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16th Annual Golf Scramble

Northwest Passage held its 16th annual Passage Golf Scramble at the Frederic Golf Course. It was a huge success with dozens of community members and organizations stepping up to support the organization devoted to healing children for nearly 40 years. Over $22,000 was raised to support both current and past residents on their road to recovery and as they demonstrate success both during treatment, through therapeutic programming opportunities, and after, though the Alumni Award Fund.

For more information about Northwest Passage call 715-327-4402 or visit us at nwpltd.org.

Resources: Photos courtesy of Dillon Vibes

Everyday Heroes – Riverside Gang!

Over the past few months, one Northwest Passage team in particular, exemplified what it means to be a hero at Passage. The Riverside evening primaries team, headed by Mike Brown, dealt with an especially difficult set of circumstances with positivity, great patience, and stellar creativity. Their program director, Angela Fredrickson, asked how we could honor, not only this team but employees across all of our sites, when their performance has far exceeded the traditional expectations of their roles. So here we are, creating our very first, “Everyday Hero” post to acknowledge their excellence.

As we wind-down a wonderful year at Passage, we’d like to take a moment to thank not only these Everyday Heroes, but all of our staff, our supporters, and YOU for reading. Keep an eye out for more posts like this and get to know the people that make Northwest Passage such a special place.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

What does mental health mean to you?
“The ability to handle stressful events in the midst of a flurry of emotions.”

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If you could send one message to someone struggling with their mental health out in the world, what would it be?
“Live in the moment and take one step at a time.”

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What does mental health mean to you?
“To me mental health is like trying solve a Rubik’s cube while wearing a blindfold and mittens. At times it seems impossible and is daunting, but with time, patience, and perseverance anything is possible.”

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If you could send one message to someone struggling with their mental health out in the world, what would it be?
“Your feelings are valid, and those who support you are sincere whether you embrace them or are not yet ready too.”

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“Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.”
― Brodi Ashton, Everneath

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me. ”
― Fred Rogers

If you could send one message to someone struggling with their mental health out in the world, what would it be?
“There is no way to fix an individual nor are any of us broken, what we can do is develop tools to make ourselves make better decisions and be more positive.”

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Everyday Hero – Kevin Gray

Kevin Gray

Kevin Gray

"Providing hope to those without much to hope for"

Kevin has been nominated as an Everyday Hero as a part of the very first Everyday Hero series honoring the Riverside Weekday Evening Primary team.

What does mental health mean to you?

“To me mental health is like trying solve a Rubik’s cube while wearing a blindfold and mittens. At times it seems impossible and is daunting, but with time, patience, and perseverance anything is possible.”

If you could have any career you wanted (talent, education not required), what would it be and why?

“My career would be as a FBI profiler. This is a field I have always been fascinated with and enjoy learning about what makes criminals tick.”

What is your favorite thing to do this time of year?

“Spend time with my kids.”

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

My son did not like you for a long time, but your dedication and no nonsense approach is invaluable.”
– Quote from the Mother of a past resident,

Name three people in history (dead or alive) with whom you would want to sit down to dinner.
  • Chris Kyle
  • Carlos Hathcock
  • Chuck Mawhinney
Tell us a fun fact that you're proud of.

“Conducted over 250 combat route clearance missions in Afghanistan.”

What is the earliest memory you have of life in Northwestern Wisconsin?

“Visiting my Grandparents in Webb Lake with my two cousins and drinking root beer floats on their screened in porch, as we watched the deer in the yard.”

What would the title of your autobiography be?

“Lost and Found”

If you could send one message to someone struggling with their mental health out in the world, what would it be?

“There is no ‘magic pill,’ change comes from within.”

Finally, do you have a favorite quote or saying you'd like to share?

Be Undeniable

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Everyday Hero – Tyler Bridley

Tyler Bridley

Tyler Bridley

"I ensure a safe and therapeutic environment involving nature"

Tyler has been nominated as an Everyday Hero as a part of the very first Everyday Hero series honoring the Riverside Weekday Evening Primary team.

What does mental health mean to you?

“Mental health means to me to be the state of emotional, spiritual, and intellectual health that one is living in either positive or poor.”

If you could have any career you wanted (talent, education not required), what would it be and why?

“I would want to work with the DNR as a conservationist.”

What is your favorite thing to do this time of year?

“I enjoy making homemade foods: chili, stews, or s’mores around the fire.”

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

The best compliment I have ever received came from a soldier I was training who stated, “you have made a meaningful impact on my life, and I’m glad you care so much for me and my peers.”

Name three people in history (dead or alive) with whom you would want to sit down to dinner.
  • Teddy Roosevelt
  • General Odierno
  • General Eisenhower
Tell us a fun fact that you're proud of.

“I once sat down and spoke with the Nobel prize committee for science while on a trip to Sweden.”

What is the earliest memory you have of life in Northwestern Wisconsin?

“Riding in a boat on yellow lake.”

What would the title of your autobiography be?

