Pakozdy earns first ever Rams Talk Award
TORONTO - Ryerson Athletics & Recreation is pleased to announce Elexa Pakozdy as the recipient of the inaugural Rams Talk Mental Health Resilience and Support Award. Pakozdy, a third year student-athlete on the Ryerson Rams women's hockey team, hails from Port Coquitlam, B.C. and studies Child and Youth Care.
This award was created by former Ryerson Rams women's hockey player, Janella Brodett, who started the #RamsTalk campaign while she was a student. Upon leaving Ryerson, Janella passed the torch to Shayan Yazdanpanah who is an activist in suicide prevention and mental health awareness. In past years, the money raised from the #RamsTalk campaign has gone to external mental health awareness organizations, however, Janella and Shayan wanted to keep the money within Ryerson through this award.
The award aims to decrease the stigma related to mental health struggles and mental illness within sport. University level student-athletes endure added pressures and time constraints and may not have and/or be aware of resources that can help guide them through difficult times. By bringing to light the importance of talking about mental health, further strides can be made to ensure the wellbeing of Ryerson's exceptional student-athletes.
The Rams are excited to honour Pakozdy on #BellLetsTalk day, a day where mental health conversations take the deserved spotlight in Canada.