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Somebody Needs to Land the Plane

Take Care of Your Mental Health in These Turbulent Times

Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, we have been impressed by the advocacy efforts of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).  Their efforts have helped their core membership – independent businesses across Canada.  They have also indirectly helped associations and not-for-profits because, with some further advocacy from others, the federal government included these groups with many of the key supports for private sector business.

In a couple of the CFIB webinars I attended, I was impressed with the reminder to their members, many of the leaders of small business across Canada, to take care of themselves, especially their mental health, because “somebody needs to the land the plane”.  I will come back to that.

If you know me, you will probably know that I am a serious Leafs fan.  With no hockey these days, I recently watched a highlight reel from the Leafs’ last Stanley Cup win in ’67.  It has been awhile. The next cup win is coming soon!  The highlight reel led me to read about some of the great players on the Leafs’ roster that year.  Terry Sawchuck was one of them.  Reading about him reminded me that he died at the young age of 40 from injuries from an alcohol fueled fight with one his teammates.  The story goes that Sawchuck suffered from untreated depression throughout his life.  Circumstances like that were not talked about openly back in those days.

The times have changed.  And thankfully in many ways for the better, although it might not always seem so right now.  It is OK to talk about the importance of mental health and the struggles that so many endure. In these times of COVID-19 and the strife we are seeing following the horrific murder of George Floyd, it is fair to assume that we are all struggling a little bit, some much more than others.  I have had a few sleepless nights of late.  Thankfully, there are organizations ready to help.  We are proud to say that one of them is our client, the Canadian Mental Health Association, B.C. Division.  On their website, you can find a collection of resources to help stay well during uncertain times.

Look after yourself because somebody needs to land the plane.

Francis Liska

Francis is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Internal Control Auditor and a Certified Management Consultant. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Cape Breton University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Information Technology. He has also completed graduate studies in decision analysis at Carleton University.

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