BC Hockey Safety Recognition Award

2018 – 2019 Winner: Dr. Stu Gershman (Victoria)

This annual award acknowledges outstanding service by a volunteer who has devoted his or her time to assist safety and risk management within BC Hockey.


Buddy Check for Jesse receives the BC Sport volunteer award

The annual Presidents’ Awards, presented by Sports with Balls, now in its 25th year, are presented to volunteers from Sport BC member and partner organizations who represent the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy and commitment contribute to the development of their sport or organization in the province of British Columbia.

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Buddy Check for Jesse – Turning a family tragedy into help for others

Island Parent Magazine, Feb 2019 “Tweens and Teens” Edition

Buddy Check For Jesse, launched October 2018, provided green tape–the colour for mental health–to hundreds of teams throughout B.C. for players to tape their sticks in support of mental health.

The campaign is in honour of my son, Jesse Anders Short-Gershman, born on July 22, 1992 in Victoria, British Columbia. Jesse was a “gifted child” and was highly accomplished academically throughout his life. By the age of 20 he was working in Silicon Valley at Google. He was kind, funny, an excellent golfer, swimmer, pia­nist, and cared deeply about his family and the environment.

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Hockey tournament brings awareness for mental health

Chemainus Valley Courier

The issue of mental health was in the spotlight Jan. 5 and 6 when Fuller Lake and Island Savings Centre Arenas co-hosted a special hockey tournament for Bantam C teams.

BC Hockey has partnered with Buddy Check for Jesse to create awareness for mental health. Buddy Check for Jesse was created by Dr. Stu Gershman, who tragically lost his son Jesse to suicide October 29, 2014.

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Neighbours of Windfields Magazine

By Shelley Gershman Neighbours of Windfields Magazine – December 6th 2018 On October 29th, 2014, my brother Stu’s oldest son Jesse, age 22, died by suicide. Jesse was a “gifted child”, highly accomplished academically throughout his life. By the age of 20 he was working in Silicon Valley at Google, his dream career. Jesse enjoyed … Continued

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Local hockey coach hopes to turn family tragedy into nationwide mental health initiative

Local hockey coach hopes to turn family tragedy into nationwide mental health initiative



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