Olympian and Mental Health Advocate Clara Hughes to Visit Campus

Promotional image of Clara Hughes.

Olympian, motivational speaker, and mental health advocate Clara Hughes will speak at Western University on Tuesday, February 9, as part of the Heidi Balsillie, Fairmount Foundation Health and Wellness Lecture Series. The event is organized by the University Students’ Council, the Student Experience portfolio, and the Society of Graduate Students.  

10:30am: “Open Heart, Open Mind” Presentation and book signing


2:00 p.m.: Question and Answer with Clara and book signing

Tickets not required

Both events will take place in Mustang Lounge East in the University Community Centre, and the Bookstore at Western will be present selling copies of Hughes’ bestselling and acclaimed memoir, Open Heart, Open Mind.

Hughes’ presentation will run in conjunction with a mental health resource fair in the Atrium of the UCC, featuring on-campus and local services focused on fostering positive mental health and treating mental illness.

As the only Canadian to have won medals in both the Summer and the Winter Olympics, Hughes is a long-admired icon in Canadian athletics. After national recognition for her accomplishments in speed skating and cycling, Hughes began using her popularity as a platform to affect positive change across Canada by sharing her personal experiences with depression.

Several contests through social media will be open to students as the event approaches. Four students will win the chance to have lunch with Hughes during her visit, and many more will win a copy of her memoir, Open Heart, Open Mind. More details about these contests will appear on the event’s Facebook Page and on Twitter: @westernuWSS. These giveaways are made possible thanks to the support of the Bookstore at Western.