Toshio (left), with Leikun Teshome, CAMH Case Worker
A university graduate in biology, Toshio fought to manage mental health challenges with the support of his family and staff at the CAMH Downtown West Clinic (Archway). “When I came here in 2007, I was lost,” Toshio told the audience at the 2015 Archie Awards, hosted by the clinic. “But I found a family here at Archway.”
“Toshio is a huge inspiration to his peers because of his dedicated pursuit of marathon running,” says CAMH Case Worker Leikun Teshome.
Toshio trained hard and completed the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront marathon in a time of 4 hours and 30 minutes.
Toshio encourages his peers at Archway to participate in the annual Terry Fox run, and takes them to sporting events such as Blue Jays baseball games.
“He is committed to his own wellness,” said Leikun. “He seeks balance and meaning in his life through running, working a part-time job, and volunteering in CAMH’s Sunshine Garden and at St. Andrew’s Out of the Cold program in the winter.”
Leikun presented the Peer Support Award to Toshio at the Archie Awards in March 2015.