Bell Let's Talk spokesperson Clara Hughes joins Canada's 2012 Olympic Team

Jun 22, 2012

  • Six-time Olympic medalist to compete in road cycling at London 2012 Olympic Games
  • Tireless advocate for mental health continues to inspire all Canadians
  • Clara is the only athlete in history to win multiple medals at both Summer and Winter Games

MONTREAL, June 22, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today congratulated Clara Hughes, national spokesperson for the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative, on her selection to the Canadian Olympic Road Cycling Team for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

"Clara's energy and passion are an inspiration to all Canadians, whether she's competing at the highest levels of international sport or leading the fight against the stigma around mental illness. We wish her the very best as she competes in her sixth Olympic Games this summer in London," said George Cope, President and CEO of Bell and BCE.

The only athlete in history to win multiple medals at both Winter and Summer Games, Clara won her first two bronze medals in cycling at the 1996 Summer Olympics. She then went on to win gold and silver medals in speed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics, and bronze in speed skating at both the 2008 and 2010 Games. Clara was selected to be the Canadian Team's flag bearer at the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Games.

Clara's well-known smile is at the centre of the Bell Let's Talk campaign as she leads the conversation around Canadian mental health, working to combat the stigma that still surrounds mental illness by telling of her own struggle with depression.

On this year's Bell Let's Talk Day, February 9, 2012, Canadians responded with 78,520,284 texts, long-distance calls and retweets - a 19% increase over the first Bell Let's Talk Day in 2011. With Bell donating 5 cents for each text, long-distance call and retweet, Bell Let's Talk Day 2012 resulted in a Bell donation of $3,926,014.20 to Canadian mental health programs.

About Bell Let's Talk
The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is a $50-million charitable program based on four action pillars: Anti-stigma, care and access, research, and workplace best practices. To learn more about Bell Let's Talk, please visit

Bell is honoured to be named the recipient of the 2012 Freeman Philanthropic Services Award for Outstanding Corporation for the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative. The prestigious international award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) was presented to Bell in March in Vancouver.

About Bell
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