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In Memory of Monica Mercedes Hoodless (Flynn)

March 22, 1940 to November 3, 2015

Monica battled with depression until she took her own life on November 3, 2015.

She was born in Newfoundland into a very poor family. She moved to Ontario where she married and started her own.

She always wanted to help the underdog and went out of her way to help those in need. She volunteered with Out of the Cold (Cambridge), an organization that cared for the homeless. She gave blankets and food to a homeless man who was in her neighborhood.

She had a big heart, and is remembered for having an infectious laugh. She loved to sing and dance; Perhaps not the best singer but that didn’t stop her from singing and dancing and just being silly. She wasn’t the typical Grandma, but she really listened and gave the best advice she could. If her Granddaughter, Nikki wanted to listen to punk music in the car that is what they would listen to, and she would ask questions about it.

She was a mother, a sister, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, an aunt, a friend, a neighbour. We need to end the stigma of mental illness so no one in our lives has to lose a loved one to mental illness again.

We dedicate Hike for Happiness 2016 to Monica; You live among us through family and friends. We will remember you by dancing a little harder and singing a little louder.

2015 Results

Our second year has been amazing! A big thank you to everyone who helped!

The results are:

  • $17,171 total amount raised
  • $9,186 individual donations
  • $6,000 Great West Life (London Life) team matching donation
  • $1,200 Corporate (Cargil Cares, Taylor Meditations, Sandy Krueger Real Estate, PDM Solutions)
  • $785 Auction & Raffle
  • 160+ donations
  • 50 hikers
  • 36 online registrations
  • 23 donation collectors

Total raised including past events $25,923!!!

Every dollar raised makes a difference!

  • $10 buys 5 LTC tickets
  • $20 enables a patient to get to 5 appointments
  • $100 will help a patient to get to 6 months of appointments for group and individual therapy sessions


Ravi’s Mental Health Story

Your donation’s impact

Your support of Mental Health Patient Assistance Program will make a direct impact:
$10 buys 5 LTC tickets.
$20 enables a patient to get to 5 appointments.
$100 will help a patient to get to 6 months of appointments for group and individual therapy sessions.

Please donate now!

London Life to match qualifying donations

London Life will be matching donations collected by their corporate team  London Life Hikes For Happiness up to $6,000. To help leverage this opportunity please donate using this link.

Hyde Park Business Association

The Hyde Park Business Association has joined the list of supporters who will help promote this event! We are please that businesses are supporting Mental Health patients.

@SportClipsLdn for donating 10 haircuts

The 10 gift certificates will be given out to the participants that receive donations from the most number of donors.

Donate & Collect Pledges

Participate in the
Hike for Happiness
(2 hour hike or 1 hour walk)

Medway Valley Trail
Sign up at for details

Saturday, June 7, 2014
9:00 am