Clara's Big Ride
Clara's Big Ride

What is Clara's Big Ride?

Designed to make a difference, Clara's Big Ride, for the Bell Let's Talk campaign, is a 12,000 KM 110 day journey that will see Clara Hughes, six-time Olympic medalist in cycling and speed skating, cycle across Canada to connect, educate and mobilize Canadians in a conversation on mental health. Aimed at communities nationwide, including all three Northern Territories, Clara's Big Ride will take the conversation on mental health to a whole new level by building awareness, increasing acceptance and creating meaningful opportunities for community-building and fundraising, all in support of mental health programming and services. Clara will also share her own courageous story of her battle with depression with school children across the nation to teach and inspire youth about how they can create legacy programs to continue the conversation in their community.

Why are we involved?

Cisco Canada is committed to helping build a more connected Canada through constant innovation, partnership and community transformation. We empower Canadian organizations and communities to be more productive and prosperous through intelligent networks of people, things, processes and information. Giving back to our communities by helping people connect, collaborate and scale, to create meaningful change, is at the heart of what we do. As a partner of Clara's Big Ride, Cisco is proud to provide the technology solutions to enable Clara Hughes to share her journey and powerful message to drive positive, long-term change in the way Canadians perceive mental illness. Through real-time conversations, powered by Cisco Collaboration technologies, with students and Canadians from coast to coast, Clara will lead a national dialogue, building awareness for mental health and a more connected Canada.

Friday May 2, 2014
Community Stop: Iqaluit, Nunavut
Cisco will connect thousands of students, grades 7-10 from across Canada, to Clara's school visit in Iqaluit, Nunavut via Cisco TelePresence and WebEx TelePresence, enabling Clara to share her message in real-time and engage students in a national conversation on how they can drive awareness and support for mental health services in their communities.

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Community Stop: Vancouver, British Columbia
Bringing together athletes from across Canada, Clara will lead an interactive conversation, via Cisco TelePresence and WebEx TelePresence, that will look at the pressures and challenges high performance athletes face in pursuing their goals. As a six-time Olympic medalist, Clara will share her own experience in battling depression.

Friday, June 20, 2014
Community Stop: Thunder Bay, Ontario
In a roundtable discussion with mental health workers from across Canada, leveraging Cisco TelePresence and WebEx TelePresence, Clara will lead a discussion around improving mental health awareness and support for mental health services in communities across Canada.

Transforming the Delivery of Healthcare

Clara's Big Ride

With many remote areas across the country, Cisco is dedicated to creating a Connected Canada, with healthcare as a primary focus area. We believe that every citizen should have easy access to healthcare and with Cisco's HealthPresence we have enhanced the delivery of care at a distance between patients, clinicians, and specialists. Using the network as a platform, Cisco HealthPresence software integrates high-definition video, advanced audio, third-party medical devices, and collaboration tools. The software is a conduit, transmitting unmodified medical information end to end, helping to enable convenient access to efficient, high-quality patient care and clinical collaboration across any distance.

Cisco is committed to community transformation, and with the deployment of TeleHealth Collaboration solutions, we can scale medical conversations, pushing for quicker and innovative advancements in the health space. Cisco believes that these collaboration tools will drive positive and sustainable change, helping local and remote healthcare teams improve collaboration, streamline workflows, enhance patient examinations and consultations, and make critical decisions more quickly.

To learn more on how Cisco is transforming the delivery of healthcare, please visit:

To hear from Dr. John Pawlovich, please watch this video.

Takla Landing: Remote Healthcare Delivery

In January 2013, Cisco Canada and the First Nations Health Authority launched a transformational pilot, deploying HealthPresence in a remote First Nations community, Takla Landing. This community lacked access to proper healthcare, with no physician onsite and an uneasy 350km commute to the closest health centre. As a result, the health of the citizens suffered due to the challenges involved in accessing health services.

To bring HealthPresence to Takla Landing, Cisco deployed a clinical cart at Takla Landing's Nursing Station and into Dr. John Pawlovich's Vancouver home. This allowed Dr. John to connect every day to patients, remotely via high-definition video, to assess medical conditions, conduct checkups and ensure a continuum of care.

Connected North: Tele-Psychiatry

Cisco Canada, RBC Foundation and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) are currently piloting a TeleLink Mental Health Program in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The TeleLink Mental Health Program is a pediatric mental health service developed at SickKids that offers a comprehensive program to confront the critical shortage of child and adolescent mental health resources in this region. Cisco TelePresence, an interactive and high-definition videoconferencing technology, offers an efficient and user-friendly interface to conduct remote clinical consultations and counseling. In this pilot phase, it will also be used for mental health knowledge transfer and training to clinicians in distant and under-serviced areas.

The challenges facing northern communities are significantly exacerbated in rural and more remote parts of the country, where health services in general are typically scarce, and specialized mental health care is, as a rule, unobtainable. Untreated mental health problems can lead to school failure, family conflicts, substance abuse, violence, and even suicide. Using Cisco TelePresence, SickKids will be able to extend its TeleLink program to help address the immediate mental health challenges facing children and youth living in the most remote northern regions in Canada.

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