Virginia Conquers the Bruce

Queenston Heights, ON, Thursday, September 24, 2015

On September 23rd at 11:58 am, teacher Virginia Gingras completed running the Bruce Trail end to end from Tobermory, Ontario to Queenston Heights, approximately 900 kilometres, in 13 days, 6 hours, and 28 minutes. Virginia’s mission was simple – to raise awareness and funds for a cause that she is passionate about: positive mental health among youth.

For the past fifteen years, Virginia has been in the education system holding various roles including math/science teacher, elementary school Principal, summer school Principal, math consultant and motivational speaker. These roles have allowed her to witness firsthand the importance of positive mental health among youth.

Daily she sees the struggles that teens face in today’s society. Depression, poor body image/ low self esteem, anxiety and disordered eating are but a few of the serious issues that face many teens as they struggle to fit in to our ever changing world. Virginia can easily relate as she struggled from an eating disorder and resulting depression in her late teens and early twenties.

For the past ten years, Virginia has given presentations on positive mental health to students and adults in over in the Ottawa and Toronto area, but knew that she wanted her voice to be louder – to stand larger in the fight against erasing the stigma attached to mental illness. She wanted to share how proud she was to overcome depression and learn valuable tools to maintain a positive mental health lifestyle.

To learn more about Virginia’s journey, please visit her blog at