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Liz McGroarty invites you to recognize Bell Let’s Talk Day

by | Jan 28, 2020

Stella's Place volunteer Liz, pictured with Access Team Member, Nakeesa behind Stella's Place front desk in the café.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

This is a Margaret Meade quote that has meaning in my life, and is especially relevant now that I am volunteering at Stella’s Place. I see this demonstrated in the founder and staff and peer support workers, working to help young adults transitioning through a difficult time in their lives and health status, even while I’m buried in the basement doing simple data entry a few hours a week.

4 people in Stella's Place café gathered at a table andposing for a photo


My volunteering comes as a result of a loss to death by suicide in 2017 of a dear lively and loved granddaughter. At the time, I didn’t believe the health care system had any idea of how to treat youth with Borderline Personality Disorder, not even the “experts” we visited. But now, in early 2020, I see that there’s been a shift in our conscientiousness. Stella’s Place was ahead of the crowd…see for yourself.

The government may be tightening the funding around health care in general, but they did set up the Youth Wellness Hubs in locations around Ontario, which appear to be well intentioned.

Youth Councils are springing up not only at Stella’s Place but at hospitals, and young people with lived experience are able to give voice to all the options that will help them heal and become what they are capable of becoming. 

All of this because one or two or three spoke up and said they wanted something to change.

Which brings me to the reason for this blog…The Bell Let’s Talk theme for 2020 is ‘Every Action Counts.’


Blue graphic for Bell Let's Talk Day with the Bell logo inside a speechbubble with the words #EveryActionCounts. Illustration of young adults looking at a mobile phone in their hand standing to the left.


The date is Wednesday, January 29th, when Bell will contribute 5 cents for every talk, text, tweet, social media video view, and use of their FaceBook frame or Snapchat filter.  Can you “just do it”?

But don’t stop there. Is there an area in health care that you feel is not living up to your expectations? Please don’t be shy!  Find a way to speak up and advocate for change. You may find others who think the same way you do, and are willing to go the miles to change what can be changed.  

Here is another Margaret Meade quote that I recently found:

“Never ever depend on governments or institutions to solve any major problems. All social change comes from the passion of individuals.” 

Thank you, Stella’s Place founder Donna Green, and all who stand with you, for your dedication to the advancement of our health care parameters. 

Liz McGroarty, a hopeful volunteer with Stella’s Place.

Find out how to participate with Stella’s Place for #BellLetsTalk on our social media channels!