Hughes may be familiar to you because of her participation in Bell Canada’s national ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign (which is just a sliver of her advocacy work). A six-time Olympic medalist in cycling and speed skating, Hughes is the only athlete in history to win multiple medals in both Summer and Winter Games. Her advocacy involves the Nunavik Youth Hockey Development Program, Right to Play and Take a Hike. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Order of Manitoba, holds honorary doctorates from various Canadian Universities and has been awarded the International Olympic Committee’s prestigious ‘Sport and the Community’ award for her commitment to promoting the values of sport and play around the world.
The TPL lecture will be an opportunity to see and hear from Hughes in-person about her book Open Heart, Open Mind, which is a raw and insightful autobiography of Hughes’ past struggles with depression, her foray into elite level sports, her transition from Olympian to humanitarian, and her commitment to break down the stigma associated with mental illness.
Tickets for this event are FREE and will be available starting April 27 at 9 a.m. Book signing to follow the lecture. Donations at this event are welcome and will be shared equally between Toronto Public Library Foundation and Jessie’s: The June Callwood Centre for Young Women.