About Us:

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Catherine Larnon-Trout lives in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Originally from Scotland she and her son arrived in Canada to begin a new life. With her Canadian husband two more children arrived and life was good. Paul her oldest son grew up to be a fine young man, well liked, enjoyed school, talented in sports, music and almost anything he wanted to pursue. Then when he was seventeen things changed (You can read more of Paul’s story here). After many years of struggle for the family with very little help we come to present day.

In 2017, after being unable to find suitable housing for her own son still struggling with his mental illness and finding that even years later resources were woefully inadequate Catherine decided to do something herself. It was through her own work with BC Schizophrenia Society helping families like her own try to navigate our health system that she came to understand just how bad things were. Funding and resources for those with mental illness is much less than what is available to people with physical illnesses.

Catherine also realized that most people are misinformed on mental illness, what it is like to live with one, or how to support someone who has one.

With a goal of Changing the Face of Mental Illness and breaking the stigma, Catherine knew the first and most important step would be opening up the conversation. This is where the idea for the parade and tea party was born.

It was primarily to bring to the public a way for families and supporters to come together and show who we are, our talents, our creativity, our hopes and dreams although living with sometimes devastating results for our loved ones with a major mental illness. It is evolving into a place not only to have a day of fun, hat making, being part of a parade and eating delicious goodies but a vehicle for creating awareness, education and information on how to access local helps for ourselves and our loved ones..

Donations will be directed to support BC Schizophrenia Society who are the only organization over the last 40 years who have been providing support to the caregivers of loved ones suffering from a major mental illness not only Schizophrenia