My dream is to share my story in order to raise awareness about mental illness, still misunderstood to this day.
Through my seven summits project, I want to promote the power of dreams and passions. I also hope to encourage people to reconnect with nature and the outdoors, as well as to live a life filled with adventures.
Through my project, I want to promote the power of dreams and passions. I hope to encourage people to reconnect with nature, the outdoors and live a life filled with adventure.
In partnership with the Fédération du Sport Francophone de l’Alberta (FSFA) and the Canadian Mental Health Association-Calgary Region, I developed a conference where I talk about how I have overcome depression through mountaineering and physical activity. I also discuss the benefits of active living and how to keep persevering in the face of adversity. By sharing my adventures, I hope to inspire people to believe in their dreams and passions.
My conference, which lasts about an hour, is for students in grades 7 to 12, as well as adults.
It is also possible to adapt my presentation for an adult audience, in order to better meet your needs (personal development, leadership, mental health in the workplace).
"We had the pleasure of welcoming Jean-François Dupras as part of his conference on his project Overcoming Mental Illness One Summit at a Time. Two conferences were offered, one in French and one in English for our community, and its multimedia tools on the progress of its project and its interactions with the public provide a friendly atmosphere throughout the presentation. We look forward to receiving him again at the end of his project."
"Jean-Francois is a skilled speaker, with a gift for inspiring a group. He is dedicated to providing the best sessions possible for his participants, and is able to connect quickly with a large group. Jean-Francois spoke at CMHA Calgary’s 4th Annual YouthSMART Summit as an “Inspirational Peer” to an audience of 250 students and teachers. His incredible message of resiliency, hope, and perseverance was very well-received at our event, and many in attendance noted that they found his powerful speech to be motivational. Jean-Francois is a kind individual, committed to changing the conversation about mental health and wellness. By adding his voice, and sharing his passion for climbing, he is contributing to a more mentally healthy, positive society. YouthSMART continues to promote his talk to school and community groups in the Calgary area."
"Jean-François Dupras offers a presentation that combines humour and serious personal experiences. He transports the audience with him through his most difficult and joyful moments. A beautiful testimony to the benefits of physical activity on the body and mind."
"In March 2019, the ACFA had the honour of having Jean-François Dupras as its ambassador for Alberta's Francophone Month. It was a real pleasure to work with him. His professionalism, interpersonal skills and energy were evident throughout the various programming activities."