Golf tournament fundraiser makes mental health a priority on and off the green

Dartmouth, NS - A sea of blue could be seen on the greens on the Glen Arbour Golf Course in celebration of the eighth annual Wilson’s Fuel Charity Classic golf tournament on Monday.

Staff and volunteers from the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia traded their desktops for golf clubs and donned golf shirts in their organization’s signature blue. 

Every year, Wilson’s Fuel hosts a Charity Golf Classic and, this year, they chose to support the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, a cause very important to the Wilson’s Fuel team.   

“This year’s tournament is being held in honour of a close friend of the Wilson family who lost his battle with mental illness last summer,” said Leslie Wilson of Wilson’s Fuel.  “We are all affected.”

All proceeds from the tournament were donated to the not-for-profit organization located at the Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth.

“We’re so excited to have been chosen as Wilson’s Fuels’ charity of choice this year,” says Starr Dobson, President & CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. “We are grateful for everyone on and off the green who is out there making mental health a priority in their communities.”

146 golfers teed off in support of the Foundation, raising over $68,000 for mental health initiatives and services such as mental health staff training, healthy living resources, community integration supports, housing projects, anti-stigma education and anti-bullying programs across the province.

“Heightening awareness and eradicating stigma is an important component of our Strategic Plan. With that in mind, it’s wonderful to see so many people out here happy to make a difference and to help keep that plan well, on track in 2017,” says Dobson, who admitted to getting in some last-minute practice rounds over the weekend. 

About Wilson’s Fuels

Wilsons is a leading fuel supplier in Atlantic Canada, providing a premium level of customer service and high value products to customers.  Along with home comfort services, retail gas stations and convenience stores Wilson’s offers a full range of residential and commercial security solutions.

About Glen Arbour Golf Course

Glen Arbour is a public course for golfers of all abilities that offers challenging greens, beautiful scenery, and superior service.  The 18-hole champion course provides great diversity in hole design, challenging elevation changes and a demanding layout. In addition to the 6,800 yard par 72 18-hole course, the course also offers a 9-hole par 3 executive course as well as practice facilities on site.

About the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

 The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is a registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of Nova Scotians living with mental illness and their loved ones.  The Foundation raises funds for vital programs and services that help make this possible, province-wide.


 Media Contact:

Jennifer Lewandowski, Communications Lead
Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia
T: 902.464.3210