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About the Peaks for Change Foundation

Since being founded in 1995, Peaks for Change has been fundraising and #leadingchange.

Currently, we are creating awareness and fundraising to #endstigma surrounding Mental Health by climbing the highest mountains on the 7 continents of the world!

Our current project is to raise $700,000.00 over the next two years. Funds will be donated to CAMH Foundation in direct support of the groundbreaking CAMH Urgent Drop-in Clinic. 

CAMH is not only Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, it is also one of the world’s leading research centers for addiction and mental health. See our letter of support from CAMH.

This clinic will dramatically improve access to timely care and support a wide range of people with mental illness, including depression and psychosis. The clinic will also lessen repeat emergency care visits by ensuring continuity of care and availability to anyone regardless of age, gender or diagnosis.

“In short, the Urgent Drop-in Clinic will transform the experience of seeking care after a crisis.”, CAMH

CAMH states:

“The next breakthrough in mental health will come from CAMH”

We believe that as well.

Common Questions

  1. What is Peaks for Change?

Peaks for Change is a charity focused on raising awareness and funds to end the stigma surrounding mental health.

  1. What are the 7 summits?

There are two versions of the seven summits: Bass and Messner.

  • Asia: Everest 8,848m
  • South America: Aconcagua 6,962m
  • North America: Denali 6,194m
  • Africa: Kilimanjaro 5,895m
  • Europe/Russia: Elbrus 5,642m
  • Antarctica: Vinson Massif 4,892m
  • Oceania: Carstensz Pyramid 4,884m (Messner List)
  • Australia: Mount Kosciusko 2,228m (Bass List)
  1. What is the significance of Everest?

Everest is the highest mountain in the world and is one of the most dangerous. In 2019, Everest had a death toll of 11 people amid crowded conditions. The Nepalese side of the mountain that year saw lines of climbers, shoulder to shoulder waiting to reach the top. The final climb can take between 6 and 9 hours to complete. The surrounding communities rely heavily on the climbers and hikers for their economic livelihood.

The pandemic has added an extra layer of safety to the climb preparation. Mountain Trip (expedition team), in conjunction and under the guidance of Nepal Mountaineering Association, all take every precaution to keep the climbers, Sherpas and their families, and the local communities safe. Limited contact with other groups, two-week self isolation before travel, testing, masks and rapid tests, and single tents and hotels rooms are part of their COVID precaution protocols. Despite the efforts to make this expedition as a pandemic safe as possible, travel restrictions imposed by the Canadian government are still an unknown anomaly.

  1. What’s the purpose of the climb?

To raise awareness and funds to help end the stigma associated with mental health, one summit at a time. All funds raised for this challenge will be directed to CAMH, Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital and research center. Any costs related to the expeditions themselves are privately funded.

  1. Which summits has Ema climbed?

  • Oceania: Carstensz Pyramid 4,884m – October 12, 2017 – FIRST PORTUGESE WOMAN
  • Africa: Kilimanjaro 5,895m – January 6, 2018
  • Europe/Russia: Elbrus 5,642m – July 29, 2018
  • Antarctica: Vinson Massif 4,892m – December 5, 2018
  • South America: Aconcagua 6,962m – February 19, 2019
  • North America: Denali 6,194m – June 2019 –FIRST PORTUGESE WOMAN
  • Australia: Mount Kosciusko 2,228m – November 16, 2019
  • Asia: Everest 8,848m scheduled for May 2021
  1. Where can people donate?

People can financially support Peaks for Change by donating here.  We also accept donations of Aeroplan miles here.

About Ema Dantas

Philanthropy and adventure are the driving force behind everything ema does.

Ema is an award-winning entrepreneur who was a recipient of Canada’s Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs from PROFIT Magazine.

Ema is the CEO and Founder of Language Marketplace, an international translation expert company providing rapid, accurate and ISO certified translation services for corporations and government agencies. She led her company to the Profit 500 list in 2013 of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies.

She was also a recipient of the President’s Award in recognition of her Public Policy work to benefit fellow WBEs by WBE Canada. 

Ema is FOUNDER OF Peaks for Change Foundation

Ema founded Peaks for Change to fundraise for a major cause, which is currently to help #endstigma about Mental Health.

Along with other adventurous volunteers, Ema is personally climbing the 7 Summits to raise $700,000. All funds raised for this challenge will be directed to CAMH, Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital and research center. Any costs related to the expeditions themselves are privately funded.

She is also an author and speaker, giving numerous interviews for television and print and appeared at various several speaking engagements.

Ema is a long-standing member of the Toronto Real Estate Board, and gives up to 1% of her commission to the charity.

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