You won’t find a film crew following around the Real Housewife of York Region to capture the minutia of life in her Glenway home, but a closer look at Courtney Gedeon reveals a mom and fashionista who is passionate about her community and connecting those who are in it.
They have already brought along non-perishable food items for donation to the Newmarket Food Pantry and are brainstorming ideas and events for ways they can pay it forward to those less fortunate in the community.
“When I had my daughter 2-½ years ago, I suffered from postpartum anxiety, I heard about postpartum depression but not this,” Gedeon said. “I thought this was all part-and-parcel of having a new baby, but it would get quite intense sometimes and I didn’t start to feel better until I found a girlfriend of mine who was going through the same thing, and as soon as we connected, it automatically felt better.
“In my group, there are some ladies who are feeling isolated and starting to suffer from a bit of depression,” she said.
“I find, truly, with mental health, the more you talk about it, the less crazy you feel because you realize how many people suffer from some sort of mood disorder, anxiety, depression, or loneliness. It’s still a bit of a taboo subject and I want to connect people and create a safe space where they can chat about it.
“I find a lot of people talk the talk but don’t necessarily walk the walk, so I wanted to put that into motion,” Gedeon said.
This Thursday’s walk was a cold one, but friendships are forming fast.
It goes by quickly because we get chatting and all of a sudden the walk is over. It’s been great.
m. at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex, 100 Eagle St.
The hour-long walk routes are usually around the Glenway and Summerhill neighbourhoods.
Gedeon posts the route on social media prior to the walk and notes any charitable component for that week.
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