Jack Windeler died by suicide at 18 years old in his first year at Queens University. For whatever reasons, Jack was unable to reach out for the help he needed.
Wanting to ensure that every young person struggling is identified and gets the help they need, Jack's parents Eric Windeler and Sandra Hanington started a memorial fund at Kids Help Phone. Out of this fund grew The Jack Project, an initiative aimed at doing its part to improve youth mental health across Canada.
That same year, Eric and Sandra, with the support of epic cyclist Peter Oyler and dear friends Gillian Evans and David Toyne held the first ever Jack Ride with 70 friends, families, and volunteers getting on their bikes and starting conversations around mental health. Today, Jack Ride is Canada's largest ride for youth mental health.