ENDORSEMENTS:

“We need to rescue many of them from self defeat and from oblivion… and I’m proud to be associated with this organization.”

Dennis Bruce, President, Mindset Creative Planning Inc. Founding Patron of Your Life Counts

What people are saying about YLC:

“Sadly, suicide is now recognized as the leading cause of preventable deaths around the world. In Canada, suicide is the second leading cause of death among those aged 15 to 34. YLC helps with referrals to specialists when needed, offers support to survivors, and provides awareness and prevention programs. I would like to commend YLC Founder Rory Butler and everyone involved with the agency for reaching out and making a difference in the lives of your fellow citizens…”

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, PC; 22ND Prime Minister of Canada (February 6th, 2006 – November 4th, 2015) [attach image of letter from PM]

“I am proud to stand with Your Life Counts. Life is an invaluable gift and something that should not be thrown away. No matter what you are going through you are never alone – there are always people there to help. I’m looking forward to working on suicide prevention campaigns during my time as Member of Parliament. Find out more atwww.sharereasons2live.com

Bardish Chagger, PC, MP, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Minister of Small Business & Tourism & Member of Parliament for the riding of Waterloo, Ontario

“After learning of a tragic teen suicide encouraged by an internet predator, I focused my efforts as a Member of Parliament on suicide prevention. I introduced a motion in 2009, calling on the government to close loopholes in the Criminal Code which hampered our ability to prosecute a crime which occurred in cyberspace. During this time, I first met Rory Butler and became aware of the good work he does with Your Life Counts. Suicide remains the second-leading cause of death among young Canadians. Your Life Counts provides a forum for young Canadians in distress to seek help anonymously in real-time. I was privileged to attend their launch, and remain impressed by the organization’s commitment to speaking with young Canadians, rather than at them. Just last month, I introduced legislation that would compel the Government to develop a federal framework for suicide prevention. Rory’s counsel and advice were invaluable to developing this piece of legislation. I know Rory to be a passionate advocate for vulnerable youth and families in crisis. I heartily recommend him and Your Life Counts.”

Harold Albrecht, MP, Kitchener-Conestoga

“I applaud the entire Your Life Counts team for bringing the issues and devastation of suicide to the forefront of public discussion…the work being done by Your Life Counts is nothing short of amazing. It is organizations such as YLC that will change the way we see and speak of suicide and suicide prevention…thanks again to the entire Your Life Counts team for showing leadership in efforts to prevent suicide across Canada and I offer my encouragement and support to you all.”

Louise Bradley, President & COO, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Calgary

“The work Rory Butler is doing on behalf of youth at risk is making a real difference. We need to help him help these most vulnerable in our society…”

Roger Trull, Vice-President (Retired), University Advancement, McMaster University. Member YLC Advisory Board

“The excellent work of Rory Butler and Your Life Counts has been brought to our attention. Too many young lives  are being lost to suicide. Our youth today need to know that their lives have meaning, value and purpose. We have met with Rory and are supportive of his efforts to communicate the message ‘Your Life Counts..’ to our precious young people around the world. Rory needs your help and support to build this much needed resource for youth. We encourage you to help him in any way you can.”

His Grace The Late Duke of Hamilton & Her Grace The  Dowager Duchess of Hamilton, Lennoxlove House, Scotland, UK

“The challenges facing today’s youth are greater than they have ever been yet the resources and support programs for youth seem fewer. It is our experience that severe problems exist with many of today’s youth and Victim Services searches out the best program referrals that make sense and can really make a difference. YOUR LIFE COUNTS is that resource and support for today’s youth. Victim Services is pleased and privileged to have YOUR LIFE COUNTS as a resource for our youth.”

Sheri MacDonald, Executive Director, Victim Services of Haldimand-Norfolk. An agency of the Attorney General and the Ontario Provincial Police

“I applaud you and your team for your efforts for what you are doing to truly make a difference..”

Ginny Dennehy, Mom of Kelty Patrick Dennehy who tragically died at his own hands; November 23rd 1983 – March 2nd 2001. (Kelty’s story was featured in MacLean’s magazine on 14th November 2005)

“Standard Life is proud of its association with your organization and wishes you all every success in your endeavours.”

Julie Chevrette; Specialist, Public Relations, Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada

“I am pleased to endorse the vision and commitment shown by Rory Butler of Your Life Counts in seeking to provide caring, practical and effective assistance to young people struggling with the many issues, traumas , crises and self-doubts encountered in the context of today’s society – Your Life Counts’ message that ‘Every Life Counts…!’ communicates the immeasurable value and potential of every individual.”

Alison A. McKean, LL.B.,LL.M.,NP (Lawyer, Scotland, UK)

“We know that Your Life Counts has the ability to reach out in a way that is like none other and is completely appealing to youth. Historically we have struggled to provide youth with supports that they will actually go for. They go for YLC They can access support in the way that they know best…online! This instantly takes the fear and complexities out of ‘getting help’ We know from the experience with our suicide crisis line and our community outreach initiatives that adolescents do not always feel comfortable verbalizing their feelings in person over the telephone. Sometimes having to do so is an actual deterrent to getting help. They really like the concept and we witness first hand the positive responses and sense of relief when we tell them what Your Life Counts is all about and how they can so easily access support. The best part is that many, many youth are actually reaching out, being helped and empowered in ways that enable them to survive and claim their life back. We are grateful to have Your Life Counts,we rely on them and need them. We are privileged to have the ongoing opportunity to collaborate with Your Life Counts in the provision of service.”

