About Project 11

Take a moment to learn about the inspiration behind Project 11.

Project 11 is created in honour of #11, Rick Rypien, former player of the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose.

Rick Rypien was well known for being tenacious and giving. He loved children and held hockey development camps in his hometown, providing positive opportunities to kids in his community. He often spoke of his desire to see accessible mental health education and supports for kids, as he believed he himself would have benefitted from such a program. Rick experienced difficult mental health challenges throughout much of his life until his passing in 2011. 

Project 11 is inspired by Rick’s idea to support mental health awareness for students from an early age and aims to help them develop the understanding that they can positively influence their own mental wellness by learning skills and adopting healthy coping strategies into their lives. 

With dedicated support from the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose, the True North Youth Foundation began developing Project 11 in 2012. The first phase focused on the development of a middle years program (grades 5-8 in English) and was followed by the development of the early years program (grades K-4 in both English and French). Currently, programming is available from kindergarten to Grade 8 in both English and French and expansion continues with the development of our high school curriculum.

Project 11 continues to evolve and grow as it provides classroom-ready programming at no cost to Manitoba teachers. In partnership with teachers, Project 11 is delivered in the classroom and now connects thousands of kids in Manitoba and beyond with a positive mental health curriculum.

TSN created a short film explaining the important connection between Rick Rypien and the Jets, and how he inspired Project 11.
Please note that this video is intended for a more mature audience.

PROJECT 11 uses concepts such as practicing focusing the mind, increasing self-awareness of feelings and strengths, and building positive relationships.

By concentrating on these areas, it is our goal for students to:

Build a sense of community within the classroom.

Increase their ability to connect with one another.

Create a stage for compassion and empathy.

Build positive communication skills.

Develop their personal and social management skills.

Enhance their academic performance.

Our Specialists
Ace Burpee

Host of the Ace Burpee Show on 103.1 Virgin Radio

AJ Zeglen

Focus Fitness- Manager/Head Strength Coach


Bob Chrismas

Author, Speaker, Public Servant, Consultant

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Caroline Beaudoin

Zumba Instructor

Carrie Lundy

Yoga Instructor & School Teacher

Chalnessa Eames

Founder of My Fituals, Personal Trainer, Dance and Yoga Teacher

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Christine Sinclair

Registered Dietitian & Sport Nutritionist, Sport Manitoba

Dana Corr

Art Therapist

Dr. Tzafi Weinberg

Art Therapist

Gary Wasilewski

Grade 5 Teacher, Sansome Elementary School

Heidi Presingular

Teacher, Seven Oaks School Division, Dance Teacher

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Keith Macpherson

Certified Leadership Coach

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Krysta Richard

Music Teacher, Pembina Trails School Division

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Liane Prenovault

Dance Instructor

Nita Sharda

Registered Dietician

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Norman Chief Dancers

Memorial Indigenous Dance Group

Paul Dyck

Starke Strength & Conditioning/CrossFit Owner, Trainer, Athlete

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Rolande Kirouac

Laughing Yoga Instructor

Sarah Cahill

Registered Dietician

Tanissa Martindale

Registered Art Therapist

Tim Shantz

Athletic Therapist

Tracy Probetts

Our late friend
Massage Therapist