“Tyler Bridley: A road less traveled by with scars to prove it.”

If you could send one message to someone struggling with their mental health out in the world, what would it be?

“Your feelings are valid, and those who support you are sincere whether you embrace them or are not yet ready to.”

Finally, do you have a favorite quote or saying you'd like to share?

The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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Everyday Hero – Mike Brown

Mike Brown

Mike Brown

"I oversee and support one of the best direct care teams out there"

Mike has been nominated as an Everyday Hero as a part of the very first Everyday Hero series honoring the Riverside Weekday Evening Primary team. Mike is their supervisor and makes working at Passage extra special.

What does mental health mean to you?

“The ability to handle stressful events in the midst of a flurry of emotions.”

If you could have any career you wanted (talent, education not required), what would it be and why?

“I would like to own and operate and bar and grill.”

What is your favorite thing to do this time of year?

“Spend time in the woods hiking or hunting.”

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

“I received a compliment from the owner of a company when I was handing in my two week notice and it has always stuck with me. He said he knew that the day would come when I would be leaving the job because he knew that I was not challenge enough there and that I would be successful at what ever I wanted to do.”

Name three people in history (dead or alive) with whom you would want to sit down to dinner.
  • Apostle Paul, I need some clarification of a few things he wrote.
  • Martin Luther, I would like to know what gave him the courage to confront the Church of his time knowing, it would change everything.
  • Anyone of the founding fathers It would be interesting to know what they had in mind when they started this nation.
Tell us a fun fact that you're proud of.

“I think I am the most proud of the fact that I left everything at the age of 37 to start over and go back to school and have earned two degrees since then.”

What is the earliest memory you have of life in Northwestern Wisconsin?

“Deer camp with friends in Minong.”

What would the title of your autobiography be?

“I Have No Idea What I am Doing; Confessions of a Jack of All Trades”

If you could send one message to someone struggling with their mental health out in the world, what would it be?

“Hang in there, you are not alone.”

Finally, do you have a favorite quote or saying you'd like to share?

“It is better to be hated for what you are, than loved for something you are not.”
Andre Gide

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Everyday Hero – Mick Lulic

Mick Lulic

Mick Lulic

"Evokes change through role modeling, accountability, passion, teaching, active listening."

Mick has been nominated as an Everyday Hero as a part of the very first Everyday Hero series honoring the Riverside Weekday Evening Primary team.

What does mental health mean to you?

“A state of mind weather its positive or negative.”

If you could have any career you wanted (talent, education not required), what would it be and why?

“Professional Golfer – I love the game. i.e. the smell of the cut grass, the feeling after sinking an eagle putt or finishing a great round, recognizing game improvement, every shot counts, mental toughness ect.”

What is your favorite thing to do this time of year?

Outdoor activities such as:

  • Bonfires
  • Golfing
  • Yard work
  • Boating
  • Fishing
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

“Someone once said that I have a great singing voice.”

Name three people in history (dead or alive) with whom you would want to sit down to dinner.
  • Chris Farley
  • Bill Murray
  • Steve Carrell
Tell us a fun fact that you're proud of.

“I saved my Mothers life by performing the Heimlich on her.”

What is the earliest memory you have of life in Northwestern Wisconsin?

“Arriving at our families lake front property in Luck, Wisconsin.”

What would the title of your autobiography be?

“Persistence”

If you could send one message to someone struggling with their mental health out in the world, what would it be?

“Live in the moment and take one step at a time.”

Finally, do you have a favorite quote or saying you'd like to share?

In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Everyday Hero – Sean Dinneen

Sean Dinneen

Sean Dinneen

"Youth Counselor for young adults with mental health issues."

Sean has been nominated as an Everyday Hero as a part of the very first Everyday Hero series honoring the Riverside Weekday Evening Primary team.

What does mental health mean to you?

“Helping individuals understand the state in which they feel, think, and behave and developing skills which they can use to address their personal issues.”

If you could have any career you wanted (talent, education not required), what would it be and why?

“A professional hockey player.”

What is your favorite thing to do this time of year?

“Play hockey, cross country ski, and spend time outdoors.”

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

“I have been thanked multiple times for my work with residents and young adults. Any appreciation I receive from themselves or their families is what makes my job so rewarding.”

Name three people in history (dead or alive) with whom you would want to sit down to dinner.
  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Lebron James
  • Nick Saban.
Tell us a fun fact that you're proud of.

“I like to play sports.”

What is the earliest memory you have of life in Northwestern Wisconsin?

“Playing in a holiday hockey tournament against Baldwin Wisconsin.”

What would the title of your autobiography be?

“The Law of the Harvest: You Reap What You Sew”

If you could send one message to someone struggling with their mental health out in the world, what would it be?

“There is no way to fix an individual nor are any of us broken, what we can do is develop tools to make ourselves make better decisions and be more positive.”

Finally, do you have a favorite quote or saying you'd like to share?

” I’m a dream chaser, that means I chase my dreams, no one else’s.”

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