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CivicAction Better City Bootcamp brings out over 600 civic leaders

Written by Lauren Pelley
Published in the Toronto Star

Michael Creek remembers screaming and crying in the Don Valley in late 1995, knowing no one could hear him as traffic rumbled on the highway nearby.

At the time, he was living in poverty; he fluctuated between that and outright homelessness for over a decade. Mental health issues, including depression and anxiety, lingered in Creek’s daily life.

But Creek climbed out of that rut in the early 2000s and has been working for the last eight years. Now, he’s ‎director of strategic initiatives at Working for Change, an organization that provides education and employment opportunities for people disadvantaged by mental illness and addiction issues — and he brought his particular insight to a summit for civic leaders in Toronto earlier this week.

Creek was among more than 600 attendees at Tuesday’s CivicAction Better City Bootcamp, which enabled people to collectively develop solutions to challenges facing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

The diverse crowd explored topics including housing affordability and seniors, childhood health, public spaces and the infrastructure needs of tomorrow. In Creek’s case, he attended the discussion on mental health and the workplace — a topic that hits close to home, given his 30-year history with mental health issues.

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