On Bell Let’s Talk Day our minds go back to our November 2019 Hand to Hand Event

Hand to Hand 2019



Calgary, AB, – On November 26, 2019, Assist held its 3rd biennial Hand-to-Hand event  in the beautiful 54th floor Sky Gardens of Calgary’s iconic Bow Tower. Nearly 200 lawyers, members of the judiciary, and honoured dignitaries attended to hear former Supreme Court Justice Clément Gascon, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Michele Hollins, and retired provincial court Judge Bob Philp, QC discuss mental health and well-being in the legal profession. The panel shared candid and heartfelt reflections on their own experiences with well-being, their lessons learned, their hopes for the future, and their advice for building a safer and healthier profession for all.

The evening also featured a meaningful collaboration with the Canadian Bar Association’s Young Lawyers “Law Needs Wellness Because…” photo campaign, which highlighted the national groundswell of important dialogue, initiatives, and awareness surrounding the business and social cases for furthering well-being among lawyers and the judiciary.

Justice Gascon spoke about the significance, challenge and opportunity that mental health and wellness represent and how important patience, empathy, and trust are in addressing them.

“I am very happy with the progress that the legal community is making on identifying and addressing resilience and well-being for the sake of lawyers, their clients, families and communities.  Justice Gascon’s address was an important further step in both humanizing and destigmatizing these issues.”

Loraine Champion, Assist’s Executive Director

Assist takes this opportunity to extended sincere thanks and gratitude to the sponsors, attendees, volunteers, and all other event partners without whom this event would not have been possible. Your support and participation has given this issue a greater voice in our profession, and raised more than $20,000 dollars to continue Assist’s critical work in helping members work through obstacles productively. Assist thanks the legal community for its willingness to promote the conversation around mental health and wellness in this profession, and looks forward to the positive impacts to flow from this year’s Hand-to-Hand event.