Ginny Dennehy

Ginny Dennehy is co-founder, with her husband Kerry, and President of The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation, www.thekeltyfoundation.org. Her world turned upside down when her 17 year-old son Kelty committed depression-related suicide. Eight years later, her 23 year-old daughter Riley died of a heart attack in Thailand. Since the foundation launched in 2001, Ginny’s championing has raised more than $5 million, funding care, research and education initiatives aimed at reducing the stigma of mental illness, and providing support for young people with depression. She’s recipient of the annual Waugh Award from Canadian artist Eric Waugh for her work in depression, winner of the national CASP Suicide Prevention Merit Award, winner of the 2012 YWCA Woman of Distinction for Community Building, and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. 2013 saw her take her message of hope and help across Canada. She brings to her work her experience of 28-years as an award-winning IBM employee.