Ian Hakes is a community volunteer who lives with Chronic Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
He was born in Winnipeg and lived there until he moved to the country outside of Edmonton in 1987. He moved to Kingston, Ont., at 18 to study physics at Queen's University.
Diagnosed at 20 with chronic depression, he managed to continue with his studies, graduating with a honours Bachelor of Science in Physics, followed a year later by a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature.
Over the course of the next few decades, his mental health worsened. Ian credits Ontario Shores' Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for rebuilding his mental wellness. Ian has also accessed a number of resources at Ontario Shores including Vocational Services, Metabolic Clinic and Recovery College.
Today, Ian is co-parenting his two wonderful kids as they grow into young adults, and looking to return to embark on the next chapter of his career. He has a strong desire to help others get the assistance they need on their journey to mental wellness.