Dave Richardson is the Co-Founder and Board Chair of the Stigma-Free Society. He is also President and CEO of Octaform Systems Inc, and past Director of Richardson International and James Richardson and Sons, Limited. Dave grew up on his family farm in Manitoba, Canada, and has strong ties to rural and agricultural communities across the country. Although some of his happiest memories are those of growing up as a “farm boy”, he has also experienced depression and anxiety – something that is usually not discussed in rural communities. It is Dave’s purpose to open up the conversation about mental health and stigma in rural communities to ensure that people get the help they deserve. His personal experiences give the Stigma-Free Society valuable first-hand knowledge of rural and farm life, and also insight from someone who has lived experience of mental illness.
Dave often shares with others that there is always hope and always help!
Watch his personal story videos below!
“I know now, having got to the far side of stigmatizing myself, that I had to come to understand who I was and that the depression, at times anxiety, that I dealt with my whole life was something that was just part of me.”
– Dave Richardson
Dave Richardson is the President and CEO of Octaform Systems Inc., Co-Founder of the Stigma-Free Society, and a Director Emeritus of Ducks Unlimited Canada. He is also a past Director of Richardson International Limited and James Richardson and Sons, Limited.
He was a founding member and Director of The Asia Pacific Foundation and a leader on various government trade missions to Asia. In addition he was a Director of the Canada China Trade Council and Chairman of the Agriculture Committee.
A Welcome Message for the Rural Mental Wellness Toolkit
It is my sincere hope that by telling you that I struggled, you realize you’re not alone.
– Dave Richardson