Stephanie Oliver, Executive Director; Suicide Prevention Service, The Salvation Army; Ontario Great Lakes Division

“I fully endorse the leadership of Rory Butler and the vision and mission of Your Life Counts. The needs of our youth and families have never been greater and the resources in many ways have never been fewer. Please partner with Your Life Counts today and together, let’s reconnect people with their reasons to live.”

Mark Morin, President, Vortex Splashguards, Ontario, Canada & USA Interim Chair, Your Life Counts Canada

“Youth from around the world are stronger and safer for the work that Rory Butler and his team at YLC has been doing in partnership with a range of organizations and agencies. I respectfully submit that the work and dedication of Rory Butler in the service of youth is exemplary and exceptional and I encourage you to help in every way that you can.”

Eddie Williamson, Trustee, YLC UK – a UK charitable registration

“AIR CANADA is pleased to have been able to provide you with one hospitality class ticket to Great Britain. I trust our support enabled you to pursue sponsorship opportunities and secure funding for Your Life Counts as well a got you one step closer to obtaining a UK charitable number….on behalf of Air Canada please accept our best wishes with the success of your endeavours.”

Suzana Bulhoes, Community Investments, AIR CANADA HQ, Quebec, Canada

“The need for YLC’s message for young people is global, it stretches across national, cultural and ethnic divides of every kind. The task ahead is huge. I have never met a man more committed to his task than Rory nor an organization so focused on its goal as YLC. By the time you have read this message another young life in our world will have ended in suicide. Would communicating the message ‘Your Life Counts.’ or the sound of a voice on the end of a phone line have prevented that tragic death? Without your support we will never know.. we will have missed an opportunity to address the soul sickness of our age. I have buried too many young people, killed by their own hand, to pass that opportunity by.”

Rev Mark Nicholas, MA, BD, Gorebridge Parish Church, Scotland, UK

“We know that Your Life Counts has the ability to reach out in a way that is like none other and is completely appealing to youth. Historically we have struggled to provide youth with supports that they will actually go for. They go for YLC They can access support in the way that they know best…online! This instantly takes the fear and complexities out of ‘getting help’ We know from the experience with our suicide crisis line and our community outreach initiatives that adolescents do not always feel comfortable verbalizing their feelings in person over the telephone. Sometimes having to do so is an actual deterrent to getting help. They really like the concept and we witness first hand the positive responses and sense of relief when we tell them what Your Life Counts is all about and how they can so easily access support. The best part is that many, many youth are actually reaching out, being helped and empowered in ways that enable them to survive and claim their life back. We are grateful to have Your Life Counts,we rely on them and need them. We are privileged to have the ongoing opportunity to collaborate with Your Life Counts in the provision of service.”

Stephanie Oliver, Executive Director; Suicide Prevention Service, The Salvation Army; Ontario Great Lakes Division

“I fully endorse the leadership of Rory Butler and the vision and mission of Your Life Counts. Teenagers today are facing enormous pressures and teen suicide is a big problem in a world which increasingly makes no sense at all to today’s youth generation. School shootings, September 11th 2001 (USA), drug and alcohol abuse, premarital sex, STD’s are just some of the big issues that our young people are living with today. These are huge issues where healthy choices are crucial and could mean the difference between life or death. How do our young people make healthy choices in a world full of choice? Your Life Counts is one of the ways that can help. Your Life Counts needs your help. Invite you to help financially to build a solid base. The needs of our young people have never been greater and the resources in many ways have never been fewer. Please partner with Your Life Counts today and let’s make a difference together.”

Mark Morin, President, Vortex Splashguards, Ontario, Canada & USA Interim Chair, Your Life Counts Canada

“I was very pleased to hear about your organization and to learn how it teaches students that ‘EVERY LIFE COUNTS!..’ If I should learn of an initiative that would benefit Your Life Counts I will be sure to contact you directly.”

Toby Barrett, MPP [Member Provincial Parliament], Haldimand-Norfolk-Brant Constituency, Ontario, Canada

“Rory, I was pleased to meet you and learn about Your Life Counts while we were at the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention Conference. I fully endorse  your vision on preventing suicide among people in Canada and around the world. As a survivor you truly understand not only the pain of being left behind but also the hope that is so powerful as you create dialogue on suicide. Your passion for change is infectious and our communities are becoming safer because of your work. Not Talking About It Isn’t Working.”

Scott Chisholm, Founder, Collateral Damage: Images of Those Left Behind by Suicide.

“Rory, thanks for sharing the information on Your Life Counts with me. Congratulations on doing a fantastic job at creating partnerships and exposure for the organization. I agree with you that the work you are doing is very important. What a great message – Your Life Counts.. – we all need to hear it over and over again.”

Wally Amos; author, actor, founder Amos Cookies, known by over 150 million Americans, Hawaii, USA www.wallyamos.com

“I am pleased to provide an endorsement for the Your Life Counts organization. Having been involved in the addiction treatment social service sector my entire career, and for several years concurrently involved with suicide prevention and education efforts in the Niagara Region, I most certainly believe that YLC adds another dimension to suicide prevention initiatives – not only to being highly individualized in focus and programming format, but also in seeking to nourish the young person through a spirit focused, self-worth enhancing modality and perspective. We all know the foundation of self destructive behaviour is laid early, and I am therefore happy to endorse an organization so passionate about young people in need of compassion and support.”

Norma Medulun, Regional Director, Addiction Services, Niagara Health System, Ontario