 5K Corporate Run, held in late September at Ontario Place on the Toronto waterfront. 

The number of employees registered for the September 26 race almost doubled to 230 from 120 last year, and included some guests from Montreal and staff from numerous executive divisions like P&C Insurance, Wealth Management and Life and Heath Insurance and Voyageurs Credit Union.

Rehan Shahzada, an account development manager within the P&C Insurance Executive Division, was part of the Desjardins team that won the Best Team Spirit award last year. It was such a great experience that he signed up again.

"Last year was a great success, with everyone from Desjardins coming together like one big family for such a good cause. So I'm not surprised that there are even more employees involved this year."

This is the second year that Desjardins is sponsoring the run, which raises money for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital. 

"I am proud that Desjardins is supporting this very important cause," says Rehan. "Mental health is an issue that people are reluctant to talk about even though it affects so many. By sponsoring the run, Desjardins is saying that it is okay to talk about mental health and its okay for employees to get the support they need in the workplace."

Rehan's only (albeit minor) complaint about the run is the distance; he wishes there was a 10-kilometre option as well. Even so, he's already looking forward to next year's run.

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